Warning to Visitors

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Venice is a world-famous, romantic Italian city. The most famous parts of Venice are the districts that incorporate 118 islands. Mestre is a town connected by bridge to central Venice, that is still part of the municipality.

Summer is probably the worst time to visit the city, as it tends to be very hot, smelly and very popular with tourists. The best time to visit is Spring and Autumn. Acqua Alta has become a common occurence in the city, whereby the water level in the lagoon rises, flooding parts of the city. This generally occurs in the colder months, although can occur multiple times in the year.

There is plenty to see in the city, including St Mark's Basilica at Piazza San Marco, which is generally regarded as a highlight. Venice is home to many museums within the city, some of which are included on tourist passes. The Rialto Bridge and Market are well worth a visit.

Gondola rides are very popular, albeit extremely expensive! If you are able to haggle prices down, you may be able to get a gondola ride for €80.

Venice is well served by international train services. If travelling by train, make sure that you don't get off at Venice Mestre (unless intentionally!), as this is outside the city centre. From Venice Santa Lucia Station (the main station), you can catch a water taxi or water bus to other parts of the city. Direct train services are available to Paris, Munich, Budapest and Vienna. International bus and boat services also serve the city.

Once inside the city, the easiest way to get around is on foot, especially within the main part of the city. Quicker journeys can be made using water buses and water taxis. Water buses are generally much cheaper than taxis. Bus passes are available, for €18 for one day, or three days for €33 (single tickets cost €6.50).

How to get to Venice from
Route 1:

The Venice Simplon Orient Express is a luxury train service, running between London, Paris, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice. The journey begins/ends at London Victoria.

The complete journey, running between London and Venice takes approximately 24 hours. Ticket prices start at around £1500 per person, with the cheapest rates available direct from the operator, Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Assuming that your journey is starting at London, the Venice Simplon Orient Express service from London to Venice begins with the trip from London to Folkestone on board a luxurious Pullman train. The train departs from London Victoria Station in the late morning, with brunch served on-board, before reaching Folkestone in the afternoon.

On reaching Folkestone West Station, passengers are transferred onto private mini-buses. These then drive onto the EuroTunnel train service. Following the quick crossing, passengers are transferred from the minibuses onto the luxury Continental Trains for the onward journey, calling at Paris, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice.

Throughout the journey, passengers are treated to the highest quality of service. After arriving in France, passengers settle into their cabins before being shown to the restaurant car for a four course dinner. The following day, passengers are served breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea before arrival in Venice. Throughout the journey, passengers are treated to the finest scenery as the train travels through Europe.

Route 2:


A night service operates once a day between Venice (Italy) and Budapest (Hungary), onboard the Venezia EuroNight sleeper train. The service offers First and Second Class cabins, as well as Second Class couchettes. For budget-conscious travellers, second class seating is also available, which is the cheapest accommodation option for this journey. A restaurant car is attached for the journey, providing a range of hot and cold food and drinks.

On the way the train stops at Zagreb for a short while (1hr 30mins), enough time to stretch your legs if needs be. Connections are available from Dobova to Split.

The journey between Zagreb and Venice is shared with EuroNight service 413, the service between Venice and Belgrade.

Important Visa Note

Passengers travelling on this route should be aware that the train passes through Croatia, which does not currently take part in the Schengen Agreement. This means that if you may well need a visa that permits you enry into Croatia in addition to your passport/travel documentation. Please check the visa requirements for every country that forms part of your journey to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Route 3:

Replacing the nightly Artesia sleeper service between Paris and Venice is new company Thello's offering. The service calls at destinations including Milan and Verona en route.

The journey takes a total of 12 hours, and is comfortable and relaxing, allowing you to arrive in the heart of Paris or Venice rested afor the day ahead. If you don't like the idea of a sleeper train, an alternative would be to catch a TGV between Paris and Milan, and a Eurostar City service between Milan and Venice.

Route 4:

At the moment, your only option if you want to travel by train direct between Vienna (Wien) and Venice (Venezia), is to travel at night. There are a number of services to choose from however, the majority of which travel between Vienna and Rome, also stopping at Venice Mestre.

This page deals with the EuroNight Allegro service 'Don Giovani', also known as the Venice - Vienna Express, which travels between the two cities also passes through Salzburg and Villach. This is the only train between the two cities that gets right to the heart of the two; Venice and Vienna. The alternative night train option goes to Rome, but only calls at Venice Mestre and Vienna Miedling, whereas this one travels to Vienna Westbahnhof and Venice Santa Lucia. If you don't fancy taking the sleeper train, there are indirect daytime services available, changing at Villach.

The service offers a range of accommodation options, including first and second class sleeping compartments, as well as second class couchettes and seating.

Route 5:

There is one overnight service per day in either direction between Munich and Venice on the City Night Line service named 'Pictor'. A range of accommodation options are available. Two border crossings are made, at Kufstein and Brenner.