How to reach Venice and get around
Venice can be reached by any means of transport: train, plane, car and boat.
The Island is connected to the mainland by Ponte della Libertà, a 3900 meters road and rail bridge. The bridge dates back to 1846. At that time it was only a railway, since 1933 it also carries roadways.
Venice Marco Polo airport is on the mainland, at Tessera, less than 15 km away from the city. The Lagoon city is also accessible from Treviso Canova Airport, which is about forty km away.
As you can imagine, however, water is the actual protagonist when talking about transfers to/from Venice, as well as transports within the city. Vaporetti, motorboats, and water taxis pick up tourists at the piers and take them to their destination, whether in central Venice, or the islands, or the mainland.
Venice by plane
Venice Marco Polo airport is located in Mestre, on the mainland, some 15 Km away from the city centre. All major international airlines operate through this airport, including a number of low cost airlines. After landing, you can reach Venice by several means of transport.
Taxi: it takes around 15 minutes from the airport to Piazzale Roma and it costs 25 Euros.
Water taxi: these are private motor boats which can ship a maximum of 12 people; they leave from the airport pier and go up to San Marco. The transfer takes 30-40 minutes and has an approximate cost of 70 Euros per person.
Vaporetto: they depart every 60 minutes from the airport pier and reach San Marco in about an hour. Cost of ticket: € 8.
Alilaguna Motorboat: they take tourists from the airport to different parts of the city and the islands. It’s less expensive than the water taxi and the price varies depending on the destination. An example: the transfer from Marco Polo Airport to San Marco costs 14 Euros.
Atvo and ACVT Buses: these buses connect Marco Polo airport with Mestre train station, Piazzale Roma and Venezia Santa Lucia station. Ticket prices vary from 2.50 to 6 Euros.
Treviso Canova Airport: Atvo buses connect Treviso Airport to Venice and run every 20 minutes. Ticket costs € 7.
Venice by car
The main motorways are the A4 Turin-Trieste, the A27 from Belluno, the A13 from Bologna. Ponte della Libertà connects Venice to the mainland. Once on the Island, you can park your car at one of the two car parks available in Tronchetto or Piazzale Roma, linked together by the People Mover monorail train.
Venice by train
Trains arriving from all over Italy and northern Europe stop at Venice Santa Lucia station. Here you will find a luggage storage facility open from 6 am through midnight.
Venice by cruise ship
Passenger cruise ships of more than 200 international cruise lines normally dock at Venice Maritime Station. From the port you can use Alilaguna motorboats to reach St. Mark’s Square.