We got to Venice in the end of our bus-tour around Italy on the way from Ravenna to Vienna.
We stayed for a night in Mestre which is a continental part of Venice. Early in the morning we went to Venice by our bus.
How to get to Venice by bus or car: The Ponte della Libertà bridge connects the mainland to Venice, arriving at Piazzale Roma, the only car accessible area of the city. There are several car parks (indoor and outdoor) in Piazzale Roma that vary according to its fees. Cars can also be parked at the Tronchetto Car Park, turning right immediately at the end of the Ponte della Libertà bridge, just before Piazzale Roma. You can reach the city center from both Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Car Park by vaporetto (water buses), water taxi, or walking.
How to get to Venice by plane: You can reach Venice from the Marco Polo Airport by water taxi, by AliLaguna motor boat (Linea Blu), or by bus (ACTV number 5 or ATVO Air Terminal Shuttle, both to Piazzale Roma).
How to get to Venice by train: The Santa Lucia Railway Station is located at the beginning of the Grand Canal in Santa Croce. You can reach the city center by taking the vaporetto from one of the decks opposite to the station, water taxi, or walking.
Oebb is selling a bus train combination from Vienna and Salzburg to Venice, change to bus in Villach, for 29 Euro. Bus from Klagenfurt and Villach 19 Euro.
Online booking, limited seats, if you go from Venice to Austria there is no validation needed.
Oebb is seling also traintickets for 29 Euro from Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Verona, you must get a validation with these, easy on trains with a sleeping car there is a Oeb conductor you get it from him first after that you go to your seat or bed.
In Venice the bus arrives now at Tronchetto (a bit unconvenient) but it has also a stop at Mestre Viale Stazione opposit the train station (Bar Adriatico and Aliante Viaggi are there)
If your looking at getting from the Iberia Coast of Croatia to Venice consider catching one of the daily bus services run by Fils. Prices where very cheap and services took about 5 hours, only a few hours longer then a boat when available.
Services depart daily from 5.30am from Pula and 5.30pm from Venice.
The Venice bus terminal is at the Piazzale Roma next to the Grand Canal. Located here are also taxi stands and two big car parks.
The bus station is just a short walk from Santa Lucia train station.
- Walk along the Grand Canal to the church with the green roof (400 metres).
- Cross the Grand Canal on the Scalzi Bridge.
- On your left (100 metres) is Santa Lucia Station.
If you don't want to walk, the Piazzale Roma has a boat stop for water buses (Valporetto). It is just one stop to Santa Lucia Station.
Two bus companies have bus services to the airports of Venice. Tickets can be bought in the offices at Piazzale Roma.
Sleeping outside Venice cost much less then in the city area, especially if you book hotel in Mestre or nearby places. On the other hand, prices for public transportation to and from Venice, plus vaporetto, might not compense the difference you spared. This is what you have to calculate.
However, if you travel to Venice with your own car it is to be considered as a good option. Parking in area of Piazzale Roma, where the two huge garages are situated, might be your Venice nightmare. In the high season or during the holidays, you might wait couple of hours for a free place in garage. Besides, no metter of parking time, you have to pay 25 euros which is fee for 24 hours.