Venice: Car Rental
Queen of the Adriatic
Local Travel Info in Venice
Venice's historic centre is 2 miles off the coast of Northern Italy. The city is built on more than 100 islands in the Venetian Lagoon, and it's linked to the mainland by a rail and road causeway named the Ponte Della Libertá ("Bridge of Liberty"). You'll cross this bridge if you arrive by train, bus, car, or land taxi; another option is to come from the airport or a mainland parking lot by public water bus or water taxi.
Arriving by Train
If you choose to visit Venice by train, you will arrive at the Santa Lucia Station. From here, you can use the Vaporetto to travel around the city or to your hotel.
Getting to and from the airport
Venice has one official international airport on the shores of the lagoon, called Venice Marco Polo Airport, and another nearby airport, Treviso, is used by budget airline Ryan air. There is also a small airfield on the Lido, but this isn't used by commercial flights, although you can take helicopter tours of the area from here.
Travel from Marco Polo Airport into Venice
Public boats and water taxis
A water taxi is by far the most romantic and glamorous way to arrive in Venice - especially if your hotel is one of the grander ones and has a water entrance. Unsurprisingly, this is a very expensive option and could cost as much as €100.The Alilaguana water bus runs after every hour from 6.15 in the morning till 24.10.It takes approximately 70 minutes to reach St.Mark Square from here. Tickets are priced at Euro 10.00.You can hire a private water taxi directly from the airport to your hotel. Prices are based on the number of people in the taxi and they can vary after 20.00 and on Sundays and holidays. The price is approximately € 80.00 for up to 4 people to the City Centre and the journey time is approximately 30 minutes.
From Marco Polo Airport to Venice- Piazzale Roma by Bus
The cheapest transport from the airport into Venice is by bus. The number 5 ACTV bus travels between the airport and Piazzale Roma - Venice bus terminal, leaving at 10 and 40 minutes after the hour, with a journey time of 35/40 minutes. There are two options which link Marco Polo Airport with Piazzale Roma (this is as far into Venice as you can get with land transport). Piazzale Roma is in the corner of Venice alongside the lagoon's road-bridge. Unless you are staying nearby, you will then need to use Venice's public boat services to continue your journey - this is why the Alilaguna ferry from the airport is often a quicker option. Tickets (€ 1.00) can be bought at the Hotel Information counter in the arrivals hall, located behind the news-stand.
From Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice- Piazzale Roma by Private Taxi
A private taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma will cost approximately € 35.00. In order to take a taxi go to the Cooperative Radio Taxi Office, located behind the news-stand or go directly in from of the main airport building and on your left you will find the Taxi Rank. Road Taxis are available 24 hours a day.
Arriving into San Giuseppe Airport
Treviso’s tiny San Giuseppe Airport is approximately 30 km from Venice and it is connected to the City of Venice by road, taxi, bus and train.
Car Hire in Venice
Renting a car in Venice, at first glance seems strange, since the circulation is forbidden there. But if you came by air or by train and you would like to visit the back country, the Venezia, Vicenze and its palaces or else Padova (Padua), which is within 50 kilometers from Venice, in that case a car rental would be a good idea. Several car rental companies are present in Venice, at Piazzale Roma and also at airport Marco Polo, approachable easily by bus from Venice. Parking inside Venice can be expensive, so look for cheaper options if you want to rent a car. The least expensive parking in Venice is the Airport! Especially if you plan to remain in Venice one week because in that case, at 24 euro, is really inexpensive compared with other parking possibilities in the city. To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. An International Drivers License is required for rentals in Italy. Seatbelts are mandatory and children under 12 must be in an age-appropriate restraint. Traffic travels on the right and the centre lane of a three lane road is for passing. If you are stopped for a traffic violation, police are empowered to collect fines on the spot.