Trains, buses and trams from Mestre to Venice, water buses and water taxis (taxi boats). (2022)


There are several ways to get to Venice from the mainland: By train, tram, ship or car.

On the island of Venice itself, however, there are only two means of transport: on foot or by boat.

This page gives an overview of the different means of transport to the island of Venice and the ferries on the island. This article ist about walking in Venice.

Our tip: Buy tickets for the airport bus beforehand

Buying an online-ticket for the Airport Shuttle Bus has advantages. You do not have to look for the ticket-counter, you have no problems with the foreign language and you do not have to wait in long queues. We always buy the tickets for the airport bus at home on the Internet before the trip. This online-tickets cost just as much as at the ticket-counter in the airport (8 euros one way, 15 euros return in the year 2019). With an online tickets you are not bound to a certain bus, the tickets can be canceled up to one day before the journey free of charge. Express Buses to Venice and Mestre run several times an hour during the day. In Venice these buses to and from the airport are called "Airport Shuttle Buses".

>>>>>> On this link you get more information and you can buy the tickets

How to get to Venice by train

The main station of Venice is called "Santa Lucia". It is a large terminus with 14 tracks in the station, plus a few outside the building. There's always a lot going on at Santa Lucia Central Station. Only a few visitors and locals come to the island by car, as there are almost no roads and only expensive parking spaces in Venice. Every few minutes trains run over a three-kilometre bridge between the mainland (Mestre) and Venice. Despite the very frequent departures, trains are often overcrowded at peak times and in the high season.

Reserve a parking space: Parking spaces are rare in Venice, multi-storey car parks are often full. It is therefore advisable to reserve your parking space. On this website you can book parking spaces in Venice (including the big car parks in the Old Town of Venice, in Meste and at the airport).

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The bus station and tram stop (Piazzale Roma) is about 150 metres from the main station. It is connected to the station by a new pedestrian bridge. From the railway station of Santa Lucia you can reach the important sights of Venice in 15 to 45 minutes on foot (see: Venice on foot).

The fare between Venice and Mestre (the district of Venice on the mainland) is only about 1.35 Euro per one-way ticket (in January 2022), the journey takes about 10 minutes. This fare applies to regional trains, not Intercity, Eurocity or Eurostar.

Not all vending machines take cash. If you don't want to pay the 1.25 with your credit card, you should look for a ticket machine with the cash symbol.

Important: All tickets for the train must be stamped on a device on the track no more than a few minutes before departure. Otherwise the ticket is invalid.

The long-distance trains from Germany (Munich) also run to Santa Lucia main station. You will also stop on the mainland at Mestre station. Most Italian long-distance trains to Venice also stop both in Mestre and on the island of Venice at Santa Lucia main station.

How to get to Venice by tram

The journey with the tram from Mestre on the mainland is like the railway very cheap, a single ticket costs only 1.50 Euro (in 2022). For expensive Venice this is areal bargain.

>>>On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses, trams and buses

Trams run at least every 10 minutes during the day (every 15 minutes on Sundays). The trams stop in Mestre about 10 times, in Venice only once at Piazzale Roma. This square is not far from the bridge to the mainland and only about 150 metres on foot across an ultra-modern bridge from the main station. You can walk from Piazzale Roma to the old town in a few minutes.

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Tram T1 at the only stop on the island of Venice.

The tram was only built a few years ago. Unfortunately, it is often very full. It is very popular with commuters and tourists.

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The advantage of the tram to the normal railway is that the tram stops very often in Mestre. Many hotels in Mestre are close to a tram stop. From some hotels in Mestre you can reach Venice by tram in less than 20 minutes. The tram starts in downtown Mestre. If the accommodation is near the other tram line of Mestre (line 2), you can change in the city centre, where the two new tram lines meet.

The construction of the tram is interesting. It has only one rail in the middle and has rubber tires. This new system called Translohr is considered space-saving. The Translohr tram gets its power from an overhead line. Such trams with the modern translohr system are now also running in France, China and Medellin in Colombia. Venice is currently the only tram in the world with the Translohr system that has more than one line (it has 2 lines).

