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    Bergamo train station

    by Benson35 Written Jun 9, 2012

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    Bergamo's train station is located at the bottom of Via Papa Giovani XXlll. It's easy to get to from either Citta Bassa or Citta Alta, with or without luggage!
    Outside there is a taxi rank if needed and also bus stops within a very short distance. Inside, there is a counter where you can queue to get your train ticket/s off a person and also self-service machines where you can purchase your ticket/s with cash or by card.
    When using the ticket machines you initially have a choice of which language you would like, for example, Italian, German, English. I find them really simple and easy to use. You can choose your desitnation and departure point so you can buy multiple tickets for a selection of journeys at one time.

    The train station itself is small. It has 5 platforms, and to reach these platforms you must go under them (pic 5). Only platform 1 and 1 Ovest are the platforms that you straight out on to.

    There is also a coffee shop, a place to grab something to eat and a shop that sells sweets, cigarettes, magazines and bus tickets.

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    Very easy by train

    by leics Updated Jun 17, 2013

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    Bergamo station

    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.

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    Bus 1A

    by leics Written Jun 19, 2011

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    Timetables are clearly displayed at bus stops
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    This useful bus service runs frequently from Bergamo station up to Largo Colle Aperto in Citta Alta.

    On the way it stops at Largo Porta Nuova (by the Semperione), at the Bassa funicular station and near to the Porta Sant Agostino on Viale Vittorio Emmanuale ll (and a couple of other stops too).

    If you buy a 1 or 3 day ticket you can use it on both buses and the funicular. You can get tickets from the newsagents at the station and also from the ATB office which is sited in the right-hand 'temple' (as you look towards Citta Alta) on Largo Porta Nuova.

    If you are based in Bergamo I think it's a good idea to find accommodation somewhere near the route of the 1A.

    You can find a bus route map on the ATB site linked below (unfortunately they don't do paper copies...I asked). Click on 'linee e orari' and then on 'linee e orari' again.

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    The Funicular (Funicolare)

    by suvanki Updated Nov 11, 2011

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    The 2 centres of Bergamo -Citta Alta, the upper town and the lower town of Citta Bassa, have been linked by a funicular railway since 1887. This has been modernized many times over the years.

    In 1912 another Funicular was built to link Citta Alta and the hill of San Vigilio. From 1976 to 1991, this service was closed. Initially, this was for renovation and safety works. As the works proved to be so expensive, the service was closed, but later the city council and ATB invested in the service.

    The atb (Azienda Trasporti Bergamo) company runs the service.
    Tickets are available from the ATB point in Largo Porta Nuova, and the Funicular stations.
    A single ticket is 2 euros (2011), a daily ticket Tariff G gives unlimited travel on the funiculars and all ATB urban bus services. I purchased the 3 day Tariff S ticket for 5 euros. (7 Euros 2011) As well as unlimited use on the funiculars and buses, it included the Airport bus service. As my hostel (in 2008) was near to the Citta Alta Funicular station on Viale Vittorio Emanuele 11, I used the funicular service many times during my stay.

    I'm afraid that I didn't get to use the San Viglio funicular, hopefully I'll visit again and will use it.

    The Citta Alta funicular runs from 0700 - 2400 hrs.

    Trains run approximately every 7 minutes, and the journey takes less than 5 minutes.

    Each carriage holds up to 50 passengers. There are 2 carriages on the 2 rail lines.

    There are great views over the city on the journey, as well as sneaky peeps into the gardens of some of the grandest houses. Grab your viewpoint, standing at the back, so that you can see Bergamo appear before you!

    Be aware that there can be long queues at weekends in the summer at peak times (pic 5)

    There is a cafe/bar at the bottom station, which opens until quite late - it appeared to be popular with local workers. For a treat though, I'd reccommend a drink and pastry (Not the cheapest, but delicious and nicely presented) at the
    Cafe Funicular at the Upper station - Art Deco furnishings and a panoramic view!

