Lake Garda in northern Italy

How to get to Garda Town

Garda is located on the south-east end of Lake Garda with relatively easy access to the north-south motorway route between Bolzano and Verona and, of course, within easy reach of a variety of airports.

Where is Garda?

Travel by Car

Those heading to Garda from the south and west will do best to get onto the A4/E70 motorway which stretches between Milan and Venice. The exit for Garda - actually it is the one for Peschiera - is situated to the east of the turn-offs for Verona - the route then follows the coast past Bardolino to Garda.

Drivers coming from the north have the option of taking the scenic route to the north of Lake Garda and then the long tour down the lakeshore on the east (definitely not recommended in anything approaching busy periods or for those without time on their hands).

Alternatively, they can stay on the motorway as long as possible - taking the A22/E45 from the Austrian border down to the junction at Affi (also the exit for Bardolino) and then using the country roads through to Garda.

This is also the most promising route (although approaching the exit from the south) for those heading from the east, who should take the route to the north and Austria after the exits for Verona and then leave the motorway at the Affi junction.

Milan to Garda 156km - northeast to Bergamo and then past Brescia to the motorway exit at Peschiera
Venice to Garda 158km - past Padua, Vicenza and Verona to the motorway exit at Affi
Verona to Garda 34km - either on the motorway to Affi or on country roads to Lazise and north along the lakeside

Travel by Air

Garda has plenty of choice when it comes to airports, many of which - especially the most close at hand - are served with flights from the low-cost airlines from the UK or with travel company charter flights. The largest and most likely to have convenient scheduled flights from further afield are Venice (Marco Polo) Airport and the two airports at Milan.

Verona Airport (on motorway interchange to south of city) - 27km
Gabriele D’Annunzio Airport (south of motorway interchange outside Brescia) - 58km
Orio al Serio Airport (just outside Bergamo) - 103km
Marco Polo Airport (located on coast of Venice lagoon) - 159km
Treviso Airport (just to the north of Venice) - 165km
Bolzano Airport (to the north and east of Lake Garda) - 136km
Milan Linate Airport (close to the city in the eastern suburbs) - 152km
Milan Malpensa Airport (to the west of the city) - 192km
Innsbruck Airport (over the border in the Austrian Tyrol) - 257km

Travel by Rail

The nearest railway station to Garda is at Peschiera (17km). From there, local buses, the ferry or a short taxi ride are necessary to get to the resort.

Travel to Torri del Benaco

Torri del Benaco is seven kilometres to the north of Garda along the main Gardesana Orientale lake shore road. In addition to the options above, obviously with the kilometres added or subtracted, Torri also has a regular car ferry service in the summer months which links to Maderno on the western shore of Lake Garda.