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Transport in Venice, Italy

Getting There

By air: The majority of flights into Venice land at Marco Polo airport which is the main hub for European and international flights. It’s located about 7.5km from the city centre. The easiest way to get there from the airport is on bus #5 which departs from outside the departures terminal. The journey, which terminates in Piazzale Roma, takes approximately 25 minutes.

Other budget airlines fly into Treviso Airport. A bus journey to the same stop takes approximately 70 minutes.

By train: Santa Lucia station, Venice’s main rail terminal, is located at the west end of the Grand Canal and is about a thirty-minute walk from the main square. If you do wish to arrive in the city by train, you will find connections from Bologna, Florence, Milan, Padua, Rome, and Verona in Italy as well as destinations in Germany, Austria and France.

By bus: Venice is served by the Eurolines service with connections from throughout Europe but there is no main bus station in the city. When you arrive in the city you will be dropped off at Piazzale Roma and this is where the main Eurolines office in Venice is located too so if you need any information this is the place to go.

Getting Around

On foot: The best way to get around the city and to take in the sights at the same time is on foot and is just perfect for the budget conscious among you. If you get a little tired of tramping the streets, however, there are a number of alternatives.

By waterbus: Vaporetti or waterbuses are the main method of transport used in Venice and operate between 5.00am and midnight. You can buy single, three-day or seven-day tickets which can be purchased in some newsagents and at almost all the bus landing stations. These tickets can also be used on the local ACTV buses as this company also operate the water-buses.

By gondola: The most famous mode of transport in Venice is the gondola. As a thirty minute journey costs anything between €70 and €100, they aren’t a true mode of transport.

By traghetto: Crossing the Grand Canal at various stops around the Grand Canal, traghettos may seem like a novel way of transport but they are extremely useful at the best of times. The one-way journeys cost just over 50c and takes little over a minute.

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