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    Flying home from Bergamo

    by toonsarah Updated Aug 6, 2012

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    Bergamo has its own airport, Orio Al Serio, but we had booked an EasyJet flight from Milan’s Malpensa as, of the budget flights available, the timings of this suited us better. To get there though, we went on the shuttle bus from Orio, so the first part of our journey home was the same as if we were flying from there. On reflection though, I think if I were to be flying from Malpensa again, I would use the train via Milano Centrale, as the shuttle bus meant quite a lot of waiting around.

    To start our journey home we caught the funicular down to Bassa and then the number 1 bus to Orio. There we had planned to catch the 10.50 shuttle, having checked the timetable at the tourist office in Bergamo the day before, as that would get us to Malpensa in good time for our check-in. However when we bought our shuttle tickets at Orio we discovered that the timetables had changed and the shuttle now went via Monza, taking forty minutes longer than previously. Luckily we had allowed plenty of time and were in little danger of missing our flight, but it made for a long journey to the airport.

    Once at Malpensa we checked in and were soon through security as the airport wasn’t at all busy. The flight home to Gatwick was smooth and afforded some great views of the Alps just after take-off – try to sit on the right to catch these. A train to Victoria Station, and two tube trains, and we were home – only seven different “vehicles” to get us there ;-)

    This is the last of my Bergamo tips. Please do leave a comment on my intro page if you’ve enjoyed exploring this lovely city with me.

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    Atb Number 1 Airport (Aeroporto) Bus

    by suvanki Updated Jan 7, 2012

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    Atb ( Azienda Trasporti Bergamo) bus number 1 (Aerporto) leaves Orio al Serio airport every 30 minutes. It takes about 10-15 minutes to reach Bergamo train station, before continuing into the lower town (Bergamo Bassa) and the Porta Nuova area, the Funicolare station (The Funicular that links the lower and Upper (Citta Alta) towns, and then to the upper town (Citta Alta).

    At the airport, tickets can be purchased from the airport ticket kiosk, and ticket machines. These must be validated on the bus - just punch your ticket in one of the machines located at the front and rear of the bus (it is time and date stamped, and a piece of the ticket is 'nipped' off).
    Tickets aren't sold on the bus

    I purchased a ticket to take me to the Funicolare, as this was near to my hostel. It cost me 1 euro and was valid for 90 minutes. (2011 - 2 Euros) this includes a trip on the funicular if taken within the time span.

    I later purchased a 3 day ticket for 5 Euros (7 Euros 2011), which gave unlimited use of all the local atb buses, the funiculars and the airport bus.

    The buses run 0600 - midnight.

    In Bergamo, these tickets can be purchased from the kiosk in the train station, some tabaccherias (Tobacco shops) and the Atb office in the right hand 'Temple' of Largo Porta Nuova, if looking towards Citta Alta.
    Open - Ticket office - Daily 07.20 - 19.15
    Information -Monday - Friday 08.20 -18.45 Saturday 09.30 - 14.30.

    We visited this office recently to purchase tickets, It's fair to say that the man at the ticket office wasn't blessed with much charm - answering our query for a tourist ticket, with a grunt and a shrug in the direction of the information desk! Gilly persisted, asking for tickets in her best Italian, which got a grudgeing response of the required ticket.
    Time tables and travel info on display.

    Allow plenty of time for your return to the airport, especially during busy times.
    The Bus stops at Largo Colle Aperto, the Funicular station, Outside the Best Western Hotel and the train station.

    The airport bus has a plane symbol next to the #1 and sometimes Aeroporto too. Check with the driver if You're not sure, as not all Number 1 buses go to the airport.
    Not all services to Orio al Serio go to the airport either - just the small town.

    This is the bus to catch if you want to visit the Orio Center too.

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    Bergamo Train Station - Arrival Point

    by Gillybob Written Jul 3, 2011

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    Bergamo Train Station

    Bergamo Train Station is not only served by trains from Milan and surrounding areas, it is also the termination point of Bus 1 which serves as a link between Bergamo and its Orio al Serio Airport, passing by the Citta Alta on its way.

