From Trieste to Opicina by tram
The Opicina tram is not only a means of transport but also one of the most popular sights of the city.
The tramline was inaugurated in 1902 and links the square Piazza Oberdan in Trieste with the village of Opicina on the hill plateau. On the 5,2 km route it gains more than 320 metres in height, therefore the tram is supported by a so called cable tractor on the steepest section.
During the day the tram runs every 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from kiosks. A single ticket costs 1,15 Euro and a day ticket sets you back 3,80 Euro (Summer 2012). These tickets are also valid on the local buses of Trieste.
For more info about the tickets, please also read my "Explore Trieste by bus" tip.
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Explore Trieste by bus
Apart from the Opicina tram, Trieste's public transportation network consists of more than 50 bus lines. Many of the buses terminate at the square Piazza Oberdan or near the main train station.
Among others I used the following buses: Bus #36 to get to Castle Miramare and bus #20 to get from Muggia back to Trieste.
Tickets can be purchased from kiosks all around the town. A single ticket costs 1,15 Euro and is valid for 60 minutes on weekdays and 240 minutes on holidays. An alternative is a day ticket for 3,80 Euro (Summer 2012). All tickets are also valid on the Opicina tram and have to be stamped on board of the bus or tram.
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From Trieste to Muggia by boat
On our third day in Trieste we took a side trip by boat to Muggia, which is the only Italian town on the Istria peninsula.
The service is run from end of April until mid-September by the Delfino Verde company. This company also offers a couple of other services on the Gulf of Trieste.
Boats to Muggia leave from the left side of the pier Molo Bersaglieri, which can be found just south of the square Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.
On weekdays there are about 10 departures either way; slightly less on holidays.
As of 2012, prices for a single ticket are 3,70 Euro and for a return ticket 6,90 Euro. Tickets for the approximately 30 Minutes trip can be bought on board.
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To Trieste by train
We arrived in Trieste by train from Bergamo with a change of trains in Brescia and Mestre. The total trip took a bit over 5 hours and cost 34,90 Euro, but it must be noted that we booked the Bresica to Venice Mestre part of the trip in advance on the trenitalia website for a 19 Euro mini price.
From Trieste we also went on a day trip by train to Gorizia. A single ticket for the 45 minutes journey was 4,15 Euro.
At the end of our time in Trieste we left the city by train towards Treviso. This trip by direct regional train took 2,5 hours and cost 15 Euro.
Regional trains in Italy are usually quite cheap and the prices are fixed; whereas other train fares can vary a lot. Good deals for longer journeys on IC trains can be obtained online when booked in advance.
Trieste's main train station (Trieste Centrale) is located at the square at Piazza della Liberta, slightly north of the city centre, but still in walking distance to the main sights. The main train lines serve routes to Venice and Udine. Unfortunately there are no direct connections to Slovenia.
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No Metro but good bus system
I was a bit surprised that there is no metro in Trieste and think this may be due to the hilly terrain of the city. However there is an excellent bus system and we found our way around in pretty good fashion. A map with the routes is essential as is the schedule. I did not find a map just of the bus system, but the routes were indicated on my map of the city. The Monday newspaper 'Il Piccolo' has a complete listing of the bus schedules. You can purchase tickets for all day for about EUR 3 and this allows you to unlimited bus rides. With the daily ticket you must validate it on the bus but only the first time you use it. We found the system really convenient and easy to use.
Piazza Oberdan is a major hub for buses both local and to the surrounding areas.
Funicular and tram of Trieste
The tramway was built in 1902 to link the center of Trieste, at the see level, to Opicina which is at quite 5 km to the north near the Slovenian border but at 339,5 m above the see. To climb up to the Opicina hill, the tramway was first used with a rack section between Piazza Scorcola and Vetta Scorcola. So, since 1902 to 1928 the Trenovia Trieste - Opicina was a cog-wheel tramway but this configuration had the disadvantage to be too slow for the traffic and too expensive. In 1928 the rack was removed and a funicular section was built at the same place with two special cars used to push and retain the tramway cars. This configuration has the advantage to increase the traffic and to be more economic because the necessary energy is very small. The energy of the descending cars is used for the ascending ones. The only constraints is that the tramway cars must be synchronized, they must arrive at the same time at the lower and upper stations of the funicular.
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Here there are some websites where you can find info about coaches:
Next the railway station there is the bus station (tel. 040/425020)- it's very useful for all people arriving in Trieste by train. From here starts routes going to Pola, Rijeka, Split, Medjugorje and many other places, also in our region.
( Autotrans - It's a company of Rijeka - you'll find timetables of all buses that depart from Rijeka (it0s also in english)
Since trains don't pass along the coast, going there is possible or by bus or by car.
About the bus...the onIy problem you can find is when you have to catch it in a town that is not the one of the departure. This 'cause if bus is crowded it will not stop!!
