Canazei is located on the southwestern side of the Sella Ronda circuit and is best reached from the west via the main Adige valley which runs between the Austrian border at the Brenner and the city of Verona to the south.
The easiest airports, public transport and motorway connections are all on that side, although given good weather and the proper equipment it is possible to access the resort from the east.
Travel by Car
As mentioned above, Canazei is best approached from the Innsbruck to Verona motorway, a busy connection between north and south Europe which does however have the advantage of excellent connections.
The choice is between leaving the motorway south of Brixen (Bressanone) and travelling up the Val Gardena through the ski resorts and then up and over the Passo Sella, or using the motorway connection further south near Bozen (Bolzano) and travelling up the Val di Fassa.
It is possible to approach the resort from the east on local roads until the A27 main road down to the Veneto.
Innsbruck 140km - north over the Brenner pass to the Austrian motorway junction at Innsbruck
Venice 184km - south through the mountains to the motorway east and west
Verona 206km - west to the motorway and then south to the major junction at Verona
Travel by Air
Canazei has plenty of choice when it comes to airports, many of which are served with flights from the low-cost airlines from the UK or with travel company charter flights. The largest and most likely to have convenient scheduled flights from further afield are Venice (Marco Polo) Airport and Innsbruck Airport, which has a wide range of winter flights also aimed at the Tyrolean resorts.
There is a regular Saturday coach transfer into the Val di Fassa from Venice and Verona airports during the winter season. Details are available from www.trentinoviaggi.net.
Bolzano Airport (nearest airport in the valley) - 55km
Innsbruck Airport (over the border in the Austrian Tyrol) - 140km
Treviso Airport (just to the north of Venice) - 155km
Marco Polo Airport (located on coast of Venice lagoon) - 174km
Verona Airport (on motorway interchange to south of city) - 203km
Gabriele D’Annunzio Airport (south of motorway interchange outside Brescia) - 236km
Travel by Rail
The nearest railway stations are at Bressanone (Brixen in German)
around 58km away or slightly further at Bolzano (Bozen). Local coach
services (infrequent involving changes) or taxis run from Bolzano or
Bressanone to Canazei. The local coach services are:
SAD (website www.sad.it - timetables available as PDF downloads)
Trentino Trasporti (website www.ttspa.it - currently only with functioning Italian section)