Venice is a beautiful and welcoming city, but travel can be complex and advance planning is strongly advised. Please read this page carefully before booking your travel and stay.
HOW TO REACH VENICE
Marco Polo international airport in Venice (https://www.veneziaairport.it/en/ ) is the third largest Italian international hub (after Rome and Milan). The Marco Polo Venice airport is served by all major airlines with a network of over 100 destinations in the world (North America, Europe, Far and Middle East).
About 30 km further from Venice there is another airport called, Treviso Sant’Angelo (https://www.trevisoairport.it/en/ ), which hosts all main low cost airlines.
The Venice railway station (Venezia Santa Lucia), facing the Grand Canal, is one of the main train stations in Italy and serves both national and international routes. For all train info visit www.trenitalia.it.
Maps below show the relative positions of the mainland, Venice city and the Lido island where IUS 2022 will be held.
There are three areas of Venice relevant to IUS 2022:
- The Conference Center and many hotels are on the island of Lido.
- Venice city. Many other hotels are located here. It will take about 30 minutes to travel from the Venice city to the Conference Center on the Lido island.
- Mainland (Mestre, Marghera, Chioggia, Iesolo, etc). Do not book unless you are keen in taking up to two hours to reach the Conference Center.
Fly to Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE). From the airport, take the Alilaguna waterbus to either Lido or Venice. See here for details.
There is covered walkway from the airport to the Alilaguna waterbus station on the departure level of the airport.
We advise you to book a hotel on the Lido island, close to the conference center. Soon you will find many hotel options on this website, offering a range of hotels at special IUS2022 rates.
Alternatively, book a hotel in Venice, but note that a 30-minute trip will be necessary to reach the Conference Center. We warmly suggest not to book on the mainland.
Transportation in Venice, which is built on water, is different from most cities. Venice has no ground transportation, only waterbuses. Lido has ground transportation (buses, cars and bicycles), but the routes do not go beyond the limits of the island.
- To move within Lido island, you can use regular buses or the conference shuttle.
- To travel between Venice city center and the Lido island to move about the city center of Venice, you must use the ‘vaporetto’ waterbuses.
- Venice and the Lido are very walking friendly. You can get most places by foot unless you need to cross from the Lido back to Venice.
A single trip ticket costs 7.5 EUR. Advance tickets available only at the time of IUS2022 registration may provide significant savings – please see below.
Tickets for public transportation must be bought before you board. It is possible to buy tickets on the vaporetto waterbus, but they will often cost you more. You can buy tickets directly at the airport, at Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta, or at many other ticket offices throughout the city.
Public transportation (waterbuses and regular buses) runs all night, but somewhat less frequently.
Special IUS2022 Waterbus Tickets
Delegates can use ‘vaporetto’ waterbuses to reach the Conference Venue (if their hotel is in Venice) or for sightseeing. Consider buying an advance, discounted ticket available only with your conference registration for: three days (28 EUR), five days (35 EUR) or a week – 8 days (48 EUR).
These tickets are valid for both waterbuses in Venice and regular buses in Lido and are reserved for IUS2022 delegates only. They do not cover the airport transfer which runs on a specific line.
Tickets can be purchased along with your registration. You will receive a PNR code to print your ticket or download it on your mobile.
There are taxis within Lido and watertaxis in Venice and between Venice/Lido/Airport.
Watertaxis are very expensive (around 100 EUR/ride) but can take up to 10 people, so they can be a reasonable choice if you share costs in a large group.