Travelling from Verona to Lake Garda is quick and easy and there are three ways to do it.
Italy’s largest lake is a great destination for a day trip, a weekend break or a longer holiday.
On account of its airport and excellent road and train connections, Verona is the most convenient Italian city to reach Lake Garda.
If you have ever asked yourself ‘How to get from Verona to Lake Garda?’, fear not. In this blog post today I will give you extensive and first-hand tried and tested information exactly how to do it.
From reaching the many southern and northern towns on Lake Garda by car, bus, and train to useful details about Verona’s own airport and train station, everything is covered and structured in a way to make your travel planning as easy as possible.
There are many beautiful and wonderful things to see around Lake Garda in a day or two or over a longer period. Knowing how to reach Italy’s largest lake from Verona and how to smoothly navigate around it will make your trip so much more enjoyable. It will also free up more time for sightseeing and relaxation.
Now, without further ado, let’s start!
3 Easy Ways to Travel from Verona to Lake Garda in Italy
Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake. It has a circumference of around 160 km and dozens of picturesque towns and exciting sights on its shores.
If you want to travel from Verona to Lake Garda for a day trip, then the best course of action is to pick a town or two on the southern shores of the lake. Here is a short list: Desenzano del Garda, Sirmione, Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, Bardolino, and Garda Town. You can read about each of these beautiful lakeside towns here and make your choice. Then, you can easily reach them either by car, train, bus, train and bus, or train and ferry from Verona.
In case you are planning to spend longer on Lake Garda, then you can travel to both the southern and the northern lakeside towns starting from Verona.
Here is exactly how to do it!
1. Verona to Lake Garda by Car
It is incredibly easy to reach by car from Verona any point around Lake Garda.
Toll roads A4/E70 and A22/E45 connect Verona directly with many different lakeside towns. For example, the distance from:
- Verona to Peschiera del Garda is just over 30 km and it takes about half an hour on A4/E70;
- Verona to Desenzano del Garda is 43 km and it takes about 35 mins on A4/E70; and
- Verona to Garda Town is around 40 km and it takes about 40 mins on A4/E70 and then A22/E45.
Alternatively, you can use the network of provincial and regional roads which are free to drive on. They are very convenient, too. However, travel times on them tend to be longer.
Once at Lake Garda, you can then circumvent the whole lake by following the two branches of the lakeside road:
- Gardesana Orientale – which follows the western shores; and
- Gardesana Ocidentale – which follows the eastern shores.
Being able to quickly zip up from Verona to Lake Garda and then back gives you the immense freedom to visit a myriad of picturesque towns, medieval villages, curious sights, pebbly beaches, captivating museums, large attraction parks, and so many other wonderful places on the shores of Italy’s largest lake.
If you are driving your own or a rental car, then, please, refer to point 1 in this blog post: 8 Best Ways to Get Around Lake Garda, Italy. There you will find detailed advice about dealing with parking, rush hours, traffic jams, and driving styles at Italy’s largest lake.
If you don’t want to rent a car but yet you prefer the convenience of travelling by car from Verona to Lake Garda, then consider hiring a taxi.
You can book a taxi even before your arrival in Verona as many taxi companies that serve Lake Garda have websites in several languages. You just need to search for ‘taxi Lake Garda’ or ‘taxi Verona airport‘ and your favourite search engine will return dozens of results.
Otherwise, you can get a taxi from Verona Airport, Verona Porta Nuova train station, and just about anywhere in Verona. You can also ask your hotel to have a taxi waiting for you at your point of arrival or to recommend a local taxi company for you to use during your stay in Verona and Lake Garda.
If this has not been agreed on in advance, then make sure that you ask the taxi driver before the start of the journey how much it will cost you. Be prepared that on Sundays and public holidays a surcharge may be applied.
Some taxi companies may also offer customised tours of Lake Garda. This way, you can have the taxi driver take you directly from Verona to Lake Garda and then follow an itinerary that corresponds exactly to what you want to see and do there.
2. Verona to Lake Garda by Train
It is very easy to travel from Verona to Lake Garda by train.
Two of the lakeside towns have a train station. One is the town of Desenzano del Garda and the other – the town of Peschiera del Garda. Both are near each other and are located on the southern end of Italy’s largest lake.
Verona’s main train station – Verona Porta Nuova – enjoys excellent connections by high-speed and regional trains to the train stations in Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda.
For example, it takes as little as 14 minutes to reach Peschiera del Garda from Verona on the high-speed train and as little as 16 mins to cover the same distance on the regional train.
Once you reach Peschiera del Garda or Desenzano del Garda by train from Verona, you can then quickly and easily travel by bus and/or ferry to many of the other towns on the southern, western, and eastern shores of Lake Garda. Please, see point 3 below for information on the different bus lines serving the lake. You can click here to check the ferry lines connecting the different lakeside destinations.
To quickly and easily reach the northernmost tip of Lake Garda by train from Verona, you need to do the following:
Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova train station to Rovereto – a charming city in the Autonomous Italian province of Trentino. Once there, you can get a bus to Riva del Garda and other northern lakeside towns. Click here to consult the timetable of bus line 332 for specific times of departure and arrival.
