Just found this summary and thought that it may help you.
Port pier to airport = 10 miles = 20 minute car drive = 40-50 Euros one way
city centre to airport = 10-12 miles = 50 minutes water taxi = 90 -100 Euros one way
(source Princess cruises 2011)
For me, it's water taxi ---but I've started saving already!
If you're trying to get into Venice from the cruise terminal/port then an easy way is to use the newish People Mover, a monorail system which links Tronchetto to Piazzale Roma via the port.
It's quick and cheap: about a minute and a Euro one way.
Also, it operates between 07:00 and 23:00. The trains are every 8 minutes.
I understand that people with walking difficulties/wheelchair users are fine with this system.
I have mentioned in a previous tip that on this trip we stayed in Venice before and after our Eastern Mediterranean cruise. One exceptional feature of the cruise was that after boarding the ship, it remained in port that night so that we had at least another 8 hours to spend exploring Venice the next day.
We intended to go back to Piazza San Marco by way of The People Mover to Piazzale Roma and then walking from there. However, at the port we saw the station for the Alilaguna Boats and a short line of people. These boats were incredibly comfortable with sufficient seating for everyone. Most seats were in the enclosed area of the boat but there were about 5-6 seats aft that were open-air. The boats travel between Stazione Marittima and San Marco every 20 minutes which is very convenient.
Soon we were off to the Piazza San Marco along the Canale della Guidecca. It was such a pleasant ride that we were able to appreciate wonderful views of the Doroduro, the Fondemente delle Zattere, Guidecca and the Santa Maria della Salute from an excellent waterside perspective.
I decidedly preferred the Alilaguna boats to the Vaporetti which were overcrowded, uncomfortable and excruciatingly slow. What's more, the price of 6,50 Euros is the same as the Vaporetti which with the unfavorable US Dollar exchange rate of May, 2011, made a ride on either of these conveyances the equivalent of US $10.08----incredibly expensive for the vaporetto, in my opinion!! However the same price for the Alilaguna boat did not bother me quite as much because the ride seemed like more of an experience rather than merely transportation.
The Alilaguna boats do not transit the Grand Canal to my knowledge and as such this transportation is best suited to passengers at the Port of Venice who wish to travel between the port and the Piazza San Marco!!!
An alternative would be to take the People Mover from the Port of Venice to the Piazzale Roma, then take a vaporetto to your selected destination, or for those who are able, to walk from the Piazzale Roma to your selected destination.
When I first heard of "The People Mover," I thought it was a sort of moving walkway such as you find in lots of airports. In reality, the People Mover is actually dual monorails which take cruise ship passengers from the Piazzale Roma closer to the gate of the Port of Venice known locally as the Bachino Stazione Marittima; however, the "Mover" goes as far as "Tronchetto" where people from the mainland park their cars when coming into the city or before taking the Lido ferry.
The People Mover Station is located at the end of the same building in which the ATVO Terminal Office is located. Crossing the street to reach it can be challenging. Entering the ground floor of the station, you purchase your ticket (biglietto) from a ticket machine (1 Euro = 2011 price) and ascend by escalator to the 2nd level where the two monorails track platforms are. Boarding alternates from track to track or side to side as one of the monorails comes into the station.
Note: Once you leave "The People Mover," don't expect to find yourself at the cruise ship terminal. You must walk (with luggage of course) from there to the port gate and from there to the appropriate terminal building of your cruise ship line. This may be a longer walk than you might wish, but if you have not purchased transfers from your cruise line and are coming directly from Piazzale Roma following your arrival from the airport by bus or your stay in town, "The People Mover" is your best choice. AND, the distance between the Piazzale Roma and the Port of Venice IS NOT really walkable.
Venice is easy to get around, there are no cars or trains in the historic city center. Most sights are easily accessible on foot, though.
Far distances can be covered with the very popular vaporetto (little vapor). The name dates from when the boats were run by steam.
There are three types of boat:
the "vaporetto," a flat-decked boat used on routes inside the city;
the "motoscafo" used for routes into the Lagoon. It is smaller and able to pass under low bridges and in narrow canals;
the "motonave" is large double-decked ship used for commuter service to the Lido.
Line No.1 zigzags between 20 stations on its way from the Piazzale Roma to the Lido;
the No.2 express line, formerly numbered 82, runs from San Zaccaria (above the Piazza San Marco) through the Giudecca Canal to the Piazzale Roma, and the railway station.
No.3 line for Venice residents and for those in possession of a CartaVenezia or Tessera di Abbonamento only. Depart every 20 minutes from Piazzale Roma, covers the same stops as Line 1, and end at San Marco.
If you have any questions about the vaporetto, lines, tickets, and ACTV during your visit, you can call HelloVenezia at +39 041 2424.
At the front of every stops there is a counter, where you can purchase your ticket.
A single ticket is quite expensive: it costs € 6.50. Be sure to validate your ticket before boarding the boat. Simply insert it in the yellow ticket machine which stamps your ticket automatically.
It is more better if you might want to buy a 24-hour ticket ("biglietto ventiquattro ore") for € 12.00 right away. It gives you access to Venice for a whole day. If you board at a stop that doesn't have a ticket office, after boarding immediately ask for a biglietto. Otherwise, you could be fined heavily for traveling without a ticket.
