Getting around Verona | Public transport and best ways to explore
Getting around Verona is easy and may not require the use of public transportation. This is because Verona is a compact city which centres around two historic piazzas, Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe. These two historic piazzas provide easy access to the best of the beaten track either because these attractions are within the square itself or via its many narrow alleys that surrounds the squares. You can easily ditch the public transport and walk. For example, the first century Roman amphitheatre and the historic clock tower are located within their respective squares itself whereas the mythologised balcony that earned Verona its reputation as a City of Love is only a few minutes from either of the squares. Therefore, walking through Verona, a city that drips in romance is the best way of exploring this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Moreover, the historic centre of Verona is limited to traffic (ZTL). While vehicle access is permitted in some areas, this is limited to certain areas at certain times only. Having said that, this easy-to-use and comprehensive guide on getting around Verona is the ultimate support to designing your visit your way to this beautiful city.
About this post on Getting Around Verona
This post sets out a comprehensive guide to getting around and public transportation in Verona. The main public transport in Verona is the bus. There are various types of tickets you can purchase should you decide and need to use public transportation. However, you may not need to use public transport if you are staying in the city. There are a number of ways to explore the city using other modes and the best being to just walk around the city. Included is a suggested self-guided walking tour as well as suggestions for timeless experiences. Finally, this post provides a simple guide to how to get to Verona from the train stations (Porta Nuova or Porta Vescovo) or from the airport (Verona Villafranca, VRN). All in all this is a complete guide to getting to and around Verona.
Where is Verona?
Located in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, Verona lies at the foot of the Lessini Mountains and is half encircled by the Adige River. The City sits 105 kilometres (65 miles) west of Venice and was founded by an ancient tribe. Being second to Venice only for its population and architectural interests, this medieval old town is a joy to explore! You can find this city at:
45.4384° N, 10.9916° E
Getting Around Verona
There are a number of ways to get around the City. You could use the bus, take a taxi, hire a car, hire a bike, join group tours or you could simply explore on a self-guided walk. Here are some suggestions for you:
1 | Public Transport in Verona
Verona’s public transport is operated by ATV (Azienda Transporti Verona Sri).
Buses in Verona operated by ATV
The buses are green and operate daily. The service is frequent, reliable and good. There are bus stops everywhere in Verona and the service is really good during the day. Just be aware that timetables and bus routes are different on Sundays and bank holidays (and during the night!).
Verona’s main bus terminal is located in front of the train station, at Verona Porta Nuova. From there buses depart for the various neighbourhoods (city buses) and for the provinces (from the northern part of lake Garda to the southern limit of Verona district). Download the App for bus routes and timetable using the link below.
Following is a guide on how and where to purchase public transport tickets including the type of tickets available for purchase.
1.1 | How to buy bus tickets in Verona
Bus tickets are sold at bus station, at tobacconists and newsagents around the city of Verona. Tickets can also be purchased onboard the bus. However, take note of the benefits of purchasing before boarding the bus:
Tickets for the city area of Verona, primarily for occasional travellers:
Urban tickets purchased onboard:
10 tickets carnets:
For the latest on public transportation and ticket prices, look-up ATV’s official page here. [Tel: +39 045 805 7811]
2 | Taxis in Verona
Taxis in Verona must be picked-up from the designated taxi ranks located throughout the city, and this includes at the train station, Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe.
For same day taxi bookings, it is advisable to book at least one hour prior.
You could ask your hotel to call a taxi for you as there is one usually available at short notice.
Points to note about taxis in Verona:
Limited traffic zone
It is worth noting that the historic centre in Verona is limited to or no traffic is permitted at all. Learn more about the controlled zones (Zona a Traffico Limitato) from the official page of Province of Verona here.
Although vehicle access is permitted in some areas, this is limited to certain areas at certain times only. You can subscribe to the Telegram Channel of Comune di Verona for the latest updates on traffic conditions and alert situations. Go to this official page to subscribe.
Best ways to explore Verona for Timeless Experiences
1 | Walk and explore the enchanting medieval town and UNESCO site
The thing about this medieval town is that it is compact and is easily walkable. You can easily ditch the car or avoid the confines of public transportation.
Both the historic piazzas themselves offer so much more to cultural experiences than a simple spot of attraction.
Walk through the narrow alleys, discover the hidden gelaterias or the secret gardens and churches. Enjoy the little boutiques as well as the luxury brands such as Gucci, Givenchy and Valentino. Via Mazzini, located on the northern side of Piazza Bra, is the place to be to experience some of Italy’s big brand names. Running parallel to Via Mazzini is Corso Porta Borsari where you can shop till you drop for some delightful fashion and shoes.
For foodies, there are endless delis specialising in pasta, salami, olive oils and herbs. The mouth-watering truffle risotto, creamy polenta, pasta dishes, warm breads and Veronese cheeses are unforgettable experiences to savour!
A visit to this enchanting UNESCO listed site is not complete without a visit to Juliet’s House on Via Cappello, 23. The indescribable emotions and the messages that surrounds the courtyard is worth experiencing.
Discover secret gardens and underground churches where excavations are still going on to unravel the history of this ancient civilisation.
Bask in the simple delight of rainbow coloured window shutters and balconies with ivies! It’s simple. It’s beautiful.
For timeless experiences where you walk and explore, you can design a self-guided walking itinerary or join a group walking tour for a day to suit your schedule. Whether it is slow-travel to fully immerse in the Veronese culture or a full-packed itinerary. Here are some suggestions for you.
