Getting to South Tyrol by train, coach, car and camper
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
During the second weekend of december there will be an additional free parking spot at Trauttmansdorff Castle, which you can reach by taking the exit MERANO SUD from the highway Merano – Bolzano (MEBO). From there you have to follow the corresponding signs. Campers are not allowed there!
The Merano Christmas Market is 35 minutes away by foot or easy to reach by bus number 1B (information and prices you can find on www.sasabz.it) Tickets have to be purchased on board of the bus and cost €1,50 per person per ride (the vending machine only accept coins and gives no change!)
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 22.11.2018 to 07.01.2019: Camper van + 1 car/camper incl. 2 persons €28,00, every additional adult €10,00/child (4-13 years old) €5,00. Check-in: from 8 am to 9 pm. Camping plots cannot be reserved in advance. Info: Camping Merano, via Piave 44, tel. +39 0473 231249, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative areas for campers close to the town centre are:
- 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)
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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.