Merano and Environs FAQ
Frequent questions and answers about Merano and Environs in South Tyrol
Merano and Environs FAQ

Merano and Environs FAQ

Frequent questions and answers about Merano and Environs in South Tyrol

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are a list of the most common questions visitors ask when planning holidays in Merano and Environs. Questions and answers can be found in this section.
Merano and Environs FAQ
Frequent questions and answers about Merano and Environs in South Tyrol
Local Tax: when it was introduced and for what it will be used?
In 2014 a local tax was introduced in South Tyrol. The revenue from this tax will be used for the expansion and maintenance of local infrastructure and services, as well as for the organization of various cultural and sports events.
The local tax will be levied at all lodging establishments, on a per-guest and per-overnight-stay basis. The amount is contingent upon the category of the establishment. Children and adolescents under 14 years of age are exempt from levy.
The local tax is payable upon departure and is listed separately on the invoice.
Can I take my dog hiking with me?
Dogs may accompany you on all hikes; they should, however, be kept on a leash out of consideration for the other animals. This is, in fact, the law.
Are Waalweg trails stroller-friendly?
Only the Brandis Waalweg in Lana is easily accessible with a stroller. It is about 3.5 km long.
When do the apple blossoms bloom in Merano and environs?
The apple trees in Merano and environs bloom between late March and late April. The timing depends very much on the weather and the temperatures.
When does the apple harvest start?
The first varieties such as Gala are harvested from mid-August. In September and October there is the most intensive activity of the apple harvest. The late variety Pink Lady is harvested up to early November.
When is Törggelen season?
Törggelen parties – a local tradition featuring the season’s new wine, hearty local food and roasted chestnuts – begin taking place in early October and continue until mid-November.
What kinds of tickets are available and what are the relevant advantages?
-Single ticket: Valid for one journey and one person only. Advantage: when taking the bus only once or twice.
-Value card: Available for € 10,00, € 25,00 and € 50,00. Valid for two years until used up. Advantage: Journeys are less expensive compared to single tickets and several people can use the same card.
-Weekly card BusCard Merano & surroundings: Non transferable. Advantage: valid for 7 consecutive days for all public buses in Merano and surroundings.
-Mobilcard South Tyrol: Non transferable. Advantage: available for either on 1, 3 or 7 consecutive days for all public transport (buses, trains and ropeways) in South Tyrol.
-MuseumobilCard (mobility and museums)
-Bikemobil Card (mobility and bike rental)
What is the price for a bus ticket?
-One-way ticket to Merano € 1.50
-BusCard Merano and surroundings for 7 days: € 16.00
-Value cards available for € 10.00, € 25.00 and € 50.00
-Mobilcard South Tyrol for 1 day: € 20.00 for adults / € 10.00 for children (from the age of 6 to under 14 years)
-Mobilcard South Tyrol for 3 days: € 30.00 for adults / € 15.00 for children (from the age of 6 to under 14 years)
-Mobilcard South Tyrol for 7 days: € 45.00 for adults / € 22.50 for children (from the age of 6 to under 14 years)
What kind of bus tickets can be used for different types of journeys?
-Value cards: all around South Tyrol
-Weekly card BusCard Merano & surroundings: Scena, Merano, Avelengo, Verano, San Genesio Atesino, Tirolo, Rifiano, Passeier Valley, Lana, Ulten Valley, Foiana, Fondo, Marlengo, Lagundo, Parcines, Naturno and Schnals valley. In addition all city lines inside Merano.
-Mobilcard South Tyrol: all public transport in South Tyrol
Where can I buy a bus ticket?
Individual tickets and value cards can be purchased on the bus. Weekly bus tickets (BusCard Merano and surroundings), value cards and MobilCards are available at the tourist office.
Where can I receive information about the traffic? Which passes are closed etc?
Online or call the Traffic and Travel Information: Tel: +39 0471 200198
What is the GuestCard?
The GuestCard is a discount card, which gives you reductions on prices in a variety of museums, cable-cars, sports and leisure facilities, as well as events which are organised by the tourist office.
Which cable cars are included in the BusCard?
None. The BusCard is valid only on buses within the Merano & Environs area.
Which bus and train tickets are available in your holiday region?
The BusCard Merano and Environs connects Lana with the surrounding villages around Merano, and is valid for 7 days. The Mobil Card is valid for all public buses, regional trains and some public cable cars in South Tyrol. The museumobil Card is also valid for the specified means of transport and additionally allows you access to 80 museums. For more information: On the move in South Tyrol.
How do I get to Tirolo (Dorf Tirol)?
The number 221 bus runs up to Tirolo from the Merano Train Station and from along Via delle Corse (Rennweg) Road. There is also a chairlift that goes from the centre of Merano up to the outskirts of the village of Tirolo.
Where do weekly markets take place?
market near the train station on Fridays
small market near the train station on Tuesdays
farmers’ market on Saturday

