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How to get to, and travel within, the Dolomites

We are focusing on two different towns for this post: Cortina d’Ampezzo, and Colfosco, as this is where most of our guided Dolomites hiking trips start.

 

BY AIR:
Corvara and Cortina d’Ampezzo have plenty of choices when it comes to airports, many of which are served with flights from the low-cost airlines from the UK or with travel company charter flights.
The largest and most likely to have convenient scheduled flights from further afield are the Venice (Marco Polo and Treviso) Airports, Innsbruck Airport, and Bolzano/Bozen.
For information on how to get from Cortina d’Ampezzo at the end of our trips back to Venice/Innsbruck, have a look at www.cortina.dolomiti.org

Distances Bolzano Airport (nearest airport in the valley) – 63km
Innsbruck Airport (over the border in the Austrian Tyrol) – 135km
Treviso Airport (just to the north of Venice) – 165km
Marco Polo Airport (located on coast of Venice lagoon) – 174km
Verona Airport (on motorway interchange to south of city) – 213km

The access to Cortina d’Ampezzo  from any airport is somewhat easier than getting to Corvara. Cortina is most easily reached from the Venice Airports. Transport Options: There is a daily minibus operating between Venice Airport and Cortina for 20 Euros per person (2 hours). This bus operates Friday-Sunday end of June until mid-July and then daily mid-July until September. To reserve the airport shuttle, have a look at Cortina Express’ website for up-to -date schedules and prices.

They also offer services to Corvara, but there is no regular schedule in the summer, and the price is quite a bit higher. A private taxi from Venice to Cortina d’Ampezzo would be EUR 200 – 300 depending on numbers in the group (1-8 passengers, 1.5 hours). A taxi from Venice to Corvara would be from EUR 340 onwards.
Here are two taxi companies we can whole-heartedly recommend, as we work closely with them in the summers: Sandro Pompanin, Cortina d’Ampezzo http://www.transferdolomiti.it Taxivico Corvara http://www.taxivico.it/

BY RAIL/BUS
Rail to Cortina d’Ampezzo: The nearest railway stations are at Brunico (Bruneck in German) 38km away or Bressanone (Brixen in German) around 57km away. Local coach services or taxis run from Brunico (Bruneck) to Corvara. The main railway line to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo is Venezia S. Lucia – Calalzo di Cadore, then transfer to Cortina by a connected bus service. The nearest railway station is at Calalzo di Cadore, 35 km away. The through journey from Venice to Cortina takes about 3,5 hours (train+bus). The local coach services are: SAD (website www.sad.it – timetables available as PDF downloads). Tren Italia (website www.trenitalia.com ) On the north there is the Fortezza-Dobbiaco railway line. Transfer to Cortina by bus (www.sii.bz.it). From Fortezza to Cortina it takes about 2 hours (train+bus). From Innsbruck, there are trains leaving each hour from 11,30am to 8,00pm. It takes about 4 hours to get to Cortina.

BY CAR :
Corvara/Colfosco are best approached from the Innsbruck to Verona motorway, a busy route between north and south Europe which does however have the advantage of excellent connections. The motorway is exited south of Brixen (Bressanone) and the route heads up the Val Gardena through the ski resorts of that valley and then up and over the Passo Gardena and down past the hamlet resort of Colfosco into Corvara. Corvara can also be approached from the north through the Pustertal (Val Pusteria) or from the south and east from Arabba and then over the Passo Campolongo. Distances Innsbruck 132km – north over the Brenner pass to the Austrian motorway junction at Innsbruck Venice 189km – south through the mountains to the motorway east and west Verona 216km – west to the motorway and then south to the major junction at Verona Rental car services can be found at all airports.

When you come on one of our guided hiking trips to the Dolomites, we will pick you up in Venice (either at the Piazzale Roma or Venice airport) and bring you to Colfosco or Alba di Canazei in the Fassa Valley, respectively. Departure is always from Cortina d’Ampezzo, which will make it easy with the regular minibus shuttle back to Venice airport.

Guided Dolomites hiking trips:

Dolomites Traverse (Colfosco – Cortina)
Dolomites Extravaganza (Alba di Canazei – Cortina)
Dolomites Sampler (Colfosco – Cortina)

We also organize self-guided trips to the Dolomites, if you’re interested, please contact us

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