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Planning your trip to Venice – Choosing a hotel and how to get to your hotel (Venice tips)

November 30, 2019

Today we’re talking about Venice and we’re
going to give you tips on how to plan a trip to Venice. This includes how to get from Marco
Polo International Airport to the island. But also how to choose a hotel. Venice is one of the most beautiful cities
we’ve ever visited, and we’ve been there on several occasions. But, it can also be one
of the more frustrating places to visit. So a little bit of extra planning and extra information
at hand can make for a much more enjoyable experience. And, if you can imagine, Venice is a bunch
of islands, maybe a hundred or so islands, all connected by small little bridges and
these bridges are step bridges. They’re not ramp bridges. So you’re going to have to cross
twenty to thirty of these bridges With your luggage in tow it can be pretty
tiring. It can be a disaster. And the other thing to remember is that it’s
almost a maze. A maze of alleyways, canals, and a lot of
dead-ends; where you end up at a canal with no bridge and you’ve got to backtrack, hopefully
finding the right alley that will get you to the bridge to cross over. So here’s what you need to do when planning
your trip to Venice. Before you book your hotel, you should go to the Alilaguna website. Alilaguna is the company that operates the
water bus system. The water bus in Venice is called the vaporetto. You should look at their routes. They have
three routes; an orange route, a blue route, and a red route. And you should select a hotel
that’s very close to one of these vaporetto docks. And what’s important when you’re choosing
a hotel is also to book a hotel outside of the main tourist area. This is really important
because it can reduce the cost of your hotel. But it also gives you a local feel for the
community in a less touristy atmosphere. And it also gives you access to things like
grocery stores or fruit stands where you can actually buy something for in your hotel room At lower prices. At much lower prices. So, what we did is we booked the hotel Alloggi Barbaria in the Castello neighborhood. We highly recommend staying at this hotel.
It’s a 2-star hotel. It’s pretty basic; pretty simple, but comfortable. It’s very easy to get to from the vaporetto
dock. It was maybe a 2-minute walk, if that. Really easy. So, that would be our recommendation
on where to stay. It’s only about a 15-minute walk to the tourist
area. So that’s not that bad either. It was nice to get out of all the people – the
cruise ship people – to stay in that area. We really enjoyed it. So when booking your trip or thinking about
getting to the island, there are two methods for getting from Marco Polo International
Airport to the island. One is by bus and we don’t recommend taking the bus. It’s cheaper
and it’s a little bit quicker to get to the island, but you still have to negotiate getting
from the train station, where the bus drops you off, to your hotel. And we definitely
do not recommend staying near the train station. This is really not a nice area to be in. The
other way to get from Marco Polo International Airport to the island is via vaporetto, as
we had mentioned. And it’s real easy to get to the vaporetto dock. First thing you’ll
want to do, you want to exit the baggage area, and you can purchase your tickets right outside
of the baggage area. Now here’s a tip: If the line is really long, skip that line and
then take the 7-minute walk directly to the docks. And at that point you can purchase
your tickets at the small kiiosk at the dock. It’s the same service. It’s the same company. Same price. They just have a kiosk there to purchase your
tickets if you forgot to purchase them at the airport. Once you’ve purchased your ticket,
you’ll want to go over to the dock that is serviced by the vaporetto you’re taking. That
would be the orange, red, or blue lines. As the vaporetto approaches, you’ll want to make
sure that you allow the passengers that were on the vaporetto to exit the vaporetto, and
then board your vaporetto, handing the conductor the ticket for them to validate it. Also, let them know at that moment which vaporetto
stop you’ll need to get out at, because they do not stop at all of them. And they also arrange the luggage based on
those stops. So, board the vaporetto, sit back and enjoy the ride. For us it was about
a 42-minute ride to get to our dock. As it’s time to approach your stop, you’ll want to
go towards the exit of the vaporetto, collect your luggage and be ready to exit, because it’s sometimes a
very quick change over. Obviously, have your luggage in hand then
exit the vaporetto and walk directly to your hotel. So, it can be a really fun trip, but it requires
a little bit of planning. It’s not an ordinary place to visit. But, it is so beautiful. Anyway, that’s it for this episode. Thanks for joining us. Remember, don’t forget to subscribe and ‘like’
us on youtube.

