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Motoscafo and Vaporetto on Grand Canal

ABOVE: Motoscafo and vaporetto water buses on Venice's Grand Canal.

Venice is served by two airports:

From Marco Polo (VCE), you have several transportation options:

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.

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:

Scheduled local and regional buses arrive and depart at designated stops in Venice's Piazzale Roma.

Tour coaches normally use the Tronchetto parking island, which has vaporetto service and a People Mover elevated tramway to the historic center.

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).

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

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.

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