Padova Transportation

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    Bus connections to the province

    by Mikebond Updated Feb 8, 2009

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    Padova disposes of a wide bus network within the city. Many bus lines leave from the railway station: buses number 3, 12, 18, as well as the tram, take you to Saint Anthony's basilica and the city centre.
    Many suburban buses connect Padova to every village of its province and beyond. Here you can find the timetables.

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    Treno

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    The train station is convenient access to many short trips in the area. We took in into Venice, and well worth the comparison of driving into that city. The busses all drop you off right at the train station which is close to Erimitani. The problem is that train link comes from Bologna and can be very late due to delays along the line. We went two days to Venice and the trains were late 1/2 hour to 1 hour coming and going. Must have been some bad days? I ws told by locals get used to it, it happens all the time. The cars are clean but can get crowded also.
    The tickets need to get stamped both ways. We forgot to get a stamp leaving Venice one day. The cost was 50 Euro, and that was half price of the normal fine. Even though we showed the ticket was stamped for getting into Venice, proving we wer going out the same day, they wanted the money for the fine. BE aware.

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    Bus is Us

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    The buses are frequent and take you to all places in the city, and even connect to all the suburbs and even farther out for miles to satellite towns in the province. Servie is good and on time. the tickets are .75 Euro for a 1 hour time slot. Therefor, if you want to see sites, you need two, or more for the day. Purchases can be made at edicola, and tabbaci and other places, like information center?

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    SIRI rail

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    Literature on the SIRI

    It is a electric car that only goes form Prato delle Valle to the train station. They leave every 1/2 hour and only go down one line to get to the destination points. Price is the same as a bus, .75 Euro

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    By train

    by Mikebond Written Jun 3, 2008

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    Padova station

    It is very easy to get to Padova by train and the heavy traffic in the city centre is another reason why you should opt for the rail.
    All trains from Venezia to Milano (and further on, to Switzerland and France) and to the South of Italia (Roma, Napoli, Palermo, Bari...) stop at the Padova station, which is also served by many regional trains. You can find a connection between Padova and Venezia approximetely every 30 minutes. There are direct regional trains to Venezia, Vicenza, Verona, Bassano del Grappa, Rovigo (and further to Ferrara and Bologna), Belluno and the Dolomites.
    The interior areas of the station are being fully refurbished.
    When you go out of the station, there are many platforms where many bus line stop. There is an electronic panel telling you what buses are going to leave from the station and how long you have to wait.

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    Need a travel agent for Italy?

    by mapakettle Updated May 9, 2006

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    Ma and I spend a couple of days getting the run around regarding train tickets from Paris to London, because no one seemed to sell them, including Trenitalia. We were bounced from one agency to another until we finally heard about Viaggi Su Misura.

    The agency is located directly across from the recently constructed tribute to the 911 tragedy, (The Tower of Light), just moments from the statue of Garibaldi located near the Scrovegni Chapel. Easy access from the train station, simply walk out the main exit of the train station, locate Corso dei Popolo, walk about 10 minutes, and as you cross the bridge, and you'll see the Tower of Light on your right. The Travel agency is just across the street.

    Upon entering, we were immediately welcomed by Sabina Tognon, a striking look-a-like to our own VT member Katmosphere. Same curley red hair, same smile, the same easy going manner. She speaks ENGLISH, and has a great sense of humour. Both Ma Kettle and I felt very comfortable dealing with Sabina. She is knowledgeable, and will give her honest opinion without being pushy.

    She was a great find for us dumb Canucks. I'm so sorry we found her so late in our visit to Padova, but for those visiting Venice, and need further travel connections, she will be invaluable to you.

    Viaggi Su Misura
    Via Giotto, 5 - 1-35137 Padova

    ask for Sabina Tognon, tell her the Canadian couple from VT sent you (Maria and Dave). If she looks puzzled, tell her I was the hubby who kept taking photos and couldn't learn Italian. If she still looks doubtful, go elsewhere. LOL.

    For European Rail schedules, plus International Rail Service (including Canada), click on their website for comprehensive travel info, then go to ....Turismo ... then to ... Servizio treni. Great sites all on one page (in English).

    Be aware that they close Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and Sundays. Expect lunch hour closure, but are open until 7pm.

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    Buying bus tickets

    by mapakettle Updated Nov 21, 2005

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    This where you buy Sita Bus tickets
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    APS (Yellow bus)...

