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Mestre, Italy

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Mestre railroad station sign

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.

Looking for a place to stay? See our Mestre Hotel recommendations.

Galleria G Matteotti - Mestre

Mestre 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 early-morning departures.

Mestre to Venice train passengersFrom Mestre, it's easy to reach Venice's historic center: 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 local geography.

Read "Introducing Mestre-Marghera" and click the other links below for detailed travel information about Mestre and how to use the Venetian mainland as a base for exploring Venice:

General tourist information:
Introducing Mestre-Marghera (Virtual Walking Tour)

Mestre hotels:
Mestre Hotels - Where to Stay
Best Western Hotel Bologna Review

Mestre transportation and parking:
Mestre to Venice by Train
Venezia Mestre Railroad Station
Mestre Airport Buses (ATVO and ACTV)
San Giuliano Parking in Mestre

Mestre for Venice Cruise Passengers (Venice Travel Blog)

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