Getting to Verona
Option 1: Direct flight to Verona
If this is your first trip to Italy we recommend flying into Verona (Valerio Catullo) airport. From the United States it will be necessary to make at least one stop at a European city with a flight to Verona. These include: Dublin on Air Lingus (only Tues, Thu, and Sat); Munich or Frankfurt on Lufthansa (using one of their regional carriers such as German Wings or Air Dolomiti); London on British Airways; Rome on Alitalia; and, Amsterdam on KLM. Skyscanner.com is a good resource for finding flights from both major airlines and smaller, local airlines.
From the Verona Airport you can take a taxi directly to your accommodation. The fare should run less than 30 euros. Tipping is not expected or necessary, even to cab drivers. You can give a token tip for especially good service.
Option 2: Fly to Milan (Malpensa airport) then by train to Verona
From Milan Malpensa you can take a train or a bus from the airport to the main train station “Milano Centrale”. The bus leaves from exit door #4 and you can buy tickets from the bus driver for about 10 euros. Once at the Milan Centrale train station you will need to buy tickets to Verona, (12.5 Euro). Goeuro.com has train times and prices. Trains run very frequently. You can buy train tickets in the station at the counter or at a user-friendly “English speaking” machine. You can use credit cards, however cash (in euros) is often easier. It is never necessary to buy train tickets in advance. There is no need to make reservations ahead of time for the trains in Italy. Traveling from Malpensa to Verona takes around 3-4 hours.
Option 3: Fly to Venice (Marco Polo airport) then by train to Verona
You can also fly to Venice and then take a train to Verona (Goeuro.com has times and ticket prices). From Marco Polo Airport in Venice you can take a bus to the Venice Mestre Train Station. You can buy train tickets in the station at the counter or at a user-friendly “English speaking” machine. You can use credit cards, however cash (in euros) is often easier. It is never necessary to buy train tickets in advance. The train from Venice Mestre Station to Verona will cost from 9-12euros. Trains to Verona run very frequently (again, check goeuro.com).
Arriving in Verona by Train
Coming from either Milan or Venice by train, you will arrive at Verona Porta Nuova Train Station. From Porta Nuova Train Station you will need to get to your accommodation in the city. We recommend that you take a taxi. The fare should be less than 12 euros. Tipping is not expected or necessary, even to cab drivers. You can give a token tip for especially good service.
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