ABOVE: In this map ofthe Piazzale Roma (Venice's
gateway for buses and taxis), the People Mover station is on the left. From
this station, elevated trams run frequently to the Marittima cruise basin
and the Tronchetto parking garage.
The Venice People Mover
offers a quick, inexpensive way to reach the Marittima cruise terminals
from the Piazzale Roma, which is Venice's
arrival and departure point for airport buses, taxis, and other wheeled traffic.
(Venice's main Venezia Santa Lucia
Railroad Station is just across a footbridge.)
The People Mover's automated trains shuttle back
and forth between the Piazzale Roma and the
Tronchetto parking island,
with an intermediate stop at the Marittima cruise port. Travel time to
Marittima is about one minute, and the modern stations are accessible to
wheelchair users and passengers with heavy wheeled luggage.
ACTV, Venice's transit agency, has announced new passenger rules. You must: (1) Wear a mask, (2) Sit only on permitted seats, (3) Avoid contact with other passengers, and (4)
Avoid standing face to face.
We've been covering the Venice People Mover since
April, 2010, when we shot videos during the People Mover's first day of
operation. In this article, we're doing something different: We're
providing step-by-step illustrated instructions for cruise passengers
who want to get from the Piazzale Roma to their ships at Marittima
without hiring taxis, paying for expensive cruise transfers, or relying
on shuttle buses (which aren't always available).
Not all cruise ships depart and arrive at Marittima.
Small and medium-size ships often use the smaller San Basilio pier.
See our Venice Cruise Terminals
article for more information, including a link to the port's
official ship calendar.
For a detailed index of our Venice cruising
articles, type "Veniceforcruisers.com" into your browser's address
bar or click here. (We've supplied
links to our most important cruise articles at the bottom of this
How to get from the Piazzale Roma to your cruise
with the Venice People Mover:
The entrance to the People Mover station at Piazzale Roma
is on the corner of a public parking garage (at right in the photo above,
where you can see the People Mover's platforms above the street). It's just
a few meters from Ca' Doge, a small
hotel where cruise passengers with heavy luggage often stay. (A larger
three-star hotel, the Santa Chiara,
is also on the square.)
The People Mover runs from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. on
weekdays year-round. On Sundays and holidays, hours are 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
during the main cruise season (April through October) and 8:30
a.m. - 9:30 p.m. from November through March.
Buy a one-way ticket for €1,50 at the multilingual, easy-to-use vending machines inside the station
entrance. The machines accept coins. banknotes of €5 to €20, and
credit cards. Change is given in coins.
Note: If you
have a leftover ACTV land-bus ticket, you can use that instead of buying
a People Mover Ticket. (ACTV bus tickets are available from vaporetto
ticket booths and machines, tobacco shops, and many newsstands.)
After you've purchased your ticket, scan the
barcode at the turnstiles and take the escalator or elevator upstairs to
the platforms. (If you're using a bus ticket, you'll need to hold the
ticket against the white electronic card reader and wait for the green
light to flash.)
The next train should arrive within a few minutes.
Get off at Marittima (the first station) and go
downstairs via the escalator or lift.
As you leave the People Mover station, a sign will direct
you to the port entrance, which is only a short distance away.
Follow the crowd to the piers. (On busy departure
days, port employees usually are on hand to direct passengers.)
As you approach the Marittima basin, you should see signs
pointing to the cruise ships that are in port. (Marittima has a number of
terminals, and all are within walking distance of the People Mover station over
If you're going from a cruise ship at
Marittima to the People Mover, simply head for the port exit
and follow the signs to the station. (You can't miss it: Just look for
the elevated tracks.)