Venice Italy | How to get there by ferry and what to expect

The Grand Canal, Venice
Exploring the Venetian lagoon
Iconic gondolas in Venice

Venice and the surrounding areas

In this post we travel eastwards to the fantastic region that has Venice at its heart and we’ll be offering bite sized travel guides on how to get to Venice and the surrounding islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello, an agritourismo visit and one of the best campsites in the area. 

How to get to the Venice area?

We started this Italian adventure at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and after the race weekend we headed East to the Venetian area of Italy.  Our plan was to find a place for our camper van Bob that would give us fairly easy access to Venice and the surrounding Islands. There are numerous options to get to Venice, you can fly or use the extensive rail network. For Flights click and accommodation options Here and for trains use this Link.

Where did we stay?

We found a fantastic campsite on route over from Monza.  As it was towards the end of the season we took a chance that they’d have a pitch.  There was a multitude of campsites all along the Jesolo coast so we were sure we’d find something. 

Arriving at Camping Village Mediterraneo we knew that this was the place for us.  After a jam packed weekend at the Formula One Grand Prix we wanted complete relaxation and that’s what this place offered.   When we arrived there were quite a few pitches available and the one that looked over the beach was the one we chose. 

Campsite facilities:
  • Electricity & Water hook ups on each pitch
  • Good wifi in selected areas
  • Variety of pools and aqua park
  • Entertainment in the evening, especially for children
  • Restaurant, Bar & Cafe area 
  • Extremely clean toilets & showers with plenty hot water
  • Grocery shop with fresh bread and stocked with all the provisions you’ll need as well as having the local wine on tap.  Fantastic ! 
  • Other forms of accommodations such as mobile homes, lodges and glamping tents. 

They have a variety of pitches for tents, caravans and campervan/motorhomes and all reasonably priced.  The pitches that face the sea are the most expensive but worth it for the location. We’d definitely choose this campsite again. 

Campsite Beach
Camping by the sea Cavallino

What is there to do in when exploring Venice, Italy and the surrounding area?

We chose this area as number one,  we wanted to visit Venice which I think is what most people do however there is so much more to see and do.

  • Venice & the Venetian Lagoon Islands – see our full description here
  • Explore the surrounding Cavallino peninsula and the beautiful stretch of beach straight from the campsite
  • Take a trip up the coast to Lido di Jesolo which is a lively resort with restaurants, bars, beaches, waterparks, theme parks and nightlife and all the things you’d expect from a lively and vibrant beach resort.  Very popular with the young people. 
  • Visit a local Agritourismo for lunch – see the full description here 
explore the Venetian lagoon
Arriving at Venice by ferry
Explore the Venetian lagoon
Beautiful colours of Burano

How to get to Venice from Punta Sabbioni 

We were lucky enough to to have our bikes with us and it was a pretty much straight road down from the campsite to Punta Sabbioni where we got the ferry over to the Venetian Lagoon Islands but you can also get the local bus or a taxi.  

Getting to Punta Sabbioni

By Bike – Approx 15 – 20 mins from the campsite with a dedicated cycle lane and ample bike racks at the ferry terminal.

By Bus – The number 23a bus has a stop right up on the main road near the campsite.  The journey is down the SP42 road and is about 20 mins.   It costs around €3 and you can buy tickets from the campsite reception. 

By taxi – the campsite reception can arrange a taxi for you and prices vary from €15 – €25 depending on the time of day and year. 

Punta Sabbioni and the ferries

At Punta Sabbioni you will find the ferry terminal, ticket booths, a couple of cafe’s, toilet facilities, a massive parking lot for cars and busses and plenty bike racks. To get to Venice by ferry you’ll need the Line 14 ferry. This departs on a regular schedule and takes approx 20 mins. The journey is really beautiful as it takes you round the Venetian lagoon. Line 12 will get you to the other islands of Burano, Torcello & Murano. 

You can buy your water bus tickets online here and at the ticket booth at Punta Sabbioni however there can be long queues if you visit at peak times. Our tip is to get there really early in the morning.  We got the first ferry out and was rewarded with an almost empty St Marks Square.

Our view

If your staying in the Lido di Jesolo area this is a fantastic way to explore the lagoon.  The ferries run to all the main touristed islands as well as the city itself. Give it ago you’ll soon be getting to know the lagoon like a local.

Booking resources for your trip


You can compare cheap flights on the Expedia platform or here on the Aviasales website.  Both will give you a good idea of how much its going to cost you to get to your chosen destination.


We have always tended to use having said that if your on a tight budget another good site to try as a comparison is Hostelworld, If your looking to compare different sites you can do that on Hotellook, we tend to look on here first to make sure we are getting the best deal.

Tours & Tickets

You can book your visits as you go at the entrance to your chosen attraction or site.  Or you could use the following links to book in advance or just to find out what your choices are in the area. GetYourGuide and Tiqets are our go to choices you could try Viator to see how they compare.

For a full list check out our resources page. Don’t forget always shop around to find the best deal for you. What works for us should be good for you but it’s always reassuring to check.

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