From Ancona airport to the town
The bus stop at the airport is between the arrival and the departure building, get the ticket at the newsagent in the departure building. City Bus J run's about every hour via Falconara Marittima train station (for going north) and Ancona train station (in Ancona train station platform 2 Ovest is northwest of the station building, different to platform 2 !)
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Flying to Ancona
On my most recent visit to Marche I flew with Lufthansa from London Heathrow via Munich. Although, to say "with Lufthansa" is not entirely accurate, as the second leg, Munich to Ancona, is operated by their partner Air Dolomiti, in a small twin prop plane. You will think yourself in Italy already perhaps when you arrive near your departure gate in Munich and drink a caffe doppio while you wait to board.
A snack of biscuits and drink was served on board as we flew over the Alps and out to sea near Venice (unfortunately not visible on this occasion however). The flight to Ancona is only a little over an hour, and Ancona is a very small airport, so you can be through baggage collection and customs in no time. The airport though is some way outside the city so you will need to catch a train, bus or taxi - see here for the various options available.
This flight was my rote to Ancona on my 2013 visit to this region. But my next tip is about a hotel in Ancona, and takes us back to my first visit, when I got to explore Ancona properly.
Ancona Falconara Airport, very convenient
Ancona Falconara is an excellent airport with very convenient access to SS76, the two lane road leading west to Fabriano (Marche) and Umbria, Perugia, Foligno, etc. It is small, so don’t expect an infrastructure like of the huge airports of Milano, Roma, Bologna, Napoli. But it has all one needs: a restaurant which serves snacks, coffee and soft drinks, a pharmacy, a small shop with rather reasonable prices, bus and taxi stands outside and moreover, the train station is just across the street, approx. 100 m to walk.
Lufthansa (Air Dolomiti) flies to Falconara from Munich and from what I can see infamous Ryanair also flies here from Stansted, Düsseldorf (Germany) and Alghero (Italy, Sardegna).
Falconara has several car rentals in the arrival building (the western one, while the eastern one is the departure building): Sixt, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and several local Italian ones.
Train station is called Castelferretti, not Ancona, and it is an approx. 1,5 hour train ride from Fossato di Vico (north of Assisi).
Despite the airport's small size, everything one would need is inside. There is a nice little caffè bar in the departure terminal (before security), two little shops, newspapers are available. After security is a duty free shop and two caffè bars. The prices are also very reasonable! Not at all comparable with the rip-off prices in my own home airport Frankfurt. Prices in Ancona after security are for example: 1 Euro for a 500 ml water bottle, 0,50 Euro for small croissants and 1,30 Euro for a latte macchaito! (prices of August 2012).
Thanks to VTer Corra (@Xaver) for telling me which bus to take from Ancona Airport to Ancona Train Station. It is Conero Bus
© Ingrid D., March 2010; June 2011: photo of Air Dolomiti plane added.
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Getting around by bus
To get around Ancona we used what seemed to be an efficient bus service, although we only used the one route. The helpful guy on reception in the Hotel Dorico had told us that this bus, rather oddly numbered 1/4, would take us to the sea at the end of the Vialle delle Vittoria which indeed it did. We later used the same bus to return to the centre of town at the Piazza Cavour (full name, Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour!), and again later that evening to go back to the hotel from a stop near the bottom of Corso Stamira.
We boarded the bus by the station, having bought our tickets (€1.20 per ride) at the Tabbachi inside. As in most places, the ticket needs to be validated on boarding by punching it in the machine provided. During the day the buses seemed to be fairly frequent – we only waited a few minutes here and again later returning from our short walk by the sea. But later in the evening we had a longer wait, although the timetable at the stop proved accurate and the bus came as promised.
~~Next tip Exploring the old town on foot~~
Leaving on the train to Milano
I arrived in Ancona by car with Ingrid, but left the next day by train for Milano. The station is on the south west side of town, right by the sea a mile or so from the ferry port. The main entrance is on Via Flaminia, to the side (south) of the tracks. Here you will find the ticket office, departure boards and a couple of small Tabbachi and other shops. I had already bought my ticket from the travel agent in Gubbio, and as it was a reserved seat for a specific train there was no need to validate it before boarding. I was keen to stand in the right place for my assigned carriage, number eight, so I asked in the information office on platform one (from where my train was to depart) and was told this would be near the rear of the train so I should wait further down the platform. I followed the man’s advice and was in almost the exact position when the Milano train pulled in.
My train arrived only a couple of minutes behind the scheduled time, 9.28, and I easily found my seat. Of the several train journeys I took while in Italy on this trip, this was the only one on an intercity train, and I discovered that it was a much more relaxing and comfortable experience than the older, scruffier (but much cheaper) regional ones. My window seat had table space, a socket for phone or laptop, and a reasonable amount of leg room. There was also plenty of space for my small suitcase between it and the seat behind. Reserved seats aren’t marked as such, by the way, so it’s important to sit in the one assigned to you as otherwise you could find you’ve taken that allocated to someone else and will be asked to move.
