Getting to Lake Garda
Lake Garda is located just south of the Alps near an important motorway junction in northern Italy and surrounded by airports. It's hardly surprising that the ease of getting there has contributed to the growth in tourism over the last decades.
Airports Near Lake Garda
Aeroporto Valerio Catullo di Verona Villafranca
Verona airport is located outside the city to the southwest near the junction of the A4 and A22 motorways and is extremely convenient for all the resorts on the southern end of the lake.
Aeroporto Gabriele D'Annunzio di Brescia Montichiari
Brescia airport is situated to the southeast of the city whose name it bears and nearer the village of Montichiari and closer to Lake Garda and the southeastern resorts such as Desenzano.
Aeroporto di Orio al Serio - Bergamo
Orio al Serio airport actually manages to mention Milan in its online copy, even though it is just outside the city of Bergamo and convenient for the western side of the lake.
Aeroporto Linate - Milano
Linate is one of two airports just outside Milan - Malpensa is the other one and is further to the west. Linate is located in the eastern suburbs of the city..
Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo
Marco Polo airport is on the northern side of the Venetian lagoon and a couple of hours away from the southern end of Lake Garda.
Aeroporto di Treviso Canova
Treviso airport is an alternative to Marco Polo airport just a little further to the north of the Venetian lagoon and again a couple of hours away from the southern end of Lake Garda.
Aeroporto Bolzano Dolomiti
Bolzano airport is a possible option for those travelling to the resorts on the northern end of Lake Garda. Mainly used for internal flights, although sometime international charters are available.
Innsbruck airport is over the border to the north in the Austrian Tyrol. However its popularity for scheduled flights and international charters in the summer make it an option for visitors to Lake Garda as well.
There are two railway station in resorts directly on the lake - one
at Desenzano and one at Peschiera, both of which are on the southern
shore. Another train line which may be of interest runs from north
to south between Bolzano and Verona and the railway station at Rovereto
is probably best for access to the northern resorts.
Italian railways - www.ferroviedellostato.it
Trentino bus service (for Rovereto) - www.ttesercizio.it (only in Italian)
Verona regional bus service (for east and south of Lake Garda) - www.apt.vr.it (only in Italian)
Brescia regional bus service (for west and south of Lake Garda) - www.trasportibrescia.it (only in Italian)
Lake Garda Ferries
Ferries around the lake are provided by the Navigazione Laghi, with
a fleet of 25 different sizes of vessel offering a comprehensive service
all through the year. Visitors should sit down and study the timetables
carefully to make the best use of the schedule and the various types
of unlimited travel tickets. The ferry company have an excellent and
extensive website in English which puts many other Italian transport
operators to shame.
Resorts to the south of the lake are best accessed from the Milan - Venice motorway (the A4) while, for travellers coming from the north, the Brennero motorway between Austria and Affi (the A22 - exit Rovereto Sud for the north of the lake or Affi for Garda and Bardolino) is the best bet. Travel connections to the individual resorts are given under the specific pages in the navigation to the right.
Using a car around Lake Garda can lead to extreme levels of frustration in high season, as the narrow access roads on either side of the lake are filled with cyclists, tour and public buses and motorhomes from all over Europe. Out of season, a car is a pleasant and convenient way to get to some of the more out-of-the-way attractions.