How To Get To Val Gardena

How To Get To Val Gardena

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     Val Gardena Train & Bus Route Map
  • Val Gardena Train & Bus Route Map
Val Gardena is part of Alto Adige - South Tyrol, Italy in the central Dolomites on the north-western flanks of the Sella massif. Approaching the ski resort, one cant help but notice the precipitous 3181m Sassolungo looming over the entire valley.

Where is Val Gardena, Italy?

The Val Gardena ski resort’s closest major town is Bolzano, 43km & less than 1hr drive to the west. The transport corridor north & south of Bolzano provides the most important ground links to the resort’s towns of Siusi, Castelrotto, Ortisei-Sankt Ulrich, Santa Cristina-St Christina & Selva Gardena-Wolkenstein.

To the north via the Brenner Pass is Innsbruck, 120km by road. To the south is Trento & Verona (210km/2.5hr drive). Verona links with the main east west train & motorway routes between Venice & Milan.

Driving (or being driven) is the easiest mode of travel to Val Gardena, however a combination of train & bus is certainly possible. Both modes have been employed successfully by the Powderhounds.

Flights to Val Gardena

The major gateway airport is Innsbruck however it only serves flights from the UK & Europe. The Venice Marco Polo International airport is only 125km directly south of Val Gardena, but is a tortuous 190km, 3.5hr drive via 4 major mountain passes.

There bus & rail connections to Val Gardena from Innsbruck & Venice. Alternatively, numerous car rental options exist at the airport.

Other airports that can be linked to Val Gardena with some extra land transfer time & effort are Milan Malpensa (MXP) (if driving!) & Munich.

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Airport & Hotel Transfers

Due to the proximity of Innsbruck airport to Val Gardena, a private transfer direct to your hotel at the resort can offer value & efficiency, particularly if in a group of 3 or more people. If financially flush & don’t want to rent a car, a private transfer also makes sense from other airports.

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Train & Bus to Val Gardena

Whilst it may take a little longer, a sure way to POW (Protect Our Winters) is by taking the train & bus to Val Gardena. See the Dolomites regional transport map here.

The best train station to access most of Val Gardena is the Ponte Gardena-Waldbruck station, north of Bolzano. Regional trains from the north or south will make the stop, but others may not (Intercity-IC or EC etc). Check that the train you are on will make the stop. At worst you may have to stop at Bolzano & change for the regional train. Trains direct to Bolzano run at least every 2hr from Munich & Innsbruck.

From Ponte Gardena station the route 350 bus run by SAD makes the journey up & into the valley linking Ortisei, San Cristina & Selva. If you’re staying at either Castelrotto or Siusi, the route 170 bus runs from Bolzano via both towns to Ortisei, providing an alternative route into the valley.

Bus tickets are cheap & can be purchased from the driver. For train tickets, particularly from Munich or Innsbruck to Bolzano, search timetable options & book online with our recommended here.

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

Driving to Val Gardena

Val Gardena is one of the easiest major Dolomites ski resorts to access by car. From the major A22 motorway that links Verona to Innsbruck, the journey into the Dolomites involves no major mountain passes – a refreshing change for those with a nervous driving disposition. Tolls will need to be paid on all Italian ‘autostrade’ motorways. They are reasonably cheap comparative to France & booths with humans in them are always available if in doubt how to pay. A toll is required to be paid in Austria to traverse the Brenner Pass as well.

Driving from the north (Austria or Germany) involves a journey up & over the Brenner Pass. The truck traffic can seem overwhelming at times if the weather is poor on the Brenner but in general the trip into Italy is swift. Exit at Ponte Gardena & climb up the valley all the way to Selva. Driving time from Innsbruck is usually 2hr in winter all the way to Selva. Ortisei is 20min less.

From Venice or Milan the A4 motorway cuts a swathe across almost the entire north of Italy & provides the simplest drive to Val Gardena. Exiting near Verona, the route joins the A22 via Trento & Bolzano to Ponte Gardena as per above Drive time from Venice is around 3.5hr in winter. An alternative route to the north of Venice is worthwhile in good weather as it traverses the heart of the Dolomites via 4 mountain passes plus Arabba & Alta Badia to enter Val Gardena at Selva.

Car Rental & Hire

All the major airports & cities have car hire available. The closest rental locations to Val Gardena is Bolzano & Trento, but by far the best deals & widest range of vehicles are at the highly competitive airports at Venice, Innsbruck, Munich & Milan Malpensa.

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Driving in the Dolomites can be ‘interesting’. Ensure the rental car has winter tyres. If planning on a lot of driving, snow chains are also recommended.

Getting Around Val Gardena

Once in the valley of the ski resort, the intricate ski lifts & pistes connect most of the towns & villages. Where there are gaps, several funiculars fill the void. Where they don’t buses run constantly up & down the valley between Ortisei, Selva & beyond. Taxis are throughout the resort if desperate (i.e. tired, drunk or otherwise indisposed!).

Nearby Ski Resorts

Val Gardena is interlinked with the major Dolomites ski resorts of Alta Badia & Val di Fassa. Further on by lift & piste is trail is Arabba-Marmolada ski resort. A host of other great Dolomites resorts are within striking distance.
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