How far is Venice from the airport, and how do I get
into the city?
Venice is served by two airports:
Venice Marco Polo Airport, which is about 6 km or 4 miles
from the city center.
Treviso Airport (used by Ryanair and several other budget
airlines), which is 25 km or 16 miles from Venice.
From Marco Polo (VCE),
you have several transportation options:
Alilaguna Blue and Orange Line
airport boats make it
easy to reach almost any neighborhood in the city. See our
map of Alilaguna stops.
ATVO and ACTV
airport buses are quick and cheap, but--like
taxis--they'll take you only as far as the
Piazzale Roma (the end of the
line for motorized traffic from the mainland).
taxis are quick and convenient, but they're expensive (at least €110
from the airport to most hotels), and some hotels don't have water landings
nearby. Water taxis can also be difficult to board when the water level is
high or low, and you'll need to haul your own luggage on and off the boat.
Warning about Water Taxis in our
Venice Travel Blog.
If you're staying in Mestre,
on the mainland, you can take the
Mestre airport bus from Marco Polo Airport.
Finally, if you're arriving in Treviso
on Ryanair or Wizz Air, see our article about
Treviso Airport buses
to Mestre and Venice's Piazzale Roma.
Where can I park my car, RV, or motorcycle?
Your best bets are the
island (next to the historic center) or--less expensively--a parking lot on the
mainland. Our Parking in Venice
article has details and Web links.
Where is the Venice train station?
Venice has two railroad stations:
Santa Lucia, the main station at the edge of the historic center. From
the station (called "Ferrovia" on local signs and transit maps),
you can walk or take a water bus to hotels and sights.
Mestre, on the mainland. This is both a commuter station for locals and
a "through station" for express trains between major Italian cities.
Mestre to Venice trains
offer frequent, inexpensive service from Mestre to Venice's historic center.
Where do buses from the mainland arrive?
Scheduled local and regional buses arrive and depart at
designated stops in Venice's Piazzale
Tour coaches normally use the
island, which has vaporetto service and a
People Mover elevated tramway
to the historic center.
Can I take a taxi directly to my hotel?
Yes, if you're staying in Mestre or one of the three hotels in the
Piazzale Roma (the Hotel Santa Chiara,
AC Hotel Venezia by Marriott,
and Ca' Doge).
the answer is "no" unless you're hiring a water taxi from the airport, the
railroad station, or the Piazzale Roma. (A water taxi from any of those
locations will be very expensive, and you'll want to heed the
warning that we mentioned earlier.)
Luggage can be a nuisance anywhere, but in Venice, it's often a
serious burden. Hauling bulky suitcases over bridges or down narrow, crowded
streets isn't fun, and on the vaporetto, you may be charged for an
extra ticket if you travel with more than one suitcase (maximum combined height,
width, and depth of 150 cm or 59 inches).
In theory, you can hire
porters at the railroad station and the Piazzale Roma, but fees are stunningly
high and porters often aren't available.
Our advice: Consolidate
everything into one bag before you arrive, and leave any additional bags at the
airport, the train station, or the Piazzale Roma if you're staying for only two
or three days. See: Baggage
Storage (Left Luggage)
What's the best way to get around the city?
On foot. Venice's city center is car-free, the pavement is
mostly level and smooth (except for 400+ footbridges), and the centro
storico is barely more than twice the size of New York's Central Park or
London's Hampstead Heath.
For more information, see:
Walking in Venice
For transportation and sightseeing on the Canal
Grande, see: Vaporetto Line
1 (Grand Canal)
Does Venice have good public transportation?
Yes, but single boat fares for non-residents are outrageous. If
you plan to use water buses extensively, consider buying a 12-hour to 7-day
ACTV Tourist Travel Card
or (if you're staying a while) the
Venezia Unica discount card for long-term visitors and residents.
For advice on using water and
land buses, buying tickets, etc., see:
Are water buses wheelchair-accessible?
Most are. The most convenient boats for wheelchair users are
flat-decked, single-level vaporetti (used on the popular No. 1 and No.
2 lines), but motoscafi (which have passenger cabins inside the hull)
have mostly been rebuilt to accommodate wheelchairs at deck level. For more
information, see: Types of
Tip: If you're in a wheelchair, you'll qualify
for a special fare (which is about one-fifth of the usual ticket price), and you
can bring one companion free of charge.