Trains to Venezia Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia is the lone train station in Venice city and is located at the western end of the canal Grande and in front of the Piazzale Roma. Trenitalia and Italo Trains operate services that connect Venice to other major Italian cities.

Getting from Venezia Santa Lucia to the City Centre

Venezia Santa Lucia is served by water buses with 8 public lines: 1, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, N. From Piazzale Roma terminal ATVO provides 21 public urban bus lines: 2, 4, 4L, 5, 6, 6/, 7, 7L, 12, 12/, 12L, 19, 24, 24H, 40, 56 ,66, 80, 84, N1 (night bus), N2 (night bus). And 15 public extra-urban bus lines: 4D, 5, 6, 7, 7D, 8, 12, 14Z, 53, 54, 57, 58R, 66, 67R, 80.

Taxi's to the mainland are available outside the station at Piazzale Roma. The main taxi company phone number is 041.59.64, or send a text message to +39 33 88 44 2000. Motortaxi (speed boats) are also available at the Canal Grande exit.

Trains to Venezia Mestre

Mestre is the main station that connects Venice with the Venetian Hinterland. The station provides more than 500 connections every day and services 80 million passengers annually.

Getting from Venezia Mestre to the City Centre

Connections from Mestre to Santa Lucia station leave the station every 5 minutes and the bus lines 7, 7L, 80, N1 and N2 leave at regular intervals to the same station which is located closer to the city centre.

Buses to Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Island

Piazzale Roma is the last point where taxis, cars and buses are allowed in Venice. It is from this square, all the connections to the mainland depart. To manage the influx of traffic and provide more parking facilities to the visitors arriving by car, in 1960 the artificial island of Tronchetto was constructed. Since 2010, the island is serviced by a mini metro (People Mover) to Piazzale Roma in 3 minutes. Many international and national bus lines stop at Tronchetto Island, in addition to cruise ships from Greece and Turkey.

Getting from Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Island to the City Centre

Water buses are available connecting Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Island to the centre

Driving to Venice

Approaching mainland Venice from larger cities such as Triest and Turin, in the north of Italy, requires access to the A4 motorway. From Belluno take the A27 and from Bologna the A13.

There are two different type of taxi's to get from Marco Polo Airport; a car taxi and motorboat. With a traditional taxi, the journey should cost no more than £35 however, a Motorboat taxi is significantly more expensive and a more exclusive experience. Although driving straight into Venice is prohibited, the motorways around the periphery of the city are very well connected to other major cities in Italy. The A4 links Bologna, Milan and Padua with Venice. Those coming from Austria and Germany can drive through the Alps on the E45 to Verona, then change to the A4.

Getting from Venezia Treviso to the City Centre

Venice Treviso is located 20 km from the city centre and is connected to Treviso train station by the ACTV bus line 6 and the Mestre station and Piazzale Roma by the ATVO express bus or Barzi service. Outside the airport arrivals gate, there are taxis available for passengers who wish to access the outskirts of Venice.

How to Get Around in Venice

Public Transport in Venice

The public transportation system in Venice consists of water buses, in the city of Venice, and buses on the mainland. The system is not heavily used as visitors and residents alike, enjoy walking from one side of the island to the other. The main mode of transport are the Gondolas whose main incentive is not to get you from A to B but enjoy the beautiful canals.

  • Public Transport Provider: ACTV
  • Cost of a Ticket: €4 single Ticket. Tourist passes include: €20 (1 day), €30 (2 days), €40 (3 days), €70 (7 days) and are valid on all lines, except those to and from the airport, on boat and buses.
  • Discounted Ticket Types: With the Rolling Venice card, tourist between the ages of 14 and 29 can purchase a 3 day tourist pass costing €20. Passengers with reduced mobility can purchase a ticket for €1.30 (75 minutes).
  • Availability of Public Transport at Night: The N1 to and from Mestre and the N2 to and from Marghera are available at night. These lines combine buses from the main cities around Venice and some public boat lines.

