the Venice Cruise Port
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From San Basilio
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ABOVE: The San Basilio pier is just
east of Stazione Marittima, in the entrance to the Giudecca Canal.
Land taxis arrive and depart from
the paved area behind the terminal (the horizontal building along the water).
The No. 2 vaporetto or
water bus stops at a platform just across a footbridge from the terminal, below
the "S" in "Sestiere Dorsoduro."
At the bottom of the photo, across
the canal, you can see the tower and spire of the
Molino Stucky Hilton hotel.
ABOVE: Silversea's Silver Whisper at the
San Basilio pier.
To Venice's historic center:
foot. From the San Basilio terminal, cross the small footbridge. You'll
then be standing at the foot of the Zattere, a broad promenade that runs all the
way from San Basilio to the historic Dogana customs house, which offers views of
the Grand Canal, St. Mark's Basin, and the Doge's Palace on the San Marco
If you turn left and walk inland, you'll soon reach the Campo
Santa Margherita (one of Venice's larger and livelier neighborhood squares).
Follow the signs for Accademia and San Marco.
A taxi acqueo is worth considering if you're staying
at a hotel near the Piazza San Marco or another location far from the San
Basilio pier. Expect to pay at least €40, and possibly more, for the trip. Read
Venice Water Taxis article and the
warning about water taxis in our Venice Travel Blog before phoning for an
Note: Viator, our
booking partner, offers an
arrival transfer service from either the San Basilio or the Marittima
terminal. A hostess will meet you when you've collected your baggage, escort
you to the water taxi, and--if you desire--travel with you to your hotel.
(The service isn't cheap, but it ensures that a water taxi will waiting for
you when you arrive.)
The No. 2
vaporetto arrives and departs from a platform just across a small footbridge
from the San Basilio terminal. Buy a ticket and validate it with the electronic
card reader before you board the boat. (You'll find maps and timetables at the
vaporetto station or at www.actv.it.)
If you're staying in Mestre, on the
mainland, you can hire a land taxi for €40 or possibly a bit less, depending
on traffic and your hotel's location. See our Venice Travel Blog post on
Mestre for cruise passengers.
To the airport:
Cruise transfers. Chances
are, your cruise line will sell transfers by chartered coach from the pier to
Marco Polo Airport. We recommend splurging on the cruise line's transfer unless
you have at least five hours between the ship's arrival and your flight.
boat. The "Blue Line" airport boat
stops at the
Molino Stucky Hilton on its way to Marco Polo Airport. (The hotel is
directly across the Giudecca Canal from the San Basilio vaporetto stop.) Boats
leave at 30-minute intervals, travel time is 1 hour 38 minutes, and tickets are
fairly reasonable in price.
Click here for an English version of the Alilaguna Web site.
You can catch a taxi from
behind the San Basilio terminal, although you'll be competing with other
passengers for the few available cabs. Travel time to the airport is 20 to 30
minutes, and the fare shouldn't exceed €50. If no cabs are available,
telephone the Artisan Cooperative Radiotaxi.
Private car. A number of
limousine services will arrange to have a car and driver meet you at the pier
and transport you to Venice Marco Polo Airport or Treviso Airport for a flat
fee. We can't recommend any vendors ourselves, since we haven't used such
services, but you can search Google for "venice airport transfers" or try a
booking site like
Airport Transfers Direct.
A private water taxi is expensive (€110 or more), but
it's a fun way to get from the cruise terminal to the airport. See our
Venice Water Taxis article for more details, and
warning about water taxis if you aren't physically fit or able to lift your
luggage into a boat.
To the railroad station:
has two railroad stations:
Venezia Santa Lucia, in the centro
storico, and Venezia Mestre
on the mainland or terrafirma. Many long-distance express trains
between other Italian cities stop only at Mestre. (Trains to or from Santa Lucia
also pause for a few minutes in Mestre.)
To reach the Venezia Santa Lucia station, hire a taxi or
take the No. 2 vaporetto (see above).
To reach the Venezia Mestre station, hire a taxi or take the
No. 2 vaporetto to Santa Lucia Station and buy an inexpensive
commuter ticket to Mestre from one of the
regional ticket machines.
Remember to validate your ticket in a yellow stamping machine before
boarding the train.
Hotels near San Basilio:
Hotels near San Basilio page in our
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
article recommends places to stay that are within walking distance of the pier.
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