Map: City of Venice


Venice consists of the Old Town Island, other islands and mainland districts.

By car to Venice

Travelling to Venice by car makes little sense, but use public transport. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, on the island of Venice Centro Storico you can hardly use your car because there are noroads. On the other hand in parking very expensive.

After reaching Venice via the almost four kilometre long bridge from the mainland near Mestre, you can park your car in one of the multi-storey car parks. Parking near the station costs about 30 euros per day. In the new multi-storey car parks in the port of Venice it is somewhat cheaper (still over 20 euros per day, as at the beginning of 2022). From there, however, it is far more than one kilometre to the old town. However, the new elevated railway (People Mover, modern system without driver) can be used for this route. However, this is again associated with costs, this time depending on the number of people.

We think it is better to leave the car in Mestre and to use park and ride offers from there to Venice (train, tram or bus). People who have a bit more money can of course drive over the bridge by car and park directly in a car park at Piazzale Roma. This is a bit faster than Park-and-Ride.

Reserve a parking space: Parking spaces are rare in Venice, multi-storey car parks are often full. It is therefore advisable to reserve your parking space. On this website you can book parking spaces in Venice (including the big car parks in the Old Town of Venice, in Meste and at the airport).

By ferry through Venice

On the main island, the vaporetto (passenger ferry) is the only public transport in Venice. There are ferries around the island and on the Canal Grande in Venice. This is a wide canal that divides the island of Venice into two parts. Departures are very frequent, every few minutes.

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>>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

Passenger ships also often travel between the islands around Venice, and less frequently between the mainland and Venice, some also to the Marco Polo Airport.

A single ticket for one trip costs at least 7.50 euros (in January 2022). However, there are day tickets for about 20 Euro and multi-day tickets (valid for 48 hours and 72 hours) at different prices). As children usually pay the full fare, water buses can be are very expensive, especially for families. Within the main island of Venice you don't necessarily need the boats. We recommend walking as much as possible. The Venetians call the water bus "vaporetto", plural "vaporetti". The water buses arevery useful if you want to visit other islands (such as Burano, Lido and Murano).

Our tip: Buy tickets for waterbuses beforehand

It is not always easy to buy tickets abroad. You don't know where to buy tickets, foreign ticket machines are difficult to use, there are language problems, queues, etc.

The 1, 2 or 3 day valid tickets for the waterbuses (ferries) in Venice are needed by almost every tourist. These tickets can now be bought on this english website.

The tickets for the bus from Venice airport to the city are available on this page in English language.

Water taxi (Motoscafi)

If you do not want or cannot carry your luggage to the hotel in Venice, you have a problem. Even with the expensive public ferries (vaporetto) you cn go anywhere. The only alternatives are a taxi boat or a carrier. The prices are extreme. To the hotel and at the holiday end again back can cost with the Wasertaxi easily over 100 euro. Venice is something special, and that also applies to some prices.

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Fares: A one-way trip within Venice with a water taxi costs at least about 40 to 50 Euros, to the mainland like to the airport about 110 Euros, for example to Chioggia in the south of the lagoon about 250 Euros. There may be surcharges for luggage or for more than 4 persons (max in 10 persons). With the taximeter you pay about 15 Euro starting fee plus 2 Euro per minute. So after one hour you have around 135 Euro on the taxi meter according to this price list. There is also a night surcharge on all rates. You can also order the Motoscafi by telephone just like a normal taxi. However, this also costs a hefty surcharge.

Finding a free taxi boat is not too difficult in Venice. There are many of them despite (or because of) the high prices.

Gondola

Of course there are also the famous gondolas. If you book a gondola in Venice, you usually do so for fun and not as a means of transport. The gondolas, like the Motoscafi taxis, are not exactly inexpensive. Since the gondolas do not have an engine, they are of course much slower. We have published more information about gondolas on this page.

Private boat tours in groups

In almost every holiday resort there are companies who offer day trips by bus to sights in the region. Such tours are also available on the islands of Venice. The means of transport is just not the bus, but the ship.

