There is no airport in San Marino, to get here, you will have to use the air hubs of neighboring countries. The nearest airport to San Marino is located in Rimini, 25 km from the state; Forlì Airport is 72 km, Ancona Falconara Airport is 130 km and Bologna is 135 km.
Note: according to allcitypopulation, the population of San Marino is 34,010 (2021).
In the summer season, Wim-Avia charters fly from Moscow Domodedovo to Rimini, and Red Wings, Yamal and Severny Wind fly from Sheremetyevo. Regular direct flights are operated by Ural Airlines. Travel time is 3-4 hours. It is cheaper to fly from St. Petersburg with Rossiya, the route duration is 3 hours 20 minutes.
Forli airport is going through hard times, so it is not yet possible to get here from Russia.
Connecting flights to Ancona are organized several times a month. Darwin Airline takes you from the Russian capital via Rome in tandem with Alitalia (from 6.5 hours) and Aeroflot (from 17 hours 45 minutes). It is more convenient to get from St. Petersburg with Lufthansa: travel time – from 7 hours 25 minutes, transfer in Munich.
Direct flights Moscow – Bologna are carried out by Aeroflot (3.5 hours), connecting flights – Air Moldova (4 hours 40 minutes via Chisinau), Turkish Airlines (from 6 hours 50 minutes via Istanbul), TAP Portugal (from 11 hours via Lisbon) and other carriers. Flights from the northern capital are Air Moldova (from 9 hours 20 minutes with a change in Chisinau), Aeroflot (from 12 hours 40 minutes, a change in Moscow), Czech Airlines (23 hours, connecting in Prague), etc. airlines.
Before the Second World War, San Marino and Rimini were connected by a railway built during the reign of Benito Mussolini. After the war, it was dismantled. The fact that the road existed at all is reminded to tourists by the preserved tunnels and the station in Piazzale Lo Stradone. The nearest operating railway station is located in Rimini.
From Rimini to San Marino can be reached by bus, travel time – about 45 minutes, fare – 5-7 EUR. Every day, 6-8 flights are operated from the square near the railway station. The bus arrives at the parking lot located in Piazzale Calcigni, also known as Piazzale delle Autocorriere. Routes from other nearby cities also run through Rimini. You have to travel from Ancona by train: trains run every hour, tickets – from 7.50 EUR (plus 2 EUR for the train from the airport to the central railway station), the trip takes 40 minutes. Trains run from Bologna to Rimini (hourly, from 10 EUR, from 50 minutes) and buses (four times a day from the Central Bus Station, from 12 EURand 1 hour 20 minutes). Shuttle from the airport to the center of Bologna – 6 EUR.
By car, you can drive from Rimini to San Marino along the SS72 highway (30 minutes), from Ancona – along the E55 (1.5 hours), from Bologna – along the E45 and E55 (the same time). There is no border control at the entrance to the territory of the state.
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There is no internal transport in San Marino, and it is not needed here: the main points of excursion routes are concentrated within walking distance, the center of the capital is given over to pedestrians.
It is especially pleasant to admire the beauties of the ancient republic from the window of a charming blue and white train (off. site in English). A trip around the area with an audio guide lasts 40 minutes and costs 1-3 EUR for adults.
In Borgo Maggiore, the most convenient way to get there is by funicular: 2 minutes on the way over the picturesque area, a round-trip ticket costs 4.50 EUR. The cable car is located near parking lots 11, 12 and 13.
Cable car opening hours:
- 7:50 – 18:30 January and February;
- 7:50 – 19:00 March;
- 7:50 – 19:30 April;
- 7:50 – 20:00 May-June;
- 7:50 – 1:00 from July 1 to September 5;
- 7:50 – 20:00 from 6 to 30 September;
- 7:50 – 19:00 October;
- 7:50 – 18:30 November and December.
When the funicular is closed, Borgo Maggiore can be reached by following the old Costa dell’Arnella road.
If you wish, you can travel between commune cities by taxi: the country has a state taxi fleet with a dozen cars and several private companies, Italian carriers also offer services. The central taxi rank is located on Lo Stradone Square, you can also call a car by phone. The standard fare is EUR 1.60 per landing plus EUR 1.70 per km. The cost of a transfer from Rimini airport is from 85 EUR.
Rent a Car
Car rental in San Marino is an option for the laziest: compact walled cities are located within walking distance from each other, but you have to walk along the winding up and down paths of Monte Titano. Drivers also have time to appreciate all the “charms” of mountain roads: sudden sharp turns, ups and downs make you constantly be on the alert.
The central streets of the Sanmarine castelli are pedestrian, so the iron horse will often stand idle. Fortunately, there are many parking lots: free ones are marked with white markings and are almost always overcrowded, paid ones (1.50 EUR per hour, 8 EUR per day) are equipped in close proximity to attractions. Most tourists leave their cars in the parking lot at the foot of Monte Titano, but you can park in other parts of the city.
The cost of renting a compact car is from 35-45 EUR, an SUV – from 100 EUR per day.
There are several car rental offices in the capital, such as Autonoleggio Ippo or Automax. To rent, you will need an international driver’s license and a credit card, the age of the driver is at least 21-23 years old.
Parking lots located in the historical part of the capital:
- P1: taxi rank at pl. Piazzale lo Stradone;
- P1/B: bus stop at pl. Piazzale Marino Calcigni;
- P2: car park on pl. Piazzale Marino Giangi;
- P2/B: bus stop at pl. Piazzale della Stazione;
- P3: car park on pl. Piazzale M. Ghandi;
- P4: car park on pl. Piazzetta Bramante Lazzari;
- P5: car park on pl. Piazza Antonio di Paolo Fabbri;
- P6: car park on pl. Piazzale Cava Antica;
- P7: car park on pl. Piazzale Cava degli Umbri;
- P8: car park on pl. Orto del Collegio;
- P9: car park on pl. Piazza delle Nazioni Unite;
- P10: car park on the street. Via Napoleone Bonaparte;
- P11: Aerial Cableway car park;
- P12: car park Viale Campo dei Giudei;
- P13: Baldasseron car park.