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Introducing Venice

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Venice water buses

ABOVE: This photo, taken from the Ponte dei Scalzi bridge, shows two ACTV vaporetti (water buses) on the Grand Canal.  The Ferrovia ACTV piers and the Santa Lucia Railway Station are visible on the right, behind the boats and the Scalzi Church.

Also see: Venice Orientation Map

Venice Transportation


In our "Arriving in Venice" article, we tell you how to reach the city center from the Venice Marco Polo and Treviso airports, from the Mestre and Santa Lucia railroad stations, from the cruise and ferry terminals, or by car.

If you're driving, you'll also want to see "Parking in Venice," which has advice (with Web links) about where to park in Venice or on the mainland.

Also see our Venice for Cruisers section if you're arriving or departing on a cruise ship.

Getting around the city

Our Local Transportation Index lists articles about water buses (vaporetti), water taxis, pedestrian and car ferries, tourist travel cards, and related topics.

Most of the time, you won't need to use water buses or other boats unless you have limited mobility or you're traveling to an island such as Murano, Burano, or Torcello. What you will need is a good map, so read our "Venice Street Maps" article before looking for a newsstand, souvenir shop, or bookstore.

Also see "Walking in Venice," which has more advice on maps along with tips about directional signs, street signs, and addresses.

After you've read these articles, go to our Venice Travel Guide, which lists all of our Venice travel articles by category.

Finally, don't miss our Venice Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) article, which covers a wide range of Venice travel topics.

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In this article:
Introducing Venice: Basic geography
Picking the right hotel location
Arriving and getting around

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