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Transportation from the Venice Cruise Port (2021)

How to reach Venice's airport, railroad station, hotels, and historic center from the cruise terminals.

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In another 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:

  • Alilaguna boats and cruise ship in the Giudecca CanalThe 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.)

    Signs at Marco Polo AirportEven 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 More Resources page, which will point you to other useful transportation articles at Venice for Visitors.

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In this article:
Transportation from the Venice Cruise Port
From Stazione Marittima
From San Basilio
From Sette Martiri
More resources

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001.

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