Bibione resort. 1. Beach, how to get, public transport

Last Updated on 03/12/2022

Bibione resort is especially popular with the residents of Germany – it is inexpensive and easier to get to than to other resorts. After all, a nightmare road through Innsbruck, Fernpass and the Brenner Autobahn can enter the book of records for the number of time wasted in traffic jams and the number of irreversibly lost nerve cells. But the road through the A10 is still not so busy.

Bibione Resort

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The city almost entirely consists of hotels, villas, apartment buildings residential complexes (numerous two-story houses, surrounded by a common fence). The local population lives on the streets closer to the exit from the city in houses-villas. Some of them are also rented for the summer season.

If you look at the map, you will see that Bibione has been turned into almost an island by water: on the one hand there is a rather large Tagliamento River, on the other there is a lagoon and swamp lakes (in fact it used to be an island).

In this part: how to get, public transport, Bibione as seaside resort (+ and -), beaches.
Part 2 Bibione a map of the city, what is where, shops, local entertainment
Part 3 Bibione Excursions

How to get to Bibione

Car

The entry to Bibione is a bottleneck. Quite typical – the same story with Lido di Jesolo. One road leads to the city itself – along the dam. But before the dam, two options are possible.

True, none of these options means that you will quickly go on Saturday morning either to the city or from the city – after all, drunken hedgehogs worked on the road. Because a person with education and conscience would not have thought of such road junctions and urban planning. The results of the subversive activities of these creatures often came across to us on the way to this trip.

Lignano exit

The first option is to take the Lignano exit (approximately 20 km from Bibione).

A new exit, at the beginning there is a high-speed road. Then it is replaced by a semi-urban road with traffic lights. On Bibione, you need to turn off this road onto a very narrow brocken local road, which will lead to a very peculiarly exit to the bridge. I don’t know how many accidents they have at this place, but at first we don’t believe with your eyes that it is necessary to turn this way. Probably, the calculation is that the traffic in this place is going in one direction.

This is the only bridge that connects Bibione and Lignano, the next bridge is much further, almost at the Autobahn.

Exit Portogruaro

The second option is to take the Autobahn exit at Portogruaro (about 30 km from Bibione). The exit is rather unfortunate and jam-forming, since from the exit the road towards Bibione immediately runs into a narrow old bridge over the Autobahn.
When we were leaving, an accident occurred on this bridge exactly in the middle. It was a minute before us, and a traffic jam had already gathered in both directions, threatening to block the exit from the Autobahn.

After the bridge, we leave for a new bypass road that will lead around Portogruaro, and then the rests along relatively high-speed local road.

All would be fine, but this road has two unpleasant places.

The first – absolutely unbearable on the way from Bibione – is the connection of the Portogruaro-Latisana road with the road from Bibione. It is difficult to pass this crossroad even on a normal day. On Saturday, the traffic jam stands for ten kilometers simply because people do not have time or do not dare to turn. Would put at least a traffic light on Saturday! But no, the carabinieri stand in the bushes and admire the traffic jam a couple of kilometers before the turn.

Admire it on Google in satellite mode – imagine that you have to turn from Bibione to Portogruaro, while passing people driving from Portogruaro to Latisana, turning from Latisana in Bibione and driving (rushing without slowing down) from Latisana to Portogruaro.

Another obstacle is an unnecessary traffic light on the road, but, compared to the crossroad, this is almost a trifle. The speed of the Bibione-Portogruaro departure at 10 am on Saturday is 30 km in 50 minutes.

Gas station

In the city and upon arrival in it, gasoline prices are quite high, while leaving the city they gradually become lower. Serviced gas stations (servito) are much more expensive than self-service (usually self).

The cheapest gas stations were in Portogruaro (drive past the autobahn exit on the expressway for another minute, then you can turn around almost immediately; or in the mall behind the autobahn, where Carrefour and McDonald’s are).

Refueling specifics: remember the station number, go to the machine, insert a banknote (but not a large one! Estimate how much gasoline will fit, multiply by the cost and insert less), press the station number, go to refuel. Gasoline stops flowing when the money runs out. They don’t give change. But if there is a cafe at the gas station, then the machine can issue a check with an unfilled amount, with which you go to the cafe. To do this, you need to go to the machine again! So we refueled on someone else’s 10 euros (unintentionally – he had already left, and my husband started refueling without understanding the situation).

