Trains arrive from and depart for Milan Stazione Centrale hourly (50 min.; 5.50€).
If you are driving, Bergamo is linked to Milan via the A4. The trip takes under an hour if traffic is good. Parking in the largely pedestrianized Città Alta is difficult--park instead in Città Bassa and take the funicular (see below) up to the historic area.
The Città Bassa tourist office is close to the train and bus stations at Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII 57 ((tel) 035-210-204); it’s open daily 9am to 12:30pm and 2 to 5:30pm. The Città Alta office is at Via Gombito, 13 ((tel) 035-242-226), right off Via Colleoni, and is open daily 9am–5:30pm. The Bergamo Card costs 10€ for 24 hours or 15€ for 2 days, but only makes sense if you plan to visit all the museums, as the churches are all free to enter. Check the website www.comune.bergamo.it for more information.
Piazza Vecchia, the Colleoni Chapel, and most major sights are in the Città Alta, which is dissected by Via Colleoni. To reach Piazza Vecchia from the funicular station at Piazza Mercato delle Scarpi, it’s a 5-minute stroll along Via Gombito. The Accademia Carrara is in the Città Bassa.
Bergamo has an efficient bus system that runs throughout the Città Bassa and to points around the Città Alta; tickets are 1.30€ for 75 minutes of travel and are available from the machines at the bus stops outside the train station or at the bus station opposite.
To reach the Città Alta from the train station, take bus no. 1 or 1A (clearly marked Città Alta on the front) and make the free transfer to the Funicolare Bergamo Alta, run by ATB Bergamo (Largo Porta Nuova; www.atb.bergamo.it), connecting the upper and lower cities and running every 7 minutes from 7am to 1:20am.
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