Especially often booked and cheap (20 Euro) is an island hopping trip to the three well-known islands Murano, Torcello and Burano. More information about such a boat trip can be found on the great website getyourguide.de.


Important: This article was translated by a non-native English speaking person. We apologize for mistakes.

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FAQs

How do I get from Mestre to Venice? ›

The best way to get from Mestre to Venice without a car is to train which takes 11 min and costs €10 - €19. How long does it take to get from Mestre to Venice? The train from Venezia Mestre to Venezia S. Lucia takes 11 min including transfers and departs every 10 minutes.

How much is train from Mestre to Venice? ›

There are normally 186 trains per day travelling from Venezia Mestre to Venezia Santa Lucia and tickets for this journey start from €0.70 when you book in advance.
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Venezia Mestre to Venezia Santa Lucia by train.
Journey timeFrom 9m
PriceFrom €0.70
Distance5 miles (8 km)
Frequency186 trains per day
First train05:16
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Can you walk from Mestre to Venice? ›

Yes! You can run, or walk, from Mestre to Venice. It's around 10km from Mestre station to Santa Lucia station/Piazzale Roma and not beautiful.

Is it worth staying in Mestre? ›

If you're on a budget, Mestre offers a cheaper alternative while still being within relatively easy reach of Venice (it's only around €2 by train, and there's also a bus that runs every eight minutes or so). Hotels in Mestre tend to be bigger than those in Venice itself, which means they typically have more facilities.

What is the most economical form of transport in Venice? ›

Vaporetto. Run by the 'Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano' or ACTV, Venice's water buses or 'vaporetti' are the most economical and convenient form of public transportation. One ticket for the 'vaporetto,' which translates to 'little steamboat,' is good for seventy-five minutes of traveling and costs €7.50.

What time is the last bus from Venice to Mestre? ›

You can take the first bus from Venice to Mestre at 6: 00 AM. The last bus from Venice to Mestre that you can take departs at 9: 45 PM.

Can you walk from Venice train station to St Mark's Square? ›

Located in Venice's San Marco sestiere (district), the famous square is a 28-minute walk from Santa Lucia train station. Alternatively, take the number 2 vaporetto (waterbus) from Ferrovia B, outside the station, to the Rialto stop.

Are there trams in Venice? ›

The Venice Tramway (Italian: Tranvia di Venezia) is a rubber-tired tramway (or guided bus) system forming part of the public transport system in Venice, Favaro Veneto, Mestre and Marghera, three boroughs of the city and comune of Venice, northeast Italy.

Is Venice Mestre safe at night? ›

Venice is entirely safe anywhere at any time but Mestre does not have such a brilliant reputation especially at night - hence more police around. You rarely see Police in the streets in Venice, just a police launch dashing busily along a canal now and then.

Is Mestre cheaper than Venice? ›

Mestre is significantly cheaper than Venice. A comfortable, updated hotel room can be found in Mestre for less than €100 a night and hostels are even more affordable. Restaurants are also much cheaper on average.

What train station is best for Venice? ›

Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station is Venice's central train station. The railway station connects Venice with other principle Italian cities.

Where should you not stay in Venice? ›

There are no specifically unsafe neighborhoods in Venice, though the part of Cannaregio around the Santa Lucia train station is exceptionally busy during the day and somewhat sketchy by night. Watch out for pickpockets on vaporetti and also in any seriously crowded place such as the Piazza San Marco.

Which train station in Venice is closer to the airport? ›

Mestre Railway Station is located 10 km southwest of Venice Marco Polo Airport.

What is the best way to travel around Venice? ›

Most of the time, Venetians prefer to move on foot. Moving on foot is the fastest and most efficient way to move around Venice… if you know where you're going, of course! Most Venetians use public transportation only when necessary. For example, when they need to reach an island.

What is the cheapest way to get to Venice Italy? ›

A water taxi is the quickest way to get you from the airport to Venice. The cheapest way to get from airport to Venice is the bus: Shuttle service with ATVO buses. Click here to buy tickets for the ATVO Bus from Marco Polo airport. Every 30 minutes, they drive from the airport via Mestre to Piazzale Roma in Venice.

