HOW TO GET HERE AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Please, choose the most sustainable and responsible means of travel.
Because of its particularly favourable geographical location, the city of Bolzano/Bozen is one of the most important trade centres of the alpine region and it can be reached also by railway, airline, bikeways and pathways.
The main railway Bologna – Verona – Bolzano – Brenner – Innsbruck – Munich allows fast connections with all major cities both north and south of the Alps. Besides those connections, regional trains depart every hour from and to Bolzano. The Bolzano train station is located in the centre of the city.
|TRAIN STATION||COUNTRY||TIME & CONNECTIONS|
|Innsbruck HBF||AT||~2 hours (5 direct connections per day)|
|Verona Porta Nuova||IT||~2 hours (1.5 hours with direct HS trains)|
|Bologna Centrale||IT||~3.5 hours (13 direct connections per day) we recommend high-speed trains|
|Venice Mestre||IT||~3.5 hours (1 direct connection per day, 3h) hourly connections via Verona|
|Milan Centrale||IT||~4 hours (1 direct connection per day) hourly connections via Verona|
|Munich HBF||DE||~4 hours (5 direct connections per day) hourly connections via Innsbruck|
|Rome Termini||IT||~5 hours (7 direct connections per day) hourly connections via Bologna|
|Vienna HBF||AT||~7 hours (1 direct connection per day, ~7h) some connections via Innsbruck|
|Paris Gare de Lyon||FR||Via Milan & Verona|
|Marseille||FR||Via Milan & Verona|
|Bruxelles||BE||Via Munich and Frankfurt or via Innsbruck and Cologna|
Timetables & Booking websites:
Trainline – https://www.trainline.eu
Trenitalia – http://www.trenitalia.com
ÖBB – http://www.oebb.at/en/
ItaloTreno – http://www.italotreno.it
Thello – https://www.thello.com/en/
SNCF – https://en.oui.sncf/en/train-ticket
Bolzano Local trains – https://www.sii.bz.it
A cheap and comfortable travel from your doorstep to Bolzano by long-distance bus.
The FlixBus companies offers year-round bus connections from every European country. Via the transport node points Munich and Innsbruck, FlixBus travels to Bolzano at least six or nine times a day. You can also check for a bus in the checkmybus.co.uk directory or checking FlixBus, Busitalia Fast – fsbusitaliafast.it, Baltour – en.baltour.it, Eurolines – eurolines.it, Madeltrans – madeltrans.pl, Agat – agat.eu/en, Buscenter – buscenter.it, CipollaGroup – cipollagroup.it.
Some of the European bike routes lead exactly through the Alpine region and cross the city. We suggest the Eurovelo line n. 7 – www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-7. Several long-distance trains from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and all local trains allow taking bicycles on board. A few of them even offer additional storage room in their luggage or bike compartment. A reservation in case of bicycle transport is required.
The quickest way to get to Bolzano is from, Verona, Innsbruck, Bologna and Bergamo airports.
Bolzano’s closest airports are Innsbruck to the north, Verona, Bologna and Bergamo to the south. Flight connections are extensive and allow travelers to travel independently.
Bolzano is less than two hours by car from Verona and Innsbruck. Additional airports in the area include Venice, Munich, Treviso, and Milan.
Bolzano’s regional airport is located on the southern outskirts of the city; direct flights or with stopover to Bolzano are coming soon.
Below there is a list of airports close to Bolzano with the distance and the approximate time to reach the city.
Airport – BZ
(using a car from airport)
(using HS public transport)
|Bolzano Airport||IT||BZO||~6 km||~15 min||~15 min|
|Innsbruck Airport *||AT||INN||~120 km||~1.5 h||~2.5 h|
|Verona Valerio Catullo Airport *||IT||VRN||~150 km||~1.5 h||~2.5 h|
|Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport *||IT||BGY||~240 km||~2.5 h||~3 h|
|Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport *||IT||BLQ||~280 km||~3 h||~3.5 h|
|Venice Marco Polo Airport||IT||VCE||~273 km||~3 h||~4.5 h|
|Treviso Antonio Canova Airport||IT||TSF||~290 km||~3.5 h||~4.5 h|
|Milan Linate Airport||IT||LIN||~280 km||~3 h||~4.5 h|
|Milan Malpensa Airport||IT||MXP||~320 km||~4 h||~5 h|
|Munich International Airport||DE||MUC||~320 km||~3.5 h||~5 h|
Some more information on how to reach Bolzano from the main airports using public transport
Directions from Innsbruck (INN)
The first option is to take at the airport a specific shuttle bus directly to Bolzano (more expensive). The second option is to take the city bus to the Innsbruck railway central station and then take the train to Bolzano. You can find information about the timetable of the trains on the websites of OBB and Trenitalia.
Directions from Verona (VRN)
The first option is to take at the airport a specific shuttle bus directly to Bolzano (more expensive). The second option is to take the Aerobus (shuttle bus) to the Verona Porta Nuova railway station (the journey takes 15 minutes and the shuttle bus leaves every 20 minutes). From Verona train station there are regional or high-speed trains (at least about one every hour). The journey from Verona train station to Bolzano is about an hour and a half for fast trains (Trenitalia Frecciargento, Trenitalia Frecciarossa, Italo, Db-Oebb Eurocity, Trenitalia Regionale Veloce) and more than 2 hours for regional trains (many intermediate stops).
Directions from Bergamo (BGY)
The easiest way is to take a direct shuttle bus from the airport to Bolzano. You can use either AltoAdigeBus (more expensive) or Flixbus (suggested).