market at Lorenzerpark on Fridays

market at Siegesplatz square on Saturdays
Which bus do I take to get to the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle?
Bus lines 1B and 4 run to Trauttmansdorff from the train station and from along Corso Libertà (Freiheitsstraße) Street. A single bus ticket costs € 1.50 and can be purchased onboard: the ticket machine accepts only coins and does not give change.
Are dogs allowed at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle?
Sorry, no pets are allowed inside the botanical gardens.
Can you take a bike on the train?
It is not permitted, from April until October, to enter the Val Venosta (Vinschgerbahn) Railway from the stations of Merano (Meran), Marlengo (Marling) and Lagundo (Algund) with a bike when travelling in the direction of Mals (Malles). The ban applies daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A transport service for bikes is thus offered for those travelling in the direction of Mals and starting from Merano Train Station. The bike can be picked up at your choice of bike-service centre, located at the Naturno (Naturns), Laces (Latsch), Silandro (Schlanders), Spondinig and Mals (Malles) stations. The train line running from Merano to Bolzano (Bozen) does accept bicycles – if there is sufficient space. A day pass for bicycle transport costs € 7.
Important note: The Bikemobilcard includes only public transport for a day tour with rental bike; it does not grant authority to take your bike with you on the train.
What is Merano 2000 (Meran 2000)?
Merano 2000 is a ski and hiking area located above town, at an elevation of about 2,000 metres.
When is the Merano Grape Festival?
The Merano Grape Festival generally takes place the third weekend in October. The third Sunday of the month is always the main date to bear in mind: the traditional annual parade takes place at 2:15 p.m. For more information, please visit the following link.
Is Merano’s weekly Friday market also held on holidays?
Yes, the weekly market in Merano also takes place on holidays.
Can one visit the Kurhaus?
Individuals may not visit the Kurhaus building unless they attend an event that takes place inside.
Is concerts held at the Kurhaus?
In spring and autumn on certain Sundays, South Tyrol’s bands give concerts inside the Kursaal (Concert Hall). Admission is free of charge.
Is there a movie theatre in Merano?
Yes, the cinema is located at the Via delle Corse/Rennweg 25 (Galleria Ariston). For more information, please visit the following link.
When does the Merano Christmas Market take place?
The Merano Christmas Market is open daily from 26th November 2021 to 6th January 2022 (excluding 25th December). Modifications reserved.
Where can I buy a single-ride ticket for the city bus?
Single tickets for the city bus (€ 1.50) can be purchased at the ticket machine directly on the bus. Please be sure that that you have enough coins with you: the machine does not accept bills and does not give change. The bus office, located at Via delle Corse/Rennweg 82, also sells single bus tickets.
Where are the entry points to the Tappeinerweg Trail?
Ponte Romano (Steinerner Steg) Bridge, Gilf Promenade (continuation of the Passer Promenade), the stairs behind the Duomo (Parish Church of St. Nicholas), Via Galilei (Galilei-Straße) Road, the Schlehdorfweg Trail off of Via Verdi (Verdi-Straße) Road, and in Quarazze (Gratsch). For more information click here.
What are the average temperatures in Merano throughout the year?
March: between 2 and 15 degrees C
April: between 7 and 20 degrees C
May: between 10 and 23 degrees C

June: between 12 and 26 degrees C
July: between 14 and 23 degrees C
August: between 10 and 22 degrees C

September: between 11 and 26 degrees C
October: between 5 and 18 degrees C
November: between -1 and 11 degrees C

December: between -3 and 6 degrees C
January: between -5 and 5 degrees C
February: between -2 and 8 degrees C
Which airports are around South Tyrol?
Around South Tyrol there are the following airports, from which the Merano region can be reached in a short time: 
  • Innsbruck in the north (approx. 2,5 hours; 150 KM)
  • Verona in the south (approx. 2,5 hours; 180 KM)
  • Munich Airport: by train to Merano and Environs (approx. 4 hours; 330 KM)
  • Airport Bergamo (approx. 3,5 hours; 270 KM)
  • Treviso (approx. 3 hours; 230 KM)
  • Venice (approx. 3 hours; 270 KM)
  • Bologna (approx. 3 hours; 270 KM)
  • Milan Malpensa (approx. 4 hours; 350 KM)
  • Milan Linate (approx. 3,5 hours; 300 KM)
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