/ By Sea
Getting to Venice by sea
Venice can be accessed by sea by entering into its harbour: the Port Channel of Lido and the Port Channel of Malamocco are signalled off the coast by approach and introduction buoys.
The three separate harbour entrances offer very important guarantees for boater safety and permits a more rational organization of traffic according to the type of ships and places of approach and introduction.
Currently there are three harbour entrances that give access to the lagoon of Venice:
The harbour inlets of Lido and Malamocco represent the starting point of a dense network of interior channels that extend over 96 km and whose depths vary from 14.5 m to 10 meters under sea level. These smaller channels allow boats entrance to the harbour in the historic centre of Venice and the mainland.
Passenger cruise ships normally dock in the area of San Basilio where the new cruise ship zone Venezia Terminal Passeggeri (VTP) is located. It is easily reached by sea and by land, as it is located at the turnoff of the Ponte della LibertÓ, the bridge that connects Venice with the mainland.
Ferries Terminal 123 for Greece.
Hydrofoils Terminal (San Basilio 22) for Croatia.
Approaching Venice in your own boat can be an unforgettable experience. This city is not your usual seaside resort for a boating vacation.
Recreational boats can dock at dockyards operated by local sailing organizations or private companies.
In Venice (historic centre, islands, and Lido):
Darsena = Basin
You cannot circulate freely in the canals in Venice due to the restrictions imposed by their inherent structure (some of the smaller canals are quite narrow) and by city regulations.
On the other hand, tourists may travel at will from the St. Mark's Basin towards the Lido and the lagoon, while always observing the Practical Regulations
* if you call using a cell phone, you will be connected directly with the Operating Centre of the General Headquarters of the Harbour Authorities - Coast Guard, that will implement first aid and rescue operations;
* if you call from a fixed phone line, you will be connected directly to the Harbour Authority having jurisdiction.
Source: Comune di Venezia