Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, is a magnificent city enclosed in the mountains! A quaint old town with museums and social life, many activities in both summer and winter, it is in fact a destination suitable for everyone! The best ways to get around are definitely on foot and by bike, half loved by the locals, and don't forget the cable cars, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view.
So here's one guide on how to get around Bolzano: info, costs and advice!
- Useful Tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Bolzano
- How to get around on foot
- Con i mezzi pubblici
- By bike
- By car
- User questions and comments
Bolzano is a green city. The historic center can be easily visited on foot, even if the bicycle is the preferred means of the locals and it is also the most used.
For a first approach, a good idea is to take a guided tour to learn about the history, attractions and locate the main landmarks.
To reach distant places the car is not necessary, as Bolzano has a excellent urban and suburban bus system, which connects all locations!
If, in addition to visiting Bolzano, you are planning a trip that also touches other cities in South Tyrol, then it could be the Mobilcard is very useful, a card that allows you to use the vehicles free of charge for its entire duration, available from 1, 3 and 7 days.
Bolzano is in fact a perfect starting point to explore the area, from which you can take the Strada delle Grandi Dolomiti, experience snowmobile, sled and SR48 experiences and take part in a snowshoe hike in the Dolomites.
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bike
- Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
- City cards and season tickets recommended: Mobilcard (from € 15,00 -), day ticket (from € 4,00)
How to get from the airport to the center of Bolzano
If you are coming from Northern Italy, the best way to arrive is by car, in case you can also opt for the train. If you are coming from more distant cities, then you can reach the city by plane. Bolzano has its own airport, theBolzano-Dolomites Airport, also called San Giacomo Airport, but at the moment there are no scheduled flights, you can only reach it by charter flights!
For this reason, you will necessarily have to arrive at one of the neighboring airports in Northern Italy. Between these, the best to get to are certainly Verona Airport and Orio al Serio Airport, in Bergamo. Above all, the latter is optimally connected to all Italian airports! From both airports there is the service of bus operated by the Alto Adige Bus company.
Orio al Serio Airport - Bergamo
Bergamo airport is 235 km from Bolzano, about 2 h 40 min by car. To reach the city, the best solution is definitely the bus of the Alto Adige Bus company (departures every 3 hours, from € 80,00, different prices based on the number of suitcases, number of travelers, supplements for skis, etc.). You can then find the low cost line Flixbus (direct, 3 h 25 min, from € 19,99, cheaper prices with advance booking). There is no shortage of taxis, but the prices are very high.
- Distance from the center: 235 km / travel time: 2 h 40 min;
- By shuttle bus: average cost € 80,00 / South Tyrol Bus line;
- By taxi: average cost € 300,00 / travel time: 2 h 40 min;
- By bus: average cost € 19,99 / Flixbus line.
Valerio Catullo Airport - Verona
The Verona airport is 150 km from Bolzano, about 1 h 45 min by car. To reach the city, also in this case you can opt for the bus of the Alto Adige Bus company (departures every 3 hours, from € 70,00, different prices based on the number of suitcases, number of travelers, supplements for skis, etc.). In this case, you can also opt for different combinations: you can reach with theAerobus the central station of Verona Porta Nuova (15 min, € 6,00), and from there opt for the train to Bolzano central station (from 1 h 49 min, from € 14,60) or for the Flixbus (2 h 10 min, from € 13,99).
- Distance from the center: 150 km / travel time: 1 h 45 min;
- By shuttle bus: average cost € 70,00 / South Tyrol Bus line;
- By Aerobus + train: Aerobus line / ticket cost: € 6,00 + regional train / ticket cost: from € 14,60;
- By Aerobus + bus: Aerobus line / ticket cost: € 6,00 + Flixbus line / ticket cost: from € 13,99;
- By taxi: average cost € 250,00 / travel time: 1 h 45 min.
How to get around on foot
The historic center of Bolzano has very small dimensions, therefore it is perfect to be explored on foot! In fact, most of the city's attractions are concentrated here.
To discover the treasures of the city a good idea is to take a guided tour to learn about the history, attractions and identify the main landmarks. You will enjoy the young atmosphere, the excellent quality of life and the green landscape around you in complete tranquility.
From one end to the other it takes about 10 minutes on foot such as from Piazza Duomo to the Museum of Natural Sciences. One of the longest distances you could travel is from the central train station to Castel Mareccio (1,2 km, 14 min on foot). However, the interesting areas of the city are not limited to the historic center alone but also to neighboring streets outside of it such as Viale Druso, Corso della Libertà and Via Roma. These areas are also pleasant for a walk through shops and tree-lined avenues, but on foot from the historic center they are about 20 minutes away, so we suggest you reach them by city buses, of which you will find more information below.
