Venice Cruise Port Transportation
Continued from page 1
By land: Airport buses and taxis
ABOVE: A jet landing at Venice's Marco Polo
Airport makes its final approach over the Venetian Lagoon.
Buses from Venice's Marco Polo Airport
land buses connect Marco Polo Airport to the
Piazzale Roma, where the causeway from the
mainland ends at the edge of Venice's historic center. Travel time is about 20
The most comfortable buses are the blue or grey-green ATVO
coaches, which have luggage space underneath. ACTV city buses (route no. 5) are
even cheaper, but they don't have room for luggage and are likely to be crowded
with local commuters.
For more information on both lines, see our
Venice Airport Buses article.
Important: Once you reach the Piazzale Roma,
you'll need to get from there to the cruise terminal. Here are your options:
free shuttle bus to the pier if one is available.
The Port of Venice often runs shuttles at half-hour intervals from
disembarkation of the previous cruise's passengers until boarding of
new passengers is complete. These are coaches with luggage
compartments at ground level, and the name of the ship is in the
front window of the bus.
Ask your cruise line if a shuttle will be available, or have your
travel agent check with the cruise line. (Note: The shuttle service
isn't always reliable, so it's a good idea to have a backup plan.)
If no shuttle bus is available and your ship is sailing from
either Marittima or San Basilio, consider hiring a
for the short drive to the pier.
If no shuttle bus is available, your ship is sailing from
Marittima, and you don't mind walking a few minutes from the port
entrance to your ship, the new Venice
is a quick, comfortable, and inexpensive option.
As a last resort, catch the ACTV's 6/ public-transit bus toward
the parking island of Tronchetto from stop C3 in the Piazzale Roma.
timetables in PDF format.) Buy a ticket at a newsstand or the
Hellovenezia/ACTV office in the Piazzale Roma, and remember to stamp
your ticket as soon as you board the bus.
If no shuttle bus is available, you're departing from San
Basilio, and you don't want to hire a land taxi, walk down
to the vaporetto platforms and catch an ACTV water bus to the S.
Basilio stop. (Take a route 2 or 6 boat, and be prepared to pay a
separate fare for your luggage if you're traveling with more than
one reasonable-size bag and a small carry-on. See our
Venice Vaporetto Fares article for prices.)
Buses from Treviso Airport
If you're flying into Venice on Ryanair, Transavia, or another
low-cost carrier other than EasyJet, you'll probably arrive at Treviso
Airport, which is about 25 km or 16 miles from Venice. ATVO and Barzi
Bus run special airport coaches to Venice's Piazzale Roma for arriving and
departing flights; see our
Treviso Airport Buses
article for links to timetables.
Once you've reached the Piazzale Roma, follow the bulleted
land taxi from Venice's
Marco Polo Airport to either the Marittima terminal or the San
Basilio terminal should cost €50 or less, depending on traffic. To be safe,
allow at least 30 minutes for the trip. (If you take the airport bus to the
Piazzale Roma and catch a taxi there, the taxi fare will be much cheaper.)
From Mestre, a taxi ride should take 10 to 20 minutes and cost
€40 or less, depending on your hotel's location and traffic. (See our Venice
Travel Blog post about
Mestre for Cruise Passengers.)
From Treviso Airport, catch the
ATVO bus to Venice's Piazzale
Roma and hire a taxi for the short drive to the cruise terminal.
Comune di Venezia has two main railroad stations:
Venezia Santa Lucia station
("Ferrovia" on vaporetto maps) in the historic center, and Venezia Mestre on the
mainland. Which station should you use? That depends:
If you're traveling with heavy luggage or want to reach your
ship with a minimum of fuss, get off the train at
Venezia Mestre and take a taxi to either the
Marittima or the
basin. The distance is only a few kilometers, so the fare won't be excessive.
you want to save the price of a cab from Mestre, take the train to
Venezia Santa Lucia. Turn right as you leave the
station, walk along the waterfront for two or three minutes until you reach the
Calatrava Bridge (a.k.a. the Ponte della
Constituzione), and cross the bridge to the Piazzale
Roma. There, you can:
Catch a free shuttle bus to your ship,
assuming that one is available;
Venice People Mover to the Marittima
basin (the ride takes a minute or so and is cheap);
Hire a taxi for the short ride to either
the Marittima or San Basilio basin; or
Take the No. 2
vaporetto to San Basilio if
your ship is leaving from that terminal.
By car. The Venezia
Terminal Passeggeri Web site has directions, road maps, and other
information, including a page about
parking at the Marittima
By water: Airport boats
and water taxis
Bottom inset photo copyright �© Frank Parker.
The premier travel-planning site
for Venice, Italy since 1997
Too many bridges, too little time?
Choose from handpicked Venice hotels (in all
price ranges) within 0,
1, or 2 bridges of airport buses, taxis, trains, cruise piers, and
airport-boat stops. We show maps, directions, booking
links, and hotel Web sites.
» Click for
Venice for Cruisers:
Need a car in Europe?
guarantees the lowest rental
rates for standard cars, sports cars, SUVs, luxury cars,
chauffered sedans, and RVs. Its Web site also has driving information
for 38 countries.
you live outside the EU, a
Peugeot tourist lease can be cheaper than renting.
Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include
Short-term car leasing.