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hiking the dolomites

Hikers’ Info – Dolomites

General Info & Resources for the Dolomites

Once you arrive in Europe for a hiking adventure vacation, you will want to make the most of your trip and spend the least amount of time searching for travel connections and dining locations. The secret to a relaxed, rewarding adventure is knowing the best resources to keep you on the move.

The following list is a quick summary of our favorite hotels, restaurants, sport shops, and Internet portals that will help you make your time in the Dolomites as enjoyable as possible. We will update this page regularly, and welcome any comments or information you might have regarding our links.

How to get there?

Travel by Air/Shuttle/Rail
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 Venice (Marco Polo and Treviso) Airport, Innsbruck Airport, and Bolzano/Bozen.

There is an airport transfer service offered through the Alta Badia tourist office for the airports of Verona and the two Venice airports. More specific details are available from  www.altabadia.org.

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

Once you have arrived by air, there are several options to get from the airport to your destination:
1. Airport Shuttles
Innsbruck and Venice airports to Corvara/Colfosco:
There are airport shuttles that can be booked online with  Cortina Express.
Airport shuttles from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Venice/Innsbruck can also be booked through Cortina Express.

2. Rail
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  http://www.sad.it– timetables available as PDF downloads).
Tren Italia (website  www.trenitalia.com)

Travel by Rail:
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.
Cortina is most easily reached from Venice Airport.

Transport Options:
There is a daily bus 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. A private taxi costs around 200-300E depending on numbers in the group, from 1-8 passengers (1.5 hours).

We gladly assist you in any pre or post trip lodging reservations. On request, we can also provide you with airport shuttles.

Travel by Car
Corvara/Colfosco is 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.

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