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  • Reply Mike Young September 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Venice is a beautiful city, but it can be a very frustrating place to visit if you do not plan ahead. This video gives travel tips for visiting Venice that will make your stay and arrival much more enjoyable and affordable. Find out more about Venice at:

  • Reply Mike Young February 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

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  • Reply Selwyn Sooialo March 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I've never been to europe and I'm going with a bunch of friends. I'm responsible for our Venice trip and this clip has been so helpful. Thank you so much, i love the details and the fact that you showed the airport and where to go. Also i didn't realise that the bridges were steps. Again thanks

  • Reply Shamit Kumar Tomar June 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks, that's very very helpful.

  • Reply Travelerfour Ever August 2, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Great tips. Thanks.

  • Reply Nida Khan February 7, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    thank u so much guys, for the video. It is really informative and helpfull for me as I am planing a trip to venice soon. hats off to your effort. Stay blessed

  • Reply Dalia Lourenço March 2, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Thank you for these tips. I shall bookmark this 🙂

  • Reply Pat Seidler March 7, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Great tips, thanks for sharing and all your efforts…planing to take my daughter and granddaughter to Venice

  • Reply The Average Venetians March 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Hello Mike, my name is Sara and I work at Alloggi Barbaria along with my dad, Fausto!
    We just saw your video, and we wanted to thank you for mentioning us!
    We received a few guests that told us that they chose our hotel because you recommended it!
    Thank you a lot, see you next time maybe 🙂

  • Reply bgbreakdown March 18, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I am so grateful. I'm going later this year and did not have a single clue as to what to do about transport or hotels. Thanks for posting. Very useful!

  • Reply Linda Masson March 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Mike , loved this post thank you so much , I wanted to ask how was the daily breakfast at the Hotel Alloggi Barbaria and would you recommend it and the area for two ladies thank you.

  • Reply ArchieWW April 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    A well presented and very helpful and informative video. Thank you so much for posting this. We are departing for Venice in two days time and this video has made me much more confident about using the vaporetto to get from Marco Polo Airport to St Mark's Square. Greetings from Scotland.

  • Reply Maxine Barnes July 5, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Important and great transportation tips!

  • Reply Ferj Osio August 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for the tip! That will save me a lot of pain and time!

  • Reply Mary irl August 3, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing !!! Great video and verry helpfull !!! Thanks a lot !!!

  • Reply mohammad davoudian October 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Vey useful tips, thank you both.

  • Reply Mohd Amirul Ramli & Co. November 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Dear brother and sister, thanks for your tips. Really appreciate it. Subscribed 🙂

  • Reply Effie Colida January 14, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Very Informative thank you

  • Reply Mirna Panić January 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

    nice thnx

  • Reply Manifestation Masters February 4, 2017 at 1:18 am

    awesome informative video thanks alot

  • Reply Carlos Rodriguez February 27, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Hi, we are going to Venice in a few month but we are going to be spending a few days in Rome first. we were thinking of taking the train (fast) from Rome to Venice and i was told that it will drop us off at Stazione di venezia Santa Lucia. what is the way to move around to get to the hotel from there boat or bus?

  • Reply Rami Eg March 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    just back from venice last week was amazing time ! i love it

  • Reply Jennifer Ford March 17, 2017 at 1:10 am

    so helpful.

  • Reply herewegokids7 March 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    do you guys speak italian?

  • Reply Marina Latu April 6, 2017 at 5:59 am

    thank you!

  • Reply Bethanie Kingston April 9, 2017 at 1:50 am

    So helpful thankyou

  • Reply maria figoni April 19, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Great recommendations!

  • Reply Eduardo Aguiar April 23, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Thanks for the video, Mr. Young, it was very helpful!

