Venice bus station (Piazzale Roma)
Travel comfortably without queues, buy tickets online beforehand:
From the Venice bus station at Piazzale Roma, water buses (see: public ferries in Venice) depart almost every minute. These take the many people who arrive at Piazzale Roma to various places in the old town.
Between the bus station at Piazzale Roma and the main station of Venice is the wide Canal Grande. Since the new pedestrian bridge (see picture) was inaugurated in 2008, it is only a few minutes walk between the two traffic junctions. The ferries (water buses) all stop at both stations (bus and train). Nevertheless, the new bridge (name Constitutional Bridge, Ponte della Costituzione) is used by many people.
Street Map with Piazzale Roma (Venice bus station)
Not all tourists take a public ferry from Piazzale Roma, many also continue on foot. However, the distances in Venice are quite long. St Mark's Square can be reached on foot from Piazzale Roma in about 45 minutes, other regions of the old town are even more than an hour away. Bicycles, inline skates etc. are not allowed in Venice. With a pram you should bear in mind that you always have to climb and descend steps on the many bridges. Only very few bridges in Venice have ramps for prams and wheelchairs.
There are also taxis at Piazzale Roma, both water taxis and normal taxis (cars). The water taxis take tourists to the hotel in the old town, the normal taxis only bring you to destinations on the mainland. Both types of taxi can take you to Marco Polo Airport, but the water taxis are much more expensive. The water taxi station is well signposted next to Piazzale Roma square (see picture down), the white car taxis are waiting on the square. Of course, public buses from Piazzale Roma to the airport are much cheaper. You can by online-tickets on the internet for the airport shuttle buses from Venice Piazzale Roma to Marco Pole Airport.
Pedestrians with a lot of luggage can also hire a porter to take the luggage to the hotel in the old town in a sack truck. Of course, this service, like almost everything else in Venice, is not exactly cheap.
There are two or three parking garages next to the bus station of Venice at Piazzale Roma. In the garage San Marco (see picture below) 24 hours parking costs 32 Euro. The other car park has similar prices. So it is better to leave your car on the mainland in Mestre and come to Venice by public transport. A single bus ticket over the long Liberty Bridge from the mainland costs only 1.50 euros, the train costs even a few cents less.
You should pay particular attention in the crowds at Piazzale Roma and in the buses, tram and train for pickpockets. The area, also the neighbouring main station Venice is famous for thieves.
Some important terms: In Venice, the buses to Marco Polo Airport are signposted as "Airport Shuttle". The tram is simply called "Tram". The public water bus is called "Vaporetto" in the singular and "Vaporetti" in the plural. Piazzale means "big square" and not small square, as many tourists believe. There are also buses to Treviso airport.
To use the buses, trams and water buses, tickets must be purchased in advance. The drivers don't sell tickets in Venice. It is an integrated local transport system with day tickets, particularly inexpensive multi-day tickets, etc. The tickets for the water buses are quite expensive. The popular multi-day tickets are very popular among tourists, you can buy them in advance on the Internet on the following English website:
Tickets for the airport buses (8 euros per person to Marco Polo Airport, about 15 kilometres from the Piazzale Roma bus station) must be purchased extra. These are available on the Internet:
A new transport system has been in place at Piazzale Roma Venice for several years. It's a super-modern train without a driver. The People Mover connects the Piazzale Roma bus station with new parking garages on an artificial island and the cruise ship terminal. The price for the People Mover Venice is 1,50 Euro one way. Many tourist take a ride just for fun, the People Mover is an attraction in Venice.
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