Another but more expensive option is the Venice Card, which is available in 3 or 7 days version (€70.00 and €90.00 )includes benefits such as admission to city-owned museums and free use of public toilets.
Warning: Private water taxis are expensive. You need a mortgage to afford them, if you make it a habit. The fare from Marco Polo Airport to a hotel in central location may reach €100; a trip within the historic center costs €30 at least. Water taxis run under the collective name of "motoscafi" (not ACTV motoscafo!!)
We loved the Vaporettos! A single ride is 6 Euros. We got a 48 hour tourist card for 25 euros each because we were staying on the Lido for 2 days and had no other way to get to our hotel.
The Vaporetto #1 is a slow boat and if you can find one that is somewhat empty in the front or back, a great place to take photos of the Grand Canal.
If you feel like splashing out and arriving in style, then how about a limousine to Piazzale Roma with a water taxi to your hotel(down the Grand Canal)combined. We did this on our last visit to Venice and we will do it again. It has its practical sides in as much that you dont end up dragging your luggage behind you.
You are met at Marco Polo Airport and escorted to a waiting limousine. After arrival at Piazzale Roma, your combined service water taxi takes over.
The service is operated by a Company called Venice Guide and Boat and they do have their own website.
If you are heading to Murano. The easiest way to getting there is catching the actv water bus. A return ticket cost 6 euros.
You may catch water bus number 41 or 42. To cut down on the number of stops,You may walk to the stop (F. Nove) on the north side of Venice. From there it is only a couple stops. There are also stops all through out Venice. The closes stop to San Marco Sq. is (S. Zaccaria). Buses run about every half hour and give you some great views of the islands.
Vaporetto is the way of travelling in Venice.
Take the 82 to go to Piazza de San Marco from the railway station. When you exit the station there should be a vaporetto 82 stop to your right.
It is expensive when compared to other cities buses and can be confusing in the beginning.
The number 1 and 82 line take you through the Grand Canal within the interior of Venice. The number 1 runs throughout the year while the number 82 runs only during high season. The number 1 is slower because it has more stops than the 82. The number 41 and 42 are useful because they take you all over the place: to Murano island and several stops on the exterior of Venice and a few spots on the island of Giudecca right across from Venice. These are the four lines I used during my 3 day stay in Venice. One morning I woke up before 6am and walked to the Fondamenta Nuove stop (it took about 15 minutes for me to walk there), took the 41 or 42 line and went around the whole island, got off at the Ferrovia stop and started walking towards the I Friari church. It was great! Barely anyone on the vaporetto, blue sunny morning sky, tranquil atmosphere, plenty of opportunities to take nice pictures.
We love the trains!! They are truly the way to travel in Italy. Venice is easily reachable from everywhere, and there are direct connections to and from Milan, Rome and other popular Italian destinations. If you plan your itinerary carefully, you will never spend more than three to four hours on a train.
For ideas on an Italian travel itinerary, visit my Italy page at the following web site:
ACTV Vaporetto -- The best way to travel around Venice, besides your feet, is on the vaporetto. You can buy a multiple trip pass at the same ticket counter at Marco Polo as you get the water bus ticket. A one-week ticket is 30.99 Euro and well worth the money.
I've used the left luggage (DEPOSITO BAGAGLI) service here twice. Both times I'd checked out of my hotel, then left my bags here, so I could spend my last few hours exploring Venice unhindered, retrieving my bags before catching the bus back to Marco Polo airport. (There is a left luggage office at Piazzale Roma, which I think is opposite the ACTV ticket office, I'm afraid that I don't know the opening times or tariffs - also at the Maritime station and Marco Polo airport)
THe left luggage office is located on Platform 1 (just past the toilets).
On entering the station, head forward to the platforms then Platform 1 is the furthest Right.
06.00- 23.50 hours
For each item of luggage it is 4 Euros for the first 5 hours
then, 6-12 hours........ 0.60 cents per hour
13 hours plus..... 0.20 cents per hour
This visit I had to show ID-(my passport), which was photo-copied and handed back. I was given a ticket, to reclaim my case.
You hand your case over to the staff - some are friendlier than others! and it is stored on shelving racks in the room behind the counter.
I visited Venice, like every year, last year with my parents, my husband AND my new baby girl, Sienna, who was one year at the time. We had her in a stroller, as you would normally do, in any other places but in Venice, there are stairs everywhere, and no ramps. So my dad and my husband had to carry her up over and over again. It was a drag...So if your baby still fits in a carrier you can attach around your shoulders, I would highly recommend that you do that instead.
I purchased the 72 hour ACTV pass right away at the MARCO POLO airport which gave me access to the bus from the airport to mestre railway station and then later to our hotel. This pass gives you full access to all the water busses - Vaporettos, which otherwise cost 5 euro for a single trip. A 72 hour pass costs 25 Euros and is well worth it and will save you a lot of cash. We also travelled to Murano and Burano on the vaporettos, which was included. This would be the first expense that I would consider when travelling to Venice. The public transport service which includes the buses and all other water transport service could be considered as EXCELLENT.
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