There has been talk of building a metro in Venice for about 50 years. Things seem to be very much on the long finger at the moment. The proposed single line (and I do mean single as it would have passing places for trains on a single track) would stretch from the Airport to Murano and onto st mark's and the lido.
It may in time get built, but i wouldn't hold your breath.
I personally think a much better solution would be to run the line from the airport via Mestre, over the causeway and then down under the mud onto St. Mark's. That way you could close most of Saint Lucia railway station, transferring most of the causeway rail passengers onto the subway line. The re-development of the station would pay for most of the subway !
A stroke of genuis, I know. Doubt anybody will take any notice.
i've since learnt that a tram network is being built around Mestre (the city opp venice on the mainland). It will run over the causeway, but it will not connect to the airport. With the new 'funicular type' tram aiding transport from the parking lots of of Troncetto to Pizzale Roma and the new bridge over to the station, it looks as if this area of Venice will become a massive transport interchange. If only they can figure out how to use the 'New canal' for it's original purpose of providing a short cut to St Mark's, then we may actually end up with some real benefits.
I don't know where I culled this mock-up of the St mark's stop is, but thanks to them anyway.
Alternatively, re-vamping the Vaporreto netwark would be a much better use of EU re-structuring funds.
Venice is walkable and not so big so you can walk all over Venice without using any boat which is the second and last option because there are no buses/cars in Venice. Although most sights can be accessed on foot the vaporettos (flat decked boats) will help you save some energy some times and they will give you some nice views from the canals, especially the big canal. I noticed also some “motoscafo” and some double-decked ships that make some more routes into the lagoon.
The single ticket for the vaporetto is € 6,50! I know it’s expensive but it’s worth to take it at least one time to go down the big canal and enjoy the architecture (you cant do this on foot on the big canal). You can take it from the train station to San Marco and then you can return on foot. If you plan to use it more than once then its better to take a travel card that will save you a lot of money. We took a 24h card for 18 euros and used it many times and the day after we did everything on foot. There are also cards for 12hours (€ 16,00), 36hours (€ 23,00), 48hours (€ 28,00), 72hours (€ 33,00), 7 days travelcard (€ 50,00) and also the Venice Card that includes a lot of museums but make a plan if you are really going to visit so many because otherwise its not worth it (€ 73,00 for 3 days!).
Take a map and plan a bit your itinerary so to take full advantage of the card. There are six different districts(San Marco, Castello, Santa Croce/San Polo/Dorsoduro/Cannaregio), half day for each of them will be ideal if you have three days. Have in mind that it will take you about an hour by vaporetto from Piazzale Roma to San Marco so you cant go up and down all the time unless you want to spend all day inside the vaporetto. The other problem is that it’s always packed with people so catching a good seat outside (you want to take photos, don’t you?) is difficult, some times its difficult even to get inside! Some main stops have 2 stations one next to the other going to different direction check/ask before you get on board.
Line. No.1 goes from Piazzale Roma to Lido with 20 stops along the way of the big canal (in a zig zag route so to cover both sides of the canal).
Line No.2 is faster with less stops.
I’ve read here on VT that they never seen inspectors but we’ve been asked for our ticket twice the same day so always validate your ticket before boarding the boat ar the yellow machines.
One other option is to use a water taxi. They are way to faster and comfortable (you will be alone) but you need a lot of money (about €100 from the airport)
Somebody gave us this tip which came very handy and I am just passing it on, whenever you take a ferry ticket do check the change. More often than not you will find that they have given you lesser than actual.
If driving in Italy with Venice a destination, first-timers in particular should avoid the ugliness of Mestre and the hassle of parking and taking a vaporetto to the Plaza. Instead, if time is not a consideration, take a leisurely drive through very pleasant country and head for Punta Subbiano where there is a car-park and then take a ferry that will enable you to enter the lagoon and view Venice as it should be.
The train tracks come to the island of Venice from the mainland train station Venezia Mestre across a brick-and-stone causeway named the Ponte della Libertá, or "Bridge of Liberty," which crosses the Venetian Lagoon (photo 2). When we left the ship, we walked to our hotel over a bridge that went across the railroad tracks. After the tracks went across the bridge and under the bridge (photo 3), they ended in the station which is right on the Grand Canal. The station stands out because it is a modern structure in a city of ancient buildings. The station's façade is decorated with the logo of the FS, or Ferrovie dello Stato, a.k.a. Italian State Railways. There is a water bus stop (photo 5 Ferrovia which means Railroad Station) next to the station
The buses (after they crossed to the island on a road bridge) ended up by our hotel and the water bus stop for Route #1 at the end of the Grand Canal (photo 4). As we walked to our hotel, we passed a huge parking garage, which is where you have to park your car if you come to Venice with your own wheels.
Mestre is a small town, near to Venice, with a railway station in the middle of it.
We came from Lignano, by bus, and we involuntary get off in Mestre, not in Venice.
The station in Mestre is modern and good furnished.
You can drive to Venice by train or by bus, over the Liberty Bridge.
The bus station is situated directly in the front of the train station.
We came accidentally here, but we were happy about, because we found another place, where we can park our car, or we find a good hotel at a low price.
The transport to Venice is without difficulty and you can save a lot of money by parking and slipping.
Piazzale Pietro Favretti 1, Venezia 30171
The only public means of transportation in the city center are via water taxis on the canals. The vaporetti and passenger -bearing speedboats can traverse only on the largest canals including the Grand Canal. Boats and gonodolas though, can insinuate themselves into the narrowest waterwyas and are advised for those who want to preserve a particularly romatic memory of the city. The gondolas are rather smelly...due to the smelly (in places) canals.
Water taxis are very efficient.