To check train times and book in advance train tickets from Verona to Lake Garda, use the official websites of Italy’s train operators Trenitalia and Italo Treno. Make sure that you refer to the tips and tricks for quick and cheap train and bus travel in Italy at the end of this blog post to find out how to navigate Italy’s train and bus systems.
3. Verona to Lake Garda by Bus
Taking the bus is an easy way to travel from Verona to Lake Garda. Direct bus lines connect the city of Romeo and Juliet with many different lakeside towns.
- Bus lines 162 and 163 will take you from Verona to Lazise, Bardolino, and Garda Town.
- Bus line 164 will take you from Verona to Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, Bardolino, and Garda Town.
- Bus line 165 will take you from Verona to Bardolino and Garda Town.
- Bus line 026 will take you from Verona to Castelnuovo, Peschiera del Garda, and Desenzano del Garda.
The buses for Lake Garda usually start from Piazza Bra (the large square in Verona where you can see the Roman amphitheatre Arena di Verona) and also stop at Verona Porta Nuova train station. Bear in mind that often, the earliest buses start directly from Verona Porta Nuova train station.
The bus stops are right opposite the train station itself and it is easy to find the right stop to wait at.
Approximate travel times by bus from Verona to some of the most popular destinations on Lake Garda are as follows:
- Verona to Peschiera del Garda by bus – approx. 33 to 39 mins
- Verona to Lazise by bus – approx. 52 mins
- Verona to Bardolino by bus – approx. 1 h 2 mins
- Verona to Garda Town by bus – approx. 1 h 7 mins
- Verona to Desenzano del Garda by bus – approx. 1 h 7 mins
Once at Lake Garda, you can then take a different bus line or a ferry to a different lakeside town. For example, bus line 484 can take you from Garda Town to Malcesine and Riva del Garda. You can click here to check the ferry lines connecting the different lakeside destinations.
When planning your trip, make sure that you check the bus timetables from Verona to Lake Garda carefully. These may vary significantly according to the season and the day of the week.
To make your travel from Verona to Lake Garda even easier here is some useful information about Verona Airport and Verona Porta Nuova train station.
Verona Airport is the closest and in many ways the most convenient airport for Lake Garda, Italy.
Small and easy to navigate, Verona Airport (known both as Valerio Catullo Airport and Verona Villafranca Airport) is next to the small town of Villafranca di Verona and within a short distance to the city of Verona in Northern Italy.
The airport is closest to the southern shores of Lake Garda. You can easily reach any lakeside town from Verona Airport in a number of different ways.
How to get from Verona Airport to Lake Garda by public transport: Once at Verona Airport, take the shuttle bus which connects the airport to Verona Porta Nuova train station at regular intervals throughout the day.
From the train station, you can travel by train directly to either Peschiera del Garda or Desenzano del Garda – two of the most important towns on the southern shores of Lake Garda. Once there, you can use the networks of buses and ferries that connect the different lakeside towns and villages. There are also buses that connect Verona Porta Nuova train station to different towns on the shores of Lake Garda allowing you to travel directly to them without the need to take a train first.
If you need to reach the northern shores of Lake Garda, the best option is to get a train from Verona Porta Nuova train station to the city of Rovereto. Once there, you can take a bus to Riva del Garda and other northern lakeside towns.
Official website: Verona Airport Valerio Catullo
Verona Porta Nuova Train Station
Verona Porta Nuova is the main train station of the city of Verona, Italy. It is also a major cross-junction train station in Italy.
You will find it south of the city centre and you can easily walk to it from Piazza Bra in about 20 mins or take a bus to it to halve the time. A regular shuttle bus connects Verona Airport to Verona Porta Nuova train station.
You can easily and quickly travel to Verona by train from a number of large cities in Northern Italy – Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Brescia, Milan, and Turin. You can also reach Verona by train from anywhere in Italy – for example, Bologna and Rome.
To travel from Verona Porta Nuova to Lake Garda, you can get a high speed or a regional train to either Peschiera del Garda or Desenzano del Garda – two of the most important towns on the southern lakeshores. Average travel time is about a quarter of an hour.
Alternatively, you can get a train from Verona Porta Nuova train station to the city of Rovereto. Then catch a bus to Riva del Garda or other northern lakeside towns.
From Verona Porta Nuova you can also reach Lake Garda directly by bus. The bus stops are right opposite the train station. Average travel times to some of the main southern lake towns are between half an hour and just over an hour.
Travelling from Verona to Lake Garda for a day trip, a weekend break or a longer holiday is quick and easy. There are three ways to do it: by car, train, or bus.
In the above blog post, I give you detailed and first-hand tried and tested information about how to reach Italy’s largest lake from the City of Romeo and Juliet. Packed with useful tips, I hope that my blog post will come in handy when you plan your trip from Verona to Lake Garda.
Enjoy discovering the beauty of Lake Garda!
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