etting from Venice's
Marco Polo Airport to the
Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station
is easy, with one caveat:
You can't take a bus or land taxi directly to the
station, because the station has no road access. Instead, you'll need to
take a bus or taxi to the Piazzale Roma
(on the edge of Venice's historic center) and walk across a bridge to
the station, unless you opt for an expensive--and slower--water
Here are step-by-step directions from the airport to the
station. Total travel time, including walking, should be less than 30
minutes or slightly longer if you take a water taxi:
By airport bus:
Catch the ATVO "Venezia Express" airport coach or
the ACTV No. 5 "Aerobus" from the sidewalk in front of the eterminal's
arrivals level. (The ATVO coach is more convenient, with luggage
compartments at ground level.) For fares and other information, see our
Venice Airport Buses article.
When you reach the Piazzale Roma, look for a large
modern bridge on the north side of the square. This is the Ponte della
Costituzione, more commonly known as the "Calatrava Bridge" after the
Spanish architect who designed it. Cross the bridge.
On the other side of the bridge, walk along the water to
the Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station.
- Tip: If you
have wheeled luggage or a stroller, go past the station and turn left
into the pedestrian alley that runs gently uphill to the station's
door. This way, you can avoid the station steps.
By land taxi:
Follow the taxi signs on the airport's arrival level and
catch a taxi to Piazzale Roma.
At Piazzale Roma, follow steps 2 and 3 above.
By water taxi:
Go to either of the water taxi
counters on the arrivals level, just outside Customs. (We use the Consorzio
Motoscafi Venezia, a cooperative of water-taxi owners.) Your destination
will be the "Stazione Venezia Santa Lucia"), and the fare will be a minimum of €110.
Unless you've purchased a van transfer at extra cost at
the water-taxi counter, you'll need to walk 7-10 minutes over level
ground to the boat pier. See
An alternative: Venezia Mestre Railroad Station
- If you don't mind getting on at the second
station from Venice (which could mean less choice of seats unless you
have seat reservations), you can take the
ATVO Fly Bus to
Mestre Railroad Station,
which is on the Venetian mainland near the causeway and railroad bridge
from Venice's historic center. (Mestre is Venice's "through station,"
and some trains stop only in Mestre.)