Bergamo is one of the most charming cities in Italy, however a little for shyness a little for modesty, its charme is not fully appreciated. I suggest you to discover this wonderful city slowly, in an old fashioned way, visiting it on foot or by public transportation.
The local transport service – ATB – offers efficient means of transport in order to tour the city and its province. Using its 18 lines, you can reach 30 municipalities but, almost all, you can move through the city that, as it is known, it is divided into a lower town – the modern one – and an upper town – the ancient one. The cable car is the most extraordinary way to pass from today Bergamo to the quiet medieval one. The most famous and most used cable car has its lower station in via Vittorio Emanuele II 62, whereas the upper station is located in Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe. The altitude gap is 85 metres with a maximum slope of 52% and the cable car takes less than three minutes to climb up the hill. This cable car has worked since 1887. The other one, opened in 1912, offers a fast climb from Porta Sant’Alessandro to the hill of San Vigilio. Here, in addition to visit the rests of the castle, you can enjoy the outstanding sight of the valley and of the sorrounding mountains.
To the tourists who don’t want to walk too much and enjoy the beautiful view the Venecian walls offer, we suggest to take the Line 1A which crosses the city passing the gate of Porta Nuova, gives a lift to the cable car and arrives to Colle Aperto, soul of the ancient village.
From Orio al Serio Airport the Line 1 links to the train station every half an hour. The train station is close to the city center and all the main bus lines pass through.
To the tourists who love walking, we recommend to reach the Upper City using the many steps which go from the bottom of the hill to the top: via Sudorno, Fontanbrolo, Borgo Canale, via del Paradiso are some of their names. In this case the Line 2 “Ospedale” is useful to reach the area where these steps begin.
It is important to remember to buy a ticket before getting in bus. Using public transportation is a comfortable, cheap and green way to visit Bergamo, its landscape, its history and its fascinating beauty.
Bergamo has its own railway station, in Citta Bassa. From there bus 1A runs regularly and frequently to Citta Alta, so the whole town is easily accessible.
So it's entirely possible to get to Bergamo by train from anywhere in Europe.
From Milan it's from around 50 minutes, from Verona just under 2 hours, from Venice around 3 hours.
As mentioned above, there is no real need to book tickets in advance online unless you are making a journey which involves a sleeper/couchette.
Use the official Trenitalia website below to find train times, details and fares in English. Don't use Raileurope: it's only a ticketing agency, does not list all departures and charges commission on fares.
The Bergamo ATB also offers a tourist sightseeing road train called Gulliberg.
The train is in service on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 2PM and 7PM.
The ride is from the upper funicular station and Colle Aperto along the Viale delle Mura.
Single tickets cost €2.-- and return tickets €3.--.
Bergamo has a number of rental bicycle stations called La BiGi. These are self service locations, where bicycles are parked in the street.
Availability of bicycles can be checked on the real-time city map.
For the lower tpwn cycling is doable; the upper town best can be visited in an other way.
The Bergamo train station is a central point of trael connections at Bergamo. The major buslines serving Bergamo and the greater Bergamo area have a stop here and also the tram to Albino start here.
The station was first opened in 1854 and is the terminus for lines to Milan Lambrate & Milano Centrale, Brescia (Lake Garda, Verona and Venice), Lecco, Seregno and Treviglio.
The San Vigilio Funicular is a small cable car that connects the upper city via a steep track to the even higher San Vigilio. The track is 630 meters long and rises 91 meters in altitude.
the current installation was built in 1912 and in still in service. It's operated by the ATB company and you can use your ATB day card to travel with the funicular.
The Città Bassa - Città Alta Funicular is a small cable car that connects the lower city via a steep track to the upper city. The track is 240 meters long and rises 85 meters in altitude.
the current installation was built in 1991 and replaced the original 1887 line. It's operated by the ATB company and you can use your ATB day card to travel with the funicular.
The Airport Bus is the easiest connection to the Orio al Serio International Airport. Departures are every 30 minutes.
The start point is at the Upper town via the Bergamo train station. Take care you take the #1 that displays AIRPORT.
Tickets can be bought from ticket machines and several ticket counters.
