Hiking & Travel Resources – Dolomites

THE DOLOMITES – VAL GARDENA,
ALTA BADIA, VAL DI FASSA

To help our guests with travel logistics, we have combined all necessary travel information and other useful resources  on one page, to ensure a great start to your hiking adventure vacation.
The least amount of time spent on searching for travel connections, the better.

The secret to a relaxed, rewarding adventure is knowing the best resources to keep you on the move.

Vigo di Fassa or Cortina d’Ampezzo is the Meeting Point for the following guided and self-guided hiking trips:

  • DOLOMITES EXTRAVAGANZA

HOW TO GET TO THE DOLOMITES

Dolomites, Folk Festival

Many of our guests who come to the Dolomites for an Alpine Interface trip either arrive a few days prior to the trip, or extend their stay after the hike. And often, we get the same questions regarding where to eat, where to buy trekking shoes and rucksacks, what else there is to do in town, etc.

Below are links and information – a quick summary of favourite hotels, restaurants, sport shops, and, most importantly, how to get to your meeting point for our hiking trips.

We will update this page regularly, and welcome any comments or information you might have regarding our links.

BY AIR / SHUTTLE / TRAIN:

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 on these and how to get to the Alta Badia are available from on www.altabadia.org (see links section), as well as more info on how to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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
Airport shuttles from Venice / Innsbruck airports to Cortina d’Ampezzo can 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.