Are buses free in Venice? ›

The answer, as with so many things, is "It depends." Here are some things to consider: Venice's public water buses charge outrageous prices for single tickets: The single-ticket tourist fare is a staggering €7,50, which is five times what local residents pay to ride the vaporetto.

What is Aerobus Venice? ›

ACTV "Aerobus" to Piazzale Roma

ACTV is the public-transportation agency for Venice and its mainland suburbs. Its transit routes include the Linea 5 "Aerobus," which runs frequently between the airport and the city from about 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. and costs €8 one-way or €15 roundtrip.

How much is the bus from Marco Polo to Venice? ›

The Bus no. 5 connects Venice's Marco Polo Airport and the city center (Piazzale Roma). The bus stops several times before getting to the last stop, so the journey can take from 30 to 45 minutes. A one-way bus ticket costs € 8 ( US$ 8.20).

How expensive is a water taxi in Venice? ›

Prices. The rates of the city's water taxis are fixed depending on the different companies, the distance and the number of people. A Water Taxi from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the city centre costs approximately between € 105 ( US$ 107.10) and € 135 ( US$ 137.70).

How much is a water taxi from Venice train station to St Mark's square? ›

The taxi boats will cost about 60 Euros. The Vaporetto costs about 1 1/2 Euro.

Do you tip Venice water taxi? ›

In water taxis, there's no need to tip unless the driver has performed a special service. Toilets. In nicer restaurants or other places where lavatories have attendants, it's normal to leave 50 cents or a euro on the attendant's plate.

How much is the tram in Venice? ›

The journey with the tram from Mestre on the mainland is like the railway very cheap, a single ticket costs only 1.50 Euro (in 2022). For expensive Venice this is areal bargain. Trams run at least every 10 minutes during the day (every 15 minutes on Sundays).

How do you use the tram in Venice? ›

To ride the tram, board via any set of doors and immediately hold your ticket against the nearest electronic reader until you see a green light flash and hear a "beep." Be sure to do this, since you can be fined heavily for riding without a validated ticket.

How do you get from Venice to Italy? ›

Traveling by train in Italy from Rome to Venice is as scenic as it is convenient. The distance from Rome to Venice is 330 miles; some high-speed trains make this journey in just 3 hours and 45 minutes, while slower trains can take up to 6 hours.

Are there any unsafe areas in Venice? ›

In general, there are no specific areas that should be completely avoided. Nevertheless, there are places in Venice bearing a higher risk of becoming a victim of a theft. Many tourists are robbed at the central station, Santa Lucia.

Is it better to stay on Venice Island or mainland? ›

La Giudecca is a car-free island across the Giudecca Canal from Venice's main sights. Giudecca used to be a working-class district, but it's been gentrified in the last few decades.
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Is Venice a safe city? ›

OVERALL RISK : LOW. Despite so many tourists that wander the streets of Venice, it is a very safe city. Like any other touristic place, public transport and crowded areas might be dangerous in terms of thieves. Do not take too much money with you when you are out and use a hotel safe for valuables.

What does Mestre mean in Italian? ›

Meaning and Origin of: Mestre

Compare French Maitre. Jewish (Sephardic, especially in Italy) : status name for a rabbi, translation of Aramaic Rabbī 'teacher'. Italian : habitational name from Mestre, now one of the most densely populated areas of Venice.

Is Mestre a town? ›

Mestre (pronounced May-stray) is the mainland town connected to Venice by rail and road bridges over the lagoon.

How is Venice connected to the mainland? ›

Venice is connected to the mainland, 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away, by ferries as well as a causeway for road and rail traffic. Rialto is split by the Grand Canal, which follows the path of an ancient river.

How do I book a water taxi in Venice? ›

In Venice, you can summon a water taxi by phoning the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia at 041 522 2303 (24 hours a day) or e-mailing info@motoscafivenezia.it. Ask for a fare quotation before booking. (The Consorzio is a cooperative of water-taxi operators, with a fleet of more than 100 boats at its disposal.)

