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Approximate route through the Dolomites by train/bus

I'm planning on spending about 2 1/2 weeks gong around the Dolomites and wondering if there's a rough route that would make sense in order to visit places.

This is a list of places I would be interested in seeing:

Lago di Braies
Val di Funes
Val Gardina
The 3 peaks
Colle Santalucia

Posted by
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You don't say when you want to go, or where you are arriving from. Cortina is easily reached from Venice airport for example using the Cortina Express direct bus. Local buses then go everywhere that you want to go, and you can catch a train in Bolzano back north to Austria or south to Verona-Venice. Local bus passes are usually given out free to hotel guests good for the duration of your stay.

Check out the basic websites:

The English button is in the lower right if you scroll down all the way.

I have done a Venice - Cortina - Corvara - Val Gardena - Ortisei - Castelrotto - Bolzano route by bus and train (January 2020 ski trip) and it was easy enough. In winter some high passes are, of course, closed to regular public transport so a cab ride might be necessary. One could do it in reverse also. Bolzano is a great base for heading farther west or northwest and Cortina is a great base for heading east to northeast. Many of the websites I have used in the past have been rebuilt in the last two years and I have not investigated them in detail lately.

Have fun!

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Hi, I'll be there in June/July and arriving from Austria getting the train that goes from Innsbruck to Bolzano. After finishing the time in the Dolomites I'll probably exit by going to onto Verona airport via Trento, maybe with a couple of days excursions from Trento.

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If you go from Innsbruck to Bolzano, you will have to back track to get to all those Dolomite locations you mentioned.

Better would be to take the regional train from Innsbruck to Waidbruck where you can get the No 170 bus to Kastelrotto, or the No 350 bus to Val Gardena locations. Look at the map I linked to you previously.