The Port of Venice sometimes provides free shuttle buses from the
Piazzale Roma (where land taxis and
Venice airport buses
discharge passengers) to the pier and back. The buses are coaches with
luggage space underneath, and they typically run at half-hour intervals from
the time the ship disembarks one batch of passengers until boarding of new
passengers is complete.
Check with your cruise line to learn if a
shuttle will be available. If not, the
automated tram is a quick, inexpensive, and barrier-free alternative.
If you're staying in Venice before or after your cruise, we strongly urge
you to read
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
or 17 Hotels Closest to Cruise
before choosing a hotel location.
Do not assume that your cruise-travel agent knows
Venice. We often get panicky e-mails from cruisers who have been booked into
hotels that are a long distance on foot or a painfully expensive water-taxi
ride) from the cruise piers. It isn't unusual for passengers to be booked
into a popular chain hotel that is nearly 28 km or 18 miles from Venice by