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The Dolomites are a unique mountain region in far north eastern Italy. The Dolomiti Superski area combines all the ski resorts of the 'true' Dolomites under the one ski pass.

Where are the Dolomites Italy?

The main Dolomites ski resorts are about 130km south of Innsbruck in Austria & approximately 200km north of Verona. Venice is 150km south of Cortina d’Ampezzo & Milan is around 370km southwest of several major Dolomites ski resorts.

The city of Bolzano is a major transport hub on the western edge of the Dolomites & makes a great base to explore the entire region.

Flights to the Dolomites

The best international gateway airports to the Dolomites for travellers from non-European destinations are Munich, Milan Malpensa & Venice (Marco Polo). If flying to the Dolomites from the UK, Scandinavia or mainland Europe, Innsbruck (Austria) provides the best access, but Verona is also an option.

Search for a great deal on a flight to the Dolomites via the airports at Venice, Innsbruck, Milan Verona or Munich, use our recommended flight search engine.

Flights into Venice (Marco Polo) Airport

An alternative to Milan for skiers and snowboarders flying into the Dolomites from European and non-European locations (including the USA, Canada, Australia, Middle East etc.) is the Venice (Marco Polo) (VCE) airport. Venice is preferred airport if skiing at the Dolomites ski resorts of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Arabba Marmolada or Civetta.

Transport from Venice Marco Polo to the ski resorts is best via car rental or direct bus shuttle. An interesting way to spend a night or two in Venice is to take a vaporetto (water taxi) directly from the airport across Laguna Veneta (Venetian Lagoon) into Venice.

If staying in Venice, trains from Venezia Santa Lucia station go via Venezia Mestre where they link up directly to several Dolomites ski resorts (Kronplatz, 3 Peaks, Plose, Gitschberg Jochtal) via Verona.

Flights into Innsbruck Airport

Innsbruck airport is serviced by flights from mainland Europe, Scandinavia and the UK. Flights numbers and options increase during the winter season. The airport is conveniently located close to the centre of Innsbruck.

The Innsbruck city centre and central bus & train station is a 20min bus ride from the airport via the Route F bus at the terminal. Taxis offer an alternative.

If arriving late or leaving early from Innsbruck airport, stay at Hotel Penz West. If having a short stay there are two excellent hotel options located opposite the central train, bus and tram station: Hotel Ibis InnsbruckGrand Hotel Europa.

Flights into Munich Airport

Munich (MUC) international airport is rated as one of the world’s best. It receives a vast number of flights every day from worldwide destinations.

Munich airport is well served by efficient train transport which links quickly to train services to ski hubs like Innsbruck. Take the S8 line from the main terminal (trains every 10min) to the major Ostbahnhof for trains direct to Innsbruck. Travel time is 2hr 30min. From Innsbruck, the Dolomites are a short distance south.

At least 8 major car rental companies are available at Munich airport, however the vehicles may not be set up for winter driving (i.e. snow tyres, chains), and one may be better served hiring a car closer to the ski destination.

Flights into Milan Malpensa Airport

The Powderhounds favourite airport in Italy is Milan Malpensa (MXP). It serves flight origins from all over the world & is central to most Italian, French, Swiss & Austrian ski resorts. Train connections from the airport to the Dolomites are straightforward via the Malpensa Express train to Milano Centrale station.

If you are flying into Milan Malpensa Airport late in the day, or leaving early in the morning, we recommend staying at the Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel or the great value Moxy Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel.

Airport & Hotel Transfers

The Powderhounds recommend taking the train & bus from the airports to the Dolomites. However, for those that just cannot abide public transport or are travelling in larger groups, a private transfer from the airport direct to the ski resort may be the most efficient mode of travel.

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Train & Bus Transport to the Dolomites

The train offers a fantastic way to travel to & around the Dolomites. From Milan Malpensa airport, regular trains depart from Terminals 1 & 2 bound for Milano Centrale station (50min), from where connections can be made to the Dolomites via Verona.

At least two or three trains are generally needed to get to the Dolomites. For example, to get to Kronplatz ski resort by train involves one from Milano Centrale to Verona, another from Verona north toward Innsbruck with a change at Fortezza (Franzensfeste), then one more train to Brunico or Perca. Travel time from the airport to Kronplatz would be about 6hr.

The train network from Munich airport to Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof (Hbf)(central train station) provides seamless journeys to all points of the compass including south to Bolzano and the Dolomites in Italy. The train trip from Munich to the Dolomites (Brunico - Kronplatz) would take about 4hr30min via Innsbruck.

By train from Venice to the Dolomites, two options exist. Via Verona then north to Bolzano and Brunico will require at least three trains and 5hr to reach Kronplatz or 3 Peaks. Access from the south via Belluno and Calalzo will require a bus transfer to arrive at Cortina d’Ampezzo in around 4hr.

Bus shuttles direct from airports and larger cities to many Dolomites ski resorts from the airports exist.

The local Dolomites bus services (various companies) provide regular, cheap and efficient transport from major centres to the ski resorts. For example, the route 460 bus from Brunico train station to Alta Badia costs only a few € and takes one hr. Up to date information is easily available when in-country.

Train & Bus Tickets

A sure way to POW (Protect Our Winters) is by taking the train to the Dolomites, particularly from Munich or Innsbruck to one of the gateways to the Dolomites, Bolzano.

Search & book train tickets to the Dolomites & Bolzano here.

If spending an extended time skiing in Europe and plan on travelling by train, consider getting a Eurail Pass here.

Car Rental & Hire for the Dolomites

For those travellers wishing to drive to the Dolomites or want to pick up a car once you have already arrived in the Dolomiti Superski area, car hire & rentals are readily available. Prices are generally highly competitive and if travelling with two or more persons, car rental can be more cost effective (as well as convenient) when compared to train or bus travel. Note that Dolomites roads can be quite challenging in icy and snowy conditions, and when negotiating tight bends with oncoming buses. When in doubt, slow down and give way to the larger oncoming vehicle!

For travellers arriving from overseas into Venice, Munich or Milan, the most convenient location for picking up a rental car is at the airport terminals. We do not recommend picking up a car in the Venice, Munich or Milan, as the traffic and navigation challenges are not worth the effort.

For skiers and snowboarders flying into Innsbruck, cars can be rented from the airport or various locations near the relatively small city centre. Check prices, as locations away from the airport are sometimes cheaper.

If you want to hire a car closer to the Dolomites, take a train or bus to an alternative location with car rental offices such as Bolzano, Bressanone (Brixen), Brunico (Bruneck), Cortina d’Ampezzo, Canazei (Alba), Santa Cristina (Val Gardena), Belluno or even Trento. If travelling from Austria, Innsbruck is a convenient place to hire a car.

Ensure the hire car comes with snow tyres and/or snow chains (bare minimum). All-wheel drive or 4WD vehicles offer the safest driving experience on the windy mountain roads of the Dolomites.

To search for all rental cars by availability and rate, use our preferred car rental search engine.

Nearby Ski Resorts to the Dolomites

Whilst the Dolomiti Superski resorts can take a serious amount of time to explore, the nearby Brenta Dolomites includes some 3000m+ resorts (Tonale and Pejo), plus the extensive Madonna di Campiglio & Folgarida Marilleva.

North west of Bolzano are the great little ski resorts of the Ortler ski region. A full range of high glacier based resorts (Val Senales & Solda), medium sized ski resorts (Merano 2000, Reinswald) plus smaller local ski resorts are dotted all through the region. Powderhounds will explore these areas in 2019/20.

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