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    Flying East Midlands to Orio al Serio- Bergamo

    by suvanki Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    Departing Orio al Serio airport with Ryanair
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    I flew with Ryanair from East Midlands Airport (EMA) to Orio al Serio (BGY) airport, which is just 5km outside the scenic town of Bergamo.

    Ryanair list this as Milan airport.
    Milan is about 45 km away, easily accessed by train or bus. Milan does have 2 International airports-Malpensa and Linate.

    Due to the many cheap flights (I paid £1 each way, including taxes etc in 2008!!) many are using the service to visit Milan (1 hour by train), or the nearby Lake Como or the nearer but lesser known Lakes Iseo and Endine. From Milan you can connect to trains to Florence, Rome, Bologna and the Tuscan coast. (For the Lakes, Venice, Verona etc, Brescia would be a better option). At present Ryanair fly from 49 destinations to Orio al Serio!

    For this reason, Bergamo is often missed out, which is a shame (or a blessing!- less crowds) My trip was purely to visit Bergamo, a place that I'd wanted to visit for quite a while, ever since I learned of this medieval walled town - (one of the only 3 remaining fully walled towns in Europe) and for the independent shops and family run restaurants serving traditional cuisine.

    ATB Bus number 1 leaves the airport every 30 minutes and stops at the train station (15 minutes), Porta Nuova (Bergamo Bassa, or lower town), the Funicular, which connects the lower and upper towns and Bergamo Alta (upper town)

    The bus service runs from about 0600hrs -midnight.

    Tel. 035 236 026 www.atb.bergamo.it atbpoint@atb.bergamo.it

    Buy your ticket from the tourist office or ticket kiosk(pic 2) in the airport.

    A single ticket costs 2 Euros (December 2011) and is valid for 90 minutes - validate it on the bus. This also includes the funicular ride if taken in the time limit.
    A 3 day ticket, (7 Euros) gives unlimited travel on the ATB buses, including the airport bus and the funiculars. Purchase from here, the kiosk in the train station or ATB office in Bergamo - (Puerta Nuova - The right hand temple, if facing Citta Alta)

    The airport is quite busy, dealing with many International flights, but is surprisingly small. Ryanair alone offer flights here from 60 destinations around Europe and North Africa, including Paris, Brussels, London and Madrid, which in turn connect with major cities worldwide.

    Airport services
    2 Banks, ATM's, Currency Exchange, post office.

    Left Luggage service, Doctor, pharmacy, prayer room.
    VIP room 15 Euros

    Parking spaces close to the terminal reserved for the disabled. ( report at the counters of P2 before parking).
    Ramped wheelchair access, and WC's with access for those with mobility problems.
    Telephones for the hearing impaired, relief pathways for visually impaired.

    Bergamo tourism Info desk. (tel: +39(0)35 320 402). where you can book hotel rooms and purchase a tourism card that gives you discounts on public transport and attractions in Bergamo

    I mistakenly ignored the shops located in the departures area, but headed through security, expecting to find more shops and cafes etc.

    There is only a small duty free shop, with a limited selection of perfumes, cigarettes, alcohol and chilled foods etc.

    Once through passport control, to gates 1-5 there was only a snack bar serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of sandwiches etc.
    Apparently there is a bigger cafe with tables and chairs by Gate 9, which you can still use if departing from Gates 1-5

    On my latest trip to Bergamo, 7 of us waited in the gate area, as a thunderstorm roared above! The rain was hammering down on the tin roof, which was quite deafening!

    Opposite the airport is a huge shopping mall with over 70 clothing shops, plus - Household goods, Electrical, sporting, jewellery, perfumeries, shoes, pharmacies, banks and around 25 cafes/bars/restaurants/gelaterias etc (Oriocentre, Via Portico 71-24050, Orio al Serio BG. Tel 035 4596201) which can be reached by a tunnel from the airport.

