Mountains are the problem
San Marino is not exactly blessed with flat land.
The San Marino Grand Prix (Formula 1) thus takes place in Italy at Imola rather around the narrow cobbled streets of this tiny country : now that is a thought - that really would be a test for the Ferrari's and Williams !
In a similar way the nearest airports to San Marino are definetly in another country. Rimini airport is not very far at all and now has a regular service to London by Easyjet.
Bologna airport is also quite close and it too has a daily service to London, this time by Ryanair.
Unless you are hiring a car, connections are much easier from Rimini airport. Indeed from Forli they are virtually non-existent, and a friend of mine also claims it is also not signposted in any way either !
Because San Marino is so small and occupies a mountainous area, there is no airport. There was once a railway linking San Marino to Rimini, Italy, but it was destroyed during the Second World War and never rebuilt. The only practical way to get to San Marino, therefore, is by automobile (the country has 137 miles [220 kilometers] of roads within its borders), tour coach, or scheduled bus service. The bus service is popular with tourists as well as tourism industry workers who commute to San Marino. There are 20 bus stops between Rimini and San Marino. Service terminates at San Marino's coach station. And within the country, there is local bus service which is convenient for getting to local destinations.
Park your car in Borgo...
Park your car in Borgo Maggiore, and take the cableway (funivia) to the city center.
Parking is much cheaper at the Borgo Maggiore parking, and you will get right to the old city center much faster than parking further up on the mountain.
Cableway operates from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm (9:00 pm in july and 1:00 am in august - check latest return time at the cableway station).
Return ticket is currently Eur 4,50 round trip.
How to get there?
The Republic of San Marino is located in central Italy, 10km far from the Adriatic.
Motorway: A14 Bologna – Ancona
Dual Carriageway: Rimini – San Marino from the A14 Rimini Sud motorway exit, or ‘Marecchiese’ No.258 from the A14 Rimini Nord motorway exit
Buses operate from the Rimini railway station
Fellini Airport Rimini – San Marino 27km – Forli 72km – Bologna 132km
Travelling by its fast cableway, San Marino can be reached from Borgo Maggiore in 3 mins’ time.
Jan - Feb, Nov - Dec: 7.50 -18.30
Mar, Oct: 7.50 - 19
Apr: 7.50 – 19.30
May – June, 4 – 30 Sep: 7.50 - 20
1 – 12 July: 7.50 – 20.30
13 July – 3 Sep: 7.50 – 1
How to Get Around San Marino
There are no cars allowed in the historic district of San Marino so if you arrive by car you will have to park it in one of several lots at the edge of the district and then go on foot from there. If you have trouble walking, San Marino is going to be a challenge.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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The funicular connects Borgo Maggiore with San Marino’s capital on the Monte Titano. If you would like to see that San Marino is more than a cream coloured historical Disneyland or want to visit the Ferrari museum (which I didn’t found…), then use the funicular to take a break from the masses of tourists. If you want to go to San Marino by car, a popular way is to leave the car at the parking lot in Borgo Maggiore and use the funicular to San Marino.
The Funivia station is close to the Basilica.
It's best to park your car at Borgo Maggiore and take the cable car up to San Marino.
Open: 7.50am - 6.30pm Nov-Feb, 7.50am - 7pm Mar & Oct, 7.50am - 7.30pm Apr, 7.50am - 8pm May, Jun & 5-30 Sep, 7.50am - 9pm 1-14 Jul, 7.50am - 1am 15 Jul - 4 Sep.
Prices are € 2,10 single / € 3,10 return.
No need to use the Cablecar
The Cablecar connection up to San Marino is a complete irrelevance.
Unless you especially enjoy cablecar rides, or have never been on one, or you need a bribe for your kids, then it can be avoided.
Despite the slightly misleading signs you can drive right up the outskirts of the town where ther are some very large and well organised parking areas. They are not expensive,and from there a free lift rises up to the town itself.
You thus gain very little height indeed by using the cable car.
Public transport also ends up at this point.
San Marino has no airport of its own, but relies on the international airport in nearby Rimini. Bus services connect San Marino with Rimini and the Adriadic coast.
By car or bus, bicycle or motorcycle, on foot.
take an ultralight aircraft,...
take an ultralight aircraft, fly to the bigest hill in the region, search the airstrip (we searched more than a half hour, to find the litle grass runway), aks one of the local pilot if he likes to drive you the the top of the hill for having a drink.
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