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Dolomites information: how rent a car in italy, some suggestions


Depending at your travel program, the rental car can be good or bad option. Rent a car in Italy is a bit expensive, read here when is a good option and when no... and some precautions for on the italian traffic and driving style.

The first point is analyze your travel program, from where you arrive before the via ferrata trek and where you go after. In consideration that during the via ferrata trek in the Dolomites you don't need have a car, I suggest this tipology of solutions:

SOLUTION 1. You arrive directly at Bolzano from a airport and then continue to visit other places in Italy

It's sure better that you don't rent a car, take the train to arrive in Bolzano, spend the days at the via ferrata tour and then rent a car in Bolzano and continue your tour.

SOLUTION 2. You arrive from a period of visit in other places in Italy and end your travel with the via ferrata trek in the Dolomites

This is the opposite solution. Rent a car in airport, visit different places in Italy, arrive in Bolzano by car and check out in Bolzano your rental car. Spend the days at the via ferrata trek and then go to the airport by train.

SOLUTION 3. You arrive from a airport, spend the days at the via ferrata trek and then come back directly to the airport

Don't rent a car, you arrive and depart to/from Bolzano by train/bus.


via ferrata dolomites: trenitalia  To Bolzano arrive every day many direct trains that start from different touristic cities of Italy (Venice, Florence, etc...) , look the Italian railways timetable of Trenitalia.

via ferrata dolomites: flixbus In alternative FlixBus offer different travel by bus to Bolzano, click the link to check your best option.


Transfers in the Dolomites during your via ferrata trek

In any case when you are in the Dolomites you will travel with my car: a large Fiat Doblò (7 places) that after the renovation looks have a better aspect.... watch the photos before (left) and after (right).... no bad! :-)

Via Ferrata Dolomites old car Via Ferrata Dolomites new car


Some important information (if you rent a car in Italy):

For USA drivers

If you are a USA driver, don't able to drive with manual gear, I suggest you to rent a automatic gear car. In Italy the automatic gear is not popular, specially on the cheap cars. Ask at your rental car company a specific car with automatic gear.

For UK drivers

If you are a UK driver, take carefull because in Italy you drive on the right side....

For ALL drivers

Take careful because the local Italian drivers go very fast and the mountain roads in the Dolomites was build during the First World War to transport slow cannons.... and not fast modern cars....


The rental car companies

In Bolzano you find different offices of the major rent a car companies.
If you arrive and depart in an italian airport, use these companies: 

Via Galvani, 1
39100 Bolzano (BZ)‎
Tel: +39 0471 212560 

La Maggiore
Via Renon, 10 C/o Palaz.ex Dogana
39100 Bolzano (BZ)‎
Tel: +39 0471 971531

Francesco Baracca airport
Via aeroporto Francesco Baracca1
39100 Bolzano (BZ)‎
Tel: +39 0471 252152

If you arrive and depart in an austrian or german airport, use this company:  

Via Luigi Galvani 13
39100 Bolzano (BZ)‎
Tel: +39 0471 501646

Don't hesitate to ask me more info and I wish you a good travel!


Watch my others programs for via ferrata in the Dolomites:

Via Ferrata for total beginners

A dedicated soft program for not trained people without hiking experience. Yes... why can do! Logically with a moderate program.

Via Ferrata for family

A tailor made program for families with kids, short and easy via ferratas, a pure enjoy for kids and terrified moms.

Via Ferrata trek in the Central Dolomites

The most classical via ferrata trekking, hut to hut, in the Dolomites in modular form: from 2 to 10 days

Via delle Bocchette (Western Dolomites)

The famous 3-5 days traverse of the Brenta group along the concatenation, hut to hut, of the Via Ferrata delle Bocchette.

Via Ferrata Cortina (Eastern Dolomites)

A modular program dedicated at the via ferrata around the Cortina area, from the easiest to the most difficult, the complete range of Via Ferrata of Cortina.

Via Ferrata trek in the Pale di San Martino (Southern Dolomites)

A long distance concatenation of via ferratas, hut to hut, in the Pale di San Martino, for trained hikers. 

Via Ferrata trek in the big walls of the Civetta (Southern Dolomites)

The most difficult via ferratas trek of the Dolomites, great walls, longest via ferratas, all for a unique experience!

Via Ferrata in winter, autumn, and spring at Garda Lake

The program dedicated at the winter, autumn, or spring possibilities. This modular program open a new reallity to climb via ferrata all round year.

The Via Ferratas of the First World War (WW1)

Different programs dedicated at the via Ferratas build during the World War One. From long and high altitude via ferratas, to short and easy via ferratas perfect for family with kids.