Cycling in Venice

Cycling is not permitted in Venice and doing so will incur a fine. However, it is permitted on small neighbouring islands such as S. Erasmo, Lido and Pellestrina.

Taxis in Venice

Taxis and taxi boats are generally very expensive in Venice. Taxi boats are available from many docks and the price can negotiable. * Base Minimum Fare: €13 * Cost: €1.80 a minute

Driving in Venice

Driving in Venice is not permitted beyond Piazzale Roma where there are a great deal of parking options for residents and visitors to take advantage of. These facilities differ in price significantly in accordance with how close to Piazzale Roma you are. On average, expect to pay at least €30 for a days parking.

Walking Around Venice

Venice is a city made for pedestrians as walking is the only option to reach most of cities attractions.

Travelling to Venice

Marco Polo is located 13 km from the city of Venice in a neighbouring small city, Tessera. It is possible to access Venice city centre by public transportation, which mostly consists of a variety of bus options. Line 5 and 15 of the Air Terminal service from the airport to Piazzale Roma, provided by ACTV, leaves at regular intervals throughout the day and connects the airport with the city in centre in just under 30 minutes. Line 45 of ATVO flybus also provides a service connecting the two destinations.

Venice Treviso is located 20 km from the city centre and is connected to Treviso train station by the ACTV bus line 6 and the Mestre station and Piazzale Roma by the ATVO express bus or Barzi service. Outside the airport arrivals gate, there are taxis available for passengers who wish to access the outskirts of Venice.

Santa Lucia is the lone train station in Venice city and is located at the western end of the canal Grande and in front of the Piazzale Roma. Trenitalia and Italo Trains operate services that connect Venice to other major Italian cities. Venezia Santa Lucia is served by water buses with 8 public lines. From Piazzale Roma terminal ATVO provides 21 public urban bus lines including night buses and 15 public extra-urban bus lines. Taxi's to the mainland are available outside the station at Piazzale Roma and motortaxi’s (speed boats) are also available at the Canal Grande exit.

Mestre is the main station that connects Venice with the Venetian Hinterland. Connections from Mestre to Santa Lucia station leave the station every 5 minutes and buses leave at regular intervals to the same station which is located closer to the city centre

Piazzale Roma is the last point where taxis, cars and buses are allowed in Venice. It is from this square, all the connections to the mainland depart. Water buses are available connecting Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Island to the centre.


Getting Around Venice

The public transportation system in Venice consists of water buses, in the city of Venice, and buses on the mainland. The system is not heavily used as visitors and residents alike, enjoy walking from one side of the island to the other. The main mode of transport are the Gondolas whose main incentive is not to get you from A to B but enjoy the beautiful canals.

Cycling is not permitted in Venice and doing so will incur a fine. However, it is permitted on small neighbouring islands such as S. Erasmo, Lido and Pellestrina.

Taxis and taxi boats are generally very expensive in Venice. Taxi boats are available from many docks and the price can negotiable. * Base Minimum Fare: €13 * Cost: €1.80 a minute.

Venice is a city made for pedestrians as walking is the only option to reach most of cities attractions.

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Travelling to Venice

Venice is the capital city of the region of Veneto and the 3rd most visited city in Italy after Rome and Milan. The entire city has been listed as a UNESCO site since 1987 due to the high number of historical and architectural landmarks, in addition to its unique urban structure developed over the many canals in the city. The population of Venice is constantly decreasing, with the city itself having only 58,000 people; with the fear that if this continues it could become a Monoculture tourist city.

How to Get to Venice

Flying into Marco Polo International Airport or Venezia Treviso

Marco Polo is the 5th busiest Italian airport with almost 7 million passengers handled by the airport annually. It is located 13 km from the city of Venice in a neighbouring small city, Tessera. Due to a recent increase in passenger numbers, there was an extra terminal added to serve the 51 airlines that operate from the airport. The airport provides flights from both traditional and low-budget airlines, these include easyJet, Iberia, Alitalia, Air France, Brussels Airlines and British Airways. The airport offers travel to both international and domestic destinations with the main destinations being Rome, Naples, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Istanbul, Zurich and Moscow.