    There are two locations to buy bus tickets, one located 'within' the train station, and they sell tickets for APS, (a yellow bus), and these are Linee Extraurbane which simply means buses that travel to limited destinations outside the city limits. For places like Abano Terme and Torrelia, these appear to be more frequent than Sita, plus these buses depart from immediately in front of the train station.

    Sita (Blue bus)...

    This other location, is under the portico of the Padova Train station, outside of the actual building. They sell Sita Bus tickets, (a blue bus), and these buses travel to all points 'outside' of Padova. Some Sita buses stop at the train station, but only for certain destinations. Besides selling Sita Bus tickets, this is the baggage storage area, and you can also purchase kilometer train tickets here (a much quicker way to buy a train ticket to Venice)

    Prices are very similar between companies, for example APS charges 1.90 (one way) to Torreglia, Sita charges 1.95 (one way), however, if you buy directly from the bus driver, the ticket will cost 3.00 euro.

    Be aware that APS Bus tickets, and Sita Bus tickets are not interchangeable. These are two completely different companies. You must be aware which company goes where, and be sure of the schedules...not an easy feat. Do not rely upon the knowledge of the clerk selling you tickets. They are not very knowledgeable, and often are wrong.

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    TAXI

    by BerniShand Written Oct 21, 2005

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    If you arrive in Padova by bus and you are unsure how to get to your accommodation you may do as we did and decide to take a taxi

    there is a taxi rank at the bus station [Piazzle Boschetti] we were delighted to see there was a taxi in it, but there was no driver, and you cannot hail taxis in the street here
    we hovered hopefully waiting for him to finish whatever he was doing but no one appeared, so we went and bought a map and puzzled over it for a while, the owner of the kiosk gave us a telephone number for a taxi firn, and I rang and asked in my halting Italian for one to take us to the Al Cason,
    I understood a taxi was being sent to pick us up, but I had a problem with when - was that two minutes, or twelve minutes before it would arrive ? I could not ask, the lady had rung off with a busy caio ! Padova is not a large city, surely it will be two minutes

    ok so five minutes pass and we decide it must have been twelve minutes

    after fifteen minutes we worry it is not coming, but at exactly twenty minutes it arrives [note to self; learn the number translations more thoroughly

    next time we will follow Pakettles suggestion, go into a bar for a much needed drink, and ask the barman to call us a taxi
    the number for taxis in Padova is below

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    Sky Service...airport limo

    by mapakettle Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    Sky Service is a very convenient method of transport from the airport to your hotel. When arriving at the Venice airport for example, the driver of the van will hold a white sign with a prearranged name written on it, and will stand just outside the luggage pick-up area.

    A great service because it takes you directly from the airport, to your hotel entrance. Very little handling of luggage, no dragging suitcases on and off station platforms or running to catch a train or bus, and then trying to find your hotel once you arrive in Padova.

    Cost for two people from Venice to Padova, is 43 euro. Door to door. Pre-book your pickup, and Visa cards are accepted as well as cash. Suggest you confirm the trip cost with the driver prior to boarding the van, if for no other reason except to ease your mind.

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    Line up for a taxi....

    by mapakettle Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    I know, I know, this taxi is from Verona !!

    Don't try to wave down a taxi in Padova, they won't stop. Taxis are dispatched by radio, and you are given a pick up time, and to their credit, they are accurate within a couple of minutes (strange as it seems).

    Upon arrival at Padova train station, line up outside at the designated pick-up, immediately in front of the main doors. Taxis drop off their fares at one end, and drive forward to where you are standing. Don't bother walking back to where the drop off area is, it won't help, plus you will get yelled at. We've seen it happen, and it warmed our hearts. Depending upon how busy they are, (as is natural of course), the system is orderly, efficient, and fairly quick.

    ORDERING BY PHONE
    When you order a taxi by phone, you first get a recording (in Italian), telling you to stay on the line, after a minute or two, a dispatcher (real person) comes on, says "Radio Taxi", and you have to be ready to give your pick-up point or address. Immediately you will be told how long before the taxi will arrive, and the car number, which is located above the front fender. It throws you at first, if you don't realize that your first contact is with a recorded message. Just stay on the line....

    Taxis are exceptionally clean, and drivers courteous and helpful. Taxis are white in colour, come in all sizes, wagons, vans, cars, with the occasional Mercedes thrown in. Quite a treat. The drivers normally own their own cars.

