How to get to Bozen-Bolzano

Bozen-Bolzano is located in the center of the Alps, next to the main connection between Italy and Central/Northern Europe at the Brenner pass. There are plenty of apps ad websites out there for comparing, combining and booking trains and buses and flights.

To arrive by train, you’ll probably first need to reach Brenner if you arrive from the North or Verona if you arrive from the South.

To arrive by air travel, Bolzano offers a small airport, which is connected to some European cities, such as Berlin, London, Düsseldorf, etc – see SkyAlps. Otherwise the nearest airports to Bolzano are Verona, Innsbruck, Bologna or Bergamo. Other well-connected international airports are Milan, Venice, Munich or Rome. See more info here or below.

From Verona: the “Valerio Catullo Airport” airport of Verona is connected to the train station of Verona Porta Nuova, via the Aerobus 199 service. From Verona Porta Nuova station, Bolzano is reachable with a single train in around 2 hours. See timetables and book tickets on Trenitalia or Italo. Alternatively, Alto Adige Südtirol Bus offers airport shuttle services between the airport and Bolzano. Tickets cost 50€ – 75€. Similar offers are by Flixbus.

From Innsbruck: The airport of Innsbruck is easily accessed by train or bus. From the train station of Innsbruck you can get to Bolzano in around 2 hours. Check the trains schedule here.

From Bologna: From the Marconi airport of Bologna you can easily reach Bologna Centrale, the main train station, via Marconi Express. From Bologna train station you can get to Bolzano in about 3 hours. Check on Trenitalia or Italo for the train schedule. You can also reach Bolzano by Flixbus buses.

From Milan: From Milano Malpensa airport you can easily reach Milano Centrale, via MalpensaExpress. The Milano Linate airport is connected to the city centre via bus (e.g. linate-shuttle) or metro. From the train station of Milan you can get to Bolzano in around 3 hours. Book tickets on Trenitalia or Italo. Alternatively, Alto Adige Südtirol Bus offers airport shuttle services between those airports and Bolzano. Tickets cost 50€ – 75€. Similar offers are by Flixbus. From Bergamo, the best option is to reach Bolzano by Flixbus. Alternatively, you may reach either Milano Centrale or Brescia by bus (e.g. Terravision or OrioShuttle), and take a train afterwords.

From Venice: Venice has two airports: Venezia Marco Polo and Treviso Canova. Both airports are connected through the regular bus services to the nearest train stations: Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia. From the train stations of Venice you can get to Bolzano in around 4 hours (see Trenitalia or Italo). Deutsche Bahn Eurocity operates a train from Venezia Mestre to Bolzano once daily. Tickets cost 27€ – 40€ and the journey takes 2h 44m. For all other train connections you will have to change in Verona Porta Nuova.

From Munich: If you arrive in Munich, take the S8 (Metro) to the central station. From the central station direct international trains (e.g., DB Bahn and OBB) go to Bozen-Bolzano every two hours, while a cheaper option are buses operated by Flixbus.

From Rome: from Rome, Trenitalia and Italo offer trains that takes you to Bolzano in 5 hours. Tickets cost about 100€ for a one-way ticket. Check Trenitalia or Italo for more information.

Coming by car, use the Brennero A22 motorway and take the exit Bolzano-Sud if you come from the South (Verona – Trento), and Bolzano-Nord if you come from the North (Munich – Innsbruck). The closest parking places are behind the Central Station (City Parking Bolzano). Tickets cost 1,50€ – 2,50€ per hour, depending on how close the parking lot is to the city center. Here is a list of the public parking lots.

How to get around

Most places in the city are reachable on foot. Another good transport medium is bicycle.

The city runs a number of bus lines, most of them stopping directly opposite university. Tickets cost 1,50€ for a single ride and 4€ for a day, and can be bought at onboard machines, paying with coins. The province runs also a wide range of regional buses and trains. Tickets for buses can be bought onboard, while tickets for trains need to be purchased in advance at the station.

If you plan several rides on buses or trains, you might consider getting a public transport card.

Some interesting places easily reachable by regional train/bus are Meran (40 minutes), Karersee (45-50 minutes), Trento (40 minutes), Brixen (40 minutes), Kalterer See (40 minutes).