Transportation in Venice
By Gary Marsh
February 26, 2017 10:27am CST
There are several ways to get into Venice via plane, train and bus or car however you will not get any further than that as no cars are able to drive around Venice and the islands that make up Venice. Arriving by plane at Marco Polo International airport you can either take a taxi part of the way, catch a bus part of the way, a water taxi all the way or the four waterbus routes (Alilaguna )to various stops around the city. By train you would cross the Lagoon on the railway bridge to the main railway station where your journey continues either on foot or on a water bus. By road across the lagoon to a grand car park near the station and thereafter by foot or water bus. Water taxi from the airport will cost around £100 $ 1.50 or 100 Euros. The most convenient and affordable journey is to buy a return ticket for the waterbus also called Vaporetti. For romatics who might want to be romantic and take their loved on on a gondola of course you can but you will be fleeced for around 100 Euros for an hour. Far better to take the cheaper option and cross the grand canal on a Traghetti for around 2 euros. Most routes will visit the other islands like Murano, Burano and other outlying islands each worth a visit especially Murano where you can treat yourselves to some Murano glass! Venetian glass is very beautiful but very expensive. You might even get the opportunity to watch the glass blower at work creating wonderful pieces of glass with the aid of a blow pipe and molten glass on the end of the rod which is placed into the roaring fire turned and stretched back into the fire and stretched some more creating fine fragile pieces. The alternative way of getting around Venice is on foot walking around meandering alleyways, crossing tiny bridges, and each corner you turn will reward you with some Jaw dropping sights.
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Venice is definitely not a city for walkers, or only for walkers not counting the miles. For a weekend there I would recommend to buy a pass Vaporetto working on vaporetti and buses. It costs 30 Euros+a supplement for the vaporetto going to the airport for 48 hours.
• United Kingdom
I loved walking all over the city and found some amazing buildings down little alleyways. We were able to get off the main tourist haunts and see Venice as the locals see it. If you don't walk you won't see these places. It is not that friendly for people with mobility problems though or if you use a wheelchair. That would be a nightmare! I agree it is great to buy one of the passes for the waterbus if you intend using them often but even if you don't it gives peace of mind you can just jump on and off as the need arises!
@garymarsh6 I like to walk but Venice is frustrating as we cannot cross the "streets" like we want, and have to go to the next bridge, which might be quite far. I think that the city has definitely been conceived to be seen from a boat. A gondola would be ideal but it is way too expensive. I agree for Murano, glass blowers are part of the folklore and there are not a lot of places where we can see glass blowers today
• Midland, Michigan
That would surely be a nice vacation. Is it fairly inexpensive to go there on holiday too from England? We have a factory in town that used to do tours. I saw them make glass, paperclips and other household items. I was young then and surprised I remember this much, lol
• Rochester, New York
When we went to Venice we took a water taxi to it from a parking lot across from the island. lol The gondola's are beautiful and the ride in them around the waterways was fun. When we went there in 2001 there was trash floating around in the water and built up in random corners or alleys.