Getting around Verona | Public transport and best ways to explore
Explore the romantic medieval city to your heart’s content easily and leisurely – getting around Verona is convenient by public transport but you can easily ditch the public transport and walk to experience the authentic Verona.
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. For example, the first century Roman amphitheatre and the historic clock tower are located within their respective squares 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.
What to expect from ‘Getting around Verona’
This post sets out a comprehensive guide to getting around and public transportation in Verona.
The primary and popular public transport in Verona is the bus. There are various types of tickets you can purchase for your bus journeys. This post sets out the type of tickets your could purchase, where and how to purchase these tickets along with the costs of these tickets.
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 in this post is a suggested self-guided walking tour should you choose to do so.
There are also suggestions for timeless experiences in the city of Verona
Also embedded is a simple guide on 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 and the only guide you need to plan your vacation.
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!
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. The main public transport in Verona is the bus.
1 | Public Transport in Verona
Verona’s public transport is operated by ATV (Azienda Transporti Verona Sri).
The buses in Verona managed by ATV 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). For convenience, 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:
1.2 | Type of bus tickets, where to buy them and costs of the tickets
Tickets for the city area of Verona, primarily for occasional travellers:
i | Tickets are cheaper if purchased before boarding the bus;
ii | Cost: €1.30;
iii | Tickets are non-transferable;
iv | When purchased before boarding, tickets are valid for 90 minutes from the time it is first stamped and allows the traveller to use the entire urban network.
v | Tickets must be validated in the machine as soon as you board each time and this includes transfers. Don’t forget to do that or you might get a fine.
Urban tickets purchased onboard:
i | You can purchase tickets onboard the bus using the automated ticket machines;
ii | Cost of ticket: €2.00
iii | Just know that the automated machines do not give change back;
iv | Tickets purchased onboard is valid only for the one-way trip and transfers are not allowed.
i | Daily tickets can be purchased at ticket offices;
ii | Cost of ticket: €4.00
iii | Unlimited journeys on the entire urban network of Verona city for the whole day;
iv | Includes transfers as many times;
v | You must have the ticket stamped each time you board the bus;
vi | Expires at midnight of the day when first stamped.
10 tickets carnets:
i | Cost: €11.70
ii | Buy them in ticket offices;
iii | It is a carnet of 10 tickets – each ticket is valid for 90 minutes from first stamped;
iv | Must be stamped each time you board the bus;
v | Once stamped, each ticket allows the traveller to use the entire Verona urban network.
For the latest on public transportation and ticket prices, look-up ATV’s official page here. [Tel: +39 045 805 7811]
Georgina suggests: Buy the 24 or 48 hour Verona Card and enjoy rides on the ATV.
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:
i | Taxis are more expensive in the evenings and at night – that’s just the way the regulation goes;
ii | The meter starts running when the taxis leave to come to collect you. So, when you get into the taxi, you would already see a charge on the meter.
iii | Safety rules of Taxis – As in any other countries and situations when you use taxis, ensure there is a working meter when you get into the taxi. Also, ensure that it is used.
iv | Fixed rate taxis – There are fixed rates to the airport and to some destinations. Ensure you are aware what the cost is before you hire a taxi. You could always ask the hotel reception to get you the quotes or ask the taxi company at the time you make your enquiries.
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 small, compact and is easily walkable. You will be surprised at how the narrow streets connects to each other. Most streets are so narrow that it is suitable for only one vehicle at a time. You can easily avoid driving or avoid the confines of public transportation.
Exploring this Roman town on foot allows you to appreciate both the historic piazzas and the surrounding streets that 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
How to use this Google map: Click on the arrow at the top left corner of the map. You will see the places next to colour-coded markers. Click on the individual places to learn more.
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:
i | Group tours are generally great value for money;
ii | The tour guides are knowledgeable and have so many stories to share about Verona’s history, handed down to them by their elders. You may not find these stories in history or guide books.
iii | They know the best spots to stop for photographs.
iv | They know the best places to eat and drink.
The following group walking tours in Verona are highly recommended:
2 | Explore the city of Verona with a bike
Exploring Verona with a bike is quite pleasant. You will certainly reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the environment positively while enjoying your trip.
You could either hire a bike for a self-guided tour or you could join a value for money bike tour group. Choices below:
2.1 | 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.
You could design your itinerary to suit.
2.2 | 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
You can get to Verona by air, train and by road.
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.
3 | By road
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 beautiful top 7 accommodations are highly recommended for its views, locations and service. Take a look.
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:
On a final note
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 the medieval city. 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. Being well informed is key to be well-prepared which gives you, the traveller control over what is right and good for you.
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Getting around Verona | Public transport and best ways to explore first published at timelesstravelsteps and is regularly updated. Latest update: June 26, 2021