Venezia, being one of the most famous and loved cities in Italy it is easily accessible with all means of transport.
The way I consider most suitable to reach the Lagoon is definitely the train: allows you to reach the city directly and does not require parking fees. Trenitalia and Italo connect the major cities of the peninsula with high-speed trains and (for now) there are also some lines of Regional and Interregional which usually have lower prices. I remind you, as I also wrote here, that those who choose to reach Venice with Italo when purchasing your ticket online you can take advantage of a 15% discount on public transport.
The two railway stations that serve Venice are Mestre (which can be identified as Venezia Mestre or as Ve. Mestre in the timetable archives) or Venice Saint Lucia. If you have chosen to stay in the "mainland" your stop is certainly the first, otherwise if your train simply stops there you can continue to S. Lucia with one of the regional trains (you can buy the ticket at the tobacconist's or newsagent's with just over € 1) that run every 10/15 minutes. The alternative is bus no. 2 just outside the station, but I advise you to avoid this option given the perennial chaos found on this line. If you arrive at night and there are no trains, the bus for you is the N1.
The least convenient alternative to get to the city is definitely automotive, Venice is located on the A4 motorway, can also be reached with the A13 from Bologna and with the A27 from Belluno: at the exit you will have to pass through Mestre to finally reach the Liberty bridge.
- Arriving by car necessarily implies having to park it for a certain number of hours or days in one of the remittances that can be found in Piazzale Roma: Municipal Parking, S. Andrea, Garage San Marco, Autopark Doge, Garage Toderini, Garage Venezia. To stay close to the historic center you can also think about parking at Tronchetto Parking. The prices in these cases vary between € 21 and € 30 for the whole day, the differences are based on the season, online advance booking and the type of parking. Here you can find contacts and timetables of all garages.
- The possible alternative is to leave the car in Mestre, in this case the prices are lower and with a bus you can reach Venice at any time. San Giuliano car park is certainly the largest and closest to the lagoon, just as convenient is the Terminal Service in via Righi. Other car parks can be found throughout Mestre, including the usually free parking exchanges; here and here all the other garages available nearby. The prices of parking spaces on the “mainland” have much lower prices which usually are around € 5 per day.
Those who come from afar will surely use theplane to reach the lagoon, here there are two options: Venice Marco Polo Airport (all the scheduled companies arrive here, AirOne, EasyJet, Volotea and Vueling) and Treviso Canova (served by Ryanair, Transavia, Wizzair and Germanwings) . In both cases ATVO guarantees a shuttle service which connects the airports to Mestre and Venice at a cost of € 10 (or € 18 round trip).
Those arriving at Venice airport can also use the ACTV bus line 5 to Piazzale Roma or line 15 to Mestre, at a cost of € 6 (or € 11 return). While if you prefer reach the city center directly you can opt for the vaporetto: three Alilaguna lines connect the airport with the main points of the center, the ticket costs € 15 (or € 27 return), with only € 8 (€ 15) you can get to Murano instead.
A further alternative is that of the bus: on the Baltour website there are direct lines to Venice and Mestre from all regions of Italy and from numerous European countries at very affordable prices.
Finally, if you have already arrived in Venice and do not know how to move, we show you a perfect post for you getting around Venice by vaporetto. To find out what to do in Venice, see the post 48 hours in Venice, Mini Guide to Venice low cost.