How to explore Dolomites by public transportation

Before visiting the Dolomites, I was worried without the car we couldn’t admire the beauty of this area. But I was WRONG!!! Though we didn’t have the flexibility like someone with a car, the Dolomites were still AMAZING. I loved sitting on the train or bus and just watching the landscapes through the window. 

Train in South Tyrol area has air conditioners, free wifi and electric sockets.

Where are the Dolomites?

The Dolomites are a mountain range in the North of Italy. In 2009, the Dolomites were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a wonderland in 4 seasons.

2 months ago, my friend asked me to join her to the Dolomites. I had checked the photos on Google, and the next day I booked a flight ticket immediately. We’d flown to Verona first and then took a bus to Bolzano. In Bolzano, we stayed in a Youth Hostel which is near the train station.

This time I would like to share with you how to get to Val di Funes and Lago di Braies by public transportation. The Dolomites are huge and have many places to visit, but I only spent a weekend there. Next time for sure, I’ll be back to explore more this heaven on earth.

How to buy a public transport ticket?

To travel around the South Tyrol area and visit some places of the Dolomites, you can buy a Mobile Card. It will be much cheaper with this card and you can use it for train, bus and cable cab in the whole area.

  • One-day-card €15
  • Three-day-card €23
  • Seven-day-card €28

You can easily buy this card at Bolzano station.

How to check public transport schedules?

To check the train or bus timetable, you can you this page:

For example, in the search box you type “From: Bolzano, Stazione – To: S. Pietro (Funes), Paese”.

Keep in mind that on the weekends, there are fewer trains and buses than in the weekdays.

How to get to Val di Funes?

Val di Funes is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites. It’s also listed in UNESCO World Heritage. You will need about one and half hour to reach this place by train and bus, but you will not disappointed with the view. I was speechless by the thousand shades of green in Val di Funes. 

  • From Bolzano station, take a train to Chiusa station
  • From Chiusa, take bus line 340 to bus stop Mileins Tiso
  • At Mileins Tiso, take another bus line 340 to S. Pietro (Funes)

* Tell the bus driver where you want to go to make sure you won’t miss the stop.

See this photo for example

At S. Pietro station (Val di Funes), you can take a walk or trek to have a gorgeous view like this.

How to get to Lago di Braies?

Lago di Braies is the most beautiful place on earth I’ve ever been to. This lake locates in the Dolomites in Northern Italy, but honestly I didn’t feel like I just had a weekend in Italy😂. It’s absolutely different from the other places in this charming country. There is another Italy in the Dolomites I have to say, except the pizza, pasta and ice cream are still yummy as always haha. 

From Bolzano, take a train to Fortezza station

  • From Forterzza station, take a train to Fortezza station
  • From Forterzza station, take a train to Niederdorf station
  • At Niederdorf, take the bus 422 to Lago di Braies

(You can buy the bus ticket from the drivers)

Lago di Braies is 31 hectares and it takes around 2 hours to walk around this lake. But I think Instagrammers and photographers will spend more than 4 hours or a whole day here. You know this place is just too stunning to NOT take a lot of photos. 😂📸

Where to stay in the Dolomites?

I stayed 2 nights in the Youth Hostel in Bolzano. This hostel has the best location. It’s opposite the train and bus station. A few steps further, you can reach the cable cab which gives you a wonderful view.

Youth Hostel South Tyrol has some hostels in different cities (Bolzano, VBrixen, Merano, Dobbiaco). You can book in advance online and pay at the hostels by cash or card.

I paid about €25/night (breakfast included) for a bed in a dorm room. The staff was super friendly and helpful.

There are many options to stay in the Dolomites. You can search for the best place for your trip.

You’ll see a blue and green planet in the Dolomites.

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Hi! I am Nhu, a Vietnamese girl living in the Netherlands. I have been living in 3 countries and traveled to 23 countries and still counting. Hopefully, with my blog, I can spread the inspiration to get you moving. If you already own itchy foot, then here comes the useful tips and advice on the interesting destinations that you may visit someday. Stay tuned!

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