Venice Cruise Port Transportation
Getting to your ship from Venice's Marco Polo Airport
ABOVE: San Basilio (the smaller of Venice's two
main cruise terminals) is next to a vaporetto stop. INSET BELOW: The quays
If you're boarding a cruise
ship in Venice, the simplest way to get between the airport and the ship is to
buy a transfer from your cruise line. This can be expensive, however, and many
passengers resent having to pay hefty prices for a 20-minute ride by chartered
coach. In this article, we'll tell you how to reach the cruise terminals on your
bus or land taxi and
by boat or water taxi.
deciding how to reach the cruise terminal, you'll need to know where to sign
in for your cruise. Large cruise vessels (larger than 25,000 GRT) normally use the main
Marittima terminals for check-in, with buses
transporting passengers to piers on the Italian mainland.
Smaller ships often moor at Marittima or use San Basilio and its
neighboring pier of Santa Marta.
If you're arriving in Venice by ship and need transportation to the
airport, simply follow our directions in reverse.
This article focuses on transportation between the airport and the cruise
terminals. If you're arriving or departing by train, use the new
glass-and-metal Ponte di Constituzione pedestrian bridge to get from
Venice Santa Lucia Station to the
taxi stands at the Piazzale Roma.
(Alternatively, you can take a land taxi between the Piazzale Roma and the
Venice Mestre railroad station on the mainland.)
If you're arriving in Venice a day or two before your cruise, or if
you're staying in Venice afterwards, you may find it convenient to book a
hotel room near the Piazzale Roma instead of lugging your bags to another
part of the city. See
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
Venice Airport Hotels for
Another option--which works especially well if you've got bulky
luggage--is to stay in Mestre, on the Venetian mainland, and take a cab to
your ship. For details, read our Venice Travel Blog post, "Mestre
for Venice Cruise Passengers."
Our other articles about
Venice cruises and
Venice local transportation may
be helpful when you're planning your trip. And now, on to the next page:
Airport buses and taxis
About the author:
Durant Imboden has
written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
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