Self-guided Walking Tour – Start the day at Piazza Bra.
Start your day at Piazza Bra.
Piazza Bra | Arena di Verona | Via Mazzini | Juliet’s House | Piazza delle Erbe | Torre dei Lamberti | Catterdrale di Verona
Join a Group Walking Tour
One of the activities I strongly recommend doing when visiting any city or country, either solo or as a couple/family is to join a group tour. The benefits are many but here are some:
Learn more about the why guided tours are sometimes necessary when we travel from this page.
The following group walking tours in Verona are highly recommended:
2 | Explore with a bike
Exploring Verona with a bike is quite pleasant. You could either hire a bike for a self-guided tour or you could join a value for money bike tour group. Choices below:
Hire a bike for a self-guided tour of the city through the city’s bike-share scheme.
The city runs a bike-share scheme – Verona Bike. Their stations are conveniently central at Piazza Bra and Castelvecchio Museum.
Verona Bike Share Scheme at Piazza Bra, Verona
You could design your itinerary to suit.
Join a bike tour group
Alternatively if you want to get a great orientation and an appreciation of history to this historic town, join a bike tour.
A bike tour will give you local insights of the city from a knowledgeable guide. See more and cycle to the cradle of the city, across River Adige. Visit the Basilica of San Zeno and the Art Nouveau villas of the Borgo Trento, one of Verona’s loveliest neighbourhoods. Enjoy cycling routes with little traffic with opportunities to stop for photos.
Here are some suggestions:
3 | Hop on the open-top red bus
The hop-on-hop-off open-top red bus is a great option as well if you want to combine walking with a bus tour. It gives visitors two routes that have been designed specifically to show the main attractions of Verona. You can hop-off at an attraction to spend time exploring and return to the designated stop to hop-on again to your next destination. Visitors can learn more about the historic city from the multilingual audio commentary that goes with this tour. There are 24-hour or 48-hour tickets available to suit your itinerary. As always, these purchases comes with protection for you where you can cancel 24-hours prior and receive a full refund if there are any changes to your plans at the last minute.
How to get to Verona
1 | Verona’s Railway Train Station
Verona is served by two train stations and there are three ways to get to Piazza Bra, centre of town.
The primary train station is located at Verona Porta Nuova, and the other is Verona Porta Vescovo, situated at the south of the city centre.
1.1 | Getting to Piazza Bra, centre of town from Verona Porta Nuova, 37138 Verona, Province of Verona, Italy
From Verona Porta Nuova station, take Line Bus 13 to Piazza Bra, centre of town. It is a five-minute ride and costs around €2.00. Alternatively, you can walk to Piazza Bra. It is located about a mile and takes around twenty minutes. There is also the option to take a taxi which may costs between €7.00 to €8.00.
1.2 | Getting to Piazza Bra from Verona Porta Vescovo, . Piazzale 25 Aprile, Province of Verona, Italy.
Take Line Bus 13 to Piazza Bra. It takes twelve minutes and costs €2.00 – €3.00. You may want to take a taxi and journey time is significantly less – about three minutes but it will costs you €10.00. Porta Vescovo is located within walking distance of Piazza Bra and it will take you thirty minutes.
2 | Verona Airport
Verona has one airport, Valerio Catullo (VRN) airport, also known as Verona Villafranca. It is located about 10 kilometres southwest of central Verona. The airport has two terminals. There are five ways to get to Verona city from Verona Villafranca.
2.1 From Verona Villafranca (VRN) to Verona city
There are regular Aerobus service operating between Verona Villafranca Airport and the Verona Train Station. The journey is twenty minutes and costs €6.00. Learn more from ATV official website here
You could take a taxi for about €35.00. Taxis can be booked in advance. The taxi rank can be found at the exit of the Arrivals Terminal. The following taxi companies are listed on the official website of Verona Villafranca:
Unione Radio Taxi – Tel: +39 045 532666 | RadioTaxi Catullo – Tel: +39 045 2223525
A Comfortable Private Transfer
Take the stress out of your travel! Learn more about this option on how you can have a comfortable and stress free Private Transfer to your hotel
Airport transfer by Trike
Arrive at your accommodation in style by an extraordinary transport option – trike. This unique and fun airport transfer is for up to 2 people. Learn more about this special experience and book here.
International Car Hire companies – Europcar, Sixt, Maggiore and Hertz are located outside of Arrivals at Car Park 3. You can find out more on car rentals from this official page of Verona Airport.
Places to stay in Verona
If you are planning on staying a few days in Verona, these accommodations are highly recommended for its views, locations and service. Don’t take my word for it, read the reviews before booking and ensure it is your kind of place.
Experience the Veneto region
And when in Verona, get a fuller experience of the Veneto region – go on a day-trip which usually are a great value for money packages. Book early to avoid disappointments and enjoy your right to cancel 24-hour prior should you change your mind. Here are some suggestions for you:
Finally, my thoughts…
It is my sincere desire that this easy-to-use comprehensive guide to public transportation and ways to explore Verona is the ultimate guide for you to get around Verona. It is designed to support your independent travel as well as supported travel – all ensuring that you are fully informed and know what to expect. As you may know, I am a strong advocate of traveller well-being and being well informed is key to be well-prepared which gives you, the traveller control over what is right and good for you.
Browse through all related articles on this page so you can make an informed decision and know before you go. Verona is a pretty city with so many layers of history to uncover, and you really got to experience it at least once.
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