Getting to South Tyrol by train, car and bus
The train is a very easy and comfortable way to reach the Christmas market in South Tyrol. All interregional trains on the Munich-Verona Line stop in Bolzano. From there, you can catch a regional connection to Merano, with departures every half an hour. For information about tickets and schedules visit the website of Trenitalia, DB – Deutsche Bahn e ÖBB – Österreichische Bahn.
When traveling to the Christmas market by coach, special signs will guide you easily to the city centre. Parking for coaches is provided on via delle Palade, near the ice-skating rink Meranarena. Fifteen-minute parking is available for drop-off/pick-up on Via Piave near the Therme of Merano.
Take the BOLZANO SUD exit from the A22 motorway (Autostrada del Brennero) and follow the road toward Merano (Merano-Bolzano/MeBo highway). Take the MERANO MAIA BASSA or MERANO CENTER exit, from here you will quickly reach the city centre and the most atmospheric Christmas Market in South Tyrol.
Merano offers a number of parking choices: the “Blue Park” spaces (blue markings on the ground, purchase ticket from the vending machine) and pay lots/garages (shown on the city map):
- Garage Terme Merano
- Plaza – Via Goethe
- Cantina Sociale di Lagundo – Via Galilei
- Karl Wolf – Via Verdi
- Centro commerciale Bristol – Via Ottone Huber
- Parkhaus Obermais – Via Scena
- Meranarena – 15 min. walk from the Christmas Market
- piazzale Prader, in front of the train/bus station (15 min. walk from the Christmas Market or a bus operated by SASA is also available). Please note that on Tuesday and on Thursday the area is available starting from 17.00 because of the main market
- along via IV Novembre, close to piazzale Prader
- carpark of the sport centre Combi in via Bersaglio (6.12.17 – 11.12.2017 morning and 29.12.2017 – 2.01.2018 morning and all Saturdays and Sundays)
You will also find free parking on Piazza Prader in front of the train/bus station (15 min. walk from the Christmas Market or a bus operated by SASA is also available). Please note that on Tuesday and on Thursday the area is available starting from 17.00 because of the main market.
The Camping Site Merano is located in delightfully quiet surroundings only 10 mins. walk from the Christmas Market and can accommodate up to 300 guests and 120 caravans or camper vans. Basic amenities (hot water, showers, sanitary facilities), as well as the site’s camping gas and electricity supply, ensure a carefree stay. Free WIFI access is provided.
Prices from 23.11.2017 to 08.01.2018: Camper van + 1 car/camper incl. 2 persons €28,00, every additional adult €10,00/child €5,00. Camping plots cannot be reserved in advance. Info: Camping Merano, via Piave 44, tel. +39 0473 231249, email@example.com.
Alternative areas for campers close to the town centre are:
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The panoramic Christmas Shuttle
Go to the Christmas Market with our enjoyable shuttle.
The itinerary is the following: Hotel Terme – Via Garibaldi – Via Petrarca – Via Piave – Piazza Teatro – Corso Libertà – Via A. Hofer – Via Goethe – Via delle Corse – Via Piave – Via Petrarca – Via Roma – Via Ortwein – Via Garibaldi – Hotel Terme.
Info: tel. +39 339 5694694. Prices: adults €5,00, children €3,00.