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driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

Hi all,

will be driving in May to Italy (end of may),

What is the best time of the day to avoid the highest point of traffic? Its about a 6hr drive.

We will be heading to Venice for a long weekend,

I was thinking of leaving around 4pm and arriving around 10 or 11pm.

Any tips? Or should i leave later, ie around 6pm arrive midnight?
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I drove to Venice last year and if you can go on a weekday the traffic isn't too bad in the tunnel. I remember there being lots of cars on the highways in Italy, but not "traffic" per se.

I would recommend leaving in the morning if you can, if you leave later and only end up arriving at midnight you run the chance of the public water taxis being done for the day and you'd have to take a proper water taxi which can be ridiculously expensive. Plus you'd arrive in time to see the city and have a nice dinner somewhere.

Venice is lovely - enjoy!
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

You can check timetables for buses here

Have you got your parking sorted out?
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I drove to Venice last year and if you can go on a weekday the traffic isn't too bad in the tunnel. I remember there being lots of cars on the highways in Italy, but not "traffic" per se.

I would recommend leaving in the morning if you can, if you leave later and only end up arriving at midnight you run the chance of the public water taxis being done for the day and you'd have to take a proper water taxi which can be ridiculously expensive. Plus you'd arrive in time to see the city and have a nice dinner somewhere.

Venice is lovely - enjoy!
THanks JanerMacP, i will try to leave around 3pm, but leaving in the morning will be hard. I took friday off to enjoy Venice and wanted to leave Thurs evening/night.



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You can check timetables for buses here

Have you got your parking sorted out?
Very nice information. We are taking a cruise from Venice, I heard the best option is to park at the Airport its about 25EUR per week. Our plans are to park at the airport, take a shuttle or bus to the hotel area, then when its time to come back to Venice, we will take a shuttle to the airport, get our car and drive home.
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

The shuttle bus works very well.
Top Tip: you can buy your ticket ON THE BUS, you don't need to mess about with the machines.
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Ah - ok. A long weekend will be great.

Last time I went we traveled by plane from Basel and took a water taxi from the airport, was 5-7€ and I remember it taking about 45 mins.

Another time we parked in the parking garage as close as possible and took a water taxi, which was shorter. We were there for 5 days and it was 40€.
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

I loved Venice, not the cheapest place but I'd go again anytime.

Car parking in Venice is just extortion I think it was 26€ per day so with fuel and tolls not a cheap option, and as you be on foot when you get there so your car would be redundant. I did the drive and it was, quite straightforward, just a little mental at times and the tunnel was almost an hour to get through so I think we were just shy of 7 hours on the way down, and 6 on the way back, no stops and not hanging about.

Friends did it last year and took the train with a similar journey time with 1 change in Milan for CHF 66 each 2nd class on an SBB special, which is less than I spent in fuel. They had something to eat, watched the world whizz by, had a wee snooze and arrived fresh, whereas I was a tired and a tad frazzled as Italian driving is an experience... so next time my car would stay in the garage.
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

Thanks for the tips all..

So far i am planning on staying in Venice, found some nice hotels. There are some near the beach as well.

This city is full of history, will be a treat to take my wife there.

So far the plan,
- Drive and park at the airport
- Taxi or bus to the hotel in venice
- Taxi or bus to the cruise terminal
- Cruise....
- back to venice, to teh airport parking, then drive home.
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

There's no beaches on Venice, you have to go to the Lido for that.
I can't recommend the Lido.
Better to stay in Venice itself. There is so much to see.
I've been 4 times, and I'm going again next year.

This is a decent hotel.
Decent location, good breakfasts.

Use tripadvisor.
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

Last time I went to Venice, we parked the car in Padova at the train station. After 6 PM is free. Then took the train which takes just about half an hour. Why would you bother to park in Venice? The train station is right in the center.
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

mm just checked sbb, its 167chf with half tax and without 177chf..

Wadenswil to Venice..

Any cheaper options?
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

Parking at the airport is a good solution. There are 5 different parking places with different prices. Look at the venice airport website and you can chose and book your spot already:
http://www.marcopolopark.it/Parchegg...S/Default.aspx

To get to Venice the bus is the easiest and cheaper way. There are 2 options: either direct for probably 5 euros or so or local bus taking a bit longer (more stops) for a couple of euros per person. If you want it fancier, you can take the water taxi of course.

Regarding the time for driving, try to avoid being around Milan from 5pm to 7 pm, you get all the traffic of the rush hour. So plan to go through there either before or after.

Enjoy Venice, it's a beautiful city!
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

I have to say, I love my car. However, I was going to suggest the train as well for Venice. You won't need the car. But I get 190CHF per person with a 1/2 tariff. (Via Milan, it's faster) So, seems like the car will be cheaper.

Anyway, I too love Venice! I have great time.
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

Sometimes it is also helpful to go personally to the SBB and check if they have special offers. I payed 59 CHF or something for a train ticket from Basel to Venice (one way, no changes). Out of Venice we flew to Copenhagen.

There is a hotel I can recommend as the staff were very lovely and helpful. But I don't know if you got that sorted out already. Anyway, it is called Hotel Abbazia and you can check it on trip advisor.

I do need to go back to Venice as it was surely not a place I fell madly in love with. It was too crowded, too hot (I mean, seriously TOO hot and I am brazilian and used to hot places, but never anything like that), and I really don't love those vaporettos. And yet, great wines, amazing little alleys with beautiful buildings and friendly people.
Have a good trip!

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I have to say, I love my car. However, I was going to suggest the train as well for Venice. You won't need the car.
I would say train as well.

However, as for the car, traffic will be really bad around Milano between 16h and 20h, and can add as much as TWO HOURS to your travel time.

This I know well, as I have a friend who lives in Soave, which is about 80km before Venezia, that we visit several times a year.

Best time to pass Milano is 12h-15h, so I try to leave Lugano no later than 14h, or after 19h30, and I would suggest arranging you leaving time keeping this in mind.

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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

We were also thinking of driving to Venice in the near future. My husband "heard" there is a charge for driving in Italy, but not a vignette.

Does anyone know about this and how much it might be?
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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

I parked at Lido De Jesolo, and took a water taxi (less then 30 mins or so) to Venice. Lovely drive and i left first thing in the morning i.e. 6am and there was not much traffic at all.

Gets slighlty complicated when entering Lido and leaving it but all good in the end!
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We were also thinking of driving to Venice in the near future. My husband "heard" there is a charge for driving in Italy, but not a vignette.

Does anyone know about this and how much it might be?
It varies by distance, from Chaisso to Venezia is EUR 21.30.

http://www.google.ch/url?sa=t&rct=j&...k8eKqw&cad=rja

http://www.autostrade.it/en/

You get a ticket when you get on the highway, and you pay when you get off (as in France).

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Re: driving it Venice, Italy, best time of the day to head there?

Thanks Tom! This is exactly what I was looking for (but couldn't find). Most of the websites I checked mention nothing about it -- only about toll roads.

OH was worried we'd be paying 100 Euro just to drive in Country.

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It varies by distance, from Chaisso to Venezia is EUR 21.30.

http://www.google.ch/url?sa=t&rct=j&...k8eKqw&cad=rja

http://www.autostrade.it/en/

You get a ticket when you get on the highway, and you pay when you get off (as in France).

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