Public transport

Alternatives to the car in South Tyrol

A holiday without a car is easily possible in South Tyrol. Local public transport is provided by intercity and city bus, railway, cable cars and shuttle services. In 2006, the so-called South Tyrol Cycle was introduced: Public transport was extended to a min. one-hour interval and intensified by half-hourly bus connections.

Bus connections

All buses (regional bus, city bus, town bus) in South Tyrol belong to an interconnected area and can therefore be used with unified tickets. Small animals, luggage and items are carried free of charge on the bus. A separate ticket must be purchased for bicycles. Medium and larger dogs also require their separate ticket. Dogs must be muzzled and kept on a lead.
On you can find time tables for all busses in South Tyrol. Via an optional filter function with specification of bus route, locality, area or mode of transport the desired bus timetable can be selected. The document can be printed out or downloaded to your own smartphone. This means that the timetables are always ready to hand.

Cableways in South Tyrol

With cable cars, metres in altitude can be conquered without sweat and in a time-saving manner. Mountain bike and hiking tours can thus start close to the forest line - without searching for a parking spot on narrow mountain roads. Here you can find a list of cable cars with bike transport in the area around Merano and in the Vinschgau Valley.


In 2005, the Vinschgau Railway was put back into operation after 15 years of standstill. Today, almost two million passengers travel by train between Merano and Malles every year. With a capacity of 18 or 36 bicycles, the train offers convenient bicycle transport. In midsummer, however, there are often bottlenecks, so a bike shuttle has been set up at the station bike rentals. A truck transports the bikes to the desired destination station with bike rental and there is enough space for passengers on the train.

Railway lines in South Tyrol:

Tickets for local public transport

Day ticket for city buses in Merano or Bolzano

The day pass can be used all day for all journeys on the city buses within the Merano or Bolzano tariff zone.

Price: €4.00 per day. By comparison, the rate for paid public parking in Merano or Bolzano is often over €2.00 per hour.

Where can the ticket be validated? Insert the ticket into the validation device at the top of each journey when boarding.

Where can a ticket be purchased? At ticket machines, on the bus and at authorised sales points.

Single ticket (intercity) for bus and train

How much does a single ticket cost? €0.15 per tariff kilometre, rounded up to €0.50

Validity: 3 hours from invalidation and usable for intercity buses and regional trains

Where can a ticket be purchased? On intercity buses, at ticket machines at the station and at authorised sales points.

Where can the ticket be validated? Bus: Insert the ticket into the validation device at the top when boarding.

Single ticket in the local area

How much does a single ticket cost? €1.50

Validity: 60 minutes from validation and usable for buses within a fare zone. Examples: City bus connections, city bus in Bolzano or Merano;

Where can a ticket be purchased? On intercity buses, at ticket machines at the station and at authorised sales points.

Where can the ticket be validated? Insert the ticket into the validation device at the top when boarding.

Prepaid card for € 10 / € 25 / € 50

How much is the kilometre? €0.12 per tariff kilometre, rounded up to the nearest cent.

Where can a prepaid card be used? Prepaid cards can be used for ALL means of transport in South Tyrol. Unfortunately, it is not possible to take pets or bicycles with you. A separate ticket must be purchased for these purposes.

Validity: 2 years after the first devaluation.

Where can the ticket be validated? Intercity bus and train: When boarding the bus or at the station, insert the prepaid card at the blue validator and enter the code for the destination. The code for each town is listed on the ticket validator. For each passenger, the prepaid card must be validated a corresponding number of times. For journeys in the local area, there is no need to enter the destination.


The Mobilcard can be purchased for a limited time (day pass, three or seven days). Here you can find more information about the Mobilcard. The information service on timetables and fares can be reached from Monday to Saturday from 6.00-20.00 and on Sundays and public holidays from 7.30-20.00 by phone +39 0471 220880 or by e-mail

Timetable with start in Merano

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Cycling tours in South Tyrol

MTB tours

The number of MTB trails and the ongoing bike season make Merano a MTB paradise.

Open MTB tours

Roadbike tours

Numerous mountain passes attract road cyclists to South Tyrol. The most beautiful Alpine passes provide endless metres of altitude.

Open Road Bike Tours

Enjoyment tours

More moderate cyclists enjoy the fantastically beautiful landscape in South Tyrol on leisurely bike tours.

Open tours

Bike routes

Vinschgau-Val Venosta: Reschen to Merano

One of the most beautiful and diversified bike paths in the Alpine region.

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Etschtal: Merano to Bolzano

The Apple Cycle Path through the Etschtal-Adige Valley connects the cities of Merano and Bolzano with almost no incline.

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