Ryanair have recently...
Ryanair have recently introduced flights from London Stansted to Trieste from as little as £15 one way, although finding a flight for that price can be tricky. Prices seem to rise and fall every hour, so keep checking their website to hunt for a bargain. Flights leave every day at 1pm, arriving in Trieste at 4pm. This makes Trieste an ideal gateway to Slovenija and Croatia, with 17 buses a day to Koper and Piran, and several buses to Croatian cities such as Pula, Rijeka and beyond. (This might sound as if I have taken all this from a guidebook, but I had a long time to wait at the bus station, so there was ample time to read the timetables at least a dozen times!!!). Trains connect Trieste with Ljubljana (4 hours away, most of that time spent at the border undergoing lengthy baggage and train searches) and Venice, with connections to most Italian cities. There is an overnight train each night at 9pm to Napoli, stopping at Venezia, Ferrara , Bologna and Roma Tiburtina (arriving at 7am)...no need to book a seat, as Trieste is the start of the train.
From the airport, there are shuttle buses to Trieste every few hours...their timetable does not seem to correspond with flight arrivals, which is strange as Trieste is not the busiest airport in the world...my flight landed just after 4pm, and by the time I had emerged from baggage reclaim and passport control, the bus had already left, probably empty as no other flights had arrived since lunchtime! Very odd system, although admittedly it was Easter Sunday so services were probably minimal. There was also some confusion as to whether tickets should be bought on the bus or beforehand at the upstairs bar in the terminal building...the woman at tourist info seemed to think no ticket was needed before boarding, although the bus drivers had other ideas.
Getting around Trieste...well, there are buses going in all directions from the station, but it is an easy city to walk around...finding somewhere to buy a ticket for the buses (try the tabachi inside the railway station) is difficult enough to put you off anyway! However, buses are the only feasable alternative to walking the 5 kilometres to the youth hostel and Miramare castle...take the no.36 heading to Grignano...if you go through a tunnel, you've gone too far. Heading the other way, a pleasant alternative is to walk to Barcola and then take a bus to Trieste...you'll be chucked out the hostel early morning anyway, and sunrise over the city is quite spectacular.
From the U.K.- Ryanair have...
From the U.K.- Ryanair have one flight daily, book early for really cheap flights.
From the airport a shuttle bus takes aroud half a hour into town.
Trieste is the gateway to the...
Trieste is the gateway to the Balkans, i.e. Slovenia and Croatia. The airport is small and cosy, but modern and has flight connections to several major cities in Europe (f.e. Rome and Munich).
For further connections, check out the bus timetables at the terminal that is just next to the railway station. When I first came to Trieste and wanted to travel on to Opatija/Croatia I was stupid enough to choose the train - that meant I had to change trains at the village of Pivka in Slovenia and spend three hours of waiting there, so after all it was a whole day journey, although only 150 km.
It's much better to choose the bus: there are regular connections to Koper, Piran, Ljubljana (Slovenia), to Opatija, Pula, Rijeka and Zagreb (Croatia) and even to Belgrade!
Trieste airport is called...
Trieste airport is called Ronchi dei Legionari and is 35km west of Trieste. It is directly linked to the national motorway network, making it very easy to reach some of the most important cities such as Udine (39 Km), Gorizia (23 Km), Ljubljana - Slovenia (100 Km), Rijeka - Croatia (110 Km), (Venice (100 Km).
From the airport Ronchi dei Legionari to Trieste the best way is to catch the coach.There are two solutions:
LOCAL COACH (nr. 51) to Trieste Coach Station about every hour in the week-day and every 3 hours during sunday and public holidays. ticket 4.800 ITL about 2.40 Euro
EXPRESS COACH to Trieste Coach Station every time a plane arrive. Ticket fare 15.000 ITL about 7,50 euro
To travel from Trieste to Kranjska Gora. If you will decide to cross Nova Gorica ( this small town is 45 km from Trieste in Slovenia yet ) there you will find train : NOVA GORICA - JESENICE (the last railwaystation) This trip is also very nice - in this way you can discover valley of Soèa river - many says that is the most beautiful river in Europe (www.lto-sotocje-tolmin.si www.kobarid.si www.bovec.si )This trip take you 2 hours and you come in Jesenice - 12 km from where I am stay.
The web of Slovenian Railway is : www.slo-zeleznice.si - hope you can find here info in english too.
Good rail and bus links to...
Good rail and bus links to Venice and many other destinations in Italy, also to Ljubljana and the seaside resorts in Slovenia.
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