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How To Travel From Verona To Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is full of beautiful scenery, from fortified towns on the south of the lake to the Italian alps on the north of the lake, Lake Garda really has a bit of everything. In this guide, we will take you through each option you have as well as all the information you need to get from Verona to Lake Garda.

If you are looking for information on how to travel from Lake Garda to Verona, then you can check out our Lake Garda to Verona guide.

How To Travel From Verona To Lake Garda

Getting From Verona To Lake Garda

You’ve got four main options when travelling between Verona and Lake Garda, these are;

  • Train
  • Taxi
  • Car (drive)
  • Bus

Personally, we would recommend the train as it’s the quickest option and is very affordable – plus it’s probably the easiest way if you are travelling to Lake Garda with your family. However, the best option depends on a few factors, like whereabouts in Lake Garda you are heading.

We’ve updated all of this information for 2023 times & prices.

How far is Lake Garda from Verona?

Using the center of Lake Garda as a starting point, Verona is 33.4km (or 20.7 miles) from Lake Garda as the crow flies.

How long is it from Verona to Lake Garda?

The train from Verona to Lake Garda is between 13 minutes – 20 minutes, whilst it takes around 30 – 45 minutes to reach the north of the lake by car.

Lake Garda Daytrip From Verona

It’s possible to do a day trip from Verona to Lake Garda, and if you are staying in Verona we would definitely recommend a visit to Lake Garda. There’s plenty to do for couples and kids in Lake Garda, and the views of the lake and the towns surrounding it are majestic.

Read on to find out the best way to get from Verona to Lake Garda that suits you.

Verona To Lake Garda By Train

Verona Porta Nuova Train Station
Image source: Flickr

From Verona Porta Nuova train station, you can access Lake Garda by travelling to either Peschiera del Garda station or Desenzano del Garda station.

For this guide, we will be looking at Verona to Peschiera del Garda, but there isn’t much difference between time and cost for both train stations in Lake Garda.

Does Lake Garda have a train station?

Lake Garda has two train stations – Peschiera del Garda and Desenzano del Garda. They are both situated at the north of the lake and have multiple connections to Verona, Venice, Brescia & more.

How much is the train from Verona to Lake Garda?

Depending on what type of train you get, the price of a ticket can be from £3.50 to £13.50.

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Verona to Peschiera del Garda train station

There are multiple different train companies operating on this route, which is why the duration time and cost vary. Trains start as early as 05:43 and the last train to leave Verona for Peschiera del Garda is at 21:43.

The cheapest operator on this route is Trenord, with current ticket prices of €3.90 for a single. The journey time for this train is 13 minutes, which is also one of the quickest trains on this route. There are other Trenord trains that leave at different times from Verona but these take 31 minutes as opposed to 13 minutes, so make sure to double-check which one it is before you book.

Whilst there are trains running all day, there are fewer options between 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (the trains running during this time are more expensive too), so bear that in mind when planning your departure time from Verona.

Here is a breakdown of a current* train timetable so you can see the different options you have with different operators.

07:43Trenord13 mins€3.90
08:32Frecciargento14 mins€15.79
08:40Trenord20 mins€3.90
09:12Italo12 mins€11.48

*Please make sure to check the latest train timetables on Trainline before you leave as the above table may not be up to date – it’s purely to give you an idea of the different options you have.

Where is Verona Porta Nuova train station?

Verona Porta Nuova train station is the main station in Verona, it is situated just south of the city center, and is roughly a 20-minute walk to the city centre.

Verona To Lake Garda By Taxi

If you want to avoid public transport and go for an easier option, then getting a taxi may be the best option for you.

How much is a taxi from Verona to Lake Garda?

A taxi from central Verona to Peschiera del Garda would roughly cost £30 – £40 (€35 – €46)

The average journey time and price of a taxi from Verona to Lake Garda will vary depending on where in Lake Garda you are heading. We’ve summarised the most recent* estimates according to Rome 2 Rio below as a guide on price and journey time.

*Make sure you check the latest prices as the below may be out of date.

Verona To:Estimated CostEstimated Journey Time
Peschiera del Garda£30 – £40 (€35 – €46)22 minutes
Lazise£27 – £35 (€31 – €41)24 minutes
Bardolino£35 – £45 (€41 – €52)28 minutes
Garda £35 – £50 (€41 – €58)30 minutes
Malcesine£60 – £75 (€70 – €87)1 hour & 2 minutes
Riva del Garda £90 – £110 (€105 – €128)58 minutes

How to get a taxi in Verona

It’s important to know that in Verona you can’t randomly hail a taxi. However, you can find taxis in Verona at cab ranks throughout the city, mainly by popular tourist attractions and hotels.

