ABOVE: In this satellite map, you can see the People
Mover tracks just above the port entrance near the top of the photo.
The taxi stand for four-wheeled cabs is below the port
entrance, close to the terminals, while water taxis and Alilaguna boats use the
platforms near the top of the basin.
Shuttle buses, when available, depart from the
individual cruise terminals.
The Piazzale Roma (where you'll be taken if you use the
People Mover or a shuttle bus) is on the right side of the photo. Zoom out to
see the Santa Lucia railroad station, which is across a canal from the Piazzale
ABOVE: A fisheye view of the
Stazione Marittima from MSC Poesia during a cruise departure.
To Venice's historic center:
ships offer free shuttle buses from the cruise terminal to the
Piazzale Roma, which is the vehicular gateway to
Venice's centro storico.
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.)
Mover. The Venice
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.
Alilaguna, the company that runs Venice's
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
Four-wheeled cabs can take you only as far as the Piazzale Roma. From there,
you'll have to walk or take a water bus. (A cab is worth considering if you're
staying or catching a train in Mestre, on the
mainland. Expect to pay up to €40 for a taxi from the cruise port to Mestre.
Also see our Venice Travel Blog post titled "Mestre
for Cruise Passengers.")
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, but you can search for "venice airport transfers" on
Google or try a booking site like
Airport Transfers Direct.
A water taxi can take you directly from the cruise basin to
the landing nearest your hotel. Expect to pay at least €40 for a ride
within the city center. See our Venice Water Taxis
article for advice and booking information. (Also read the
warning about water taxis in our Venice Travel Blog.)
Note: Viator, our
booking partner, offers a "Meet and Greet" or "Full Service"
arrival transfer service. A hostess will meet you at the terminal, take
you to the water-taxi embarkation point, and--if you wish--accompany you to
your hotel. (The service costs more than hiring a water taxi on your own,
but it does offer convenience and peace of mind.)
To the airport:
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.
bus from the Piazzale Roma. Take the People Mover to the Piazzale Roma,
where you can catch an inexpensive Marco Polo
Airport Bus or a
Treviso Airport Bus. (Treviso's
small airport is used by Ryanair and at least one other budget airline.)
Line" 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.
Land taxi. You can catch a taxi from the
stand near the port entrance. Travel time to the airport is 20 to 30 minutes,
and the fare shouldn't be more than €50. (Allow plenty of time to get a cab,
since the demand often exceeds the supply. If necessary, you can
telephone the Artisan Cooperative Radiotaxi, which has a stand at the
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 seven minutes or so
from the airport's water-taxi pier to the departures terminal. See our
Venice Water Taxis article for more details, and
warning about water taxis if you aren't fit or able to handle heavy luggage.
To the railroad station:
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.)
To reach the Venezia Santa Lucia station, take the People
Mover to the Piazzale Roma and follow the crowd across the large, modern
Calatrava Bridge. The station is five or 10 minutes from the Piazzale Roma
To reach the Venezia Mestre station, we recommend hiring a
land taxi. The ride is quick, and the fare is reasonable.
Hotels near Stazione Marittima:
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.