How much is a gondola ride in Venice? ›

Standard gondola rides in Venice have a fixed cost of 80 euros for a private 25-30 minutes tour. At night, however, the cost of a gondola ride is 120 euros for a private 25-30 minutes tour.

How many days do you need in Venice? ›

While some people only visit Venice on a day trip during a visit to Italy, it is recommended to spend at least 3 to 4 days in Venice to really soak up all the beauty and excitement the city has to offer.

What time is the last bus from Venice to Mestre? ›

You can take the first bus from Venice to Mestre at 6: 00 AM. The last bus from Venice to Mestre that you can take departs at 9: 45 PM.

Are there trams in Venice? ›

The Venice Tramway (Italian: Tranvia di Venezia) is a rubber-tired tramway (or guided bus) system forming part of the public transport system in Venice, Favaro Veneto, Mestre and Marghera, three boroughs of the city and comune of Venice, northeast Italy.

How do I get from Treviso airport to Mestre? ›

The best way to get from Treviso Airport to Mestre without a car is to line 101 bus and train which takes 47 min and costs €3 - €40. How long does it take to get from Treviso Airport to Mestre? It takes approximately 47 min to get from Treviso Airport to Mestre, including transfers.

How late do trains run in Venice? ›

Hours of operation: Main routes operate 5 am to midnight and three nighttime routes run from 11:30 pm to 5 am on the Grand Canal between Piazzale Roma and the Lido.

What is Aerobus Venice? ›

ACTV "Aerobus" to Piazzale Roma

ACTV is the public-transportation agency for Venice and its mainland suburbs. Its transit routes include the Linea 5 "Aerobus," which runs frequently between the airport and the city from about 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. and costs €8 one-way or €15 roundtrip.

How much is the bus from Marco Polo to Venice? ›

The Bus no. 5 connects Venice's Marco Polo Airport and the city center (Piazzale Roma). The bus stops several times before getting to the last stop, so the journey can take from 30 to 45 minutes. A one-way bus ticket costs € 8 ( US$ 8.20).

How much is the tram in Venice? ›

The journey with the tram from Mestre on the mainland is like the railway very cheap, a single ticket costs only 1.50 Euro (in 2022). For expensive Venice this is areal bargain. Trams run at least every 10 minutes during the day (every 15 minutes on Sundays).

How do you use the tram in Venice? ›

To ride the tram, board via any set of doors and immediately hold your ticket against the nearest electronic reader until you see a green light flash and hear a "beep." Be sure to do this, since you can be fined heavily for riding without a validated ticket.

How do you get from Venice to Italy? ›

Traveling by train in Italy from Rome to Venice is as scenic as it is convenient. The distance from Rome to Venice is 330 miles; some high-speed trains make this journey in just 3 hours and 45 minutes, while slower trains can take up to 6 hours.

How much is a taxi from Treviso to Mestre? ›

A taxi would run about 60 euros.

How do you pay for the bus in Treviso? ›

The ticket can be bought directly from the driver or at the ticket office in the Arrivals hall of Treviso Airport. The bus stop is in Via Noalese, to the right of the airport exit. One ticket costs approximately 12€, depending on the destination.

How much is a taxi from Venice to Treviso Airport? ›

OPTIONPRICEDURATION
Welcome Pickups€9040min
Taxi€9040min
Shuttle Bus€2440-70min
Train (indirect)€7.2040min
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What are water taxis called in Venice? ›

Taxis, ambulances and police cars in Venice are all waterborne, as are the water buses called vaporetto in Italian. In the city center, the vaporettos replace the urban buses.

Is there a water bus in Venice? ›

A vaporetto is another name for a water taxi or water bus in Venice, operated by ACTV, the public transport authority for Venice. For the visitor to Venice you have 2 options to get around, walk or by water. If you don't want to walk, the water bus service is the affordable way to get around.

What is the train station in Venice called? ›

Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station is Venice's central train station. The railway station connects Venice with other principle Italian cities.

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