Trains to and from Brescia Airport (VBS)


Brescia Airport is also known as Montichiari Airport, due to its location in this area, or Gabriele d’Annunzio Airport, after an Italian poet and nationalist who worked in Brescia. The airport is approximately 20 km from the city of Brescia, and serves around 200,000 passengers per year. Therefore, it is not a large airport, but it does form part of an important airport system in Italy, together with Verona Villafranca Airport. Brescia is situated in northern Italy, in the Lombardy region, and is nearby some lovely lakes, for example, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo. Although there are a few bus services offering transport to and from Brescia Airport, there is no railway station on the airport site. Passengers who wish to continue their journey by train will need to use the bus service to reach the railway station in Brescia.

Brescia Airport consists of one terminal building, which is well equipped for the needs of arriving and departing passengers, although queues can be quite long for check-in and security screening processes, as well as for the purchase of bus tickets, since there is usually only one desk/office available. Two railway stations can easily be reached from Brescia Airport. One is the main train station in Brescia, while the other is in Verona, and known as the Porta Nuova Train and Bus Station.

The bus stops can be found directly outside the airport’s exit, and are clearly marked, with wording such as ‘Bus to Brescia’. The buses mainly coincide with Ryanair’s arrival flights at the airport, therefore the buses will wait until all the passengers have bought tickets and are on board the bus. They will also wait if your flight is delayed for some reason. The time schedules for the buses therefore also vary considerably depending on the season and the flight schedules. It best to look up a latest timetable when planning your trip to Brescia.

The bus trip to Brescia Bus and Railway Station takes about twenty minutes. The bus arrives at the bus station at Stop No.23, but the railway station is just over the footbridge, and down the steps. The Porta Nuova Station in Verona is a bit larger than Brescia’s station, and it takes about an hour to reach it by bus. Return tickets and one-way bus tickets are available for both services from the ticket office in the airport’s arrival area, or from the driver of the bus.

Brescia’s train station is situated on the main railway line connecting the areas of Milan, Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice, and therefore Brescia is well positioned for railway transport. A train journey to Venice from Brescia will take a few hours, while to Verona takes around 45 minutes. There is also a secondary line branching off from the terminus, and this leads to areas such as Cremona, Bergamo and Parma, while the Brescia-Iseo-Edolo railway provides access to Lake Iseo. Subsidiary companies of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) manage the Brescia Railway Station. Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) manages the station, while the passenger Centostazioni manages building’s commercial area. Trenitalia runs all the train services, except for the line to Lake Iseo. Ferrovienord manages this railway.

There are various facilities at Brescia Train Station, including a few shops selling newspapers, magazines and other items, and even a hairdresser. A self-service café is available for a variety of refreshments. Train tickets can be purchased from the couple of newsagents at the station; however, there is a separate ticket office for journeys up the eastern shore of Lake Iseo. Three lines are dedicated to this railway service, while seven lines are for use by the regional trains travelling towards Venice. The separate three lines are in an area referred to as Piazzale Ovest (West Yard), and its station is at the end of Platform 1.

Out of the other seven main lines, the first track handles trains coming from Milan and continuing their journey towards Verona and Venice, while the second track is for the same trains but in the reverse direction. There are also three lines referred to as the Trenitalia Regional railway lines, namely, the Brescia – Cremona line, the Bergamo – Brescia line and the Parma – Brescia line. Other lines not in use by passenger services may be used for goods trains and other services. Approximately nine million passengers use Brescia Train Station each year.

Some useful Italian vocabulary for English travellers on the train include ‘treno’ – train, ‘carrozza’ – carriage, ‘posto’ – seat, ‘compartimento’ – compartment, ‘capotreno’ – conductor, ‘arrivi’ – arrivals, ‘partenze’ – departures, ‘binario’ – platform, and ‘biglietto’ – ticket. Most tourists find locals in Italy to be friendly and more than willing to help, therefore don’t be scared to ask for assistance!    

For most train stations in Italy, tickets can be booked online at Trenitalia’s website, www.trenitalia.com. There is also plenty of information offered on their website regarding train schedules, the types of trains in Italy, purchasing tickets, etc. Further information is also available from the information point at Brescia Airport.