  • Reply Noe Berengena May 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Good tips for saving money and staying out of the tourist loop as much as is possible.

  • Reply Ryo Chuu May 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Hello you two ! I just discovered your channel because I'm preparing my trip to Venice and WOW ! Thank you SO MUCH !! Very useful video ! Thank you !!!

  • Reply Susan Ellis June 11, 2017 at 5:15 am

    great informative video! Thanks for sharing the tidbits!

  • Reply Justlikethat June 11, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I was searching for where to stay in Venice…. but stumbled upon this brilliant idea of getting into Venice from Airport

  • Reply HumanFairy June 22, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I literally cannot thank you enough for this video. Planing a week long trip to Italy and it has been very stressful trying to plan for outings, budget and finding a place to stay.

  • Reply dryanmoore June 23, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Your helpful insights about how to take the Alilaguna vaporetta from the airport were SO helpful. Thank you so much.

  • Reply fatima sakoor July 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    very helpful thanks so much !!!

  • Reply Mike Jurasek August 17, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Very good video, lots of info

  • Reply song omglis August 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    very very very useful!!! thank you for your detailed information!!!

  • Reply Jonilee4292 September 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    This was very helpful, thank you!

  • Reply Galih Jati January 5, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for the Tips Mike Young!! Venice is one of my dream!! Surely I will go there soon!

  • Reply nenitasmail February 4, 2018 at 1:51 am

    THUMBS UP, thank you for sharing, take care.

  • Reply Nero Vibes February 7, 2018 at 8:20 am

    This is the best video i've seen…. Thank you so much Mr. Mike…. Lot of tips and great… I am planning to go there with my fiance… Thank youu soooo much… ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Lauren Jayne March 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Very helpful. How much roughly is the water bus from the airport??

  • Reply Rk Carias May 20, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    This is by far the best transit advice! Thanks!

  • Reply 15anerachoreographer May 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    What vaporetto and which stop do you need to take to get to Alloggi Barbara? ?

  • Reply iReflect Ministries June 10, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Was in Venice 2 months ago love it

  • Reply Ale Paoletti July 3, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Alilaguna is not the water bus or vaporetto company, it operates the outer city water lines. To take a vaporetto you must deal with Actv (the same of buses and tram) and Vela ticket shops.

  • Reply Prince Ramez July 28, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Can i contact you on instagram or facebook to get some informations?

  • Reply Daniela Fernandes July 31, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Your video was very helpful! I'm planning a trip for December and my idea was to stay near Santa Lucia train station to avoid carrying luggages everywhere. Why is it a bad idea
    tks in advance!

  • Reply Nancy Bueno August 1, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Waooo buenos tips..thank you.

  • Reply Denise Francis August 9, 2018 at 12:26 am

    This was so helpful!

  • Reply Kelly Park August 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you so!! much! Vaporetto will save my trip.

  • Reply Paul Ayala August 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Great information. It's information such as this which separates a wonderful vacation experience from a bad one.

  • Reply Omar Marashi August 16, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Thanks guys that was so helpful

  • Reply Carmencita Vettori August 18, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    What is the best time to go to Venice aside from Spring? Or Winter?

  • Reply Carmencita Vettori August 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I will take the train from Florence.

  • Reply Amanda Corcoran August 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

  • Reply Alezion23 August 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Mike, great video! Do you think it is safe for a night walk, going for example from the hotel that you recomend to St Mark's Square and back? around i dont know,,… 8 / 9 / 10pm? thanks!

  • Reply Devin Trent September 3, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks alot for this video and resources… I have a question: Why do you recommend not staying near the train station? You mentioned that it's not a nice place to stay… why is that?

  • Reply Audhild Bogstad September 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for some useful tips 🙂
    In 1 week, I'll be there ♥

  • Reply Joy Mukherjee September 4, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Sir, what if we drive by train ? Please inform

  • Reply Sky1 September 28, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I want to stay in a hotel overlooking the grand Canal by the Rialto bridge. is the Al Pointe Antico as nice as it looks online?

