Best campsites for a car-free holiday

We received a great review from a family that visited the Black Forest by train and it got us thinking about the best places to visit using public transport. It’s great being able to load up the car with everything you need, but it’s also really nice to just take the essentials and leave the stress of driving in a foreign country to someone else or leave it out all together.

Here’s our suggestions of the best places for a holiday with no car:

Campingplatz Kinzigtal, Germany

Black Forest in summerThank you to Rhian1 who visited the Black Forest by train in October and left the following review with some fantastic tips.

Go by train – best family adventure

“Deciding to travel by train out to Campingplatz Kinzigtal was the best decision! Very straightforward journey out from UK with a 10 minute walk to be met with a very friendly reception with Patrick when we arrived. He got us sorted with our free Konus cards that very evening and for the rest of our holiday we enjoyed free travel on all train, tram and bus throughout the Black Forest region. Patrick was great with top tips on where to go with our two children, 9 and 6. Highlights included going to Freiburgh and enjoying Cable Car trip, the open air museum and walking nearby in the Black forest. Loads to do, beautiful location and Patrick was ace. A low carbon, high fun holiday had by all!”

Konus cards are given to all holidaymakers who visit the Black Forest to enable them to make the most of the stunning setting in an environmentally friendly way. The cards permit you to use all buses and trains within the Black Forest so you can get to lots of towns, walks in the country and places of interest.

The area is fantastic for hiking so it’s perfect knowing you can walk your socks off, then get a lift back to your comfy campsite.

Camping Butterfly and Bella Italia, Lake Garda

Verona cityscape

Reaching the resorts close to Peschiera-del-Garda is really easy by public transport. During the peak summer season, the aerobus from Verona airport runs a direct shuttle to the town. The rest of the year, you can take the aerobus to Verona train station and either take the train or another bus to Peschiera. Public transport to and from Peschiera generally runs fairly frequently in the mornings and later on in the day. There’s a gap of about 2 hours around midday when transport seems to stop.

Once you arrive in the town, you can reach both Camping Butterfly and Bella Italia within a half hour walk. For day trips, it’s easy to hop on a bus to any of the towns around the lake or catch the train to Verona, Venice and Milan. For other campsites further around the Lake, public buses serve some of them but it may take a while. More information on transfers can be found here.

Camping Duinrell, Wassenaar

Amsterdam (2)Reaching Duinrell from Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport is really easy. The trains are well signposted inside the airport so it’s really easy to hop on the train to Leiden or Den Haag.

A holidaymaker earlier this year commented, “The best way to get from Schiphol airport is to get a train to Den Haag Central Station then a bus which stops right at the campsite.”

For day trips out and about, some places can be reached by bike or you can take the bus and train into the bigger cities, including Amsterdam.

Sant’Angelo Village, Venice & the Adriatic 


Getting to the campsite, Sant’Angelo Village can be easily reached by bus from Venice Marco Polo airport. For day trips, the area is well served by buses and will take you to the port to catch a boat to Venice.

A holidaymaker who visited the site in September this year said,

One bus from airport to site which stops just outside site €6.90 per person… Local area/Venice very accessible by public transport, area extremely flat and best way around is by bike with very safe cycle paths with some lovely peaceful paths along local canals/farmland – bikes rented locally – very reasonable.”

Camping Fabulous, Rome 

Rome from the rooftops

A holidaymaker who travelled in 2014 left some fantastic tips on travelling on Public Transport to Camping Fabulous.

“We stayed in a Canvas tent between 13-20th Aug. I’m a thrifty person, and so used public transport to get to the site from the airport. I pre booked Terravision transfers from the airport to Termini station, then got the blue line metro ( direction Laurentina) getting off at EUR Fermi. As you leave the station, go up the stairs, cross the road, and down the stairs to the bus station, getting bus numbers 709 or 070. The bus stop is near to the site. I bought BIT tickets priced €1.50 for each of the metro and bus journeys, so a bargain price of €3 each from Termini to site.”

There’s a bus stop right outside the entrance of the campsite to take you into Rome.

A holidaymaker who travelled in September this year, “It is easy to get to Rome using public transport and the staff at the site are very willing to help with this and can provide you with the correct ticket type. There is a beach about 15 minutes away by bus but other than that not a lot to see and do. We were more than entertained by our trips into Rome and then staying on the campsite for our two week holiday.”

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