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About Venice

Venice is world renowned for its romantic allure, unique architecture and beautiful artistic craftsmanship. Wander through narrow, labyrinthine alleys while singing gondoliers glide by along Venice's ubiquitous canals. Also be sure to take advantage of some of the freshest seafood and finest wine in Italy after shopping for world-famous Venetian masks, silks and stained glass. Venice is a delight for the senses for everyone traveling in Italy.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Everything you need to know about Venice - Marco Polo Airport

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ATVO shuttle service and ACTV urban lines 5 and 15 connect Marco Polo airport and Venezia city center or Venezia Mestre train station.

Everything you need to know about Venice-Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport

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ATVO shuttle service runs between Treviso airport and Venezia city center or Venezia Mestre railway station.

Traveling to Venice

Marco Polo airport is located 13 km from the city of Venice in a neighboring small city, Tessera. The airport provides flights from both traditional and low-budget airlines, these include easyJet, Iberia, Alitalia, Air France, Brussels Airlines and British Airways. It is possible to access Venice city center 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 center in just under 30 minutes. Line 45 of ATVO flybus also provides a service connecting the two destinations.

Venezia Treviso is a small airport and 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. 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 only train station in Venice 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 center.

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 city center.

Getting Around Venice

The public transportation system in Venice consists of water buses in Venice proper and buses while 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 which allow you to enjoy the beautiful canals.

Cycling is not permitted in Venice and doing so will incur a fine. However, it is permitted on small neighboring 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 + €1.80 per minute.

Venice is a city made for pedestrians since walking is the only option to reach most of the city's attractions.

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