|Our No. 1 Venice Hotel Warning|
Venice is served by two airports:
, which is about 6 km or 4 miles from the city center.
(used by Ryanair and at least one other budget airline), 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. They're especially convenient if you're staying near the Piazza San Marco.
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
Water taxis can 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. See the Warning about Water Taxis in our Venice Travel Blog.
Finally, if you're arriving in Treviso Airport buses to Mestre and Venice's Piazzale Roma.on Ryanair or Wizz Air, see our article about
Your best bets are the Tronchetto parking 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.
Venice has two railroad stations:
Venezia 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.
Venezia 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.
Scheduled local and regional buses arrive and depart at designated stops in Venice's Piazzale Roma.
Otherwise, 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)
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)
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 our transportation index.
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 Water Buses
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.
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