Transportation

No bicycling in Venice: an update

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ABOVE: A bicyclist poses as a passerby takes his photo on a footbridge.

Back in 2010, we wrote a Stupid Tourist Tricks post titled "Bicycling in Venice" that showed visitors taking two-wheelers into Venice's historic center. Bicycling in the city center was illegal then, and it still is--although you might never guess it from the number of clueless or rebellious tourists who can be seen with bikes near Venice's railroad station and Piazzale Roma.

To be fair, the prohibition against bicycles may not be obvious to visitors who haven't done their research, and not all offenders are tourists. (A few years ago, we often saw a local man arrive by bicycle at his workplace near the Campo Santa Margherita in Venice's Dorsoduro district.) 

A suggestion to Venice's authorities: Place "No bicycles allowed in Venice" signs near the exits from the Piazzale Roma and the Santa Lucia Railroad Station, and make it more obvious where visitors can park their bikes. That way, bicyclists wouldn't have an excuse for bringing their biciclette into the city center.

More photos:

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ABOVE: A pair of bicyclists enter Venice's Santa Lucia Railroad Station from the pedestrian zone.

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ABOVE: Another bicycling couple roll their bikes across the Calatrava Bridge between the railroad station and the Piazzale Roma.

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ABOVE: A visitor hauls his bike over the Scalzi Bridge near the railroad station.

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ABOVE: A man explores the city center on what appears to be a folding unicycle with training wheels.


Venice Airport to Train Station (and vice versa)

Delta 767 in Venice, Italy

ABOVE: A Delta Air Lines 767flies over the Venetian Lagoon on its approach to Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Not long ago, a reader e-mailed us with the question, "How can I get from Marco Polo Airport to the Venice train station?"

The answer was more complicated than you might guess, because there's no road access to Venice's Santa Lucia Railroad Station. Instead, the easiest way to reach the station is to take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma (at the edge of Venice's historic center) and walk across a bridge to the station. Total travel time, including walking, is 25 to 30 minutes.

Inspired by our reader's question, we've now put together two sets of step-by-step directions with satellite maps:

(Both articles also discuss an alternative: using Venezia Mestre Railroad Station on the mainland, which also is served by frequent airport buses.)


People Mover: Skip the ticket line

People Mover - Piazzale Roma station

ABOVE: Passengers wait for a People Mover tram at the Piazzale Roma station.

Venice's People Mover has wildly successful since it entered service in 2010, and with good reason: The elevated tramway whisks passengers between Piazzale Roma (the gateway to Venice's historic center), Marittima (the main cruise port), and Tronchetto (the city's artificial parking island) in less than three minutes.

Until recently, the fare was only one euro, making a trip by People Mover one-seventh the cost of a local vaporetto ride. The fare has just risen up to €1,30, but that's still less than the cost of using Venice's public toilets. It's now exactly the same as the fare on a four-wheeled land bus in Venice's ACTV transportation network. And that's good news, for a simple reason:

  • Thanks to the People Mover's new integration with ACTV transit, you no longer have to stand in line at a ticket machine on days when crowds of cruise passengers and Tronchetto parking patrons are using the People Mover. Instead, you can buy an ordinary ACTV bus ticket from an ACTV booth, a Hellovenezia office, a tobacconist, or a newsstand and use it to pay for your ride.

For more information about the People Mover, see these two articles at Venice for Visitors:

Venice People Mover (article with photos and video)

People Mover to Marittima cruise port (illustrated step-by-step directions with satellite map)