Grado can be easily reached by car following the A4 Venice-Trieste motorway or the A23 Tarvisio-Venezia until the Palmanova exit and then continuing on the 352 road towards Grado for about 28 km. For those coming from Trieste, the recommended exit is Redipuglia-Monfalcone Ovest; then continue along the road junction SR14-SP19 until the junction with the SP19 Monfalcone-Grado.
Check the Autovie Venete website for real-time traffic on the motorway network.
Grado is 22 km far from the Trieste Airport-Ronchi dei Legionari station and 19 km from the Cervignano-Aquileia-Grado station; frequent buses leave from both stations to reach Grado; for more information on train and bus schedules, consult the Trenitalia and TPL websites.
From the Trieste Airport station it is easy to reach the main towns of Friuli and, thanks to the new multi-storey car park with a capacity of 500 cars and the satin car park with a total capacity of 1,000 cars, it is the ideal station for day trips to Venice. Frequent train connections also to Rome and Milan.
The nearest airport is the Trieste Airport, located 22 km from Grado. For more information on flights and all related services, please visit the website.
With a car hire
For those arriving from outside the region by train, plane, or long-distance bus, it is vital to be able to move around in complete autonomy once you arrive at your chosen destination. The simplest solution is a car rental, allowing you to explore Grado and its surroundings independently and with maximum flexibility.
Whether you are a first-time renter or an avid car hire customer, we recommend using the price comparison site of Auto Europe. For more than 60 years this company has specialized in offering the very best rental rates on the market with the most reliable suppliers in over 180 countries around the world and with more than 24.000 available rental locations, making sure that you are able to find and compare your perfect deal. On its informative website, available in multiple languages, including English and Italian, you will not only find a large collection of vehicles to suit every need, but also luxury and sports cars, as well as motorhomes. An added advantage is also their dedicated customer reservation experts, available 7 days a week over the phone or email should you have any questions or special requests.
In Friuli Venezia Giulia there are car hire collection points available at Trieste Airport of Ronchi dei Legionari, half an hour's drive from Grado, but also in the center of Udine and Trieste, the main cities of the Region, both an hour drive away from the Isola del Sole. It is advisable to book your rental car well in advance as availability can be low during peak season and prices can soar, especially in places such as the popular seaside resort of Grado, ultimately saving you time and money.
Many bus lines connect Grado with the main Italian and foreign cities; direct connections to Grado are available from Gorizia, Udine and Trieste.
For further information see the TPL (Local Public Transport) website.
During the summer months, from June to September, Grado is connected by boat to Trieste and to Lignano Sabbiadoro every day except Mondays. In the event that conditions are not suitable for navigation, a replacement bus service with a bike wagon will be activated. On TPL FVG motor vessels you can travel with your bicycle (no more than one bicycle per passenger) within the limits of available space and at the discretion of the captain. We therefore advise you to enquire in advance about the availability of the service, especially during peak hours and at weekends.
To transport your own bike, you must purchase a bike ticket.
More information HERE
Grado is located at the end of the Alpe Adria bike path, Europe's best bike path in 2015, which connects Salzburg to Grado, with 425 km of beautiful mountains, hills, sea, art cities and villages.
From Salzburg, the city of Mozart, the route leads through the Salzach valley and the Gastein valley to Böckstein. From here, you can take the shuttle train to Mallnitz in 11 minutes, then cycle through Carinthia again to Spittal a. d. Drau, Villach and Arnoldstein, on the Italian-Austrian border. In Italy, the route partly winds along the old disused railway line, and from Tarvisio it touches Gemona, Udine, Aquileia and finally Grado on the Adriatic Sea. Delicious villages, natural monuments, interesting tourist attractions and magnificent landscapes accompany the cyclist along the entire route.
If you arrived in Grado by bike and you have to go back to Austria, or if you want to discover the surroundings of the island by bike, you can use the BiciBus service. The BiciBus service from Grado to Udine runs from April to September every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. In July Bicibus operates every day. From Udine to return to Austria you must then take the MI.CO.TRA train; find out all the timetables HERE. Alternatively you can use a TAXI service with bike trolley, for example TAXI ROBY or RUDIGIER REISEN.
If from Grado you want to discover the Collio you can use the BiciBus GRADO - GORIZIA - CORMONS service every Saturday, Sunday and holidays from May to June and from August to September and every day in July.