Directions from Bologna (BLQ)
At the airport take the Marconi Express direct monorail or the Aerobus to the Bologna Centrale railway station and then take the train to Bolzano. You can find information about the timetable of the trains on the website of Trenitalia, OBB or Italo. We suggest you to take direct high-speed trains (the journey takes about 2 hours and a half).
Directions from Venice or Treviso (VCE and TSF)
At the airport take the bus to Venezia Mestre train station and the take the train to Bolzano. You can find information about the timetable of the trains on the website of Trenitalia, Italo or OBB. Trainline can help you combining the available alternatives. Once a day there is a direct Eurocity train (n. 86) from Venezia Mestre to Bolzano; in all other cases you have to change train in Verona Porta Nuova.
Directions from Milano (LIN and MXP)
Take one of the buses or the Malpensa Express train to the Milano Centrale train station and then take the train to Bolzano. You can find information about the timetable of the trains on the website of Trenitalia, OBB or Italo. Once a day there is a direct Trenitalia Frecciarossa train to Bolzano (in the afternoon); in all other cases you have to change train in Verona Porta Nuova.
Directions from Munich (MUC)
The easiest way is to take a direct bus from the airport to Bolzano. You can use either AltoAdigeBus or Flixbus. The second option is to take the S-Bahn to München Hbf and then take either Flixbus or the train to Bolzano. You can find the timetable of the trains on the websites of OBB, Trenitalia and DB.
The city Bolzano/Bozen is located directly on the Brenner Motorway, one of the most important European traffic veins for the transport of both goods and people.
Getting to Bolzano/Bozen from Berlin by car is possible in a little less than 9 hours. From Munich the journey to Bolzano takes less than 3 hours, and from Vienna less than 6 hours. The Brenner Pass is a very popular travel route and the most travelled pass in the Alps. In summer traffic jams occur, especially on busy weekends when traffic can be very heavy. The Brennerstraße road can be used as an alternative. This curvy stretch goes from Innsbruck to Brennero/Brenner through small villages.
From the north > Munich – Rosenheim – Kufstein (A12 Inntalautobahn motorway, Vignette toll sticker required) – Innsbruck (A13 Brennerautobahn motorway, toll road) – Brennero/Brenner (A22 Brennerautobahn motorway, toll road) – Bolzano
From the west > Zurich – Landquart – Klosters – Vereina tunnel – Zernez – Ofenpass – Bolzano
From the east > Lienz – San Candido/Innichen – Bolzano
From the south > Verona – Trento – Bolzano
Motorway tolls in Italy and Austria
Tolls are payable on Italian motorways. The amount of toll due is dependent on the distance travelled. Toll fees can be calculated from the comfort of your own home by using an online tool. Users outside of Italy have the possibility to obtain the telepass via the private provider Tolltickets. An Italian bank account is not necessary for this. If the transit route by mail takes too long, the telepass can also be picked up directly at a pickup station. Motorway journeys through Austria require that a valid Vignette toll sticker be displayed on the windscreen. The vignette can be bought at automobile clubs, filling stations and border crossings. Toll advice for the Brenner Pass: To cross the Brenner Pass quickly, a video toll can be bought in advance, giving drivers preferential passage through the toll station using specially marked lanes.
Traffic rules in Italy
Drivers are required to have safety vests in their cars in Italy, Austria and Germany. Cars are required to drive on dipped headlights during the day on Italian motorways and country roads (outside built-up areas). The maximum speed is 90 km/h on state roads and 130 km/h on motorways. There’s an extensive network of filling stations and almost one in two sells LPG. In general, in the major towns and cities parking is only permitted in the spaces provided. Short-stay car parks, the majority of which are Pay & Display, are marked with a blue border. These are complemented by specially designated car parks and underground parking in most places. Free parking can often be found outside towns and sometimes there’s a shuttle bus into the centre.
Bolzano is located along the E5 trail, one of the most popular European trails that connect Cap du Raz (FR) with Venice (IT). TrailDino: https://goo.gl/v8oe4t
Do you want to travel without luggage or have your luggage stored in Bolzano? Insam Express will deliver your luggage to Bolzano. Your luggage will be picked up directly from your home by a courier service and delivered to the location of your choice. Basecamp Dolomites, located at Bolzano/Bozen train station, will store your luggage or have it taken to your accommodation in Bolzano.
Weather & Webcam
Official weather provided by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano
Panoramic webcam overlooking the city of Bolzano
Bolzano Bozen Tourist Board
For further information please contact the local tourist office.
Italy 39100 Bolzano, Via Alto Adige 60
T +39 0471 307 000 F +39 0471 980 300
OPENING HOURS TOURIST INFO:
Monday-Friday 9am – 6.30pm
Saturday 9.30am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 3pm (April – October)
VISAS FOR ITALY
The LOC strongly advises participants requiring a visa and/or other travel documentation to enter Italy to make their application in their home countries at least two months before the intended date of travel.
Italy is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement, stating that EU citizens can travel freely within Europe. If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, as a general rule, a visa is required for entry and must be obtained in your country of residence before your departure. As a general rule, a visa is required, unless you are exempt, and should be applied for in your country of residence before your departure. You must therefore make an appointment with the Italian Consulate in your country to obtain a visa. Bear in mind that your passport must be valid for a sufficient period. Please note once you have entered Italy, you cannot make any modifications to your visa.
All information can be found on Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Operational Cooperation of Italy.