Closest Airports to the Dolomites
Getting to the Italian Dolomites usually requires a multi-leg journey.
The closest airport to the Dolomites is the Bolzano Airport in South Tyrol, which is recently back in operation. The Bolzano Airport is serviced by the SkyAlps fleet, which offers nonstop flights to small and medium-sized cities in Europe including Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Copenhagen, Billund, and Antwerp.
Bolzano is located on the edge of the Dolomites. It’s only a 45 minute drive from Bolzano Airport to Ortisei in Val Gardena.
More airports near the Dolomites:
- Treviso Airport, Italy
- Marco Polo International Airport, Venice, Italy
- Valerio Catullo Airport (aka Verona Villafranca Airport), Verona, Italy
- Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy
- Munich International Airport, Germany
- Innsbruck Airport, Austria
Traveling to the Dolomites with a Car
International travelers typically fly to the Venice Airport, pick up their rental car, and drive to the Dolomites.
Depending on where you land, it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 5 hours to reach the Dolomites by car. Here’s how long it takes to drive from the following airports to Ortisei and Cortina d’Ampezzo, two central destination in the Dolomites.
Bolzano Airport, Italy | 1 hour to Ortisei, 2:15 hours Cortina d’Ampezzo
Marco Polo International Airport, Venice, Italy | 3:20 hours to Ortisei, 2 hours to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Treviso Airport, Treviso, Italy | 3 hours to Ortisei, 1:50 hours to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Valerio Catullo Airport, Verona, Italy | 2:15 hours to Ortisei, 3 hours to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy | 4:30 hours to Ortisei, 5 hours to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Innsbruck Airport, Austria | 1:30 hours to Ortisei, 2:40 hours to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Munich International Airport, Germany | 4 hours to Ortisei, 5 hours to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Renting a Car
If you’re flying to Italy, it’s best to rent a car directly at the airport.
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Traveling to the Dolomites without a Car
We’ve traveled to the Dolomites with and without a car. A car affords more flexibility, but you can definitely travel to the Dolomites without a car. Learn about when to visit, where to stay, and how to craft an itinerary in How to Visit the Dolomites without a Car.
Read How to Get to the Dolomites to find out how to get to the Dolomites by transit from the closest airports, train stations, and bus terminals.
If you’re flying to the Venice Airport, take the Cortina Express, or FlixBus from the airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo. You can rely on Dolomitibuses to get around the Dolomites (high season only).
If you’re traveling to the Dolomites from nearby cities (Verona, Florence, Bologna, Milan), or neighboring countries, you can take a train to Bolzano (Bozen), or San Candido (Innichen). From Bolzano, there are direct buses to Val d’Ega and Val Gardena. Use these sites to help plan your trip:
- Dolomiti Bus – transit schedules for the province of Belluno, Veneto Region
- Südtirolmobil.info – journey planner and timetables for transit in South Tyrol, Alto Adige