One would think without roads, getting to Venice would be harder. However, the Italians have compensated this lack with many other options. A vast network of aquatic vehicles including the Vaporetto starting at 20€, buses from 20€. Moving around this resort is a bit trickier where the Vaporetto starts at 7.50€ but gondolas (80€) and water taxis (100€) run at a much higher budget.
Venice Key Information
Getting to Venice is very easy: being a tourism hot spot, the city is exceptionally well connected for any type of transportation. The airport is 13km away and it takes about 20 minutes to reach it from there; the train station is a few kilometers away from the historical center; roads connect Venice to the rest of Italy and to other European countries; several bus lines are connected to Venice and several ferry lines operate in the Adriatic sea.
The ACTV (Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano) is the public and main transportation company in Venice, they provide most of the transportation services. An official app is available on the AppStore and PlayStore, simply called ACTV. It will allow you to buy tickets and get detailed information on the schedules.
Note that depending on the day, taking the plane can either be more expensive or cheaper than taking the train. It is recommended to compare the prices when planning your trip.
The tricky part
There are 2 main train stations in Venice, both with "Venezia" in their names. One in Mestre, the city on the mainland which is called "Stazione Venezia Mestre", and one in Venice in the historical center, called "Stazione Venezia Santa Lucia". These can often be confused.
Venice imposes a tourist fee to get in the city. This fee will range from 3€ up to 10€, depending on how busy it gets. You will get charged extra on the Vaporetto if you get on board with more than one suitcase (standard size). It should also be noted that bicycles are banned in Venice.
There is no major safety concern in Venice. Do keep in mind that the area can be heavily packed with people, keep your belongings close to yourself and beware of pickpockets.
Getting to Venice
By plane from Rome, a plane ticket will ranges from 50€ to 100€. Venice Marco-Polo international airport is located about 15km away from Venice and Treviso international airport is located about 30km away from Venice (it is mainly used by low-cost airlines).
Each of these airports offers shuttle bus services, most notably the ATVO (another transportation public company). In Marco Polo, a bus ticket to the Piazzale Roma will cost you 8€, 12€ from the Treviso airport. The journey time to Venice is about 20 minutes from the Marco-Polo airport, and about 1 hour from the Treviso airport. You can buy tickets by the ticket counter, or from the vending machines in the main hall.
From Marco-Polo airport, you can also choose to get on a Vaporetto to get to the Piazza San Marco. They run from early in the morning until the evening or midnight, depending on the line. ACTV, the public transportation company of the city, sells tickets which can be bought at the airport, in retailers across the city or directly on board. 24h (20€), 48h (30€), and 72h (40€) passes are available for purchase. They also sell single-journey and 1-week tickets. Most ACTV boats are wheelchair-accessible.
By train from Rome, a train ticket will cost about 80€. The Santa Lucia Station is the main train station in Venice, it is located right beside the Canal Grande and is well connected to the rest of Europe and to major Italian cities, including Rome, Milan, and Florence. Taking the train is the 2nd fastest option when compared to a plane or a bus. Trains leave from the Termini train station in Rome and reach Santa Lucia (Venice) and Mestre. Many trains make the connection every day (15+), leaving about every hour or so. It takes 3h30 to go from one city to the other.
Cars are banned in Venice. When arriving there, you will have to leave your vehicle on either the Tronchetto parking island / in Piazzale Roma or in Mestre. The main roads that connect Venice to other cities are as follow (tolls apply): The Autostrada 4 connects Turin, Milan, Venice, and Trieste. The Autostrada 13 connects Bologna and Venice. The E35 connects Rome and Venice. There are several parking lots that you can use in Venice, they each cost about 25€, for a 24h use: Piazzale Roma: Garage San Marco in Piazzale Roma. In Piazzale Roma: Garage Autorimessa Comunale. On Tronchetto Island: Garage Tronchetto
The Frugal Option
From Rome and most other places, the cheapest way to reach Venice is the bus provided by . Tickets start at around 20€ from Rome. Buses make the journey several times a day between the 2 cities, from the Tiburtina station in Rome to the Piazzale Roma in Venice, right at the entry of the historical center. The first buses leave early in the morning and it takes (at least) 7h to get from one city to the other.
Please note, once you arrive in Venice you may need to take another additional water transport in order to get to your final destination.
Private Transfer Options
We offer many private transportation options that will help you reach Venice comfortably and quickly. You will find down below a few quotes for our services, from various cities and from the Marco Polo and Treviso airports.
From Rome to Venice, prices for private transfers start at 910€ in a Sedan. Private vans are available for 1350€ as well as Buses for 2450€ (54 passengers).
From Milan to Venice, the cost of a sedan will be 600€ and 450€ for a private van.
From Munich to Venice, a chauffeured service in a private sedan costs 1100€, 1200€ in a private van.
