The Best Ways to Get from Verona Airport to the City Centre (& Lake Garda!)

Have you booked a flight to Italy’s City of Love and are wondering how to get from Verona Airport to the city centre?

Then you’ve come to the right place. On my most recent visit to Verona, I flew into the local airport and made my way to the city centre.

Here are the best ways to get to Verona city centre from the airport.

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How to Get from Verona Airport to the City Centre

Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN), also known as Valerio Catullo Airport or Villafranca Airport, is six miles (10 km) southwest of Verona’s city centre. The airport is small and manageable and is served by flights from some European cities, including London.

It’s easy to get from the airport to downtown Verona. Depending on your final destination and mode of transport, this journey will take you 15 – 40 minutes.

By bus: the cheapest way to get from Verona Airport to the city centre

The inexpensive 199 Airlink bus departs from outside the terminal building every 20 minutes, terminating at Verona Porta Nuova train station. From Verona’s train station, it’s an easy 15-minute walk to the Roman Arena in the city’s historic core.

This is how I reached the city centre from Verona Airport and is an excellent option if you are a solo traveller and don’t have to haul heavy suitcases.

The journey time to Porta Nuova train station is 15 minutes. In 2024, the first service leaves Verona Airport at 5.35 a.m.; the last service is at 11.10 p.m. You can check the timetable here.

A one-way ticket from Verona Airport to the city centre costs €7 (2024 price). As this is valid for 75 minutes after validation, you can use it for onward travel to your hotel in Verona by city bus if required.

Buy your ticket from the machine in the Arrivals area or pay the driver. Contactless card payments are accepted.

If you are travelling back to the airport from Porta Nuova train station, you can buy your ticket at the following locations:

  • ATV ticket office in Porta Nuova bus station (adjacent to the train station)
  • Tabaccheria in the atrium of Porta Nuova train station
  • Ticket machines in the train station (on platforms B2, C1, C3 and E1)

Tickets can also be purchased online here or via the Ticket Bus Verona app.

By taxi: the most convenient way of travelling to Verona city centre from the airport

If there is a group of you or you have heavy luggage, a taxi from the airport to Verona city centre may be a better option. You can pick one up from the concourse outside the Arrivals area.

Reckon on paying around €30 for a ride to the city centre, more if your plane lands at night or on a public holiday.

The journey duration will depend on your destination. It’s around 15 minutes to hotels near the train station; 20 minutes if you are staying in the heart of Verona’s historic centre.

As with taking a taxi from the airport in any country, only use a licensed cab. If necessary, ask the driver to turn his meter on or agree on a price before setting off.

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Beautiful Verona

By private transfer: the least stressful way of travelling between Verona Airport and the city centre

If you don’t want the stress of negotiating with a taxi driver after your flight, book a private transfer from Verona Airport to the city centre. As larger vehicles are often available, this is also a good option if you are travelling as part of a bigger group.

This is what I do when easy public transport isn’t a viable option. Being met by a driver holding a sign with your name who escorts you into a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle is hard to beat.

As with a taxi, the journey time will depend on the location of your hotel but you are looking at 20 minutes or less.


By hire car: for those wishing to venture further afield

For complete flexibility, a hire car is the way to go and is the best option for exploring the Veneto region, including the spectacular Lake Garda.

You’ll find a handful of car rental desks in the Arrivals area. International companies include Avis and Hertz.

Getting from Verona Airport to Lake Garda

Verona airport is also a good jumping point for beautiful Lake Garda. If you aren’t hiring a car, you can travel there by bus or book a private transfer.

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Desenzano, Lake Garda

By bus: the cheapest way to get from Verona Airport to Lake Garda

Getting from Verona Airport to Lake Garda requires a change of bus. Sadly, the seasonal Bus 482 from the airport to Lake Garda no longer operates.

Take the Airlink 199 bus to Verona Porta Nuova Railway station as before and then change to lines 162, 163, 164 or 165 from Platform B3.

You can check the timetables here.

Alternatively, you can catch the 199 Airlink to Porta Nuova station and complete your journey by train.

Lake Garda has two train stations – Peschiera del Garda and Desenzano del Garda –  situated at the south of the lake. The train from Verona to Desenzano takes 25 minutes.

By private transfer: the most comfortable way of travelling between Verona Airport and the city centre

A private transfer is a more comfortable way of getting to Lake Garda from Verona Airport, particularly if you have a lot of luggage. For a group of people, it can be a cost-effective option.


And That’s A Wrap

I hope this brief guide helps you plan your journey from Verona Airport to the city centre (or Lake Garda if you are venturing further afield). If you want to learn more about what you can do in Verona, take a look at my guides: