When travelling to other countries, flying is the most convenient and preferred mode of transportation. However, this is not a viable option in certain regions of the world. Here are 6 countries without airports and the best ways to reach them.
1.) Vatican City
In the heart of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. It is an absolute sovereign with the Pope at its head. The museum, exotic gardens, and the Sistine Chapel are all popular attractions of this Roman Catholic enclave, which is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. There is no airport in this country, but it is conveniently reached from the capital of Italy. Since it is not possible to drive into the city, public transportation is the only option. Several Rome metro stations, bus stops, and train stations are located close to Vatican City, making it possible for visitors to walk there.
2.) San Marino
A mountainous country, San Marino is also surrounded by Italian lands, notably Vatican City. The country is home to UNESCO world heritage sites including Mount Titano, the highest point in San Marino; and it also features old-world architecture and cobblestone paths. If you’re taking public transportation to San Marino, Rimini is your usual entry point. From Rimini, tourists can take a bus heading toward the capital city. San Marino can also be reached by car.
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Located on France’s Mediterranean coastline, Monaco is the world’s second-smallest country. The prestigious Formula One Grand Prix motor race is held here each year. The city is well known for its luxurious casinos and lifestyle. Here, you can find both historically significant and modern attractions. You can easily reach it via France’s Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, where a bus or taxi can be taken. Monaco is only 25 minutes away by car from the airport.
Liechtenstein is the world’s sixth smallest country, located between Switzerland and Austria. Due to its mountainous terrain, it is ideal for winter sports. At Liechtenstein National Museum, you can flip through historical pages, or view Vaduz Castle, the Prince’s official residence, on a hillside. Although the castle is not open to the public, a breathtaking view of jagged mountains can be seen from the hillside. There are three different ways to get to St. Gallen-Altenrhein: by air through the St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland, by train via the Swiss border stations at Buchs and Sargans, or by driving.
Andorra is a small country located in a valley among the Pyrenees mountains, in western Europe. It shares a border with France and Spain and is known for its ski resorts and scenic mountain views. Its terrain does not permit an airport, however, it has a road entering from France, and another from Spain.
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6.) Palestinian Territories
In spite of its war-ravaged past, this land is still a popular tourist destination, owing to its ancient cities and beautiful architecture. Bethlehem, for instance, is not only a religious destination as the birthplace of Christ but is also known for its arts and delicious food. It is only accessible via land, through Israel. The closest airport to Bethlehem is Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, which is over 40 kilometres away.
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