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

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.

82 Replies to “Planning your trip to Venice – Choosing a hotel and how to get to your hotel (Venice tips)”

  1. Travelerfour Ever says:

    Great tips. Thanks.

  2. Nida Khan says:

    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

  3. Dalia's Ambitions says:

    Thank you for these tips. I shall bookmark this 🙂

  4. Pat Seidler says:

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

  5. The Average Venetians says:

    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 🙂

  6. bgbreakdown says:

    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!

  7. Linda Masson says:

    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.

  8. ArchieWW says:

    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.

  9. Maxine Barnes says:

    Important and great transportation tips!

  10. Ferj Osio says:

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

  11. Mary irl says:

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

  12. mohammad davoudian says:

    Vey useful tips, thank you both.

  13. Mohd Amirul Ramli & Co. says:

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

  14. Effie Colida says:

    Very Informative thank you

  15. Mirna Panić says:

    nice thnx

  16. Beyond Health to Healing says:

    awesome informative video thanks alot

  17. Carlos Rodriguez says:

    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?

  18. Rami Eg says:

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

  19. Jennifer Ford says:

    so helpful.

  20. herewegokids7 says:

    do you guys speak italian?

  21. Marina Latu says:

    thank you!

  22. Bethanie Kingston says:

    So helpful thankyou

  23. maria figoni says:

    Great recommendations!

  24. Eduardo Aguiar says:

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

  25. Noe Berengena says:

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

  26. Ryo Chuu says:

    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 !!!

  27. Susan Ellis says:

    great informative video! Thanks for sharing the tidbits!

  28. Justlikethat says:

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

  29. HumanFairy says:

    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.

  30. dryanmoore says:

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

  31. fatima sakoor says:

    very helpful thanks so much !!!

  32. Mike Jurasek says:

    Very good video, lots of info

  33. song omglis says:

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

  34. Jonilee4292 says:

    This was very helpful, thank you!

  35. Galih Jati says:

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

  36. nenitasmail says:

    THUMBS UP, thank you for sharing, take care.

  37. Nero Vibes says:

    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… ❤️❤️❤️

  38. Lauren Jayne says:

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

  39. Rk Carias says:

    This is by far the best transit advice! Thanks!

  40. 15anerachoreographer says:

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

  41. iReflect Ministries says:

    Was in Venice 2 months ago love it

  42. Ale Paoletti says:

    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.

  43. Prince Ramez says:

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

  44. Daniela Fernandes says:

    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!

  45. Nancy Bueno says:

    Waooo buenos tips..thank you.

  46. Denise Francis says:

    This was so helpful!

  47. Kelly Park says:

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

  48. Paul Ayala says:

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

  49. Omar Marashi says:

    Thanks guys that was so helpful

  50. Carmencita Vettori says:

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

  51. Carmencita Vettori says:

    I will take the train from Florence.

  52. Amanda Corcoran says:

  53. Alezion23 says:

    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!

  54. Devin Trent says:

    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?

  55. Audhild Bogstad says:

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

  56. Joy Mukherjee says:

    Sir, what if we drive by train ? Please inform

  57. Sky1 says:

    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?

  58. Jane Hammond says:

    Thank you very helpful

  59. Tom k says:

    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.

  60. Rachel Parenteau says:

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

  61. Scott D says:

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

  62. kk Cc says:

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

  63. Stall Trader says:

    Top top tips!! Thanks

  64. bellephegor says:

    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.

  65. Luca Creddo says:

    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.

  66. Jon Mcintire says:

    Nice information video ,😀😁

  67. hawkesbayboy1 says:

    Wow … great tips, thank you.

  68. Tarek joumaa says:

    how much does the the boat ticket cost?

  69. RitooRitu says:

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

  70. Brad Thompson says:

    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.

  71. Brad Thompson says:

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

  72. ckrdnasm says:

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

  73. ster says:

    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.

  74. Gabi Rrbb says:

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

  75. Linda Lam says:

    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!

  76. papadoc711 says:

    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?

  77. Pearl Soriano says:

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

  78. Mike Young says:

    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.

  79. Augusto Lugo says:

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

  80. Phil Abroms says:

    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 !

  81. Charlon Muscat says:

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