    Even though I'd arrived at the airport in plenty of time, I didn't dare risk visiting here - I was afraid that I'd lose all track of time and miss my flight home. I wonder how many times this has happened to others?!.

    Taxi Rank outside Arrivals
    Radiotaxi Company +39 035 4519090 (Main number)+39 035 314545 (airport)

    Car Hire etc
    Autoeuropa, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Locauto Tirreno, Maggíori and Sixt have desks in the Arrivals Hall -
    Luxury cars with drivers can be hired through Airport Car Service and AClass.

    Airport Parking
    5,400 parking spaces ( 1,000 of these are under cover,
    Skypark (tel: +39(0)35 779 386).
    Parking lot P1 is connected to the terminal and is intended for short-term parking.

    www.trasporti.regione.lombardia.it for travel to other places

    www.ferroviedellostato.it Italian Railways company timetables etc. tel 892021

    Autostradale bus company runs a half hourly service to Milan Centrale train station, an hour away.
    Orioshuttle also run this service, but is not as regular.
    Autostradale run to Brescia 5 x daily (One hour journey)

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    Lots of choice by air....

    by leics Written Jun 14, 2011

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    Bergamo from Orio al Serio

    You can fly into Orio al Serio airport, which is just a fifteen minute bus ride from Bergamo itself. It's served by budget airlines from all over Europe.

    Or you can fly into Milan Linate or Milan Malpensa. Both have excellent connections to Milan Centrale, from where you can get on of the frequent trains to Bergamo.

    Verona airport is also a possibility, as are Venice Treviso and Venice Marco Polo. Italian trains are safe, comfortable, reasonably-priced and have an extensive network. No need to buy tickets in advance online; ticket machines have English language options and are easy to use, although it's best to use cash (imo) rather than a 'foreign' card.

    www.skyscanner.net is an excellent website for finding all carriers for a route, and will usually give you cheapest fares for your dates. It's best, imo, to book on the airline's own website.

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    TRAIN TO VARENNA VIA LECCO

    by LoriPori Written Jun 30, 2012

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    Our train to Varenna via Lecco
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    Saturday, June 2, 2012
    Along wih Kate (Goodfish) and Jerry, Hans and I took the train to Varenna via Lecco. Tickets for the two of us return was 20,60 Euros. Our train was leaving around 9:00 a.m.
    The very first thing we did, was validate our tickets on the train - heavy fines if caught without a ticket or validation. First stop was in Lecco and that took about 45 minutes. We had to change trains in Lecco, for the train to Varenna - direction Tirana. That took about 30 minutes . There were some beautiful views of Lake Como along the way. Before long we arrived at Varenna-Esina Perledo Station - about 10:30 a.m.

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    San Vigilio Funicular

    by suvanki Written Nov 11, 2011

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    Citta Alta to San Vigilio Funicular
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    My 3rd visit to Bergamo, and I finally got to ride the funicular from the Citta Alta (Upper Town) to San Vigilio. I'm afraid that we didn't have too long to spend exploring San Vigilio, as Gillybob and I had to return to Citta Alta to meet Chiara (pollon) and her husband - Hopefully at our next visit, we'll return here.

    The atb (Azienda Trasporti Bergamo) company runs the Funicular service.
    Tickets are available from the ATB point in Largo Porta Nuova, and the Funicular stations.
    A single ticket is 2 euros (May 2011), valid for 90 minutes

    A daily ticket (24hours) Tariff G (4.80 Euros May 2011).
    A 3 day (72 Hours)Tariff S ticket cost 7 Euros These give unlimited travel on the funiculars and all ATB urban bus services as well as the funiculars.

    From Citta Bassa we caught the #1A bus from the station to the Funicular station, then after queueing for quite a while (This was the busiest that I'd seen it) we alighted in Citta Alta (The Upper Town) Heading forward along Via Gambito, we continued along Via B. Colleoni until we reached the Piazza Lorenzo Mascheroni, and the attractive clock tower. Entering Piazza Cittadella, we crossed diagonally and exited by the arch way and found ourselves on Largo Colle Aporto, where there were bus stops, food stalls, news kiosks and quite a bustle as there was a Vintage car rally taking place - We'd spotted some of these splendid cars (and their proud owners)! in Piazza Cittadella.
    Turning Left from the archway, we followed the signs to the Funicular Station at Porta S. Alessandro, and we were soon boarding for the short journey to San Vigilio.

