Verona Travel - Getting There


Getting to Verona, either with or without your own bike, is going to involve one or more of:
Gondolas
See the Verona Travel map showing the principal options.

Planes

Flying to Verona from outside Europe, there are a number of possible arrival airports:

If you are flying from within Europe then the options include flying to:
  • Milan Malpensa; from Manchester, Paris CDG, Heathrow, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Gatwick, Dublin & Luton.
  • Milan Bergamo; from Gatwick, Heathrow, London City & Paris CDG.
  • Milan Linate; from Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, East Midlands, Birmingham, Stansted, Bristol, Dublin, Cork & Paris CDG.
  • Verona; from Paris, Amsterdam, Southampton, Gatwick & Stansted.
  • Parma; from Stansted & Paris Beauvais.
  • Venice Marco Polo; from Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Leeds, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted & Manchester.
  • Venice Treviso; from Amsterdam, Dublin, Bristol, Leeds & Stansted.
  • Bologna; from Amsterdam, Stockholm, Paris CDG, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gatwick & Stansted.

There are many sources of cheap flights but we have found that cheapflights.co.uk offers consistently low prices. 

If you are flying with your bike, check the airline's terms of carriage (many budget airlines disclaim liability for bicycles) and your travel insurance.  We don't recommend transporting an expensive bike by plane.  Also, choose a direct flight wherever possible, as the more your bike is handled, the greater the chance it will be damaged.  
 
Advice on packing your bike for a flight is to be found in the Guide. 
 
Don't forget to book an airport car park in advance, it will be much cheaper than just turning up.  Purple Parking has better coverage than most, with car parks at over 20 UK airports.

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Trains

Taking the train from London or Paris is unlikely to be a good solution.  There are trains to Verona  (Verone in French) from Paris (Gare du Lyon)  but it will take between 9 and 13 hours depending on which train is taken.

If you do decide to travel by rail then take advice from:

  • The Man in Seat 61 gives by far the best, independent explanations of all things rail-related and we can only recommend that you check out his views on bike travel.
  • Travelling with a bike inside the UK is relatively easy, as most trains will carry bicycles as long as there is room (avoid commuting times and travelling in a large group of cyclists) and for free, but advance reservations are sometimes required.
  • For information, train times and ticket purchases, we find that trainline is better than most of the other commercial sites. 
  • Note that the London Underground (the Tube) does not take bikes, unless they are bagged and do not look like bikes.
  • Crossing the Channel by train means using Eurostar (St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford to Brussels, Lille, Paris or Calais).  Tickets can be ordered from trainline.
  • Bikes are seldom allowed on TGV, Thalys or ICE unless they are in bags.
  • Tandems are tricky things to transport, they are just too long.  If you are tandem riders, you will need to do more research on the transport possibilities or, more simply, hire a tandem when you get to Verona.
Italian Trains are pretty good, although the Trenitalia website can be a bit frustrating it does get there eventually and buying tickets on it is relatively easy.  You can use even a foreign-registered credit/debit card and then pick the tickets up from a ticket machine when you reach your first Italian station.  Whether your ticket needs a reservation or not, we recommend you validate the ticket at the start of the journey in the machine at the entrance to the platforms, just to be on the safe side. 
 
The map below gives you an idea of where the local trains mainly run and the relevant airports.

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AirportsVerona travel key points

  1. Milan
  2. Verona
  3. Venice
  4. Parma
  5. Bologna
  6. Pisa
  7. Florence
  8. Rome

Bike Route

The green marker.

  

 

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Ferries

There are many ferry options from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  However the drive from the Channel ports to Verona is a long way. Google makes it 1,250 kms or 11.5 hours which we think is probably an under-estimate.

  • Eire 
    • Rosslaire to Le Havre or Cherbourg 
  • South Eastern England
    • Dover to Calais or Dunkerque  
    • Newhaven to Dieppe
    • Harwich to the Hook of Holland
    • Ramsgate to Ostend
  • South Western England  
    • Plymouth to Roscoff   
    • Portsmouth to St Malo, Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg
    • Poole to Cherbourg and St Malo
    • Weymouth to St Malo
  • Northern England
    • Hull  to Zeebrugge (overnight)
    • Hull to Rotterdam (overnight)
    • Newcastle to Amsterdam (overnight)
    • All these make great starts to any holiday as the tedious car drive down through England is replaced by a night time ferry journey.  P&O make the Hull trip almost enjoyable.

We like travelling by P&O and DFDS Seaways and booking direct often gives you a good price.  For other routes we have found Direct Ferries to be a reliable ferry booking agent.

If you want to take your car in the tunnel under the Channel then use Eurotunnel.

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Driving

The rules vary by country and you should double check current requirements before setting off.  If you are a member of a motoring organisation, it should be able to provide up to date information, as should the national tourist board web sites, or see here.  At the time of writing, the most stringent requirements required for all of Italy, France, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are:
  • carry your passport, driving licence, vehicle registration documents and certificate of insurance
  • display a country of origin sticker (GB etc) on the back of the car
  • use mobile phones only with "hands free" kit
  • children should sit in the back
  • all passengers should wear seat belts
  • fit beam converters to the head lights of a right hand drive vehicle
  • carry a warning triangle and spare light bulbs
It is mandatory in France (and spreading to other countries) to carry a reflective vest, fire extinguisher and first aid kit. 
 
It has been suggested that Italians see driving as a competitive sport.  Our own experience is that generally they are sensible drivers but terrible parkers.  (And there are enough cyclists on the roads for drivers to be bike-aware.)  However, many historic Italian towns are too small for even mid-sized cars so if you are renting think about keeping the car as small as possible while also ensuring there is enough space to hide all your property so it cannot be seen from outside, as theft is a problem. Never leave anything, not even a jacket or jumper, visible in the car when you leave it.   
 
Fines are levied on the spot and must be paid in cash (Euros).

For further details, click here.

 

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