Transportation from the Venice Cruise Port
How to reach Venice's airport, railroad station,
hotels, and historic center from the cruise terminals.
Venice for Cruisers article, we describe
Transportation to the Port of
Venice, a.k.a. getting to your ship. This article is about something
different: how to reach Marco Polo Airport or Venice's city center after
disembarking from a cruise ship.
First, an overview:
Port of Venice
has two main cruise terminal areas, the
Stazione Marittima basin
(where mid-size and larger ships were formerly moored), the
San Basilio pier
(reserved for small ships, mid-size ships when the main basin is at
capacity, and the occasional yacht or hydrofoil ferry.)
Mid-size and larger ships are now moored outside the city center--some in
the nearby industrial zone of Marghera, and some in smaller ports up and
down the Adriatic coast. (See
Venice Cruise Ports with Maps.) Depending on your ship's location, your
cruise line may use Marittima as a check-in and drop-off point with a
shuttle bus between Marittima and the pier.
Now for an important warning:
- If you're catching a plane on your day of arrival,
allow plenty of time to get off the ship, pick up your luggage, and get to
the airport. (We'd suggest at least four hours, and preferably five.)
if your ship arrives by 7 a.m., you may not be able to disembark until 9 or
9:30, and you should allow a minimum of two and a half hours to check in for
your flight, go through security, and reach the gate at Venice's
frequently-chaotic Marco Polo Airport.
(If you're departing from Treviso Airport, allow even more time, because
Treviso is a reasonable distance from Venice.)
Our advice: If you're
worried about missing your flight, purchase a bus transfer from your cruise
line. It won't be cheap, but you'll be able to go directly from your ship's
pier to the airport, and the cruise line will be responsible for making sure
that you reach the airport on time.
On the following pages, you'll find detailed advice on
ground transportation from the Stazione Marittima, San Basilio, and Sette
Martiri cruise piers. Also see our
page, which will point you to other useful transportation articles at Venice for
From Stazione Marittima
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