Arriving in Venice
How to reach Venice, Italy from the airports and
railway stations, by car, or on a ship.
ABOVE: The Venice Railroad Bridge and the Ponte
della Libertà form a causeway that links Venice's centro storico with
the Italian mainland. In the picture above, you can see the
Venice Santa Lucia railroad station
(center of photo) and the Piazzale Roma (the
grey splotch on the right side of the photo). The
Venice cruise terminals and the
Tronchetto parking garage are out of
view to the right of the Piazzale Roma.
historic center is about 4 km or 2.4 miles off the coast of Northern Italy. The
city is built on more than 100 islands in the Venetian Lagoon, and it's
connected to the mainland by the Venice Railroad Bridge and a road causeway
named the Ponte della Libertà ("Bridge of Liberty"). You'll cross this bridge if
you arrive by train, bus, car, or land taxi; another option is to come from the
airport or a mainland parking lot by public water bus or water taxi.
For detailed information on how to reach Venice, continue to the
following pages or use the navigation links in the table below.
Also see our
Baggage Storage - Left Luggage article if
you need to park suitcases before or after your arrival or departure, and read
Walking in Venice for advice on finding your way around the city on foot.
For how-to information about public transit, see our
Venice Local Transportation Index and especially our illustrated guide to
Vaporetto Water Buses.
Finally, if you need a place to stay, see our interactive
Venice Hotel Maps or
Hotel Recommendations by Area.
Arriving by air
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