Of course you definitely can travel from Venice to Zermatt. From Venice,you can catch a train to Milan with connections to Brigg (chances are the trains final destination will be Zurich). It is about a 4 hour train ride from Milan to Brigg where you can catch connections to Zermatt. All in all, depending upon which trains you catch travel time can vary from 3 hr 48 mins. to almost 5 hours (ugh!). I suggest choosing connections with the following trains types; Euro- City (EC), Inter-City (IC) or Regional Express (R) trains. Avoid journeys with Inter-Regio(IR)train connections as they are nothing but milk trains. Trains from Milan to Brigg with connections to Zermatt leave Milano Centrale (Main train station in Milan) about every 1hr, 20 mins. For prices and schedules, please visit the Schweizerische Bundesbahn (SBB - Swiss Federal Railways) website at www.SBB.ch. They have also the language option in English (at the top portion). If however you intend to do a lot of train travelling, contact your local travel agent and ask them about the Eurail pass (or google it). This special prices tickets are generally only available outsife of Europe to non- European citizens. The best bargain fares for using the European Rail Network (inclusive of the high speed trains). I hope this helped. Wishing you luck and success in your planning. Welcome to Europe and to Switzerland.
The Major Northern Italy train line runs right through the Veneto plain, conveniently connecting Venice, Padova, Vicenza and Verona. This is the Main line, and the rail network also has some smaller lines shooting off from this cities. From Padova you can connect to all train that head south (Toscana, Rome etc.). Past Verona you can continue to Milano, Torino etc.
It is quite convenient to use the rail system. After purchasing you're ticket (biglietto) from the ticket office (biglietto) make sure you stamp your ticket at one of the little orange/yellow boxes BEFORE you board the train.
For Venice, the only train station on the Island is Santa Lucia, near the end of the Granda canal; it's right by the "Ferovia" boat stop if you're doing the Venice public boat system. If arriving in Venice by train, do not get off at the "Venezia Mestre" stop; this is the last stop on the mainland, and not really Venice. You'll know when to get off at Venice becasue it is the last stop, everynoe else will be getting off, and it is after you go over the long stretch of water hading out to the Lagoon.
In Venezia / Venice there are almost nowhere any streets, where the goods of everyday-life can be delivered like in any ordinary town. Everything has to be transported by ship to the closest pier and then carried with small wagons to the shops, hotels etc.
And for THAT reason, everything is a bit more expensive in Venice than in the rest of the Italy.Take a look at my 1st photo: a ship is taking fresh linen to a hotel.
There is a lot of trafic on Canale grande :
VAPORETTO is the name of the small ships that carry about 200 passengers and go on regular service like buses or trams in other places
GONDOLA thats for tourists only and quite expensive
PASSENGER-FERRIES they look like gondolas and take people over the Canale Grande at special places without a bridge, they are quite cheap and thats a good way to enjoy a ride in such a gondola without paying too much money
MERCHANT-BOATS, POLICE-BOATS, even the firebrigade and the ambulance is coming by boat...
This is an excellent link to Vaporetto-lines in Venice :
When Cruising to or from Venice
you should know that it is best to take the TRAIN to or from the station "Venezia Santa Luzia" that is not more than maybe 500 meters from the place where your ship will be docked. The sidewalks of the distance from the train to the ship are not really very comfortable, it is a mixture of cobbled stones, broken asphalt and potholes, but good shippinglines will offer a transport for you anyway !
By car to the cruise-ship???
Yes,in principle that is possible, BUT not a lot of fun and parking of your car there will be hard and some parts of the port-area might also be closed for cartrafic.
Piazzale Roma is the place you have to drive first and from there it is just some hundreds of meters to your ship and there will be guards at the entrance of the port any they will decide if they let you in or not.
You want to park your car in Venice while you cruise?
yes thats possible, there are large car-parkinghouses directely at Piazzale Roma, BUT it makes sense to reserve a place there or at least come some time before your ship is leaving.
www.garagesanmarco.it - 30 Euros a day
www.venicepark.it - 35-40 Euros a day
The cheapest carpark is at the airport: http://www.marcopolo2002.com/
5 euros for cars daily and only 30 euros per week
Campers pay daily 25 euros
There are regular buses and boats from the Marco-Polo-airport to Piazzale Roma & the train station Santa Luzia:
Venice is a city totally without cartrafic ! The only way to go there by car is to Piazzale Roma and you have to park your car there in an expensive parking-house and the daily fee for that is quite high. Be prepared that you will hardly ever find any place close to Venezia that has free parking + good connection to Venice ! Daily parkingfees are about 20 euros a day and more !
Giving back a rental-car in Venice ?? Thats not a good idea eighter, because in Europe one-way-rentals are extra expensive !
But Italy has an efficient TRAIN-system!
and the train takes you directely to the station "Venezia Santa Luzia" that is next to Piazzale Roma. There you find a tourist-information organizing a hotel for you and you can take the vaporetto (=waterbus) to your hotel. This station is at the end of Canale Grande.
Venezia-Mestre is on the mainland, in a distance of some km from the old part of Venice. Hotels are cheaper there and you will find lots of trains going to and fro, but staying in the real town of Venezia is a lot better and you dont have to catch the last train that will be shortly after midnight !
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