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Jul 2nd, 2015, 01:12 PM
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Getting from Venice airport to Venice train station:how long?

How long does it take to get from the Venice airport to the Venice train station? How do u do it?
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Jul 2nd, 2015, 01:51 PM
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Afgter you get on the bus about a half-hour or longer due to traffic = bus takes you to Piazza Rome a short walk from Santa Lucia train station - though water taxis and public vaporettos are out in front of the train station.

Are you leaving Venice straight away by train - then book Venice Mestre as your Venice train departure station - this is the workaday Venice on the mainland and all trains from S Lucia first stop at Mestre (I do believe but only 99.99% certain of that.) the airport buses stop first at Mestre about 15 minutes before reaching Venice proper across the long causeway over the lagoon.

Where are you going by train - do you have a ticket - if not www.trenitalia.com the Italian State Railways site has discounted tickets that are however train-specific and dicey to reserve when coming by air as they are i believe non-refundable non-changeable at least at that fare.

Full-fare tickets IME can always be bought once you arrive at the station - worst cases scenario is if 2nd class is full - at times on some of the many trains it may be - there will always IME be seats available in first class and that even has its perks - especially for folks traveling with luggage - easier to stow in 1st class plus seats are bigger, fewer in each same-size train car and you get comp snack and beverage en route. For lots of stuff about Italian trains check www.seat61.com - great info on discounted tickets; and for general things about Italian trains: www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com
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Jul 2nd, 2015, 01:52 PM
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There are 3 ways. The airport bus to Piazzale Roma would be best and will take about :40.
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Jul 2nd, 2015, 02:25 PM
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To get from the airport to the railway station, you have first to get to the Piazzale Roma, and then walk by crossing the foot bridge or catching a vaporetto across the Grand canal.

there are two sorts of buses that go from the airport to the Piazzale Roma - the ordinary ACTV buses that stop at a few places between the airport and Venice, which Pal refers to, and the ATVO ones which run without any stops and are a little quicker and more comfortable as they have a luggage compartment under the bus.

Pal is right that if you are simply going to the station in order to get a train, it may be better to get the bus to Mestre and catch the train there. OTOH if you are staying near the station, you'll need to go all the way there.
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Jul 2nd, 2015, 02:36 PM
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If going to a hotel you may want to go in stayle - water taxi from airport right to your hotel - costs a lot more but with luggage easier - the non-stop airport buses annhig talks about make a lot of sense - more room for luggage and no crowds coming on en route and faster but they I guess won't stop at Mestre station according to what annhigh has writ.
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Jul 2nd, 2015, 02:45 PM
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quite right, Pal - the ATVO buses go straight through without stopping.

you can buy your tickets at the ticket office in the airport [where you can also buy vaporetto passes] or on the bus; don't forget to validate your ticket in the little machine, whichever you decide on.
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Jul 3rd, 2015, 11:56 AM
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Thanks everyone. Great inside info!
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