Transportation from the Venice Cruise Port
How to reach Venice's airport, railroad station,
hotels, and historic center from the cruise terminals.
ABOVE: Most ships--and all megaships--arrive at the Stazione
Marittima piers in the U-shaped basin above. Small to midsize ships often use
the San Basilio terminal in the Giudecca Canal, which is just around the corner
from Marittima near the bottom of the photo. BELOW: The Alilaguna Blue Line
airport boat leaves from a boardwalk at the bottom of the "U."
Venice for Cruisers article, we describe
Transportation to the Port of
Venice, a.k.a. getting to your ship. This article is about something
different: how to reach Marco Polo Airport or Venice's city center after
disembarking from a cruise ship.
First, an overview:
Port of Venice
has two main cruise terminal areas, the
Stazione Marittima basin
(used primarily by mid-size and large ships) and the
San Basilio pier
(reserved for small ships, mid-size ships when the main basin is at
capacity, and the occasional yacht or hydrofoil ferry.)
In addition, the Sette Martiri
or "Seven Martyrs" waterfront mooring above the Piazza San Marco is often
used by visiting ships and river vessels that aren't beginning or ending
cruises in Venice.
Now for an important warning:
- If you're catching a plane on your day of arrival,
allow plenty of time to get off the ship, pick up your luggage, and get to
the airport. (We'd suggest at least four hours, and preferably five.)
if your ship arrives by 7 a.m., you may not be able to disembark until 9 or
9:30, and you should allow a minimum of two and a half hours to check in for
your flight, go through security, and reach the gate at Venice's
frequently-chaotic Marco Polo Airport.
(If you're departing from Treviso Airport, allow even more time, because
Treviso is a reasonable distance from Venice.)
Our advice: If you're
worried about missing your flight, purchase a bus transfer from your cruise
line. It won't be cheap, but you'll be able to go directly from your ship's
pier to the airport, and the cruise line will be responsible for making sure
that you reach the airport on time.
On the following pages, you'll find detailed advice on
ground transportation from the Stazione Marittima, San Basilio, and Sette
Martiri cruise piers. Also see our
page, which will point you to other useful transportation articles at Venice for
From Stazione Marittima