By air to the Dolomites
Traveling to the Dolomites by air is a less common option, but not everyone has a car at their disposal. The closest airport to the Dolomites is Venice. Just be aware that Venice has two airports – Treviso and Marco Polo. Marco Polo Airport is right next to Venice and Treviso Airport is north of Venice, closer to the Dolomites.
You can get return tickets from 800 for various dates. The prices will be a bit higher in the season, so he wants to investigate more. The flight from Prague takes an hour and a quarter.
The nearest major resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo is just over 2 hours by car and 3 hours by train. In the end, your journey by plane and then by car/train will cost you approximately the same as if you had traveled from the Czech Republic in your own car.
You can rent a car on the spot or even right at the airport through Garsia tour, which is one of the largest and cheapest car rental companies in the world. You can find everything from sedans to station wagons to large SUVs.
By car to the Dolomites
A car is the best way to visit the Dolomites. You can get everywhere comfortably and you are not fixed by the timetable of buses and trains. In short, you are your own masters. In addition, the Dolomites are known for their mountain passes, where you won’t sweat a single calorie and you’ll see things unseen in Czech basins.
Passo Giau mountain pass
The route to the mountains will depend on whether you are coming from Bohemia or Moravia and Silesia. From the Czech Republic, you will usually drive towards Munich and from there to Innsbruck. For Moravians, it is better to choose the route via Vienna, Salzburg and then connect to Innsbruck as in the first case.
The journey from Prague will take approximately 7 hours (approx. 662 km). The route is calculated to Bolzano, otherwise known as the Gate to the Dolomites. You will drive almost the entire way along the highway, from which you will only turn off to the center where you are staying. For example, to Cortina D’Ampezzo you turn towards Bruneck, etc.
Fees for traveling by car to the Dolomites in 2022
German motorways are still free of charge. You only pay for the Austrian ones. A motorway stamp for Austria will cost you €9.60 for 10 days (motorbikes €5.60). I recommend not driving around the highways in Austria. You will spend a lot more time on the road, and compared to the price you pay for the stamp, it will not be worth it in the end in terms of petrol/diesel.
The payment for crossing the Brenner Pass between Innsbruck and the Austrian-Italian border is €10.50 in 2022
Tolls in Italy will cost you about €8-9 per 100 km. As far as Bolzano you will pay less than €5 toll (one way), €2.8 to Ortisei and €1.70 to Cortina. You pay the toll in cash or by card. Each payment gateway has a symbol at the top showing how you can pay.
The highway can be easily bypassed by the state road SS12, which copies the A22 highway. But you have to take into account that instead of less than an hour from Brenner to Bolzano, the journey will take you an hour and a half.
As for fuel, be sure to fill up as much as possible with us and then fill up the tank in Austria. The most expensive petrol/diesel is in Italy and then in Germany. In Austria, on the other hand, it is the cheapest.
The Dolomites are a limestone mountain range in the north of the Italian Alps with an area of 142,000 m2. You will find 18 three thousand pieces here. The highest peak is Marmolada (3343 m).
Many consider the Dolomites to be the most beautiful mountain range due to their distinctive landscape. Spectacular peaks and towers contrast with horizontal surfaces such as ledges, crevasses and plateaus. Thanks to limestone light colored rocks combined with vast green meadows and forests. Some rock formations form a perfect panorama, some stand out from the landscape suddenly and prominently.
Exactly these contrasts and combinations are a perfect image of the “Dolomite landscape”. So unique that they have been on the UNESCO List since 2009.
The French mineralogist Déodet Gratet de Dolomieu was the first to come up with the name Dolomites in the 18th century, who described the mineral dolomite (dolomitic limestone) from which the mountains are made. Due to its light color, the Dolomites are nicknamed the Pale Mountains.
There are many myths and legends about the Dolomites due to their appearance. One of them is the legend that the mountains got their color after the moon princess fell in love with the mountain prince. When the moon princess was homesick, the mountain prince had the mountains covered with moon silk to ease her homesickness.
In the Dolomites, you have the opportunity to experience the natural phenomenon of Enrosadira, when the peaks of the mountains are colored in different shades from light pink, fiery red to purple. Enrosadira comes from the Latin name rosadüra, which in translation means pinking.
When to go to the Dolomites?
In terms of weather, the best time for hiking in the Dolomites is May to early October – see average temperatures in °C in the chart. From December to April, snow is typical and temperatures drop to -10 °C.
But that doesn’t mean the Dolomites aren’t worth a visit in winter if you don’t ski. On the contrary. It’s a wonderful winter fairy tale. In addition, the mountain passes here are mostly passable all year round and it would be a shame not to enter the main plot of this fairy tale.
Tre Cime in winter
If you want to avoid the tourist crowds, don’t go to the Dolomites in August. Considering the weather and tourists, the most ideal months to visit are May, June and autumn. The most stable weather is in September.