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Many cruise ships offer free shuttle buses from the cruise terminal to the Piazzale Roma, which is the vehicular gateway to Venice's centro storico.
From the Piazzale Roma, you can walk to the sights (allow 30 to 40 minutes to reach the Piazza San Marco) or take an water bus of the ACTV, Venice's public-transit network. (The No. 1 vaporetto is the most popular water bus, with plenty of scenery to watch as it zig-zags its way up the Grand Canal to the Piazza San Marco and the Lido.)
The Venice People Mover is an automated tram that runs from the Tronchetto parking island to the Piazzale Roma with a stop at Stazione Marittima, right outside the port entrance. The fare is cheap, and the ride takes about two minutes.
Alilaguna, the company that runs Venice's airport boats, has a Linea blu or "Blue Line" that runs from the Staziona Marittima ("Terminal Crociere") to the main tourist area of San Marco and Marco Polo Airport. Travel time to the San Marco stop is 22 minutes.
Four-wheeled cabs can take you only as far as the Piazzale Roma. From there, you'll have to walk or take a water bus. (A cab is worth considering if you're staying or catching a train in Mestre, on the mainland. Expect to pay up to €40 for a taxi from the cruise port to Mestre. Also see our Venice Travel Blog post titled "Mestre for Cruise Passengers.")
For a flat fee, you can have a limousine service meet you at Marittima and drive you to Marco Polo or Treviso Airport. We can't recommend any companies personally, since we haven't used such services, but you can search for "venice airport transfers" on Google or try a booking site like Shuttledirect or Airport Transfers Direct.
A water taxi can take you directly from the cruise basin to the landing nearest your hotel. Expect to pay at least 40 euros for a ride within the city center. See our Venice Water Taxis article for advice and booking information. (Also read the warning about water taxis in our Venice Travel Blog.)
Viator, our booking partner, offers a "Meet and Greet" or "Full Service" arrival transfer service. A hostess will meet you at the terminal, take you to the water-taxi embarkation point, and--if you wish--accompany you to your hotel. (The service costs more than hiring a water taxi on your own, but it does offer convenience and peace of mind.)
Most cruise ships offer transfers (usually on chartered coaches) from the pier to Marco Polo Airport. Prices are on the high side, but the convenience can justify the expense, especially if you don't have five hours or more between the ship's arrival and your flight.
Take the People Mover to the Piazzale Roma, where you can catch an inexpensive Marco Polo Airport Bus or a Treviso Airport Bus. (Treviso's small airport is used by Ryanair and at least one other budget airline.)
The "Blue Line" airport boat takes nearly two hours to reach Marco Polo Airport from the cruise terminal. Boats leave at half-hour intervals, and tickets are fairly reasonable in price.
You can catch a taxi from the stand near the port entrance. Travel time to the airport is 20 to 30 minutes, and the fare shouldn't be more than €50. (Allow plenty of time to get a cab, since the demand often exceeds the supply. If necessary, you can telephone the Artisan Cooperative Radiotaxi, which has a stand at the Piazzale Roma.)
A water taxi costs more and takes longer to reach the airport than a land taxi does, but it's an enjoyable alternative to a four-wheeled cab if you can afford the fare (€110-120) and don't mind walking seven minutes or so from the airport's water-taxi pier to the departures terminal. See our Venice Water Taxis article for more details, and read our warning about water taxis if you aren't fit or able to handle heavy luggage.
Venice has two railroad stations: Venezia Santa Lucia, in the city center, and Venezia Mestre on the mainland. Many long-distance express trains stop only at Mestre. (Trains to or from Santa Lucia also stop at Mestre.)
To reach the Venezia Santa Lucia station, take the People Mover to the Piazzale Roma and follow the crowd across the large, modern Calatrava Bridge. The station is five or 10 minutes from the Piazzale Roma on foot.
To reach the Venezia Mestre, station, we recommend hiring a land taxi. The ride is quick, and the fare is reasonable.
Hotels near Stazione Marittima:
If you're traveling with heavy luggage, you can save hassle and money by staying within walking distance of the Piazzale Roma. See the Hotels near Piazzale Roma page from our Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels article for specific recommendations.
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