Con i mezzi pubblici
Bolzano is served by a excellent public transport system, which includes urban buses and suburban buses. The whole area is in fact well connected, making the various movements to the neighboring towns very simple! Even the cable car can be considered a real means of transport and connects Bolzano with three nearby towns: Colle, San Genesio and Altopiano del Renon, which also give their names to the individual cable cars.
As we have also seen, Bolzano is a perfect starting point to discover the Dolomites, wonderful mountain group that the whole world envies us! Very convenient for getting around is the tour with transport included that will take you to discover the heart of the Dolomites. If you love high-altitude trekking, consider an excursion to the Three Peaks, an unforgettable experience around these three famous peaks followed by an expert guide.
The city has an excellent network of urban and suburban buses. These reach both neighboring villages such as Laives, and more distant destinations, such as Merano. Urban buses count 19 lines, including a night one, and run through the historic center and the surrounding streets. The service is generally active from 5:00 to 23:00, with possible variations based on the single line.
As far as fares are concerned, a single urban ticket costs € 1,50, but if you plan several trips you can consider the day ticket at € 4,00. If you are planning a trip that also touches other cities in South Tyrol, then the Mobilcard could be very useful, a card that allows you to use the means for free for its entire duration, ie from 1, 3 and 7 days.
- Downloadable map: bolzano-bus-map
- from 5: 00 to 23: 00;
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50;
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 4,00, 1 day Mobilcard € 15,00, 3 days Mobilcard € 23,00, 7 days Mobilcard € 28,00.
There are well 3 cable cars which, in addition to a means of transport, are a real attraction. These connect the city to the towns of Colle, San Genesio and the Renon plateau. Once you reach your destination, you can take part in various activities, such as walking and trekking.
The cable cars report the names of the places they reach and all have different timetables and rates. There Colle cable car, active since 1908, it was the first cable car to transport people in the world. Today it has been completely renovated and modernized, but it is still a piece of history! There San Genesio cable car starts near Castel Roncolo and has departures every 30 min. Finally, the Renon cable car arrives at the Soprabolzano plateau, where you can take part in excursions on foot or by bike (departures every 4 minutes).
- Colle 7: 00-19: 30, San Genesio 8: 30-12: 00 and 15: 00-18: 30, Renon 6: 30-22: 45;
- Ticket / single ride cost: Colle € 4,00, San Genesio € 3,00, Renon € 6,00;
- Return ticket cost: Colle € 8,00, San Genesio € 5,00, Renon € 10,00.
Another way to move both in the center and in the surrounding area is by bicycle! This is the medium preferred by locals, who prefer a green lifestyle. The city and the surrounding area are full of cycle paths to move around in complete safety!
In the city there is an excellent Bike Sharing service thanks to the "Bici Bolzano" project funded and also promoted by the Municipality of Bolzano. Scattered around the city you will find 9 stations where to take and then park the bicycle. The cost is € 1,00 / hour and a bike can be used for a maximum of 3 h. You can find more info, rules and methods of accessing the portal on the official website of the Municipality of Bolzano.
If you are leaving from Northern Italy, the best solution is to drive to Bolzano, as you will already have a means of getting around the region.However, a car is not necessary to move around the city, as you can easily move on foot or by public transport, perhaps even by bicycle! Moreover, Bolzano has a limited traffic area, monitored by cameras, so the best solution is always to park your car in the suburbs, where you can find ample parking, even free, or leave it at the accommodation where you are staying!
It is possible to stay on the official website of the Traffic of the province of Bolzano constantly updated on construction sites, possible accidents, road conditions and everything related to the road network in the area.
The historic center of Bolzano is a Limited Traffic Zone, whose access is allowed only to residents and authorized vehicles. To access it, you need to request a special permit directly from the Municipality, but you must have a valid reason. In case of unauthorized access, the penalty to be paid is € 80,00. On the official website of the Municipality of Bolzano you can find the map of the ZTL with all the streets indicated, all the rules to follow and how to request the permit.
Stops and parking
Bolzano is a city that is opting for a green policy, trying to encourage the use of bicycles and public transport. Throughout the city you will find numerous paid parking, with rates that vary according to the area and ranging from € 0,30 / hour up to € 3,00 / hour. In the streets you will also find level parking spaces: those with the white line are reserved for residents, those with the blue line are paid and the costs are indicated by the signs present, the yellow ones are reserved for the disabled. Finally, there are two free parking: Via Maso della Pieve Parking (Get directions) and Bolzano Sud Parking (Get directions).
- Downloadable info: info-parking-bolzano