Public transport

Transport to and from Bibione – bus. The railway runs near the Autobahn, the nearest stations are Latisana and Portogruaro.

Bus 7 to Venice stops at Latisana and Portogruaro, except for the airport express.

Bibione is connected with ATVO buses to Venice, Punta Sabbioni (ship to Venice), Treviso, Belluno and Udine (the last two are in question, http://www.atvo.it/it-orari-e-autolinee.html). With Lignano Bibione is connected with SAF buses (http://www.saf.ud.it).

From Bibione there are excursion boats and buses to Venice, excursion buses to Trieste, Verona, etc. You can find details in the city’s brochure and at the Armonia Viaggi tour agency.

Bibione beach

Bibione and Lignano have very wide strip of sand (up to 400 m), which is advertised as a huge advantage by almost all travel agencies. For beach volleyball players, maybe. But for you, that only means an 11 kilometer stretch of sand lined with 25 rows of umbrellas.

The wild beach is located only on the eastern edge of the island, where the lighthouse is (number 1 on the plan in the next topic). You can put your umbrellas there, there are much fewer people. You can choose to enter from the sand (between paid beaches and the lighthouse) or between the breakwaters (closer to the lighthouse itself).
You can walk to the wild beach along the coast, or along the road through the pine forest, designated as a bicycle one. It will take 15-20 minutes from entering the fence surrounding the natural area.

I decided for myself that if I ever go to Bibione again, I would prefer to live in Lido dei Pini, closer to the wild beach.

Beach location is provided by the agency for weekly stays (usually). As a rule, this is specified in the description of the apartment. To get a place, the agency issues a coupon, which must be presented at the nearest ticket office on the beach, naming the street on which they settled. In exchange, you will be given a place on the beach for a week.

If the agency does not provide a place, then there are options:

  • buy a seat yourself (12-15 euros per day on the Internet). It is more convenient to do this on the Internet, since you can choose the place yourself. If you pay for a beach place for the day, you can park for free during the day. For this, a coupon is issued.
  • go to the wild beach
  • lay a towel in the area between the umbrellas and the sea. This zone is free, but you cannot put your own umbrellas. The area between the street and the umbrellas is apparently also free, as people put their umbrellas there.

Brown water after bad weather.

Advantages of Bibione as a resort

  • a lot of yellow-brown sand, very pleasant (but omnipresent),
  • a very gradual entry into the water – a paradise for children
  • there is a wild beach
  • many pines
  • a lot of evening entertainment
  • the strip between the first row of umbrellas and the sea is a non-smoking area. This is the first non-smoking beach in Italy in this area
  • jellyfish were not found in the water, but were thrown out during the storm. In general, there were no animals in the water, which can be called also a minus. There are no shells either.
  • for those who want to heal, rejuvenate, etc., there is thermal bath

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Disadvantages

  • a lot of moisture – swamps and the river make themselves felt. If the apartment is shady, as it was with us, the bed linen becomes wet on the second day, and things dry for a full day and sometimes more (this is at 30 degrees Celsius)
  • mosquitoes are just beasts. In the younger, the bites spread to half of the leg, the skin was hot at the site of the bite and all this did not go away for a week. The elders just got off with itchy sores. Mosquitoes are especially abundant in Bibione Pineda. In the evening there you have to perform a rare African dance, slapping yourself constantly on different parts of the body.
  • 25 rows of umbrellas and up to 100 thousand people (number of beds) on a 10 km lane – this is unpleasant for me personally.
  • in the rows of umbrellas it is possible to smoke, in contrast to the line along the sea.
  • the water becomes muddy due to the sand, especially after waves or in the afternoon.

To this I will add a significant minus of our apartment. It’s pretty typical.

  • open shower, water pours over the toilett. At the same time, water drips – only a man can close it to the end, and it will still leak. This means that the bath must be cleaned 10 times a day. Fatally, everything from the bath extends to the entire apartment and to the linens. On the second day, you can practically mold sand cakes in bed.
  • the gas stove is small, it is really possible to cook only on two distant burners. It means an increase in the time spent cooking.

Next – part 2 (a map of the city, what is where, shops, local entertainment) and part 3 (excursions).

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