The train left about 10 minutes late, despite the prompt arrival, but that was the only delay. The four hour journey to Milano passed uneventfully. I enjoyed looking out at the scenery, although for the most part this was less striking than on my train journey from Rome to Gubbio at the start of the holiday – but you do get to travel right by the sea for the first few miles, which is nice. A trolley serving refreshments came past a few times and I bought a caffe normale for €1.20 which turned out to be a pseudo-espresso made with instant coffee granules and very little water. I like strong coffee but instant coffee served this strong has too bitter an aftertaste, so I don’t think I’d bother on any future journey.
We arrived in Milano Centrale just a couple of minutes behind schedule, having made up most of the 10 minutes en route. There was plenty of time for me to buy a sandwich before boarding my regional train to Bergamo – but that is another story ...
You can also catch trains between Ancona and several other Italian cities, including Rome, Turin and Venice. By the way, although I had no problems finding my way around Ancona station I have read that there are two sets of lines, and you need to be aware that platform two ouest is not the same as platform two. Ask at that helpful information office on platform one if in doubt.
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Fly in Peace
Ancona major did not allow armies and weapons directed to Iraq transit through the Ancona airport and this is the flag hanging inside the airport.
Anyway this is a not so important airport, there is a dily flight from London(ryanair) a seasonal flight to Catania(just in summer) and a daily flight to Moscow.
By train to Ancona
Due to its importance as a harbour town, Ancona is well-connected by train to other Italian cities. The Ferrovia Statale / Trenitalia trains are reliable and clean. To learn some more about their touch screen ticket machines, just look at my Italy travellogue.
Ancona, ferries for everywhere (nearly !)
Ancona has regular ferry connections with Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Turkey.
Ancona-Dürres (Adria ferries)
Ancona-Split (Jadrolinija, Blue Line, Snav, Adriatica)
Ancona-Zadar (Jadrolinija, Snav, Miatours)
Ancona-Korcula (Jadrolinija, Blue Line, Miatours)
Ancona-Vis (Blue Line)
Ancona-Patras (Superfast, Anek, Minoan)
Ancona-Igoumenitsa (Superfast, Anek, Minoan)
Ancona-Bar (Montenegro Lines)
Finding the stadium
From the trainstation in the center you’ll need to take the bus, going directly to the stadium-area. After 30-40 minutes you’ll be there. Just make sure to be quick out of the stadium after the game, so that you won’t be stranded in nowhere. If you just go normal, and don’t stay and make interviews as someone here did… hrm… you should be able to take one of the busses back to the city center without problems.
This is the main reason most people go to Ancona.
Ancona was founded because of the harbour which was protected by a natural bay. It was originally protected only by the promontory on the north.
Its harbour was of considerable importance in imperial times, as the nearest to Dalmatia, and was enlarged by Trajan, who constructed the north quay, his architect being Apollodorus of Damascus. At the beginning of it stands the marble triumphal arch with a single opening, and without bas-reliefs, erected in his honour in A.D. 115 by the senate and people.
About 1.3 million people go through the port each year. There are links to Croatia, Albania, Greece, Turkey and Montenegro.
Getting to Ancona
Since most people fly into Rome or Milan, it is best to get to Ancona by train. In the stations there usually is a train that is usually labeled simply Ancona as the final destination, so you can't miss it! It takes about 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Ancona from Rome, and about 5-6 hours from Milan. The length of time all depends on the type of train you use. Eurostars and Intercity trains are much faster (but a little more costly) than the Interregional and especially the slow regional trains. On the train from Rome to Ancona, you can stop in great towns like Spoleto, Foligno (to transfer to Perugia), and Fabriano. On the train from Milan to Ancona, you can stop at Bergamo (I'm guessing since I've never been that far north by train), Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, Rimini, and Pesaro.
General transportation in Ancona
The public transportation in Ancona is quite good. It's easy to get around by bus, motorcycle or by walking. Buses usually have just few seats so if you need to sit down, you'd better be on time waiting for the bus. The drivers don't sell tickets so you have to buy those in advance from a tobacco shop (tabaccheria).
Autostrade Bologna-Ancona-Bari e Roma-Pescara-Ancona:
uscita al casello di Loreto-Portorecanati
Linee ferroviarie: Milano-Bologna-Ancona-Lecce con discesa alle stazioni di Loreto e Portorecanati e Roma-Falconara-Ancona, con servizio di autocorriere da Ancona
Porto di Ancona, 25 Km da Loreto, collegato a Grecia, ex Jugoslavia, Turchia e Israele.
Aereoporto 'Raffaello Sanzio' di Ancona-Falconara, 30 Km da Loreto. Altri collegamenti con gli aereoporti di Rimini e Pescara, circa 100 Km da Loreto.
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