Flights & getting there
Most travellers arrive in Friuli Venezia Giulia via Venice's Marco Polo airport, Trieste airport or overland by train. Long-distance bus services run by Flixbus and Florentiabus also arrive and depart from the airport and Trieste to Europe-wide destinations.
The Austrian cities of Salzburg and Graz are around four hours' drive from Udine while Slovenia's capital Ljubljana is just over an hour from Gorizia.
Most of the region's major destinations can be reached by train or road from Venice in around two hours.
Friuli Venezia Giulia airport, aka Trieste Airport sits just off the A4, 33km northwest of Trieste and 40km northwest of Udine, near Ronchi dei Legionari. Direct flights to and from Rome, Naples, Catania, Munich, Barcelona, Valencia and London Stansted arrive here.
The airport is served by Micotra trains to/from Austria via Udine and Villach, and Trenitalia services to Ljubljana in Slovenia. In addition, the airport is connected to the Italian national rail network with 48 services a day to cities throughout Italy.
Buses also depart the airport to Trieste, Udine and Gorizia as well as Venice, Croatia and Slovenia.
A taxi to Trieste will set you back around €65.
With some of the lowest border crossings in the Alps, quiet roads and excellent bike-carrying trains (look for the bike symbol on the timetable), cycling to Friuli Venezia Giulia is a great way to arrive. The following are the main routes:
- FVG1 forms part of the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg that starts in Salzburg and heads to Grado on the Adriatic coast.
- FVG2 is part of the EuroVelo 8 route that crosses Italy with France at one end and Croatia at the other.
- FVG3 is part of the Ciclovia Pedemontana cycle route that follows the arc of the Alps across northern Italy.
- FVG4 starts on the border with Slovenia and heads west via Cividale del Friuli, Udine and Pordenone to the Veneto.
Autostazione Trieste Located on the south side of the train station, Trieste's main bus station offers international services to Slovenia, Austria, Germany and the Balkan Peninsula, as well as regional services to Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence and Naples.
Flixbus Operates a wide range of national and international routes in fuel-efficient buses to and from Trieste and Trieste Airport. Book online and store tickets in the app.
Florentia Bus Operates bus services to Ljubljana in Slovenia, Zagreb in Croatia, and Sofia in Bulgaria from the south side of the Autostazione Trieste and Trieste Airport.
Car & Motorcycle
To reach Friuli Venezia Giulia by car take the busy A4/E70 Turin–Trieste motorway via Venice; the A23/E55 Trieste–Udine–Tarvisio motorway which connects with Graz in Austria via the A2; or, the E70 and E61 to Llubljana in Slovenia.
Stazione di Trieste Centrale Opened in 1857, Trieste's train station is an important hub between Italy, Austria, eastern Europe and the Balkans. Direct high-speed trains connect with Venice, Florence, Milan and Bologna, as well as Vienna and Ljubljana.
Buses depart from the south side of the station to Slovenia, Austria and the Balkan Peninsula.