Venezia Treviso is connected with Marco Polo Airport. It is a small airport, but since the major renovation in 2007 the airport handles more than 2 millions passengers annually. There are currently only 2 airlines services from this airport, the budget airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air whose main destinations include Paris, London, Brussels and Bucharest.

Getting from Marco Polo International Airport or Venezia Treviso to the City Centre

You can now book Alilaguna tickets directly with Omio to travel directly from Marco Polo airport to the city centre of Venice.

Buses to Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Island

Piazzale Roma is the last point where taxis, cars and buses are allowed in Venice. It is from this square, all the connections to the mainland depart. To manage the influx of traffic and provide more parking facilities to the visitors arriving by car, in 1960 the artificial island of Tronchetto was constructed. Since 2010, the island is serviced by a mini metro (People Mover) to Piazzale Roma in 3 minutes. Many international and national bus lines stop at Tronchetto Island, in addition to cruise ships from Greece and Turkey.

Trains to Venezia Mestre

Mestre is the main station that connects Venice with the Venetian Hinterland. The station provides more than 500 connections every day and services 80 million passengers annually.

Insider tips for Things to do in Venice

We have put together The Ultimate Venice Guide to help you on your journey through the little alleyways and over the 400+ bridges that connect Venice.

Things to see in Venice

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum: The Peggy Guggenheim Museum is such a jewel in the city that two bloggers recommended this as a must thing to do in Venice!

San Francesco della Vigna: The Cloister San Francesco della Vigna lies in the North-East of Venice, a much more quiet area compared to the bustling centre. For a relaxing Sunday stroll this is undeniably perfect.

Visit a Quirky Bookshop: Forget the typical souvenir shops, browse the old dusty books of this quirky bookshop to find hidden gems within the bathtubs and boats.

Rio di Sant’Anna Market: This is one market you will never forget. But caution, don’t fall into the water!

The Bevilacqua Factory: The factory is hidden inside what one would think is a normal house, once inside the place opens up into a maze of wooden machines. There is so much to see in this factory that hours will go by within minutes!

Visit the old Venice Jewish Ghetto: A must thing to do in Venice for every history enthusiast! You will not be disappointed as you meander the streets of the first ever ‘ghetto’, in which the Jewish community were forced to live in during the Venetian Republic in 1516.

Venture off into the Venetian Lagoon: Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice and relax on Venice’s biggest and least populated island. Used for agriculture, the landscape is dotted with farms and beautiful scenery.

Things to do in Venice

Dress-Up in a Renaissance Costume & take a Cooking Class: Influenced by the coast, the plains, and the mountainous regions of Veneto, Venetian cuisine really has the best of each category.

Venice is a Photographer’s Playground: If you fancy yourself as a photographer or if you don’t dare to put yourself behind the lens, Venice’s beauty will turn anyone into a professional photographer

Become a Venetian Artist for the Day: Named after the island it was created on, Murano glass is believed to have been created back in 8th century Rome. Ever since, Venice has since lead the way of glass making across Europe.

Take a tour out of Venice: Venture out of the city of Venice and visit the surrounding towns and villages to discover the Veneto region.

Discover the Real Venice: Nothing more has to be said. If you want to know what the real Venice is like during the high season, then this is the place to go.

Uncover the True Art of Coffee Roasting: Need an energy boost whilst strolling the streets of Venice? Then make sure to stop by traditional Venetian Cafes like Torrefazione Girani’s in Campo della Bragora.

Visit the Colorful Island of Burano: Don’t forget there are so many more things to do in Venice and see than the centre itself! Take a journey up North and visit the islands of Burano and explore the more local areas around the centre of Venice.

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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Venezia Santa Lucia
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Venezia City
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Venice
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Venezia, Stazione Marittima (People Mover Stazione Marittima)
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Venezia Tronchetto
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Venice-Treviso-Sant'Angelo
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the airport and what is the best way to get there?
ATVO shuttle service runs between Treviso airport and Venezia city center or Venezia Mestre railway station.
Venice - Marco Polo
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the airport and what is the best way to get there?
ATVO shuttle service and ACTV urban lines 5 and 15 connect Marco Polo airport and Venezia city center or Venezia Mestre train station.

