Transportation from the Venice Cruise Port
Transportation from Stazione Marittima
To Venice's historic center:
Piazzale Roma, which is the vehicular gateway to Venice's centro storico.Many cruise ships offer free shuttle buses from the cruise terminal to the
From the Piazzale Roma, you can walk to the sights (allow 30 to 40 minutes to reach the Piazza San Marco) or take an water bus of the ACTV, Venice's public-transit network. (The No. 1 vaporetto is the most popular water bus, with plenty of scenery to watch as it zig-zags its way up the Grand Canal to the Piazza San Marco and the Lido.)
People Mover is an automated tram that runs from the Tronchetto parking island to the Piazzale Roma with a stop at Stazione Marittima, right outside the port entrance. The fare is cheap, and the ride takes about two minutes.The Venice
airport boats, has a Linea blu or "Blue Line" that runs from the Staziona Marittima ("Terminal Crociere") to the main tourist area of San Marco and Marco Polo Airport. Travel time to the San Marco stop is 22 minutes.Alilaguna, the company that runs Venice's
For a flat fee, you can have a limousine service meet you at Marittima and drive you to Marco Polo or Treviso Airport. (We can't recommend any companies personally, since we haven't used such services.)
To the airport:
Most cruise ships offer transfers (usually on chartered coaches) from the pier to Marco Polo Airport. Prices are on the high side, but the convenience can justify the expense, especially if you don't have five hours or more between the ship's arrival and your flight.
airport boat takes nearly two hours to reach Marco Polo Airport from the cruise terminal. Boats leave at half-hour intervals, and tickets are fairly reasonable in price.The "Blue Line"
taxi from a stand near the port entrance. Travel time to the airport is 20 to 30 minutes, and the fare was €45 the last time we checked. (Allow plenty of time to get a cab, since the demand often exceeds the supply. For more information, or to book a cab, see the Radiotaxi Venezia e Mestre Web site.)You can catch a
Venice Water Taxis article has more details (and a warning for visitors who aren't used to small boats).A water taxi costs more and takes longer to reach the airport than a land taxi does, but it's an enjoyable alternative to a four-wheeled cab if you can afford the fare (€110-120) and don't mind walking 10 minutes or so from the airport's water-taxi pier to the departures terminal. Our
To the railroad station:
Venice has two railroad stations: Venezia Santa Lucia, in the city center, and Venezia Mestre on the mainland. Many long-distance express trains stop only at Mestre. (Trains to or from Santa Lucia also stop at Mestre.)
Hotels near Stazione Marittima:
If you're traveling with heavy luggage, you can save hassle and money by staying within walking distance of the Piazzale Roma. See the Hotels near Piazzale Roma page from our Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels article for specific recommendations.
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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