Venice Cruise Terminals
San Basilio Pier
San Basilio is a long quay that runs from the main port area to the Fondamenta Zàttere, the promenade along the southern edge of the historic center on the Giudecca Canal. It accommodates small to medium-sized ships.
The pier has a terminal building for oceangoing cruise ships. If you're boarding a river vessel (such as CroisiEurope's Michelangelo, which is based in Venice), you'll normally just go directly to the ship and embark without formalities.
From the airport:
San Basilio is a 20-minute cab ride from Venice's Marco Polo Airport. Other options include an airport bus to the Piazzale Roma, followed by a taxi or bus ride (see below), or a water taxi, which takes about an hour from the airport but offers a scenic ride. (Water taxis are very expensive, but the cost becomes reasonable if it's split among half a dozen passengers.)
From the Piazzale Roma or the Piazza San Marco:
You can reach San Basilio in a few minutes by land taxi. Water bus line 2 serves the San Basilio ACTV stop. See our vaporetto routes article for more information.
It's also possible to walk to the San Basilio cruise terminal from the Piazzale Roma in 30 minutes or less, but you'll need a good map and a willingness to haul your luggage over a number of bridges.
Take the vaporetto (see above) or walk along the Zàttere to the small wooden bridge just past the San Basilio vaporetto platform. Cross the bridge shown in the photo above, and you're there.
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