The bus is a very convenient way to reach Lake Garda, especially if you are heading to the Upper Lake Garda: in fact, trains only serve the southern area, where there are the stations of Desenzano and Peschiera.
The bus routes run along the two coasts, west and east, or connect the lake to the four nearby provincial capitals: Brescia (west), Verona (east), Mantua (south), and Trento (north).
Below you can find the main bus routes to Lake Garda operated by the public transport service.
Get to Lake Garda by bus
Verona is located in the south-east of the lake, so from here you can reach the eastern or southern coast:
- with ATV Lines 162, 163, 164, and 165 you can go from Verona (Piazza Brà) to Garda town, passing through Castelnuovo, Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, and Bardolino. If you’re heading to Gardaland, take the Line 164!
- with Line 26 you can go by bus from Verona to Desenzano and Brescia bus station (via Solferino) in about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Lake Garda’s bus service also connect Brescia, to the west of the lake, to the western coast, up to Trentino:
- Line S202 will take you from Brescia to Riva del Garda, the northernmost point of the lake. This route runs along the western coast and takes about two hours, passing through Gavardo, Salò, Gardone and Toscolano.
- As we said, Line 26 will take you to Verona, passing through Desenzano, Sirmione and Castelnuovo.
If you are in Trento, bus service is certainly the most convenient solution to reach Lake Garda.
First you have to reach Rovereto, both by bus and by train. From Rovereto you can take the bus line 332 in the direction of Riva del Garda, the northernmost point of the lake. The bus passes through Mori and Torbole, then arrives in Riva and continues towards Arco.
The main route from Mantua to Lake Garda is the one served by Line 46, that goes from Mantua to Peschiera del Garda and takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes, passing through Valeggio sul Mincio.
Local bus service
There are two main lines that run along Lake Garda’s western coast:
- As we said, part of Line S202 goes from Salò to Riva del Garda.
- Another Line covers the entire coast, from Desenzano to Riva del Garda: it’s Line 27 (LN027), that passes through Padenghe, Moniga, Manerba, Salò, Toscolano, and Limone, and takes about 2 hours.
Also in this case, there are two main options to climb up the veronese coast:
- as we said, Lines 162, 163, 164, and 185 will take you from Verona to Lake Garda by bus, but they all stop in the city of Garda.
- If you want to go further north, you can take a bus of the Line 484, that goes from Garda to Riva passing through Torri del Benaco, Brenzone, Malcesine, and Torbole. The whole trip takes about one hour.
Where to buy bus tickets on Lake Garda
In Italy you can normally buy bus tickets at the bus station, at the ticket office, but also in tobacco shops and kiosks. Alternatively you can also buy them on board, but usually the price is higher in this case.