    After leaving the Funicular, it is a few steps to the Restaurant, which is noted for its high quality food. It was Sunday lunchtime, and all of the tables were reserved! There is another restaurant a little bit further on, that we were considering for our lunch, but we had to return straight away to Citta Alta to meet up with Chiara and Alex.

    I have a video of the ride from San Vigilio to Citta Alta, which I'll post shortly.

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    Bus 1 : Stazione Funicolare & Airport

    by Gillybob Updated Sep 15, 2012

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    Bus 1 to Stazione Funicolare
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    One of the best bus routes in Bergamo is number 1.

    This bus route is operated by ATB and services Citta Alta, Stazione Funicolare (to take the funicular to Citta Alta) as well as Bergamo's airport Orio al Serio.

    It starts at Bergamo's train station and runs up Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII before turning off and heading towards the Stazione Funicolare. Some services run out to the airport as well.

    This is one of the most frequent services and also has the longest service, running until well into the evening at the weekend.

    A single journey from the airport to the train station will cost you €1.70. Alternatively, you can obtain a day pass which allows you on all services in Bergamo for €3.50 or a 3-day pass for Bergamo which costs €5.00 (prices correct at May 2011).

    The journey to/from the airport (Bergamo Orio al Serio) takes approximately 15 minutes (so travelling hand luggage only can have you in the city centre very quickly).

    Generally speaking, the buses are reliable and frequent, but it is wise to be at the bus stop 30 - 45 minutes in advance of needing to be when returning to the airport to avoid possible difficulties with traffic delays.

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    The funicular

    by Benson35 Written Jun 9, 2012

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    You can also get to and from Citta Alta by taking the funicular.
    A funicular is an enclosed carriage that moves up and down a hill, mountain or slope by cables. When one funicular goes up, the other funicular goes down. The carriages balance each other out so there is a steady, slow speed that feels very safe.
    The views over Citta Bassa are great. There are a few seats in each carriage and space for quite a few to stand. You will find it can be rather cramped inside at busy times.

    The journey itself is literally a couple of minutes. Buy your ticket to travel on the funicular from the station at the top or bottom of the hill. If you have taken the bus to the funicular station, you can use the same ticket to travel on the funicular as long as you are still within the time limit you have paid for. 75 minutes costs 1.20 euros (June 2012).

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    Bus from the airport

    by leics Written Jun 14, 2011

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    Buses at Orio al Serio
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    Very, very easy to get to Bergamo from Orio al Serio airport.

    The frequent 1airport bus (it has a little icon of a plane next to the 1) runs from just outside Arrivals to Bergamo railway station (from where you can catch bus 1A to the rest of Citta Bassa and Citta Alta).

    The fare in June 2011 was 2 euro, but it's a god idea to by a bigletto turisto. For 7 euro you get unlimited travel on all Bergamo buses and funiculars, including to and from the airport, for 3 days from first validation.

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    The 'Funicolare'

    by barrikello Written Jul 26, 2004

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    la funicolare

    The funicolar is the best way to reach the old town (cittý alta), allowing the tourists a fast access to it and the old town not to be submerged by cars. It does not do any stop. The funicular was built in the year 1886 and it has a length of 230 meters, climbing 83 meters of height (about 40% gradient). From the cabin it's possible to enjoy the beauty of the modern town lying on the plain and, with a very bright day, the sight extends untill MIlan and the Alps. The ticket costs 0.95 euros and it's possible to use the same ticket used to reach the lower station (through bus number 1).

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    Jan 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Quale autobus è richiesta dall'aeroporto di Bergamo al centro della città e come funziona tutto il biglietto giornaliero? Grazie per l'informazione.

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