  • Reply Jane Hammond October 26, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Thank you very helpful

  • Reply Tom k October 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    wow… very helpful and not generic "ten tips" style video which sometimes feel like they have found out all their tips from other people and not from truly being there. Vaporetto tips especially helpful. thanks guys.

  • Reply Rachel Parenteau November 1, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Very helpful i found the buses in venice very affordable didnt stay very long few days but cant wait to go back

  • Reply Scott D November 12, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    thanks for the tips.. So excited on my first trip

  • Reply kk Cc November 25, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    why don't recommend to stay near the train station? is there dangerous?

  • Reply Stall Trader January 14, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Top top tips!! Thanks

  • Reply bellephegor January 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Don't look at Alilaguna schedules but look for ACTV waterbuses instead. Where Alilaguna only services a few fixed lines ACTV (which the Venetians themselves use) services the whole of Venice, plus ACTV is a lot cheaper. Only use Alilaguna when you want to catch a waterbus from Marco Polo airport to Venice.

  • Reply Luca Creddo January 31, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    You did not explain why the area around Venice central station is not good area to stay.
    Areas around central railway stations are problematic in many italian cities, but the area around Venezia Santa Lucia is actually fine.

  • Reply Jon Mcintire February 1, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Nice information video ,??

  • Reply hawkesbayboy1 February 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Wow … great tips, thank you.

  • Reply Tarek joumaa March 25, 2019 at 10:26 am

    how much does the the boat ticket cost?

  • Reply RitooRitu April 11, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Your video is extremely informative compared to all the junk videos being created by millennials and view seekers!

  • Reply Brad Thompson May 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I stay regularly on both sides of the lagoon, but my favorite hotels are on the Mestre side of the bridge. Train and/or bus service is pretty much 24-7. Nothing beats exploring Venice in the wee hours when all the tourist bus groups have departed and the cruise line passengers have scrambled back to the boat.

  • Reply Brad Thompson May 3, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Have you done a video covering the beach areas of Jesolo? Would remind many Americans of east coast resorts like Virginia Beach.

  • Reply ckrdnasm May 4, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Venice is amazing! i was there one month ago with my family.. @

  • Reply ster June 3, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    At the risk of repeating what so many others have already stated, Thank you for the most helpful and informative video. I do have one question regarding the price of the Vaporetto (water taxi) . Could you please provide us some idea of the cost for the boat. I have heard it mentioned elsewhere that this is very expensive like around $50 USD. Please enlighten us and thanks again.

  • Reply Gabi Rrbb June 7, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Which vaporetto island did you need to get off to go to Allegio barbaria? please share. thanks!

  • Reply Linda Lam July 2, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Hi Mike, love the video and thank you so very much for recommending Allegio Barbaria since I have been searching for an affordable hotel that is easy to get to and which doesn't require me to lug my big luggage across a few bridges since my knees are not in the best shape . I will be arriving from the airport but leaving Venice by train at Santa Lucia station. Thanks for the direction for getting to the hotel, but is there vaporetto that can take me to the train station? Also is there elevator on the building and if not, how many floors or steps to climb? Your response will be greatly appreciated!

  • Reply papadoc711 July 12, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    when you're getting a water taxi from madonna dell orto to the airport, do the water taxis that collect you there stop at any other stops before going to the airport first?

  • Reply Pearl Soriano August 3, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Your video is short, but I learned so much! I’m heading to Italy next month and I’m totally clueless!

  • Reply Mike Young August 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Hi, thanks for watching our video. We have much more info on our website. You can use these links: for Rome (, Venice (, and Pisa ( Have fun in Italy.

  • Reply Augusto Lugo August 29, 2019 at 1:01 am

    What do you have against cruise people??????? I am one of them 🙂 cheers and thanks for the info.

  • Reply Phil Abroms September 20, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    My hotel near the Rialto said I needed to take a vaperetto if I wanted to be let off on their side of the Rialto bridge ( not the boat you pictured) . I'm just trying to find a good way as we will have a large bag plus a carry on also. Thanks !

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