Unless you are travelling by train, in which case Trenitalia will deposit you on the bank of the canal Grande at S. Lucia terminus, it is best to consider alternatives to driving across the causeway from Metre and using the multi-storey car park at Piazzale Roma (and probably paying through the nose to do so).
From the south - by car or train to Chioggia, then the ACTV Linea Mista to Lido (motorship - bus - car ferry - bus) and thence into the city by vaporetto.
From elsewhere - consult a local large scale map and the Trenitalia website, select some village station on a line which has a frequent train service (most do nowadays), and leave the car there; travel in by train. In fact this is sound advice to follow when touring by car and wanting to visit any large town or city. Cheaper, relaxing, and far more fun.
Feed 'ACTV' into Google to obtain the website of the municipal public transport operator in Venezia and the surrounding district.
Your best bet is a 24-hour ticket, valid on vaporetto, motorship and bus services, lincluding the Linea Mista to Chioggia. A guided bus network is being developed in Mestre (tyred buses guided by a single rail).
We bought an ACTV Tourist Pass for 31 E. This pass allowed us to go on the local transit, the boat "buses" as many times as we wanted to in 72 hours. We were even able to use it to go to the nearby Islands of Burano and Murano. Just make sure to validate it the first time you use it by getting it stamped in the machines near the boat stops. We bought our pass as the Treviso airport but they are available at many other places as well. Interestingly, while riding the transit we were only asked once to show our ticket and that was on our way to the Island of Murano. We received a map of the transit route when we bought our tickets. Instead of going on an expensive gondola ride we road on the transit boat from one end of the Grand Canal to the other. It was just fabulous. For an off the beaten track adventure get off at Giardini stop and stroll the nearby park/gardens and surrounding residential area; a real treat and a nice break from bustling downtown Venice.
Venice is an extremely walkable city, and sure, you can walk it from the bus and train stations, no problem. But if this is your first visit to Venice and you're arriving by air, it would be an absolute shame to take the bus to Piazzale Roma, which is Venice at it's worst.
Venice is a magical place, and should always be approached--particularly the first time--by water, as hundreds of generations have in the past. By all means, take the Blue Line boat, or if you have the means and the whim, take a private water taxi (+/- 80 Euros). You'll be arriving late in the day, but even so, to come into the Grand Canal, with all the lights of Venice reflecting in the water, the salt air brushing your faces, the excitement and expectation of the place stinging at your cheeks...you really should not trade that for the drudgery of a bus into Piazzale Roma. Venice is a chance to live. Live.
Yes they need to get off at Mestre to meet you at your hotel in Mestre.
Since you are a large group you could possibly ask the hotel desk to arrange you a transfer to the ship. You should not pay more than 10 to 15 per person and the convience would be worth it.
Other wise take the bus to Piazza Roma. If you take the train into Venice you will have a 10-15 min walk over to Piazza Roma, that crosses the bridge just to left of the station.
I hope this helps
The best way to arrive in Venice is by train at the Santa Lucia Train Station on the northwestern edge of the city. The bus terminal and parking garages are nearby but across the Grand Canal in Piazzale Roma. Venice has a small airport, the Marco Polo airport. From the airport you can take a bus or boat. There are also ferries to and from Greece and Dubrovnik.
The main public transport in Venice are the vaporetti, boats that ply the principal waterways. The #1 goes along the Grand Canal from the train station and makes many stops, so its a good way to cruise the main canal and get a good overview of the city. There are also more expensive water taxis and gondolas.
ATVO Fly Bus - The Fly bus will take you to Venice (Piazzale Roma). The price at the time of writing was 3 Euros (timetable)--A bus is also available to Mestre.
City Bus number 5 takes you to Venice, number 15 to Mestre. An inexpensive option, but you probably don't want to use it when you have a lot of luggage. Like most local busses in Italy, buy a ticket at a tabacchi (tobacco store) or newsstand. There is one at the airport.
Alilaguna offers many connections via boat between Venice and the Airport for 6 to 15 Euros. You'll need to take the free shuttle to the landing.
A great way to get to know Venice is by taking one of the many boat tours offered. The hotel you stay at can hook you up or if you buy a packaged tour they will probably include one. This is a great way to get an introduction to Venice. You get to see the beautiful colors, people, customs, transportation, etc. Here are a few pictures from our boat cruise.
Yes, one must travel via water, if you don't want to walk up and down bridges to get around in Venice. Walking is the most used mode of transportation, but not the most romantic. I'm not talking about the vaporettas that are the true bus of Venice but the odd shaped, much ignored gondola. In fact, if you stay at a four star rated or more hotel, it must have it's own gondola dock to be worthy of the four stars.
The canals of Venice weave in and out of the magnificent buildings that make up the city and gliding under one of the hundreds of bridges is a better means of getting someplace than to walk up and down the bridges and through the crowded walkways (streets) to get to the other side of the city. To approach the Rialto Bridge via the Grand Canal on a gondola, is a highlight of a trip to Venice. As you arrive under the bridge you want to break out in song and many of the gondoliera do. Something to do with the shower effect (echo). You do let out a sigh of pleasure as you pass under the bridges, for it is very romantic to lay back on a pillow and gaze up at the colorful structures and enchanting bridges with the sound of water so close to your ears that it lulls you into a dreamscape, but no, you are awake and enjoying Venice and her charm. That is what makes it one of the most romantic places on earth.
The only downside is the cost of taking a ride on a gondola. Too bad, because it is one of the most relaxing, romatic, fun, interesting things to do while in Venice, and I am sure more tourists would take one if the cost wasn't so high. If you can ride in a gondola, please do. It will be a highlight and one I trust that is filled with pleasant memories for the rest of your life.
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