Venice is a city that welcomes thousands and thousands of tourists every year. Therefore, despite its small size, it has exceptional infrastructures. The most comfortable mode of transport to get to Venice with children is the plane, but we must not forget that the train is another practical and inexpensive option.
As soon as we arrive in Venice, the vision of its canals will dazzle us. We can navigate them in vaporettos, gondola or water taxis, to enjoy this beautiful city in all its angles.
Despite its small size, Venice has one of the busiest international airports in Italy: Marco Polo Airport, named after the Venetian merchant and navigator.
Located 8 kilometers north of Venice, the airport is very well connected to the city center.
The blue bus of the ATVO company is one of the best options to get to the center (Piazzale Roma) since it does not make stops, takes about 20 minutes, has a frequency of half an hour and costs 6 euros.
Bus No. 5 is also interesting, especially for those who do not want to reach the Piazzale de Roma, the final destination, since several stops are made during the journey. It takes between 30 and 45 minutes and its price is also about 6 euros.
Something more expensive - about 15 euros - is the Alliaguna, a water bus that goes to the Plaza de San Marcos itself.
Low-cost airlines do not land at Marco Polo but at Treviso or Canova Airport, located 40 kilometers north of Venice.
To get from this airport to Venice there are several options. Barzi buses cost 7 euros and take about 40 minutes, without stops.
The ATVO bus company has the same price, but instead of 40 minutes it takes a little more than an hour, since it makes several stops: two in Mestre, one of them at the train station, and another in Venice, at the Piazzale Roma.
Another very frequent option to get to Venice is the train. Many travelers choose to fly to Milan and from there, travel by train to Venice (about two hours away), as this option is usually much cheaper than flying to Venice.
The journey is longer, but it is also possible to get to Venice by train from cities such as Rome or Venice.
In any case, it is the Santa Lucia station that concentrates the arrival of tourists to Venice. One of the great advantages of this means of transport is that it goes directly to the center of Venice.
Venice is a very small island. You can walk from end to end in just half an hour, so if you are staying on the same island of Venice, you will not need transportation.
However, there are multiple options to visit neighboring islands and even Venice itself.
Venice is not your usual city. The canals inevitably mark the daily life of the city in many aspects. This is why ambulances, the police or the postal service, for example, move in small boats called vaporettos.
Public vaporettos are a kind of water buses that run on fixed lines with fixed schedules.
The most important vaporetto lines for tourists are the 1 –which goes from the bus station in Piazzale Roma to the neighboring Island of Lido and passes through places such as Saint Mark's Square, Ca´Rezzonico or the Rialto Bridge- the line 3 –which goes from Piazzale Roma to the island of Murano- line 7 –from San Marcos to Murano- line 10 -from San Marcos to Lido- and line 18 -from Lido to Murano-.
The vaporettos are expensive. The price of a ticket valid for 60 minutes is about 7 euros.
Taxis and water taxis are not a good option in Venice since their high price adds that they cannot always get to the exact destination we want to go to.
Gondolas were the main means of transportation in Venice centuries ago. Today they are an expensive tourist attraction, but many tourists do not want to leave the city without a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Venice.
A 40-minute gondola ride costs 80 euros, but has supplements such as hours after 7:00 p.m. or the gondolieri singing or playing an instrument.
These inexpensive gondolas help tourists and residents cross the Grand Canal at certain locations away from bridges. A trip barely costs 50 euro cents.
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