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Airport to Venice, A day in Venice, then Train to Florence

Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 02:28 PM
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Airport to Venice, A day in Venice, then Train to Florence

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I am flying into Marco Polo at 9am and spending the day in Venice then taking the train from the St Lucia Train station at 7pm.

What is the quickest and most economical transport I can take (how much does it cost and how long is the trip):
-from Marco Polo Airport to Venice
-getting around the Venice sestieres (Cannaregio, Santa Croce, San Polo and San Marco)
-heading to St Lucia train Station.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 02:55 PM
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Will you be storing your luggage at VSL? The fastest trains are the AV trains. There are discounts for advance purchase, but base prices remain the same even if you don't buy until you arrive.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 04:08 PM
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I don't understand why people say the quickest and most economical since those two things are usually mutually exclusive.

Since you will have luggage I think you need to take the airport bus to the train station so you can store it - and not haul it around Venice all day. Once you are in Venice the best transport, IMHO, is feet - unless you are going between absolutely the two farthest points in the city.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Hi,

from airport to town the fastest is a water taxi - charging you something around 100 Euro.

Most economic is a combination of land bus and waterbus. You might book a day pass in advance including one way airport bus transfer (pick up the pass at the ticket machine at the bus stop with a provided code), then take bus no. 5 in front of the airport building to Venice, get off after approx 20-30 min at Piazzale Roma (final stop), hop on a waterbus (vaporetto) taking you around town, wherever you want. The travel pass gives you the flexibility to move a bit more quickly between the sestiere if you don't want to walk it all.

Single rides (without travel pass) are 5 Euro for the airport bus and 6.50 for a single ride with the Vaporetto, even for just crossing Grand Canal.

Any place not reached by the waterbus you will have to walk. But don't worry, Venice is not big at all.

For more detailed information about how and where to book public transport tickets and how to get around you might also want to check my Venice travel tips put together at http://gintenreiter-photography.com/...ce-travel-tips

Wish you a wonderful trip!
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From the airport, take a bus (both local and express options are available for 5€ per person) to Piazzale Roma in Venice. Walk across the modern bridge to Venezia Santa Lucia train station and store your luggage at the Deposito Bagagli.

From Venezia SL, you can walk all over Venice or get a multiple-hour travel card and ride the vaporettos as much as you'd like. There is no best--it depends on if you prefer to walk or ride and what you'd actually like to do or see in your limited time, which we cannot predict for you.

Some might suggest you immediately get a vaporetto from the train station along the Grand Canal to San Marco, and then spend the day meandering back to the train station, stopping for lunch and at points of interest. You might have a particular agenda of must-sees for you--if so, let us now what they are and we can help you make a plan.
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Great site, Avedg. Going back to explore it further and take a closer look at your fabulous photos.
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thx Maudie
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Old Mar 23rd, 2012, 03:42 PM
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Agree with other posters: bus to P.le Roma, walk over to train station, leave luggage, from there either walk or buy a pass for vaporetti.
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If you want to do Venice fast (highly recommended - - but definitely spend most your time off the beaten path) then here is my fast video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbsCmTG17_Q
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1. Is it safe to store your luggage at the airport? My husband said that the last time he was there, he saw some lockers broken into.

2. What are AV trains? I only know of the ACTV bus # 5 and the ATVO bus. Where does the AV train go?

3. Would it be too much walking (the entire time) for pregnant ladies?

4. Do I buy on the veniceconnected website, "12 hr tourist travel card ACTV" or 12hr tourist travel card ACTV + airport bus transfer one way"?

5. Can you recommend me places I must visit and see and eat at?
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6. Where should I exchange currencies when I arrive in Venice?

7. Should I carry traveller's checks?
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No traveller's checks. Have an ATM card with chip and pin#.

Take luggage to SL station because that is where you will be departing Venice. No point going back and forth to the airport. Do allow plenty of time to pick it up though.

How far along and how energetic are the ladies? If they are young and healthy and not near the end of the pregnancy, the only problem I see is the need for frequent bathroom stops. You don't have to walk quickly in Venice. Though you won't see everything you want, you can kind of meander and savor being there.
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"No traveller's checks. Have an ATM card with chip and pin#."

One slight correction/clarification. Assuming you are American, you almost certainly don't have 'chip & pin' ATM or credit cards. Not to worry. Your ATM card w/ your usual PIN will work in the machines.

Don't 'exchange' currencies anywhere - just use your ATM card.
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>>>1. Is it safe to store your luggage at the airport? My husband said that the last time he was there, he saw some lockers broken into.>>What are AV trains?
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"4. Do I buy on the veniceconnected website, "12 hr tourist travel card ACTV" or 12hr tourist travel card ACTV + airport bus transfer one way"?"

If you want to take the bus from the airport, than certainly the the pass that includes the bus would be the one to get. With the travel card, you can choose to ride the vaporettos as much you like. This can save you some walking is you get tired. Also, the best facades of many of the palazzos face the GRand Canal, so ride a vaporetto the full length to experience this view.
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1. So it's cheaper to just withdraw money as needed from ATM rather exchanging money into EUR?

2. I believe She will be about 2 months along in her pregnancy by that time.

3. Are the luggages attended by an attendee?
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In general, you get a better exchange rate and lower fees when using an ATM to withdraw form your own account. Check with your bank to see if it charges fees for international withdrawals.

The Deposito Bagagli is a guarded room. In fact you will probably have to show ID before they will even allow you to leave baggage there--very secure.
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Wow!! Thank you everyone for such great information. You have all helped me out so much with all the clarifications. I'm feeling more reassured about all my arrangements now. Looking forward to my trip
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One other question: how much do the ATM's usually charge for fees when doing withdrawals?
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"One other question: how much do the ATM's usually charge for fees when doing withdrawals?


Bank ATMs won't charge you anything. The only fees are what your own bank tacks on . . .
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