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Getting around in Bergamo: info, costs and advice

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A city whose charm has nothing to envy to large tricolor metropolises such as Milan, Rome or Naples and whose strength is not only given by the splendid attractions it offers, but also by theefficiency of its transport, public and otherwise. Bergamo, a Lombard center divided into Upper and Lower parts, is an example of order, even in terms of travel. Taxi, car rental, bus, bike rental: in the home of Atalanta Calcio it's possible move without difficulty, bearing in mind the presence of the ZTL, parking (paid and free), the suggestive funicular that connects Bergamo Alta to Bergamo Bassa.

Let's find out then the guide on how to get around Bergamo: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Bergamo
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips


The Upper Town, the main attraction, must necessarily be visited on foot. Reach it by funicular and visit it with a walk with a local guide, so as to identify the main landmarks and learn about the attractions and history.
Also, moving on foot you will avoid ZTL problems and parking search, with the advantage of enjoying a special experience. If you like the idea, the city is also well organized for the bike rental service.

The public transport system is very efficient and well organized. Bus, tram and funicular are managed by the same company and allow you to use a single ticket!

Convenient the Bergamo Card which, in addition to means of transport, also includes free admission to the main museums of the city and province, special rates for temporary exhibitions and discounts at affiliated businesses. 24h version € 10,00 and 48h € 15,00 version



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bicycle, funicular, bus and tram
  • Solutions and means not recommended: no one in particular
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Bergamo Card (from € 10,00 -), 10-ride booklet (from € 11,50), day ticket (from € 3,50)

How to get from the airport to the center of Bergamo


Bergamo is served from Orio al Serio Airport (BGY), which is located just 6 km from the city, and acts as a stopover for major national and international airlines, including many low cost airlines. A shuttle service connects the airport directly with the central railway station of the city.

- other major airports are those of Milan, Linate (LIN) and Milan Malpensa (MXP), respectively 40 and 90 km away. From Milan, approximately every hour, you can board a train to Bergamo, and also from the bus station, with very frequent frequency, vehicles leave for the city (almost one every 10 minutes).

Orio al Serio airport

  • Distance from the center: 6 km / travel time: 15 min;
  • By taxi: average cost € 12,50 / travel time: 15 min;
  • By bus: average cost € 2,40 / Airport Bus Atb line

Milan Linate

  • Distance from the center: 55 km / travel time: 50 min;
  • By train: Trenord / ticket cost: from € 5,50
  • By taxi: average cost € 95,00 / travel time: 50 min
  • By bus: average cost € 7,00 / Flixbus lines 464 - 528

Milan Malpensa

  • Distance from the center: 90 km / travel time: 1 hour and 15 min;
  • By train: Trenord R28 and Malpensa Express XP2 / ticket cost: from € 4,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 120,00 / travel time: 1 hour and 10 min
  • By bus: average cost € 50,00 / South Tyrol Bus

How to get around on foot

Like almost all Italian cities, Bergamo also presents the Limited Traffic Zones, inside which it is not possible to move except on foot or by bicycle. Walking through the streets of the city is not a problem, on the contrary: the best way to experience Bergamo is on foot, walking through its streets and alleys, above all thanks to the myriad of architectural beauties offered by the city.

In the Upper Town area, bus or other car traffic is forbidden on weekends and at other times of the year: a more unique than rare opportunity to explore the wonders of Bergamo using your own legs alone.

For a first approach to the Upper Town, our advice is to take a walking tour with a local guide, to identify the main landmarks, know the must-sees of Bergamo and get many useful tips from the guide. Even for the Lower Town you can take a private tour with a guide.

For others itineraries on foot, download our Smart Guide for visiting Bergamo for free.



How to get around by bicycle

If you love eco-friendly travel, you will have no difficulty in using a widespread bike rental service. BiGi is the bike sharing service offered by the Municipality of Bergamo, which allows you to pick up and return the bike to one of the 23 active cyclostations scattered around the city.

Upon withdrawal, the user must pass the card over the column, while upon withdrawal the system automatically recognizes user and vehicle, thanks to quick coupling system, and directly calculates the time of use and any costs to scale.

Le rates they are more than reasonable: an hour for just € 2,00; 4 hours for € 4,00. The first hour of use is free. It is also possible to take advantage of the annual subscription.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,00 an hour
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: annual subscription € 25,00

Con i mezzi pubblici

The public transport service in Bergamo is managed by ATB (Azienda Trasporti Bergamo) and consists of an articulated bus service, a picturesque funicular network and a tramway network.

You can use a single ticket for ATB and TEB buses, trams and funiculars. THE prices vary according to the duration validity of the ticket: € 1,30 for 75 min, € 2,40 for 90 min, € 2,60 for 105 min and € 2,80 for 120 min.
In anticipation of more trips, we suggest the purchase of the convenient 10-trip Carnet: from € 11,50 to € 23,50.


