ABOVE: Cedar and Jackson Phillips ride the train between Mestre and Venice. BELOW: A sign in Mestre's railroad station, and the Linea 25 boat pier at San Giuliano.
Recently, we published the first in a series of articles about Mestre, on the Venetian mainland. This prosperous town of 180,000 is part of the comune di Venezia, and it's home to many people who work or attend university in Venice.
For tourists, Mestre is important for two reasons:
- Its hotels are cheaper than their counterparts in Venice, and many hotels offer parking on the premises.
- Its parking facilities are less expensive than the Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma garages in Venice's historic center, and motorists can park without worrying about traffic jams on the 4-km causeway that connects Venice to terrafirma.
From Mestre's city center, tourists can reach Venice by train in 10 to 12 minutes at the dirt-cheap price of €1,05 each way.
From the San Giuliano parking lots on the outskirts of Mestre, next to the Venetian Lagoon, parkers can take a water bus to Venice in 24 minutes for less than the cost of a vaporetto ride in the city center.
We recommend staying in Venice's historic center if you possibly can, but if budget constraints or a car make it more practical to sleep on the mainland, see the new Mestre section of Venice for Visitors for illustrated articles about the Mestre railway station, traveling by train from Mestre to Venice, the Parcheggi San Giuliano car park, and Mestre airport buses from Venice Marco Polo Airport.