Venice Cruise Terminals
Port of Venice
Cruise transfers by private water taxi
- Our excursions partner,
departure transfers from Venice hotels to the Marittima or San Basilio
cruise piers by private water taxi.
Arrival transfers are also available. (Select the flag icon at the top
of Viator's page for prices in four different currencies.)
Venice is one of the
busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean, with nearly 500 ship departures and
700,000 cruise passengers per year.
Technically, however, Venice isn't on the
Mediterranean at all, or even on the sea:
The city and its cruise-ship piers are
inside the Venetian Lagoon,
which is connected to the Adriatic Sea by a narrow entrance called the Porto di
The Terminal Venezia Passeggeri or
Venice Cruise Terminal
is located near the 4-km causeway that links the historic city with the
It consists of two main areas: the
basin, which can handle the largest ships that call in Venice, and the
San Basilio pier, which is just around the
corner in the Giudecca Canal.
ABOVE: The U-shaped Marittima cruise basin is at
the western end of the city, next to the Tronchetto parking island and the
causeway to the mainland. San Basilio is behind the white ship just to the right
If you're departing from Venice and haven't arranged transfers
through the cruise line, you'll need to know where your ship is moored. You can
obtain this information from the English-language ship and ferry schedules at
the Terminal Venezia Passeggeri Web site. (See links on
Once you've identified the basin where your ship will be
berthed, see our
page for information on how to reach the ship by free shuttle bus, by taxi, or
by other means.
Embarkation arrangements can vary according to your cruise line, where
the ship is berthed, whether you're handling your own transfers, and when
you arrive at the port. Check with your cruise line ahead of time if you're
uncertain about the embarkation procedure.
cruise terminals do have left-luggage (baggage storage) offices. When we
last checked, hours were 9 a.m. to noon and 3-5 p.m., but opening hours are
likely to vary by season or even by day, so check ahead with the port (see
page 4) if you absolutely need to store and retrieve your luggage on a
If you want to store baggage in the city before going to the cruise
terminal, look for the deposito bagagli, or left-luggage office, in
the Piazzale Roma opposite the ACTV ticket office (next to the Pullman Bar).
Alternatively, you can try the deposito bagagli office in the
Venice Marco Polo Airport arrivals hall or in the Venice Santa Lucia
Railroad Station. See our
Venice Left Luggage
article for more details.
Important: We can't vouch for the hours of deposito bagagli
offices on any given day. If knowing this information is critical, you'll
need to check with the offices themselves ahead of time.
Aerial photo copyright © iStockphoto/Frank ven den Bergh.