Leaving Your Trip in BOLZANO — 2017

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on leaving your trip. Topics include...

  1. Where do you leave your trip? See immediately below.
  2. What are the closest airports?
  3. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you travel onwards from your cycle trip. 
  4. Suggestions on how to time your ongoing travel, whether you are having us arrange it, or doing it yourself.
  5. Service information regarding train travel from your trip end location.
  6. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel from the trip.



1.  WHERE and WHEN Do You Leave Your Trip?

Your trip disbands in Bolzano, on Sunday morning, after a night there. 
We reach Bolzano on Saturday, at the end of a full riding day. 
We recommend that you spend Saturday night with us, and it is included in the trip price (though a 40€ credit for the missed dinner and hotel is available if you travel out on Saturday evening, which you might choose to do in order to reach an airport city for an early Sunday flight).  The trip’s final night is always a pleasure, and a Saturday departure puts undue pressure on the riding day. 

A couple of hints regarding ongoing travel are offered at the bottom of this page.



2. What are the CLOSEST AIRPORTS?
Verona and Innsbruck are the closest airports, each 90 minutes away via fast train (see “Service Information,” below, for details).  But both are regional airports, offering only limited, intra-European service. 
(Ryanair’s “Verona” airport is actually in Brescia, almost as close to Milan as it is to Verona). 

Milan’s Malpensa is the closest intercontinental hub, with Munich, Rome, Venice, and Vienna about the same travel time away (count 6 hours from train boarding in Bolzano to arrival at the check-in counter).  City-to-airport connections are less easy for Venice than for the others.

Milan Linate and Bergamo (Bergamo is the airport Ryanair calls “Milan”) are also reachable in about the same amount of time. 

If you wish to arrange your own ongoing travel (in other words, you do not want to set up any ongoing travel arrangements through us), a couple of hints regarding ongoing travel are offered at the bottom of this page.  Otherwise...



3.  Our ACCESS PACKAGES
January 1, 2017

We offer a train ticket to Milan, Florence or Venice for 38€ (20€ for children under 12).  Add 15€ for any of Munich, Rome or Vienna.
Prices include all taxes, agency and baggage charges.  They are subjet to availability.  Full fare tickets cost more, sometimes substantially.
Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see below for extra cost first class and / or flexible tickets).
Add 10€ for tickets to any city’s airport other than Rome’s, 15€ to Rome Fiumicino.


Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price.  For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • 1st class tickets to any of Milan, Munich, Rome, Venice, or Vienna:  +19€, +12€ discount rate.
  • Tickets to the airport rail stations in Munich or Vienna:  +10€.
  • Tickets to the airport rail stations in Milan or Rome:  +15€.
  • Tickets to any of the following (prices include required seat reservations):
    - Nice or Zurich:  +29€ 2nd class, +45€ 1st class.
    - Frankfurt:  +59€ 2nd class, +89€ 1st class.
    These rates are capacity-restricted and represent substantial discounts.  Subject to availability.
  • Higher fare code exchangeable and partly refundable tickets:   +19€ to any of Milan, Munich, Rome, Venice, or Vienna, in either class. +29€ to other points.
    These tickets are exchangeable at any station, on a space-available basis (space must be available in the same fare code, or a step-up charge will apply), at any time until the train’s departure, for 10€ if the exchange is made at least 2 days prior to the date of travel, or for 20€ within 2 days of the travel date.  Cost of the exchange is +10€ if you make it through us, as opposed to standing in line at the station yourself.  Tickets are refundable less 20%, provided they are turned in at a station (or canceled on line in the case of e.tickets) before the train’s departure.



4. TIMING Your Trip

If we may influence your thinking on the topic of timing...  the luxury solution to leaving the trip is to either plan for a late flight on Sunday, or at any time on Monday.  It takes 5 hours to travel from Bolzano to Venice or to Milan's Malpensa airport, 6 hours to any other intercontinental airport check-in counter.  Assuming a 2-hour check-in, that means you must depart at 7a to catch even a 3p flight.  5a trains are available to Milan, Venice or Rome, but 7a is the first Sunday northbound departure (Munich, Vienna, Zurich...).

Moreover, if you are headed directly for an airport, allow ample time to connect to a flight:  the airline is not responsible for train delays, and though these are rare, they can happen.  Finally,, it can take a while to get from train to check-in counter. 



5. Service Information
Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at
http://www.raileurope.com/index.html
Best trains are mentioned.  Others are slower or have multiple connections.

  • To Milan.  Travel time is 3.5 - 4 hours (allow another hour to get to either airport).  Sunday service starts at 5a.  Then there is a train at 7:30a, and service every two hours after that. 
    A connection is required in Verona.  The last train on Saturday evening is at 6:30p.
  • To Florence or Rome.  Journey time is 3 hours to Florence, 4.5 hours to Rome (allow another hour to get to the airport).  Direct trains at 5:15a, 7:15a and 1:15p. 
    The last train on Saturday evening is at 5p.  There is also an overnight train, depart Bolzano at 9:30p, arrive Rome 6a.
  • To Munich.  First train at 7:30a (city arrival at 12:15p, airport at 1p).  After that the schedule is irregular, but there is no gap of longer than 2 hours.  Fast direct trains run at 10:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p.
    A connection is often necessary in Innsbruck.  The last train on Saturday evening is at 6:30p. 
  • To Vienna.  Travel time is 6.5 to 7 hours.  Service every 2 hours, from 7:30a.
    A connection is required in Innsbruck.  Last Saturday train at 6p.
  • To Zurich.  Travel time is 6 hours (allow another 30 minutes to reach the airport).  Sunday service starts at 7:30a.  Then there are trains at 9:30a (two connections), 10:30a, 12:30p...
    A connection is necessary in Innsbruck.  Last Saturday train is at 4:30p.
  • To Venice. Travel time is about 3 hours (allow another hour to get to the airport).  Sunday service starts at 5:15a.  Then there is a train at 7:30a, and irregular but frequent service after that.   Fast direct trains run at 11:15a and 3:30p.
    Otherwise a connection is generally required in Verona.  The last train on Saturday evening is at 7:30p.
  • To Frankfurt.  Add 4 hours to Munich timings.
  • To Nice.  Add 6 hours to Milan timings.



6.  Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY After the Trip
Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning post-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20 € charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10 € charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains.  Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:
http://www.raileurope.com/index.html

Bolzano is on a main, north-south rail route, going north to Innsbruck and Munich, south to Verona and Milan or Rome.

Planes.  See above for a discussion of local airports.


If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what, and we will set it up for you.





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