Although it's some distance from the town it serves, Trieste's only airport works as a major travel hub in its own right, allowing passengers to easily travel into the city or on to other destinations. Six high speed trains and nearly 50 regional services pass through its train station every day, reaching Turin and Rome in around four hours. Plus, there are international coaches for destinations like Zagreb and Nice.
Fruili Venezia Giulia Airport is 21 miles from Trieste, and it has a lounge, restaurant and post office among its amenities. Trains depart for Trieste Centrale railway station roughly every 20 minutes, and travellers can reach many other destinations directly from the airport by rail, too. Passing through Venice and Verona, the Frecciarossa train to Milan takes three hours 45 minutes, while the Frecciaargento service reaches Padua and Florence in under two hours.
Ryanair offers year-round flights from London Stansted, Olbia, Bari, Valencia and Catania. Lufthansa is another important airline, with multiple daily services from Frankfurt and Munich. The same is true of Alitalia, which puts on planes from Rome and Milan. This company also lays on additional services during the summer, as do Eurowings and Volotea.
Flying to Trieste lands passengers on the doorstep of four countries – Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia – with a huge variety of scenery, culture and cuisine on offer. From the airport, visitors can be in Ljubljana by coach in 90 minutes or Venice by train in an hour. During the summer, a plane trip to Trieste also allows for a speedy escape to the breezy Adriatic coast from sun-baked southern Italy or the landlocked cities of the more industrial north.
From the airport, Bus 51 goes to Trieste and other local towns such as Udin, Monfalcone and Gorizia, or there are Flixbus and Florentiabus coaches to Sofia and other international destinations. For anyone enjoying a holiday in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, the FVG card is a worthwhile investment. Givng from 48 hours' up to 7 days' coverage, the card provides access to museums, galleries and other attractions plus free guided tours and excursions. Visitors from the UK can buy it online from the FVG tourism page.