San Marino is the fifth smallest independent country in the world. At almost 38 square miles, it has nine municipalities, the largest of which is Dogana, an area on the bus route from Italy. Most tourists, however, opt to visit the UNESCO-listed capital, Citta di San Marino. This small, landlocked country that dates to the 4th century AD is located in the Apennine Mountains and is completely surrounded by Italy.
Take a cheap flight to San Marino via a stop in a major city in Italy, as there is no commercial airport in San Marino. It's simple to travel into this country, because there is no border or visa control when entering San Marino. The only prerequisite to legal entry is to travel through Italy as per the Schengen Agreement. Research cheap flights to San Marino using the Skyscanner price alert tool. Enter the airport in Italy you wish to fly to that is most accessible to San Marino for your travels.
You can find cheap flights to San Marino when you fly to a nearby Italian city such as Bologna. Fly to any major city in Italy, actually, and you can then find a cheap flight or pleasant train trip to Rimini. From the Federico Fellini International Airport at Rimini, you can find a car rental facility and drive along the San Marino Highway. Most travelers take a flight to Bologna, Italy, then transfer to Rimini by bus or train. Aside from these transportation options, there is also taxi service from Rimini to San Marino. Other Italian cities to fly into for access to San Marino include airports in Ancona (AOI) and Forli (FRL).
You can find cheap flights to San Marino from the US via Bologna (BLQ). The most popular airlines that fly out of the US to Bologna are Lufthansa, Air France, Alitalia, American, and Delta Airlines. None of these flights, however, are non-stop. All flights to Bologna from the US make at least one stop in another city.
Once you arrive at Bologna's airport, Guglielmo Marconi, you can purchase a train ticket to Rimini (the Rimini Bologna Airport Shuttle). Trains operate every day of the year, making 10 trips per day. You can also take the bus to San Marino, which is about a 30-minute ride. Catch the bus at the designated stop across from the train station.
There are some unique tourist attractions in the small Republic of San Marino. In San Marino Citta there are three fortresses at the top of Mount Titano that reward you with a glorious view of the Apennines, the Dalmatian coast, and Rimini. A public piazza (Piazza della Liberta) is where you can watch the Guardie di Rocca change guard in colorful, uniformed ceremony. Many interesting museums, a basilica, and the small surrounding villages make this a fabulous trip.
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