Travel and Tourist Information
ABOVE: A platform sign in the Venice Mestre Railroad
Station. INSET BELOW: The Galleria G. Matteotti in downtown Mestre, and
passengers on a commuter train from Mestre to Venice.
is often regarded as a mainland suburb of Venice, although it's part of the
Comune di Venezia. The town is located at the foot of the causeway and
railroad bridge that lead from the Italian mainland to Venice's historic center.
Travelers to Venice often choose Mestre as a place to stay for three reasons:
Hotels in Mestre tend to be less expensive than hotels in the centro storico.
Parking is cheaper and
easier on the mainland.
Through trains often stop only at the
Venezia Mestre railroad station.
This can make Mestre more convenient than
Venice's Santa Lucia train station for long-distance rail travelers who have
From Mestre, it's easy to reach Venice's
Regional trains run often and take
only 10 to 12 minutes to reach Venice. ACTV public buses also serve the
centro storico, and you won't need to buy a ticket if you've purchased a
12-hour to 7-day ACTV
Tourist Travel Card (which is valid for water or land transportation).
If you're driving, you can park at the inexpensive
San Giuliano parking lot
and take a water bus into Venice.
- Tip: If you plan
to sleep in Mestre and travel into Venice, we strongly recommend
staying near the Mestre railroad station. See "Mestre
Hotels" for specific advice, because Mestre is a sprawling town and you
could easily find yourself stuck on the outskirts if you don't know the
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