The S.A.B. Autoservizi s.r.l. company (SAB in short) provides a part of the public bus transportation in the province of Bergamo from the city of Bergamo. The following bus routes are in service:
-A10 - Palazzago - Brembate - Ponte S.Pietro
-B - Bergamo - Zogno - Piazza Brembana
-B00a - Costa Imagna - S.Omobono - Villa d'Almè
-B10a - Peghera - Brembilla - Villa d'Almè
-B20c - Zogno - Miragolo S.Salvatore
-B20d - Zogno - Algua - Rigosa
-B40a - S.Giovanni Bianco - Vedeseta
-B40b - S.Giovanni Bianco - S.Gallo
-B50a - Piazza Brembana - Valtorta
-B50d - Piazza Brembana - Foppolo
-BS1 - Sesto S.Giovanni - Darfo Boario - Edolo - Ponte di Legno
-C - Bergamo - Lovere - Boario
-C40e - Lovere - Songavazzo - Clusone
-D - Bergamo - Costa Mezzate - Sarnico
-E - Bergamo - Grumello - Tavernola
-M - Bergamo - Mozzanica - Crema
-P - Almè - Almenno S.S.- Ponte S.Pietro
-Qa - Bergamo - Calcinate - Palosco - Palazzolo sull'Oglio
-R - Bergamo - Romano di Lombardia - Soncino
-S - Bergamo - Albino - Clusone - Bratto
-S20c - Nembro - Selvino - Aviatico
-S30a - Albino - Perola
-S30c - Albino - Casale
-S40a - Gazzaniga - Casnigo
-S40c - Gazzaniga - Orezzo
-S50a - Parre-Villa d’Ogna-Piario-Clusone-Rovetta
-S50d - Oltressenda - Clusone
-S60a - Clusone - Valbondione - Lizzola
ATB or Associazione Trasporti Bergamo is the company that provides the public transportation at Bergamo; the following bus routes are part of it:
-1 - Città Alta - Torre de' Roveri
-2 - Don Orione - Clementina
-3 - Youth Hostel - Città Alta
-5 - Osio Sopra - Stazione
-6 - S. Colombano - Stezzano
-7 - Celadina - Sorisole
-8 - Seriate - Stazione Autolinee - Policlinico
-9 - Stazione Autolinee - Villa d'Almè
-10 - Almè - Dalmine
-11 - Campagnola - Gavarno
-21 - Weekdays only: Colle Aperto - S. Vigilio
-26 - Weekdays only: Alzano - Castello
-27 - Weekdays only: Albano S.A. - Nembro
-28 - Weekdays only: Torre Boldone - Capannelle
At the ATB Point you can get all information and tickets you need for the Bergamo public transportation. The info center is located at Largo Porta Nuova 16 in the center of Bergamo, some 10 minutes walking from the Bergamo train station.
Mo-Fr: 8:20AM - 6:45PM
Sa: 9:30AM - 2:30PM
Albino is simple to travel to with the light rail train from Bergamo.
During daytime there are 2 trains per hour.
Since 2000 this service is provided by the Tramvie Elettriche Bergamasche Spa, in short TEB.
If you have a ATB day card (or multiple day card) you can use it at this light rail T1 tramline too.
The journey from Bergamo to Albino takes 30 minutes.
Bergamo airport is named Orio al Serio. It has only a terminal. It is used mostly by various low cost air companies as Ryanair, Wind Jet and Wizz Air. Inside there are several shops, a chemist', two banks and a tourist office.
The airport is located some 5 km from Bergamo.
You can go to or from the airport by bus. Bus n 1 departs every 30 minutes; from 6.12 a. m. until 12.15 p. m.
The taxi ride from Bergamo to Orio al Serio cost me 20 euros. It was a very short ride - 10 minutes.
I had to take the taxi inspite of good bus connection to the airport because it was Sunday and the first bus was leaving around 6.20 which was rather late due tu my early flight back home.
To get to the Citta Alta by public transport from the Citta Bassa below you have two options. One is to take the funicular and the other is to take the bus. It's a good idea to use both.
You can catch the No. 1 bus to Colle Aperto (which is the end of the journey), walk through the streets of Citta Alta to Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe and then take the funicular back down. There's a bus stop outside the bottom station that will take you back through the Alta Bassa.
You can also do it the other way round of course. I did it both ways and I preferred catching the bus to Colle Aperto first, only because there's a slight downhill gradient going this way. That's just a personal preference.
A bus ticket for the central zone costs €1.25 and can be used for up to 75 minutes on any bus or funicular. Unless you're in a hurry I don't think 75 minutes would be nearly long enough to visit the Citta Alta so you would need to buy another ticket for the funicular or bus in that case.
You can also buy a Tourist Ticket for 24 (€5) or 72 hours (€7). This covers the whole network including the airport (Sept 2012).