Accommodation & Travel

Getting to Lake Garda

There are many options for you to get to Lake Garda, you may choose to book through one of the tour operators such as who offer packages to Lake Garda from May-October each year for various durations and include your flights (from many regional airports), transfers and your accommodation.

Or you may prefer to look at getting to Lake Garda independently which is a good idea if you or your guests are looking for a shorter break perhaps or for those who prefer to organise the holiday independently.  There are many airlines that can offer flights to the area such as:-

You may decide to hire a car, or you may prefer to have a transfer, we can assist with transfers or advise you so please ask us for details.

Verona is the closest airport to Lake Garda (Catullo) and Brescia( Montichiari)  just a little further away, from Verona Catullo you can reach the south of the lake in approx 30mins and the north of the Lake in approx 1 hour.  From Verona Brescia it is approx 30mins more.  The tour operators use Verona for their flights during May and October.

The Milan Airports are further away, Milan Bergamo( Orio al Serio) is the closest being approx 1.5 hours drive to the south of the lake and approx 2 hours to the north.  Milan Linate takes approx 2 hours to the south of the lake and 2.5 to the north of the lake.  Then Milan Malpensa is the furthest of the Milan airports and will take 3 hours or more to reach the south of the lake and longer to reach the north of the lake.

From Venice (both Treviso or Marco Polo) the south of the lake can be reached driving in approx 2 hours and 2.5 hours for the north of the lake.

Companies flying to Lake Garda

Easyjet To Milan (linate), Milan (Malpensa), Verona Venice (Marco Polo)

To Milan (linate),
Milan (Malpensa),
Venice (Marco Polo)

Ryanair To Milan (Bergamo), Venice (Treviso) Verona

To Milan (Bergamo), Venice (Treviso)

British Airways Verona, Venice, (Marco Polo), Milan (Linate) Milan (Malpensa)

British Airways
(Marco Polo),
Milan (Linate)
Milan (Malpensa)

Jet 2 Venice (Marco Polo)

Jet 2
Venice (Marco Polo)

Driving to Lake Garda from one of the airports

To reach Lake Garda North by car you take the motorway A22 ( Modena- Brennero), this is the fastest way , the exit is ‘Roverto-Sud , following SS 249 for Mori- Torbole- Riva del Garda, Malcesine , Limone.

Or you can take motorway A22 ( Modena – Brennero), the exit is Affi, following SS249 for Affi, Garda, Torri del Benaco, Malcesine , Torbole, Riva del Garda for north (nord)  or for South (sud) Garda, Bardolino, Lazise, Peschiera


If you are arriving from Verona Brescia you will travel approx 80kms along the state road 45 bis (West Gardesena) which takes you to Riva del Garda, the road between Gargnano and Riva has many tunnels and is narrow. The East Gardesena (state road 249) is wider and easier to drive, but during the peak season this is subject to very heavy traffic.
If you are arriving from Milano-Bergamo ( Orio al Serio) or from Milano( Malpensa or Linate) you need to take the motorway A4 ( Milano – Veniezia), exit Brescia est, following for Salo, Limone, Riva Del Garda( West Gardesana) OR Motorway A22 (Modena Brennero) with a exit Peschiera del Garda, Affi or Roveretto sud  (East Gardesana)

When you pick up your car at your arrival airport you can ask for a map to show you which route to take to Lake Garda depending on which part of the lake you are staying on or perhaps buy a map before you go, I always find this useful and you can usually hire a sat nav from most car hire companies, just ask when you book your hire car. You can also find details on various websites with directions to Lake Garda from all the arrival airports listed above.

To reach the Garda area by BUS there are direct connections from Trento and Roverto (trentino transporti), from Verona, Desenzano and Peschiera (A.P.T.V bus service) from Brescia (S.I.A) bus service and during the summer (from mid June to the end of September) also from Venezia (A.P.T.V bus service) Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, one bus only.
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If you are travelling by TRAIN the nearest railway station is Roverto (on the Brennero line) which is 20 kms from Riva del Garda.  A Trentino Transporti service connects Roverto to Torbole, Riva and Arco.   Arriving from Milan or Venice it is possible to get off at Desenzano, Peschiera or Verona, from these towns you can take the A.P.T.V (Azienda Proviniciale Transport Verona) bus service to Riva del Garda.


There are many different options for accommodation in Lake Garda, it really does cater for all budgets.

You may prefer to self cater, perhaps BB or half board, each resort has a great selection of hotels.  If you are not booking a package and would like some ideas about a specific resort or resorts and what they offer then please just ask.

There are also quite a few campsites in Lake Garda in some great locations.

Also, visit our links page where you may find some useful links to accommodation.

For your special event contact you may like to contact Selective Travel Abroad who will be happy to arrange your accommodation and transfers in Lake Garda.