You can take bus 180 to Vigo di Fassa (e.g. dep. 11:35, arr. 12:48: http://www.sii.bz.it/en/siipdfOldtimetables) and from there, Brusutti bus to S. Martino di Castrozza, but this second bus, coming from Canazei and heading to Venice, runs only once a day (14:50, arr. 16:00: http://www.brusutti.com/2/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Trasporto_pubblico_locale_2016_Brusutti.pdf).
It's not possible by train, and there is no way of shortening the bus journey by train either: it would be further, from Trento, and you'd have to go via Verona and Vicenza (or several changes, taking more than 5 hours, to Feltre) to reach Treviso, to catch the same Brusutti bus in the opposite direction! .
This is a trip that would only take 1 hour 45 minutes by car...by bus it's over 3.5 hours.
Just saying...Edited: 12 December 2016, 10:35
The San Martino di Castrozza website indicates several other possibilities by public transport at http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/traincoaches/ - enter 'Bolzano' as departure point in the box that says PUBLIC TRANSPORTS IN TRENTINO - TIMESCHEDULE AND ROUTES.
All those combos require multiple connections, however -- as an example -- there is one leaving at 8.36 via Ora-Cavalese-Predazzo, arriving at 12.09, that doesn't sound too bad, and another combo via the same route, leaving Bolzano by train at 14.36 that takes even less (2 hours 52 mins).Edited: 12 December 2016, 15:27
Thanks qaminari and FF
That gives me a few options - thank you. I have only ever used trains in Italy and a bit daunted by all the different bus companies and the idea of having to find them, rather than just gettiing a connecting train.
Latrevisana - we are Australian and so drive on the left and we live in a temperate climate in the very flat Perth (the best beaches in the world, by the way), so not at all used to snow, fog nor mountain roads.
So while I did drive a bit in France about 20 years ago, that was in the summer and was hair-raising enough.
We are actually going to Merano first, and I am very dissappointed that the Alpin Bob won't be operating when we are there.
I would love any further pointers about must do things in Merano, San Martino and Cortina. We are skiing in San Martino di Castrozza.
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