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    City Buses...great way to sight see

    by mapakettle Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    This is the #13 bus we take every day .
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    Grab a city bus map from the train station, buy a few bus tickets either at the station or from a tobacco shop (book of 12 cost 12.00 euro) or purchase from the red box on board for 1.50. Caution, not all buses have ticket dispensers. Drivers don't sell tickets or carry cash.

    Buses don't necessarily stop at every bus stop, so stick your arm out, rather like pointing, when you see your bus approaching. You can board either at the front or at the rear. The middle doors are for exiting only. Take note before boarding of the route number of your bus (above windshield, and on the side)

    Validate your ticket in the yellow/orange box found near front and rear doors by inserting the ticket in the slot. The machine will stamp your ticket with the current date and time. In Padova, the ticket is valid for 75 minutes, and you can get on and off at will.

    Find your route number indicated on the map and follow with your finger so you'll have an idea where you are. When you see an interesting neighborhood, ring the bell beside each seat(orange, white, black, or red) and the sign above the middle exit door will flash. (if you don't hear the bell, look to see if the sign is flashing anyway, another person may already have depressed the button for their stop). Get off and explore.

    You will find great restaurants, shopping, and wonderful people this way, because you're away from the tourist areas. Food is cheaper, as it is intended for local consumption. Be adventurous, you won't get lost, and if all else fails, simply cross the street and catch a bus returning the way you came, just watch for the route number.

    To check for arrival times, look at the metal sign overhead to find your location, then find your location and arrival time on the printed schedule at the stop. Note the number in the little box, bottom right corner, and add that to the arrival time as indicated....that will give you a very close approximation. Buses are usually on time.

    We have found most bus drivers to be very helpful.

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    TRAINS

    by BerniShand Written Sep 17, 2005

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    it will be here soon

    Padova is a great place to stay if you are visiting Venice
    its only 30 maximum by train to Santa Lucia station on the Grand Canal, and a daily return ticket costs only 5 euro, but beware DONT do as we did once and get on the Eurostar train !!! we had to pay an extra 8 euros one way, look at the departure boards in the station, if there is a red sign next to the destination this means it is the Eurostar train, instead wait for the local one, they leave every 30 minutes or so

    as with all train journeys in Italy always validate your ticket in the yellow machines BEFORE you board the train

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    TAKE A BUS TOUR

    by BerniShand Written Sep 15, 2005

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    if you dont have long in Padova, if you would like an overview of the city, or if like me you have sore feet then a tour on the open topped bus is nice to do on a sunny day
    you can get off and see the sights and catch a later bus, or just sit and relax for 50 minutes as your bus winds its way through Padovas lovely buildings

    there is a commentary [earphones are provided] in 7 languages which was a little confusing at times for us, but would have been clearer if we had picked up a leaflet before jumping on the bus

    save your ticket as you will get a 10% discount on your next city sightseeing tour in many other cities around the world

    Padova tours start from Basilica del Santo at 9.50am and run throughout the day with a break for lunch, check the website for more details
    our tour cost 7euro each

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    Beware of seat cushions on public transport

    by mapakettle Updated Feb 18, 2005

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    Ma Kettle and I use public transport a lot, which includes local bus service, Trains, and Sita Bus services which travel from town to town.

    For the most part, these modes of transportation are great throughout Italy. However today, I sat on a seat cushion on which some unfortunate soul had had an accident, and I ended up with a very powerful smell of urine on my jeans.

    I'm hoping it occurred on the final leg of my journey...

    Never again will I travel without a plastic bag which I will lay upon the cushion prior to sitting. This was the first time this has ever happened to me, but I shudder to think if it had happened on the start of a three or four day trek.

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    My favourite cars...

    by mapakettle Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Smart car on left, Fiat 500 on right

    I have no need of a vehicle in Padova. Bus service is great, and my legs are even better. No need to pay for parking, no more Visa bills, no disappointment when the garage hasn't finished the oil change.

    BUT, if I were to buy a car, I think either of the cars in the picture would be nifty...The Black and silver one is called a Smart Car, made by Mercedes, the Yellow one is an older version of a Fiat 500. These things sound like a sewing machine, but zip around just as easily.

    Parking is a snap, so often, rather than parallel park, the driver goes nose first, and parks sideways. They are no longer than the width of a conventional vehicle.

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