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How to Move Around Venice Using Public Transport

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Learn how to Get Around Venice with Subway, Bus, Airport To and From, How to find your Route, buy your tickets, Read the timetables, and travel on the vaporetto – Waterbus Service in this Video Guide by Nomad Citello

Learn about Moving Around in Venice with Public Transport in the Following Public Transport Guide by Nomad Citello

Moving Around in Venice with Public Transport

Public Facts About Transport System in Venice

Venice Airport to Centre

  • The Marco Polo International Airport (Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo) is named in honour of Marco Polo.
  • Venice-Treviso Airport, about 30 kilometres from Venice, is used mainly by low-cost airlines. There are public buses from this airport to Venice. Venezia-Lido “Giovanni Nicelli”, a public airport suitable for smaller aircraft, is at the northeast end of Lido di Venezia.
Venice Airport to Centre

The airport is on the mainland and was rebuilt away from the coast. Public transport from the airport takes one to:

  • Venice Piazzale Roma by ATVO (provincial company) buses and by ACTV (city company) buses (route 5 aerobus).
  • Venice, Lido, and Murano by Alilaguna (private company) motor boats;
  • Mestre, the mainland, where Venice Mestre railway station is convenient for connections to Milan, Padua, Trieste, Verona and the rest of Italy, and for ACTV (routes 15 and 45) and ATVO buses and other transport
  • Regional destinations, such as Treviso and Padua, by ATVO and Busitalia Sita Nord Buses.

Public Bus Transport & Mainland

  • Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV) is a public company responsible for public transportation in Venice. The mainland of Venice is composed of 5 boroughs: Mestre-Carpenedo, Marghera, Chirignago-Zelarino, and Favaro Veneto. Mestre is the center and the most populous urban area of the mainland.
  • There are several bus routes and two Translohr tramway lines. Several bus routes and one of the tramway lines link the mainland with Piazzale Roma, the main bus station in Venice, via Ponte della Libertà, the road bridge connecting the mainland with the group of islands that comprise the historic center of Venice.

Rail Network in Venice

Venice is serviced by regional and national trains, including trains to Florence (1h53), Milan (2h13), Turin (3h10), Rome (3h33), and Naples (4h50). In addition there are international day trains to Zurich, Innsbruck, Munich, and Vienna, plus overnight sleeper services, to Paris and Dijon on Thello trains, and to Munich and Vienna via ÖBB.

  • The Venezia Santa Lucia railway station is a few steps away from a vaporetti stop in the historic city next to the Piazzale Roma.
  • The Venezia Mestre railway station is on the mainland, on the border between the boroughs of Mestre and Marghera.
  • Both stations are managed by Grandi Stazioni; they are linked by the Ponte della Libertà (Liberty Bridge) between the mainland and the city center. Other stations in the municipality are Venezia Porto Marghera, Venezia Carpenedo, Venezia Mestre Ospedale, and Venezia Mestre Porta Ovest.

Motorised waterbuses (Vaporetti) & Lagoon Area

Learn How to get Around in Venice with Vaporetto – Waterbus Service in the Following Public Transport Guide by Nomad Citello

How to Get Around Venice with Vaporetto
  • The main means of public transportation consists of motorised waterbuses (vaporetti) which ply regular routes along the Grand Canal and between the city’s islands. Private motorised water taxis are also active. The only gondole still in common use by Venetians are the traghetti, foot passenger ferries crossing the Grand Canal at certain points where there are no convenient bridges. Other gondole are rented by tourists on an hourly basis.
  • Lido and Pellestrina are two islands forming a barrier between the southern Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. On those islands, road traffic, including bus service, is allowed. Vaporetti link them with other islands (Venice, Murano, Burano) and with the peninsula of Cavallino-Treporti.

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