Here is some helpful information for your trip in Venice.
Alitalia, Salizzada S. Moisè, San Marco 1463 telephone: 041.520.0355;
British Airways, Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4191 tel 041.528.5026.
Banks in Venice are mainly concentrated on west of the Piazza. Their opening hours are usually from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm and from 2:30 pm -3:30 pm. The main banks are:
Banca Commerciale Italiana, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, San Marco 2188.
Banca d'Italia San Marco 4799.
Banca Credito Italiano, Campo S. Salvador
Banco Ambrosiano Veneto, Calle Goldoni, San Marco 4481.
Banco di Roma, Mercerie dell'Orologio, San Marco 191.
Banco San Marco, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, San Marco 383.
There are numerous exchange bureaus nearby San Marco, the Rialto and the Santa Lucia train station. Opening time is late every day of the week. They could be useful in emergencies, but rates of commission and exchange tend to be low. The best rates are always at the American Express and the main banks of the city.
Many dedicated Internet points have opened in recent years, most charging around €5.15 per half-hour, though rates usually depend on how long you stay online.
In Venice, there’s no self-service laundries any more, but each parish has a dry cleaner.
You can have your luggage left at the end of platform 14 in the train station of Venice, and each item charges around €2.58 for twelve hours. For a shorter stay, it is suggested to use the lockers alongside platform 1 which only cost €1.55 per 6 hours. Both are open day and night.
The main post office of Venice is in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi which is close to the Rialto Bridge. If there is any poste restante, it must be addressed to the Fermo Posta, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, 80100 Venezia first, where they can be collected from Monday to Saturday, 8:15 am - 6:45 pm. Remember to take your passport whenever you go. Stamps always are on sale from Monday – Saturday, 8:15 am-7:00 pm, and you can buy them in Tabacchi and in some gift shops.
Green, blue and white AmaV signs on the walls are all over the city, pointing you to the nearest toilet. Cost is about L1000 (prepare coins for the turnstiles). There are main facilities at the train station and at Piazzale Roma. Public toilets can also be found to the west side of the Accademia Bridge, by tourist office at the Giardinetti Reali, off the west side of the San Marco square, on Campo San Bartolomeo, on Campo San Polo, Campo Rialto Nuovo, Campo San Leonardo, Campo Sant' Angelo, and as well as on Campo S. Margherita.
This Venice Hotels Guide allows email and online bookings on all kinds of Hotels, from cheap Bed and Breakfast lodging to budget and luxurious Venice Hotels. The first things you’ll need to know are: 1) how to reach Venice first, and 2) how to reach your Hotels where you are booked.
Venice is a very particular city for Hotels logistics, but overall, regards the "normal" behavior of most local services providers, so you’ll better read carefully our Important Warnings section by section.
To reach the Venice Hotels, there are two landing opportunities, the International Venice Airport, located in the Mainland, and "Nicelli" Aero club located in the Isle of Lido. Only the first Venice Airport allows international airlines to land, but when you travel to Venice Hotels on a small private aircraft, the second would fit better. Once out of the Venice Airport in Tessera, you can choose to go to the Venice Historical Centre Hotels by sea or by land.
There are two main ways to reach the Venice Hotels located in the Historical Centre of Venice from the Airport. One is through the Alilaguna bus boats at an affordable price, but then having to walk at less to reach the Venice Hotels, or by hiring a water-taxi that will cost you nearly ten times more, but will take you straight to the Venice Hotel of your choice. The journey between the Venice Airport and the Hotels will take about 45 minutes to 2 hours long.
A normal fare from the Venice Airport to the Venice Hotels should only actually be around €80 (year 2006). However, there were many cases where people that were unaware of the normal charges, have been deceitfully charged even up to €200.
There are regular and cheap bus services between Venice Airport and Piazzale Roma (see detailed Venice bus terminal map) which will take you there in about half an hour. Taxis are also available for just a 15 minute journey and a more comfortable transport.
Both means, by bus or taxi, will leave you just at the door of the Historical Centre of Venice anyway. It is quite far from most Venice Hotels (see Piazzale Roma on the general Venice Map) and it is a choice between a long walk to the Hotels, a ride in a bus boat to arrive at least near to them, or hiring a water taxi, which will bring you very near to most Venice Hotels but will cost you, even for few minutes of navigation, many times more than what you will pay for a taxi on wheels.
Venice and her Hotels are connected to the Mainland via a four Kilometer long bridge across the Lagoon. Therefore, you can arrive either by train or with your personal car or bike, but you will not be allowed to reach the Venice Hotels on wheels, except the Hotels in Venice Lido and in Piazzale Roma or very near to the Railway Station (detailed information to reach Venice Hotels by land).
The railroad bridge ends at the Northwest side of Venice, in an area that, of course, is full of Hotels. Nevertheless, your Hotel could be quite far. Examples are hotels located in St. Mark Square’s zone which would require a half an hour walk and hotels in Castello zone requires a walk that is 45 minutes or more.
Just in front of the Railway Station, the bus boats are available to spare you a good part of the walk to the Venice Hotels. You can count on veniceXplorer map´s bus-boat stop search to locate where it will be more convenient for you to disembark, to be as near as possible to the Venice Hotels you’ve chosen.
When you locate your Venice Hotels on our maps, locating the closest two bus boat stops is just a click away. Venice bus boat fares are not exactly cheap, but very, very convenient in front of reaching the Venice Hotels by water taxi, as told before.
Parking a car in Venice is quite a difficult job if you are lodged in a Luxurious Venice Hotel. Between the hundreds of Venice Hotels in the Historical Centre, the Hotel Santa Chiara, located exactly in Piazzale Roma, is the only hotel that has its own garage aside from the Venice Lido Hotels of course. You can reach the Venice Lido Hotels by car with a ferryboat. If you are not going to book at that particular Hotel or choose a Venice Lido Hotel, your choices for parking are listed here.
No vehicles are admitted in the Historical Centre of Venice, not even simple bikes or Venice Hotel guests´ bikes. Your bike could be pushed by one hand to your booked Venice Hotels and up and down the Venice bridges, but you should have confirmation from the Hotel first. Some Venice Hotels are very small and they might have problems accommodating bikes even in your own room because the hotel stairs are usually very narrow.
Venice Hotel’s guests, as well as other tourists, benefit some free parking spaces for their bikes and motorbikes in Piazzale Roma (see our detailed map at Motocycle Free Park menu item). These parking spaces are unattended, so you can park for free but at your own risk. If you are a Venice Hotel guest or not and if you are a biker, do not forget to visit the beautiful collection of photos at the Motoclub Mestre site.