Public Transport in Venice

The public transportation system in Venice is unique in that most of the transport is via boat. ACTV is the public transport company in Venice, and it offers a wide variety of boat options to get visitors from one end of Venice to the other. Some of the boat options included are vaporettos (motorboats), battelli fornei (larger motorboats to get to the islands), and ferries. There are one hundred and twenty floating stations throughout Venice and thirty different lines to take visitors to every part of the city. It is wonderful to truly see Venice while you explore the different attractions of the city. Venice also offers a bus service that connects Pizzale Romo and the mainland, as well as buses to the airport. Public transport tickets include access to all the ACTV boats and buses. Visitors can buy a one day, two day or seven day pass, and passes can be purchased in advance online, or from one of the many ACTV booths located at attractions throughout the city. Children under five can travel for free on the boats and there is a discount available for senior citizens. 

Best Time to Visit Venice

With its Mediterranean climate and winding canals traversing the expanse of the city, Venice makes for a beautiful destination - which is why it is one of the most popular cities in Europe. Venice's charming waterways see thousands of visitors throng its streets and hotels. Peak season is between June and August and with the heavy foot traffic and higher hotel rates, its best to visit Venice in other months. The best times to visit Venice are the shoulder seasons from March to May, and September to early October. Although the weather during these periods is sometimes lower, there are generally fewer crowds, and hotels are more affordable. Among the biggest events in Venice is the Venice Carnival, which is held in late February through early March. With the mist rising from the lagoon as the city comes to life from its winter lull, the popping colors from the festival costumes, and the elaborate masks and events surrounding the carnival, this period offers travellers a remarkable sight. Families, friends, or individuals travelling to Venice will have something to write home about as they enjoy the picturesque city with a rich history, grandiose architecture, and iconic design.

Walking Around in Venice

Walking is the best way to see some of the most beautiful sites in the city of Venice. Situate yourself at the Academia Bridge near the Gallerie dell' Accademia to take a walk through the heart of the city. Find the gondola stand and from there walk towards the Rio de San Trovaso canal. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery as you cross the bridge at the Calle della Toletta. Walk along the Calle della Toletta and stop at one of the many coffee shops along the way for a delicious hot cappuccino or espresso. You will soon arrive at Campo San Toma and from there can head north towards the Campo San Polo and the Campo San Silvestro. There, you will see the Rialto Market, which is the oldest fish and produce market in Venice. Take a break from your walk to explore the market, and taste some of the unique produce of the region. Next, cross over the famous Rialto Bridge and stop at a cafe to enjoy a delicious pastry and reflect on all the fantastic things you have seen on your walk around the city of Venice.

Eating In Venice

With its close proximity to the Adriatic sea, Venetian cuisine gives great importance to using simple but fresh local ingredients. Before dinner, visit any nearby bacari wine bar for aperitivo hour, where you can sample light but savory snacks like Cicchetti. Similar to Spanish tapas in design, Cicchetti are small dishes of fried food, such as the ever-popular olive ascolane - fried green olives stuffed with meat. Variety and affordability is the name of the game during aperitivo hour, so if deep-fried isn't your thing, you can also try tramezzini, which is a crustless sandwich stuffed with any filling of your choice (think tuna, artichokes, ham, cheese, etc.). As Venice is surrounded by water, you'll have no shortage of fresh seafood options at your disposable. You can't go wrong with baccalà mantecato, a creamed cod paste served on bread, or sarde in saor, an antipasto made with sardines, sweetened raisins, and lots of wine, both rich in seafood flavor. For dinner, eat like a Venetian by ordering polenta, made of boiled cornmeal and served either as a side dish or a main meal. Once again, variety is key, as you can order polenta with a number of toppings, ranging from hearty vegetables to red meat and seafood. As for dessert, you can't visit Venice and not eat gelato - by far the most popular and tasty option around. Buon Appetitot!