There are no international airports in the Dolomites therefore if you're coming from out of the country the best airport to land in is Venice Marco Polo Airport. It is the closest, about 160km away.
The other options include:
- Bologna Airport is about 300km away.
- Milan Airport is 318km away.
- Munich, Germany Airport is about 368km away.
The best way of getting around in the Dolomites is by car! Getting around by public transportation isn't easy in the Dolomites and if you truly want to experience this area to its fullest you need to rent a car.
Renting a car:
Where? Mestre, Venice (It isn't really Venice, but it's a short bus ride away from Venice).
Company: We rented the car through Europcar.
Cost: Since we booked our trip last minute it was a bit pricey for an automatic car, so we rented a manual car for 278 Euro for 4 days.
*Manual cars are pretty common in Italy and also much cheaper! We saved an extra 223 euros by renting a manual car over an automatic one.
Gas Cost: We spent 194.84 euros and drove about 771km in total.
︎ Should you rent a car? Our recommendation is YES! The Dolomites is a HUGE area! Getting from one area to another takes a while.
You could rely on public transportation but it shouldn't be the first option. There are buses around the Dolomites that can take you to popular destinations like Lago di Baries, Lago di Carezza and Ortisei, but do remember arrival time will be based on the availability and timing of the public transportation.
Do you have to rent a car? No. Saying that, a car offers more flexibility and is a time saver.