When you step out of Santa Lucia railway station, there’s no mistaking where you are. The west end of the Grand Canal is right in front of you – a glorious sight that really lets you know that you’ve arrived in Venice! You’re just a few moments from the city centre on foot or by catching a water bus from the stops down at the canal-side.
Venezia Santa Lucia
Fondamenta S. Lucia
Simply walk a few minutes down the Strada Nuova to reach the city centre. Venice is compact enough to make exploring on foot easy and enjoyable.
‘Vaporetti’ or water buses are a great way to travel between the main sights of Venice. They run all day to numerous destinations, with a limited night service. You’ll see the water bus stops and ticket kiosk directly in front of the station on the Grand Canal. Vaporetto number 1 stops along the Grand Canal, while the number 2 express boat goes to San Marco.
Water taxis are fast but can be expensive. They don’t have meters so agree a price beforehand. Avoid unlicensed operators.
The station is a white, 1950s structure that stands on the site of the Santa Lucia church, after which it is named. The Austrians originally constructed a station here in the late 19th century, joining Venice to the Italian mainland for the first time.