Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Transfer from Venice Mestre train station to hotel on Grand Canal?

Transfer from Venice Mestre train station to hotel on Grand Canal?

Old Oct 12th, 2007, 06:50 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 92
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Transfer from Venice Mestre train station to hotel on Grand Canal?

I've scoured the boards but haven't been able to find anything on this particular transfer (although certainly plenty on Venice airport transfers ...) - we'll be arriving at the Mestre train station and will need to get to our hotel on the Grand Canal. Are water taxis prevalent and is the cost less since you're not coming all the way from the airport, or are the vaparettos really the only option? Any guidance appreciated - cheers!
abcdc is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 06:54 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 2,453
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There are no water taxis from Mestre train station. You have to take a train (to Santa Lucia train station) or a bus (to Piazzale Roma) before you can get a water taxi. From either, a water taxi will cost about 50-60 Euro.
Zerlina is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:01 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 92
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks, Zerlina. Are there other options besides the bus upon arrival at Mestre? Or is it definitely a 2-leg trip?
abcdc is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:05 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 2,453
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Where are you coming from? Many - not all - trains that stop at Mestre go on to Santa Lucia. It's definitely two-leg, but I would think it would be easier to transfer within the train station to another train than to exit the train station and look for the bus stop. Your call.
Zerlina is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:10 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 92
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Zerlina, I think you just might be a lifesaver. The (infamous) Trenitalia website presented the info for arrival as

15:22
VE S.L.
MESTRE (in red)

Does that in fact mean that the train stops at Santa Lucia first and Mestre is the terminus? (I speak decent French, so I'm ballparking my way through the Italian on the site, but that was not at all clear to me.) If so, hurrah - just confused as to why one arrival time and 2 stations?
abcdc is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:21 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,129
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Where is your train coming from?
GeoffHamer is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:21 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7,142
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It's the opposite. VE S.L. is the end of the line. All rail lines pass through Mestre before reaching VE S.L.

http://www.railitalia.com/menu/map.htm

I think you can get a train from Mestre to VE S.L. like every 20 minutes or so. Obviously, there is no way any train can be at these two stations at the same time - something must be missing from the info on the website or something.
bardo1 is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:24 AM
  #8  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,699
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi ab,

Your train terminates at Venice San Lucia.

ira is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:26 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 2,453
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
That means it stops at Mestre and goes on to Santa Lucia as its final stop.

Zerlina is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:28 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 2,453
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
>>If so, hurrah - just confused as to why one arrival time and 2 stations?<<

If you click on Dettagli for the train, then on the train number, it will give arrival and departure times for Venezia Mestre.

Zerlina is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:41 AM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 92
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thank you all! This is exactly what I needed to know.

(Oh, and FWIW, we're coming from Rome Termini on the ES.)

A very happy weekend all around ...
abcdc is offline  
Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:50 AM
  #12  
J62
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 11,043
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There is only a single time listed since for the long distance trains Mestre is considered merely a drop off point, not to be used for Mestre-SL transit.

They only put on the timetable the arrival at SL. It's no more than about 5min ride from Mestre to SL.

On the way to SL it will stop at Mestre, but if the train is running early it'll leave when ready rather than waiting for a specified Mestre departure time.

This is a common timetable practice on NYC area commuter trains as well during outbound/evening commute.
J62 is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
thefengs
Europe
5
Feb 20th, 2010 06:47 AM
travel_info
Europe
5
Oct 1st, 2007 05:03 PM
megamiles
Europe
5
Jan 26th, 2007 03:15 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:42 PM.