How to reach your ship, hotels near the Marittima and
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ABOVE: Compagnie du Ponant's
L'Austral during a roundtrip
Adriatic cruise from Venice.
is one of the most popular cruise ports in Southern Europe, and it's tied with
the busiest port in Italy.
The city is located within the Venetian Lagoon, which has
a port entrance that leads to the Adriatic Sea. Its cruise-ship piers are on the
edge of the historic center, and Venice's Marco Polo Airport is only about 6 km
or 4 miles away. (See our
Satellite Photo Map for a geographic overview. Our
Aerial Venice: Cruise Port photos will
also come in handy.)
For more information on Venice's cruise terminals, ground
transportation, and other cruising topics, please read these articles:
|If you're ready to cruise:
|If you're thinking about a
|Our European cruising
smartphone-friendly passenger guide:
The Port of Venice often provides free shuttle buses from the
Piazzale Roma (where land taxis and
Venice airport buses discharge
passengers) to the pier and back. The buses are coaches with luggage space
underneath, and they typically run at half-hour intervals from the time the
ship disembarks one batch of passengers until boarding of new passengers is
complete. Check with your cruise line to learn if a shuttle will be
If you're staying in Venice before or after your cruise, we strongly urge
you to read our
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
article before booking a hotel room.
Do not assume that your cruise-travel agent knows
Venice: We often get panicky e-mails from cruisers who have been booked into
hotels that are a long distance on foot (or a painfully expensive water-taxi
ride) from the cruise piers.
More transportation advice:
How to reach the city by plane, train, car, or ship, with links to articles on
airport transportation and related topics.
Getting Around Venice
An introduction to Venice's water transportation system, with links to articles
on vaporetti, gondolas, traghetto ferries across the Grand Canal, etc.
If you use a wheelchair, can't walk long
distances, or have trouble with steps (e.g., on bridges), read this article
before you arrive in Venice. The article includes links to special maps and
other local resources in English.