In South Tyrol environmentally friendly bus and train travel is a top priority. South Tyrol also has a long tradition of easy access by cable car to high lying villages or up into mountains. Bus and train timetables are coordinated, providing perfect access to valleys and smaller villages.
Public Transport in South Tyrol
The South Tyrolean Transport Association unites urban and intercity lines, city buses, regional trains and the Trenitalia Italian Railway (between Innsbruck and Trento) as well as the trains of the South Tyrolean Railway. The Mendel Pass Funicular Railway, the Rittnerbahn railway and the cable cars in Renon/Ritten, San Genesio Atesino/Jenesien, Verano/Vöran, Meltina/Mölten and Maranza/Meransen can also be used with a single ticket. The regional trains of Trenitalia (Italian Railways) and the South Tyrolean Railway operate on four lines at half-hourly or hourly intervals.
- Brenner line: Brennero/Brenner – Bolzano/Bozen – Trento
- Vinschgerbahn train: Malles/Mals – Merano/Meran
- Merano line: Merano – Bolzano
- Pustertal Bahn train: San Candido/Innichen – Fortezza/Franzensfeste
Make full use of public transport in South Tyrol with any of three Mobilcards, a prepaid ticket or a standard ticket. The prepaid ticket is a transferable ticket for all modes of public transport in South Tyrol and can be bought at values of 10, 25 or 50 Euros. The prepaid ticket can be bought at train stations, ticket vending machines located at stations, or at tobacconists. Those using a prepaid ticket will save one third off the price for every kilometre of inter-city travel and one third off the price of urban travel. Before beginning any journey, the prepaid ticket must be stamped at the blue machines located at the train stations or on the bus itself.
Beware: the prepaid tickets are only valid on regional trains and not on the IC/EN trains of Trenitalia (Italian Railways) and DB/ÖBB. Standard tickets, which can be bought at the train stations or on the bus, must also be validated at the yellow ticket machines before beginning a journey. It is not possible to buy tickets on the trains. Those found to be travelling without a valid ticket are subject to a fine.
With the Südtirol to go app you always have the timetables with you.
Travel by taxi
Taxis are generally readily available outside major train stations. Your accommodation host will certainly be happy to supply you with telephone numbers for local taxi companies.
- Taxi office in Bolzano/Bozen: +39 0471 981 111
- Taxi office in Merano/Meran: +39 0473 212 013
- Taxi office in Bressanone/Brixen: +39 0472 835 666
Car rental in South Tyrol
Cars can be hired in South Tyrol at many well-known international providers.
- Avis (located in Bolzano/Bozen, Bressanone/Brixen, Merano/Meran and Ortisei/St. Ulrich in Val Gardena)
- Hertz (located in Bolzano and at Bozen Airport)
- Sixt (located in the city centre and at the airport of Bolzano)
- Auto Europe (located in Bolzano and Bressanone)
- Maggiore (located in Bolzano)
- FunCar (located in Merano)
At a glance