Finding your way in and to Venice

Once you have set up your mind to visit this romantic place called Venice for sure your imagination has gone wild about all the wonderful places you are going to visit and all the exciting things you are going to experience. But who is going to take care of the less pleasant things you also need to take care of: getting there. You should not have difficulties in finding your way in and to Venice; however it is advised to wisely plan your itinerary beforehand.

Reaching Venice

By Plane. Venice is served by two main airports. Marco Polo, located only 12 kilometres from Venice hosts the main flights to and from Europe. You will land on the mainland near Mestre from where you can get shuttle buses to Alilaguna Jetty that offers you a one hour ride to the island. You can also opt for a water taxi that will take you to your destination faster but this will cost you around 80 euros.

By car. If you get to Venice by car pay attention to a particular detail: parking. The best solution would be to leave your car near Mestre railway station and just take the train to Mestre Santa Lucia. There is also the alternative to park at the largest car park in Europe (right at the entrance to Venice) but this will cost you a great deal of money. Just keep in mind to park on the street and not in normal parking. This is a general rule in Italy.

By train. If you were to ask me, the simplest and easiest way to reach Venice would be by train. It is true that your travel might be a little crowded by student travellers and backpackers, but what is a holiday without a little adrenaline? Bear in mind that there are two Venice train stations, one in Mestre, the other in Santa Lucia. The Venice you are looking for is in Santa Lucia so pay attention where you choose to get off the train.

Venice transportation

Venice transportation is more about water travel and breathtaking gondola rides. The latter is a wonderful and romantic experience though it is quite costly. The gondola fares are standard however you can always negotiate the price with the gondolier. At night the fares are higher but you also have the option of sharing the boat with other five people (it holds maximum 6 people) thus saving some money.

Venice’s vapporetti or the popular water buses are cheaper and offer an exciting journey through the main canals, island and lagoons. Although crowded most of the time they represent a great alternative to walking and experiencing this amazing city.

In the end if you are having problems in finding your way in and to Venice there is always the oldest and simplest solution: just ask a local for directions!


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