How to Get to San Marino- Plus the Rimini San Marino Bus Timetable
It’s tiny, it’s interesting, it is one of the smallest nations on the planet- but it’s a mystery how to get to San Marino from Rimini! This petite country landlocked within Italy’s borders is stunning and formed around 3 gorgeous fortress cities- the highest being Mount Titano- in the Apennine mountains, you won’t want to miss it!
I know your first question is probably: where is San Marino? The answer is: it’s a nation in central Italy, east of Florence. The San Marino capital is handily also named the City of San Marino. Getting there can be fiddly, so I’ve included exact details of where the bus departs from Italy and the Rimini San Marino bus timetable.
Luckily, I’ve done the hard work of scouring old forum posts from 2009 and found the cheapest, easiest and most efficient way. All this, beautiful pics and just a 2 minute read– how can you go wrong?
The first thing to know is that San Marino has no airport, the only way to enter is via Rimini in Italy which operates buses and has the closest train station and airport to the San Marinese capital. You can also take a Rimini to San Marino taxi, but that will cost around 30-40 euros.
Rimini is 16km away, so a San Marino day trip is easy to organise.
How to get to San Marino- Italy to Rimini
The Hard Way:
Taking an Italian train. Depending where in Italy you start from this may be pricey. Checking today on GoEuro it takes 4 hours and costs minimum 25 euros from Rome, each way. From Milan it is around 30 euros each way.
The Easy Way:
I paid petrol costs in return for a seat in a car already travelling Milano to Rimini via the carsharing site Blablacar. It operates a review system giving you a sense of safety and you can see who you will be travelling with me. There were 5 of us in the car and we all chipped in around 15 euros each way for petrol- a win for any budget traveller! From Milan, it took around 3.5hours each way.
Rimini to San Marino- the final leg
Leave your ride at Rimini Station and cross the road opposite the station to where buses are standing. You are looking for a Bonelli bus and it costs 5 euros each way and takes only 40 mins. The bus has no number but simply displays S.Marino which is the final stop. I know it’s confusing figuring out the bus so here is the Rimini San Marino bus timetable and here are Google Maps images of where it starts its journey in Rimini and where you travel to in San Marino. No excuse for getting lost now you have the Rimini-San Marino bus schedule!
What is the Rimini-San Marino bus schedule like?
The Rimini bus runs 7 days a week every 75 minutes. The earliest bus you can take from Rimini is at 8am, and the latest you can return is 8pm on weekdays or 7pm on Sundays.
Is there a visa check point on the way to San Marino?
No, there’s no borders, so as long as you’re in Italy legally, you should be fine! I didn’t even have to show my passport on the bus, as I was travelling from the EU to the EU, so there are no controls.
What happens once you arrive?
The bus will leave you on a cardiac inducing hill and above you there will be nothing but mountains. Walk on the lazy cobbled streets to your hotel, or make a stop in the central post office to ask for a stamp in your passport so you can get some superb San Marino souvenirs.
So now you’re fully on board with how to get to San Marino, what will you do while you’re there? Leave me a comment below telling me about the smallest nation you’ve ever visited.
Cover image via Flickr PedroCaetano