Travel to the IMBA Europe Summit. What’s sustainable and also efficient?? 

 

One of the challenges many destinations face, particularly the ones in Alpine regions, is finding sustainable travel alternatives to offer guests. The current rail infrastructure throughout Europe makes it difficult to travel across borders; and unless you’re willing to spend sometimes 20+ hours travelling, it is an unappealing way to travel (for most).

 

All that being said, a focal point of our Summit is sustainability, with the Friday plenary sessions focusing on ‘ Sustainable MTB Tourism’ and ‘ Sustainable trail design, construction and management’. Working alongside the host organisation Val di Sole Bikeland, we have looked into the most sustainable means of travel to the Summit. We understand that it is out of season and the normal shuttles aren’t running as frequently, that’s why we have come up with this document to make things a bit less complicated.

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Travel by train:

 

You can reach Trento Station using the high-speed Frecciargento, Italo, Deutsche Bahn, and ÖBB trains or the regional and interregional services. Then from here take the Trento-Malé-Mezzana line to Val di Sole, from where there are regular coach links to all the towns.

 

Milan Malpensa airport:

Available every 15 minutes from Milan Malpensa Terminal One to Trento Station

4hr+ of travel

 

Milan Bergamo airport:

Available every 20-40 minutes from Milan Bergamo Terminal One to Trento station

3 hr+ of travel

More information via Trainline:

 

From Trento station to Val di Sole you will then need to take a connecting train or bus. More information HERE

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Travel by Bus:

 

Unfortunately due to the time of year, there are only limited services available from the Milan airports to Trento. The Flixbus does allow bikes, which if possible, might make the journey easier!

 

Outbound: Milan Malpensa Terminal : Daily bus transfer to Trento station

15:50→ 19:20

 

Inbound: Trento station→ Milan Malpensa Terminal

10:15→ 13:40

 

Milan Bergamo Terminal: Daily bus transfer to Trento station

Outbound: 17:35→ 20:15

 

Inbound: Trento → Milan Bergamo airport

7:25am→ 10:05 // 8:15am→ 10:55 

14:05→ 16:10 // 16:35→ 19:20

 

From Trento station to Val di Sole you will then need to take a connecting train or bus. More information HERE

Trento station to Folgarida

 

The Trento Malè Mezzana station is about 200 m from Trento railway station, and this is where you get the narrow-gauge train that connects Trento to the Val di Sole. Its final destination is Mezzana and it stops at all the towns along the way.

A coach service then connects all the main stations on this line with Folgarida town.

Outward: Bus B642 Malè – Folgarida – Madonna di Campiglio

Inbound: Bus B642 Madonna di Campiglio – Folgarida – Malè

Calculate your travel route here

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Tips for sustainable travel to the Summit

  • Travel overland- Travelling by train is the most sustainable form of travel overland in terms of limiting one’s carbon footprint. 
    • Thinking of travelling by train? You can reach the “Trento station” via the high-speed Frecciargento, Italo, Deutsche Bahn, and ÖBB trains or the regional and interregional services. 
    • Then take the connecting Trento-Malé-Mezzana line to Val di Sole, from where there are regular coach links to all the towns
    • More information on taking the Train
  • Travel together- Instead of driving alone, why not travel together. Find out who is joining the Summit from your region, or perhaps someone on the way. If you’d like to ‘Find a ride’ to the Summit, join our Facebook group here.

Make the journey an adventure – If you have the time, and you love an adventure, why not look at making your trip to Val di Sole by bike? This might look like a train-bike-train scenario.