My Year in Venice, Part 5: Travel

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

As I’ve mentioned before, I chose to get around Venice everyday by foot. This was the cheapest form of travel and I was able to admire the views and discover new places too!

A lot of my friends took the vaporetto from time to time and there is a student discount card. You pay €10 to buy the card and then €25 per month for unlimited travel, which included local buses into mainland Mestre too.

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My first boat ride from Piazzale Roma


Getting to the airport was surprisingly fast. Buses run every 20 minutes from Piazzale Roma to ‘Venezia Marco Polo Aeroporto’. It takes only 20 minutes to get to the airport and is a pretty cheap fare – €8 one way or €15 return.

Flights from Marco Polo to London and other UK regional airports are with aircraft providers: easyJet, British Airways, and When booking in advance, I could get return flights for around £50, but if I left it last minute then the price would be closer to £100 (or more in peak season).

Marco Polo is the main (and nicer) airport but there is also an airport called ‘Treviso Aeroporto’, which is a lot smaller and 20 minutes further away but has the advantage of operating cheap flights, such as Ryanair. The bus fare from Piazzale Roma to Treviso is €12 one way or €22 return.

Whilst I preferred Marco Polo, I was sometimes able to get a flight back to London from Treviso for as cheap as €12, which is cheaper than my train fare home from Reading!

Travelling around Italy

When travelling around Italy, ‘TrenItalia’ (the Italian version of Virgin trains, let’s say), became my best friend. The actual trains had really nice interiors with air conditioning, plug sockets, comfy seats and food on board. Fares were cheap if you booked in advance. For example, I managed to get return tickets to Milan for €30 instead of €60!

Rome is four hours away by train

The beauty of travelling by train was that it was super quick and easy – the train station (Venezia Santa Lucia/Ferrovia) was right by Piazzale Roma in central Venice. Travel times for some of the main cities were:

  • Milan: 2 hours
  • Florence: 2 hours
  • Rome: 4 hours
  • Bologna: 1 hour
  • Verona: 30 minutes
The Trevi Fountain in Rome

Some of my friends who came from outside of Europe, such as Asia, Australia, etc., ventured out even further and decided to travel to Germa