Verona To Lake Garda By Car

If you already have a hire car whilst on holiday in Italy, then you may prefer to drive rather than getting the bus or train.

The time it takes to drive to Lake Garda depends on where in Lake Garda you are driving to, so we’ve put together a table with the main destinations to give you an idea:

Verona To:Estimated Driving Time
Peschiera del Garda30 – 35 minutes
Lazise30 minutes
Bardolino40 minutes
Garda45 minutes
Malcesine1 hour & 19 minutes
Riva del Garda1 hour & 13 minutes
Limone Sul Garda1 hour & 28 minutes
Pieve1 hour & 46 minutes
Gargnano1 hour & 27 minutes
Maderno1 hour & 18 minutes
Desenzano del Garda38 minutes
Table of average journey time from Verona to popular Lake Garda destinations

Driving around Lake Garda – Our tips

Driving Around Lake Garda - Lake Garda Roads
  • The driving time to Pieve is the furthest driving time from Verona, as you will head north around the lake, around Riva del Garda, and then head south towards Pieve. Any destination after Pieve you will head from Verona to Peschiera del Garda, and then drive west along the lake before heading north on the western side of the lake.
  • As you drive along the lake, there are plenty of opportunities to stop in a town or in a layby/parking area so you can have a break from driving and take in some of the views.
  • If you aren’t pressed for time and you want to take in the beautiful views of Lake Garda (we don’t blame you!), then we would recommend driving along the lake clockwise, as this means you will be closest to the lake all the way around on the right-hand side of the road.
  • You can be just like James Bond if you are driving around Lake Garda, as the opening sequence in Quantum of Solace was filmed on the roads around Lake Garda (just south of Limone Sul Garda).

Verona To Lake Garda By Bus

From Verona you can can travel to Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, Bardolino and Garda directly via bus. From Garda, you can pick up a connection that takes you further south to Malcesine and Riva del Garda.

The buses leave Verona from the Arena di Verona and the Verona Porta Nuova train station.

We will break these routes down for you below:

Verona to:ATV Line
Peschiera del Garda164
Gardaland (theme park)164
Lazise162, 163 or 164
Bardolino162, 163 or 164
Garda162, 163 or 164
Malcesine483 or 484 (from Garda)
Riva del Garda484 (from Garda)

For more information and the most up-to-date information, check out the Lake Garda page on the official ATV website.

The average journey time from Verona to Garda via bus takes around 1 hour & 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the bus from Garda to Malcesine takes around 43 minutes, whilst the bus from Garda to Riva del Garda takes 1 hour & 10 minutes.

Verona ATV Map To Lake Garda
Official map of routes from Verona to Lake Garda (spring timetable)

You can also get a bus directly from the airport to Lake Garda. This is a popular route as a lot of people fly into Verona airport when visiting as it’s the nearest airport to Lake Garda.

Purchasing tickets & ticket prices

The best way to purchase a ticket is through the ‘Ticket Bus Verona app‘, which is available on both Android and iOS. In the app, you can purchase tickets, use the travel planner and look at bus routes & timetables.

Once you buy a ticket you just need to scan the QR code for that ticket as you get on the bus.

Travelling by bus is a fairly cheap option, and you would expect to pay around €3.50 to get from Verona to Garda, for example.

Things To Do In Lake Garda

Sirmione, Lake Garda

In truth, there are a lot of things to do in Lake Garda, so if you are travelling from Verona to Lake Garda as a day trip, then you might not be able to fit everything in! Here are some of our recommendations for Lake Garda:


In summary, travelling from Verona to Lake Garda is made easy by the fact that you have multiple options. Here are those options again:

  • Train: fastest + cheapest if you are heading to Peschiera del Garda & the south of the lake
  • Taxi: easiest if you don’t want to mess around with public transport
  • Driving: Great option if you have a car, as you can take in the views of the lake at your own leisure
  • Bus: A great option if you want to venture down south on the eastern part of the river

We would also recommend taking a trip from Verona to Milan or Verona to Venice whilst you are in Italy, as both are easy to get to from Verona and inexpensive.

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