If you've been to Venice on a cruise ship, you know that you are docked far from the center of activities and the main squares of Venice. Typical transportation is via a water taxi (vaporetto).
While you are sightseeing via ship-provided tours, reaching the heart of Venice isn't a problem, however getting to the airport or train station on your own, when the cruise is completed, can be a daunting and expensive task.
HINT: Take Tram to Piazzale Roma
Piazzale Roma is a square in Venice, Italy which serves as the main bus terminal. There are bus links to Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport. The square is close to the main Santa Lucia (Ferrovia) railway station for Venice, linked by the Ponte della Costituzione, a modern footbridge over the western end of the Grand Canal.
We can tell you from experience this is the way to go as long as you are able to handle your luggage on your own, especially over the footbridge. If you can't, you might be lucky enough to have a good looking Italian fellow assist you over the bridge (of course he'll be expecting to be rewarded for his good deed).
Short Walk to Tram
Getting to the tram is pretty easy. Just cut through the cruise terminal and walk along the footpath for about a five-minute walk to the peoplemover tram entrance. Tickets are vended from the machine on ground level (they’re €1 each, machines take euro coins or cash). Take the escalator or elevator to the platform where you'll board modern cars that can accommodate you and your luggage in comfort.
Santa Lucia Train Station
The tram is a recent improvement (2010) in Venice and not widely known. Our destination from the cruise terminal was the train station for our return to Rome (Civitavecchia) for our final post-cruise night before flying back home.
By taking the train to and from the ship, we were able to purchase round-trip air from Rome instead of one-way tickets to Rome and from Venice, which saved us on overall cost.
Best spent €1 during the entire Mediterranean Cruise - very convenient