From Marco Polo airport, Sedans and Vans start at 60€, buses at 200€. We also offer water taxi services, at 135€.
From Treviso airport, Sedans and vans start at 100€ and water taxis at 200€.
The Mozio Recommendation
Arriving to Venice without spending too much time traveling is advised to best enjoy the city, it is recommended to take either the train or the plane. Taking the train over the bus divides the journey time by about half while taking the plane would reduce the journey time to a short 1h. By plane, it takes about 1h to reach Venice from Rome. By train, it takes less than 4h to reach Venice from Rome. By bus, It takes about 7h to reach Venice from Rome.
Moving AROUND Venice
The Vaporetto (waterbus) are small passenger ferries that go around Venice. A ticket to get on board costs 7.50€ but you can purchase a pass for 24 hours (20€), 48 hours (20€), 72 hours (40€) and 1-week passes (60€). Tickets can be bought at the airport, in retailers across the city or directly on board.
Water taxis in Venice can be quite expensive but they make the experience unique in itself. From the airport, it will cost at least 100€ and up to 200€ depending on the number of passengers and luggage, to reach Venice.
Gondolas have fixed rates, which depend on the time of the day. A 30-minute tour on a gondola will cost you 80€ during the daytime (9am - 7pm), and 100€ during the nighttime (7pm - 3am). A maximum of 6 persons is allowed on a gondola.
A traghetto is a gondola used to cross the Grand canal. The fare is fixed to 2€ per person to get on board and they operate from early in the morning until the evening (from around 7am to until 7pm.) There are several signs across the city to signal boarding locations for traghetti and there is a total of 7 boarding points. You can easily find them on Google Maps. They can be boarded at San Marcuola, Santa Sofia, Riva del Carbon, San Tomà, San Samuele, Calle Lanza, and Santa Lucia.
Buses lines are also available in Mestre and on the islands of Lido and Pellestrina. Do note that there is no bus in the historical center of Venice. Tickets cost 1.50€. Buses operate from early in the morning until the evening/midnight, depending on the line. You can find in-depth details about the lines on the ACTV's website.
Cars are forbidden inside Venice. The other islands, Pellestrina and Lido do allow cars.
Venice's monorail, also called People Mover, connects the Tronchetto to the Piazzale Roma. You can buy a ticket for 1.50€ at the station and it is wheelchair-accessible. They run from 7am to 11pm on weekdays and 8am to 10pm on holidays during the season.
Taxi drivers operate in Mestre and on Lido island.
The Frugal Option
You can use a traghetto to cross the Grand Canal inside Venice (historical center) for only 2€. You can also use the Vaporetto. A single ticket costs 7.50€ or daily and weekly passes at a discounted rate.
To move around Mestre, the cheapest option is to take the bus. A single-use ticket costs 1.50€.
Uber is virtually unavailable in Italy, except for a few services in a few selected major cities.
Taxis will be your best bet to get around if you are not planning on using public transportation.
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Car Rental Options
Day Trips Around Venice
Built in the 1st century in the traditional style of Italian architecture, with an amphitheater in its center, Verona it is the city where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet takes place.
Getting to Verona is really easy as trains make the journey from and to Venice several times a day. From either train station in Venice, a train ticket will cost you about 10€ and the journey time is 1h. The train will arrive at Porta Nuova in Verona, about a kilometer away from the city center.
You can also take the bus from the Tronchetto in Venice and from Mestre station. A bus ticket will cost you about 8€ and the journey time is 1h30. Buses leave from the Tronchetto and from Mestre station (right next to the train station). The bus will also arrive in Porta Nuova in Verona.
Our private transfer services between Venice and Verona start at 340€ in a sedan and 360€ in a private van.
The Montegrotto & Abano Terme
If you're looking for a place to relax, Montegrotto should be on your day trip planning. The region is known for its hot springs and spa resort, where the thermal waters have been flowing for millennia.
Reaching the Montegrotto Terme is also easy, the train station is right in the middle of the town. A ticket to Montegrotto costs 6€ and the journey time is 40m.
We also offer private transfers that connect Verona and Venice, our chauffeured services start at 180€ in either a sedan or a private van.
Murano is a cluster of islands just 1 kilometer North from Venice, the small archipelago is renowned for its world-class glass making and is home to the church of Santa Maria e San Donato, originally built in a Byzantine style in the 7th century and rebuilt some time in the 12th century.
Several ACTV lines operate from Venice to Murano, including Fondamente Nove in the North, San Zaccaria in the South, and Pizzale Roma in the West.
From those stations, hope on line 4.2 or 4.1, which essentially go around Venice clockwise and counter-clockwise respectively, via the St. Michele cemetery. There is also a direct option from Pizzale Roma which directly go to Murano, on line 3. Water taxis can also take you to Murano, for a (much) higher fare.