This society called SITA not only can goes to Croazia (Roma - Zagreb, Torino - Zagreb) but is also useful if you want to go to the southern itralian regions;
SAF, you'll find timetablesand infos also in english
• Eurolines - linea Venezia - Trieste - Medulin e linea Napoli - Roma - Firenze - Rijeka - Split http://www.eurolines.it/
With this society yiu can arrive to any eurpean region
Economocal, convenient option : Come by Bus
I came to Trieste by bus from Rovinj in Croatia. The Brioni Pula Bus left the station at 7.40 and we were in Trieste before 10. This is a direct service, stopping only twice to pick up passengers en route. This bus had come from Pula and there are good connections between all the coastal towns on the Istrian Peninsula and Trieste. Another bus leaves Rovinj every morning at 5.40 a.m. and as with all the bus stations in Istria, the timetable is posted clearly on the outside of the building. The bus was extremely comfortable and sitting right at the front I had an unimpeded panoramic view of the countrysde for the entire journey.
An interesting point about this journey is that you will pass three international borders: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Unfortunately, the bus thunders through Slovenia at the speed of light and it's not possible to disembark there.
A word of warning. The bus station in Trieste is very convenient to the centre of town, in Piazza dela Liberta. A five minute walk brings you to the Canal Grande and as it's is a straight line along the seafront you don't even have to consult a map or ask directions. However, the bus and train stations are all bunched together around three buildings. Because I was chatting to an American I'd met on the bus I walked away without checking where exactly the bus had stopped. Returning in the evening I found myself in the train station in a state of some confusion. The bus terminal is the third building in the group and the buses leave from inside. If I hadn't allowed myself plenty of time I would have missed the bus, so make sure to note the exact location carefully. To add to the confusion, the railway station is lined with buses on the forecourt.
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There are 53 lines that connect all different parts of the town, and 6 buses that work after 9pm
When you exit your hotel give a look around to see if there are big yellow pannel where you can see the number of the bus that stops there.Ususally on it you can read also all the bus stops.
You can find tickets at the newsagent NOT on the bus and ,depending on how long you stay in Trieste,my advice is not to buy only 1 ticket but to ask a "blocchetto di biglietti" that at the end cost less.
A ticket lasts 60min (0,90€)and you can change all buses you need.YOu can also bus a daily ticket than costs 2,90 €
Trieste has a good bus network. In fact you can go almost everywhere by bus in the city.
You can also do some daytrips from the city by bus. For instance you can go to Grignano to visit the Miramare Castle or to Muggia (see tips)
I should recommend to buy an all-day-ticket at the newsagents, tobacconists or at some cafes. You can use it on every bus running in Trieste or outside. You have to validate it the first time you use it with a machine inside the bus and write your name and surname on it.
If you don't want to go by bus much, you can buy a ticket you can use for 10 rides.
There are single tickets valid for 60 minutes. These are valid for 240 minutes on sundays and festive days.
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to get to Trieste
A bad thing for Trieste is that it lies in a kind of corner. So, beside few direct trains, usually if you have to come here you have to change train or in Mestre, the railway station before Venice, or in udine(depending on your route).
You'll arrive in the Central Station of Trieste that has been changed a lot getting better and better.Exing the railway station, turn right and go on and you'll find ther coach station form where coaches leave to go to many other cities, also in Slovenia,Croatia or Austria.
Piazza Libertà, 8
Sometimes the bus is faster than the train
We discovered that going to Ljubljana, and I am sure traveling the reverse, the trip is much faster by bus than by train. For some reason there are no direct trains between these two cities and the ones that do run travel a circuitous route with several stops and a change or two. The bus does the trip in about half the time. It still makes a lot of stops but is a nice comfortable coach. On our journey from Trieste to Ljubljana it made one stop of about 20 minutes at a cafe stop where the driver ate lunch. I suppose you could do the same although we bought sandwiches, etc before we left and ate on the bus.
A poor majestic railway station
Trieste is a very important city in a strategic position for Italy and Europe, especially nowadays, and its importance is to increase in the near future with the adhesion of the Balkan states to the European Union.
However, few trains go to the Trieste Centrale station at present: only regional trains to Venezia, Udine and Tarvisio (at the border with Österreich), one Eurostar train to Milano and one to Roma, one Intercity train to Torino, an Intercity and a Intercitynight train to Napoli and one Intercitynight train to Lecce. Sadly, none of the two trains to Slovenija and the Balkans left stops at Trieste Centrale.
After two years of restyling, the renewed station was inaugurated on 28th March 2007.
How to get in Trieste
Follow the A4 Venice-Trieste, pass the toll-gate Monfalcone-Lisert, exit where you'll see the signal "Sistiana" (SS 14 "Costiera" ).
The town is 24 km from the motorway.
Another way is following SS 202 Triestina: Motorway A4, the toll-gate Lisert, Carso Plateau, Opicina, Padriciano, and then Trieste
A third one is : SS 15 Via Flavia: Capodistria (Koper)- Rabuiese border
SS 58, Carnaiola highway: Ljubljana - Fernetti border - Opicina, where the highway joins to SS 202, Trieste
From Trieste to eastern Europe.
You can go to various destinations in eastern Europe from Trieste, by bus. There are buses to several places in Croatia, Slovenia and to other countries departing from the bus station.
The bus station is located at piazza della Libertà; not far from the railway station.
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