Travelling in the Dolomites without a Car
- Hire cars and public transportation in the Dolomites & South Tyrol.
- Fly Drive – enjoy the flexibility of a car in resort. Superb deals on car hire are available through Collett’s.
- Using our transfers from Venice and public transport in the Dolomites.
Coming to the Dolomites without a car
It is possible to have a great walking holiday in the Dolomites without a car, but you might occasionally find yourself restricted. Having a car guarantees complete flexibility during your stay and on your days of arrival and departure. A car also guarantees access to all that is featured in our brochure (including some organised walks, most Via Ferrata, places of interest and certain mountain pursuits, such as horse riding, whitewater rafting and canyoning).
Public transport is cheap, reliable and can be used to good effect, but it is limited until mid season and even then some locations can be hard to reach or itineraries may be compromised by bus times. Even so, it is quite easy to take a local bus up or down the valley and then to walk back to your accommodation on one of several delightful routes. For the record, we have specifically based ourselves in Corvara and Badia because they provide excellent ‘from the door’ access to meadows, upland pastures and the mountains themselves with their many magnificent waymarked walks.
Cable cars or chairlifts run on a seasonal basis and, whilst useful for certain itineraries, they are not pivotal to the success of your holiday as access from the villages themselves is generally good. That said, the chairlift at Badia runs throughout the season and opens up some wonderful walks of varying grades.
Transport for our Organised Walks
Collett’s does not provide transport for organised walks, as it is just not possible to guarantee transport to everyone without a car to the start of all the walks. We know many stunning walks in neighbouring valleys just a few miles away, which we love to offer as a part of our organised walks programme and, if you have a car at your disposal, there is nothing to stop you joining us on these walks. The drives to these walks are generally easy. The roads are good and the scenery is out of this world. The journeys will range from 15 minutes to about 50 minutes.
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Transport for Via Ferrata
If you are coming to do Via Ferrata we reccommend that you hire a car at the airport (you can’t hire cars in resort) or self drive. Access to many of the routes can only be made possible by having your own transport.
Our resort team offer extensive support for self-guided Via Ferrata. We host a dedicated Via Ferrata Office Hour each evening (except Wednesdays) offering information and opinions on numerous exciting local routes. You can browse our Ideas & Info Files, which detail up to 20 local Via Ferrata and on a daily basis you can borrow a Collett’s Route Laminate, which will correspond to the route of your choice. We can also help you with quick and hassle-free kit hire and we can introduce you to local mountain guides (available at discounted rates through Collett’s), should you prefer the security of their expertise. If you would like to know more about this please call us on 01799 513 331.
You can hire a car on our Travel Extras page here where you can also obtain details on holiday insurance, ferries, airport parking and airport hotels. Prior to your holiday you will be able to access our guest information leaflet with useful arrival instructions, directions for drivers, packing suggestions and other helpful tips to help you hit the ground running.
How can we help those without a car?
- In each village at least one of our daily organised walks will be planned with ‘car-less’ guests in mind. It might simply be a walk that starts and ends from the village itself (and there are some excellent options within this category) or we will use local public transport, which is cheap and reliable. In recent years, we have worked hard to research these walks for ‘car-less’ guests so that the options are varied and numerous. Nevertheless, bear in mind that this ‘car-less guest walk’ will fluctuate from being moderate/hard to moderate/easier.
- To assist people without a car, each evening at Office Hour, we ask those with a car if they are happy to transport one or two people who do not have transport. There is no pressure on drivers to take passengers and such an arrangement is ultimately between the guests concerned. Usually, by way of thanks, the passengers will make a contribution to petrol or simply buy their driver a drink or two once they are back in the village after their day out. This system works well but simultaneously it relies on the presence of a certain ratio of cars. So it cannot be relied on as a guarantee of transport to a walk.
- Our own vehicles and drivers are often allocated to a certain walk. This can be very helpful for guests without a car. But it is not a cast-iron guarantee of transport, as our vehicles can regularly be committed elsewhere – for example, on airport transfers. Also, we make a charge (depending upon the distance) per person when guests use our vehicles to go to and from a walk.
- If there are enough people to warrant a taxi to get to the start of an organised walk, then – with the guests’ consent – we will do this, dividing the cost of the taxi amongst those that use it. Taxis in this part of the world generally come in the form of 8-seater minibuses