Getting to the Dolomites is not difficult, but you have to start from the assumption that if you intend to reach the Dolomites by car you will have to drive on mountain roads: in some sections the roads are very narrow and steep with hairpin bends and requires you to drive with great care. Depending on your destination, there are various ways to reach the Dolomites.
The Dolomites cover an area that includes the regions of Veneto, Trentino-South Tyrol and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Here I will tell you how to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo, universally recognized as one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in the world.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a town in the southern Alps (Dolomiti) located in Veneto, a region in Northern Italy. Located in the heart of the Dolomites, it enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains.
This chic Venetian town is getting lesser underrated year by year as it’s popularity grows with the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping and fine dining.
By car the town is less than an hour from the A27 motorway (Pian de Vedoia) and an hour and a quarter from the A22 Brennero Bressanone-Val Pusteria exit. As you drive in the direction of Cortina from Venice, past Longarone and the villages of Tai and Valle in Cadore, you enter the valley of the river Boite, with the impressive mount Pelmo on your left and mount Antelao on your right. This is the main way to reach Cortina, and the only one that does not demand driving through mountain passes (Read more). Distances from Cortina.
Cortina is easy to access from several airports. The main international airports closer to the Dolomites are the one in Venice (160km) and the one in Munich (Germany). There also are smaller airports in the region, in Treviso, Verona and Innsbruck (Austria). I recommend flying to Venice (Marco Polo) as a first choice. Once in Venice you can take a bus to Cortina.
During the season, there are direct bus connections between Cortina and some Italian cities:
– bus service between Mestre (Venice) railway station and Cortina d’Ampezzo in connection with the Eurostar trains from/to Milan.
– bus service between Bologna railway station and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The bus station is located in the center of Cortina city in Marconi Street.
– bus service between Milano bus station (Lampugnano) and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The bus station is located in the center of Cortina city in Marconi Street.
Links: www.cortinaexpress.it – www.atvo.it – www.flixbus.it
The closer train stations are the one in Calalzo di Cadore in the south, and the one in Dobbiaco (Toblach) in the north. If you prefer travelling by train, the main railway line 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).
On the north there is the Fortezza-Dobbiaco railway line. Transfer to Cortina by bus. From Fortezza to Cortina it takes about 2 hours (train+bus).
Hereunder some images of Cortina d’Ampezzo and its magnificent mountains!