Our Venice Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Italy. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips.

It’s all compiled in this Venice Travel Essentials. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Venice.

  • When is the best time to travel to Venice?

    When is the best time to travel to Venice?

    Venice’s climate is humid subtropical, with average temperatures ranging from 3ºC in winter to 23ºC in summer.

    • Most rainfall occurs from April to June, yet the average number of rainy days only ranges between 6 and 9 per month throughout the year. 
    • The warmest time of the year is from May to September. 
    • July and August are very popular months to visit Venice. The throngs of tourists may spoil a romantic vacation. The peak tourist season also means that hotel and flight prices rise accordingly.
    • With less crowd and more affordable hotel and flight rates, the best time to go to Venice is from late-September to mid-November
  • Venice basics

    Venice basics
    • Primary language: Italian
    • Plug types: C, F and L
    • Electricity: 230 V
    • Currency: Euro (€)
    • International dialing code: +39 041
    • Emergency telephone number: 112
  • How to get to my hotel in Venice?

    How to get to my hotel in Venice?

    Venice Marco Polo Airport

    Venice Marco Polo Airport sits on the mainland, about 7 km north of the city center. It’s one of the busiest airports in Italy. The airport hosts a single 3-storey terminal that features a good choice of dining and shopping options as well as facilities such as banking and currency exchange services. There are several transfer options to reach Venice:

    • A water taxi to Venice takes at least 20 minutes. The water taxis counter can be found in the arrivals hall, then the embarking pier is 750 meters away from the airport (you can rental a taxi to get there).
    • A land taxi takes around 20-30 minutes. The taxi rank is right outside the arrivals hall.
    • The Alilaguna public boat takes 1 hour and half. The ticket desk is inside the arrivals hall.
    • A shuttle bus takes 20-30 minutes. The ticket desk is inside the arrival halls. It’s the cheapest way to get to Venice.
    • Car rental agencies can be found in the terminal. Note that it’s not the best option as it’s not possible to drive a car in Venice.

    Venezia Santa Lucia and Mestre Railway Stations

    Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia are the 2 main railway stations that serve Venice. Mestre is located on the mainland, 8 km north of Venice. It’s linked to the mainland via the Ponte Della Liberta (the Freedom Bridge). Note that you may have to change trains to get to Venice.

    Venezia Santa Lucia sits just north of Venice historical city, 350 meters east of Piazzale Roma, the main arrival area when traveling by bus, car and Alilaguna public boat. From here, you can get to your hotel by Vaporetto (public water bus) or private water taxi.

    photo by Threecharlie (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified

  • How to get around Venice?

    Travel tips

    How to get around Venice?

    There are only 2 ways to explore Venice: on foot and by boat. The city is rather compact – roughly 5 km by 2 km – so walking in narrow streets along the canals is a really pleasant way to discover the architectural splendours of Venice. Get a map as the historical city is a bit of a maze. If you worry about getting lost, you can join a guided tour that will take you safely straight to the most famous sights.

    Besides walking, the Vaporetto (public water bus) is the most convenient and affordable way to travel around Venice. Run by the "Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano" (A.C.T.V.), they get you from one side of the city to the other in about 30 minutes.

    • There are 19 separate routes around Venice, though several lines are limited to the summer season, from April to October
    • A 1-way/single ticket is valid for 75 minutes
    • Do not forget to validate your ticket at the machine before boarding
    • Tickets for 1 to 7 days are available
  • Romancing on a gondola

    Romancing on a gondola

    A tour on a gondola is a popular activity if you come to Venice with your loved one. This iconic symbol of Venice is really a must-do, yet at rocketing prices. Gondola fares are officially set.

    • 40-minute tours can fit up to 6 people
    • Call the Istituzione per la conservazione della gondola e la tutela del gondoliere (Venice's official gondola association) at +39 041 528 5075 to make a booking as bookings through a hotel or agency often involves additional costs
  • What are the main annual events in Venice?

    What are the main annual events in Venice?

    Venice Carnival (Carnevale)

    • What: Venice’s largest annual event, and its most iconic, sees hordes of people dress in elegant white masks and take part in masked balls and public parades.
    • When: Typically in February
    • Where: All over Venice

    Venice Biennale

    • What: The Venice Biennale is an international contemporary visual art exhibition that lasts 6 months. Established in 1895, it features all types of art, from painting to theatre and from sculpture to dance.
    • When: May–November
    • Where: Former Arsenal shipyard and Giardini gardens

    Venice International Film Festival

    • What: Held since 1932, Venice International Film Festival is one of the world’s oldest events dedicated to cinema. Film moguls, top-notch directors and celebrated movie stars join the festival to promote their latest works.
    • When: Late august–early September
    • Where: Venice Lido