Bus

There are are 13 bus lines that guarantee trips both in winter and on holidays, on weekdays and weekends, with sometimes guaranteed rides until 00:30.


  • Downloadable map: bus-map- bergamo
  • from 5:00 to 23:30; some rides are guaranteed until after midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from € 1,30
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10-journey booklet € 11,50, 24-hour ticket € 3,50, 72-hour ticket € 7,00

Tram

The Bergamo-Albino tramway, also known as T1 line or tram delle Valli, is an interurban tramway that it connects the urban center of the capital to the Seriana Valley in 16 stops. Inaugurated in 2009, taking advantage of part of the disused railway in the Seriana Valley, the opening of this service represented not only a reactivation of a previously disused railway line, but also the return of rail transport to Bergamo, after the closure of the historic railway network. .

The operates from Monday to Saturday according to the non-school working timetable with frequency of a tram every 15 min. On Sundays the public holiday schedule applies with a run every 30 minutes and intensification to 20 minutes in the afternoon.

  • Downloadable map: map-tram-bergamo
  • by 5: 00 23 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from € 1,30
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10-journey booklet € 11,50, 24-hour ticket € 3,50, 72-hour ticket € 7,00

Funicolare

The most unique opportunity offered to users is that of being able to travel by funicular. There are two lines offered: Funicular C, which connects the Upper Town and the Lower Town, and the Bergamo-San Vigilio, which connects Bergamo Alta with Colle San Vigilio.

For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a walking tour with a local guide and funicular ride included, to get to know and admire all that Bergamo has to offer!

  • from 6:58 to 00:11, with some guaranteed rides even up to 1:20
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,30
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10-journey booklet € 11,50, 24-hour ticket € 3,50, 72-hour ticket € 7,00

Taxi

Service Radio taxi guarantees trips to every corner of the Lombard location, at fairly affordable rates and with the possibility of making payments by credit cards (in addition to the invoice option). The rates start from fixed parameters, which vary according to the days of the week on which the trips are made (weekdays or holidays) and with increases on the rate based on mileage or hourly.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from € 5,00

By car

Driving in Bergamo is not entirely discouraged, especially if you limit yourself to the lower part, and therefore more modern. Sure, it can get quite busy especially at rush hour like any medium to large sized city. However, attention must be paid to the gates that delimit the various ZTLs.

Car in the Upper Town is not recommended, as it is almost always pedestrianized (especially on holidays and during the periods of greatest tourist influx), not to mention the difficulty in parking. The ideal is therefore park in the Lower Town, choosing from the various options specified below, and go up to the center with the characteristic funicular.

ZTL

The Limited Traffic Zones (ZTL) of Bergamo are located in different points of the city and are active at the following times: Friday and Saturday 21:00 pm-1:00am, Sunday and holidays 10:00 am-12:00pm and 14:00 pm-19:00pm; in March, April, October and holidays 14: 00-19: 00; November to February 14: 00-17: 30.

La general regulation on circulation in the ZTL of the city is available in the dedicated section on the official website of the Municipality of Bergamo. The video surveillance ZTL map is also available via the ATB Mobile App. To find out how the vehicle is recognized by the electronic gates, you can consult the official website of ATB Bergamo.

The Restricted Traffic Zones are located in the following areas:

  1. historic center of the Upper Town, through the gates of Piazza Cittadella, Via Arena, Via San Giacomo, Via Osmano, Via San Lorenzo, Prato della Fara and Via Boccola / Porta San Lorenzo
  2. via XX Settembre, via Sant'Alessandro, piazza Pontida, through the passage of Via XX Settembre and Piazza Pontida
  3. via San Bernardino, Borgo San Leonardo, through the passage of Via San Bernardino
  4. via Tasso, via Pignolo, through the Via Tasso passage
  5. Piazza Matteotti (Municipal offices), through the passage of Piazza Matteotti

Stops and parking

They are located along the main access routes to the city of Bergamo free and unattended interchange parking spaces, connected to the city center by bus and tram. Largo Porta Nuova is the main interchange node between the lines of the ATB Consorzio network. Piazzale Marconi, the area where the Trenitalia station, the urban and suburban bus station and the terminus of the T1 Bergamo-Albino tramway are located, is the main interchange point with other public transport.

I paid parking they are instead marked by the traditional blue lines. From € 0,70 / h depending on the area. Parking can be paid for through: the parking meter network, SMS Parking, the ATB Mobile App, Telepass Pay. Easy Park and Drop Ticket.

Gods are also available parking spaces in the structure. The Autolinee car park has 153 parking spaces, 3 of which are reserved for people with disabilities and 100 for season ticket holders. Open 6: 00-21: 00, hourly rate from € 1,40. The Ex Gasometro car park is located in the area between via Gavazzeni and via San Giovanni Bosco. Open 24 hours a day, 24 days a week. 7 parking spaces, hourly rate from € 7 per hour.

You can find all the car parks on the official website of the ATB Bergamo.

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