Stazione di Santa Lucia is the train station and it is important to avoid getting off in Mestre which is the stop before Venice. Once you exit the station you can catch one of the vaporettos to the location of your hotel, but you can be certain that no matter which transport you decide to use in Venice walking is part of the experience. It is advisable to arrive in Venice with little luggage if you do not wish to carry heavy bags over canal bridges. If you arrive by car you will need to leave your vehicle at Piazzale Roma at one of the many garages for the duration of your stay in Venice.
The best and speediest way to experience this fascinating city is walking. A real treat is getting a front seat on one of the vaporettos and enjoy cruising down the Grand Canal. You can also buy a 24-hour travel pass, which can be used on any vaporettos or land buses within the Venice area. It is important to validate your ticket in the yellow machine usually placed right by the landing stage before boarding. Water taxis which are speed boats will take you faster to your destination or to any hotel which is by the canal, but they can be quite expensive. A wonderful way to arrive in Venice is by boat either by cruise ship or by one of the ferries which link this city with the neighbouring countries of Greece, Croatia or Slovenia.
Most visitors arrive in Venice either by train or at Marco Polo airport, which is around 7 km north from the city. There are hydrofoils every 30 minutes, which will take you to San Marco square and the trip takes 1 hour. Bus services from the airport terminate at Piazzale Roma opposite the main train station on the other side of the canal and the trip takes 20 minutes. From here you will need to catch a "vaporetto" (water bus) to a location closest to your hotel. There is a 2nd airport near Venice called Treviso some 30 km inland but it is mostly used by charter flights.