We've got an 11:00AM flight out of VCE after being a visit to the mountains. We want to make the most of our final day/night without a long (or stressful) trip to the airport on the morning of departure. Anyone have experience staying within striking distance of VCE that you'd recommend? Sorry, the city of Venice is not an option for us. Thanks!
I’ve seen Padua recommended here
I stayed at the Parkhotel Annia the night after a late arrival at VCE. It was fine, except that they tried to use dynamic currency conversion on my bill, so watch out for that. Pay in Euros.
If you're not driving, I'd suggest staying in Mestre near the train station and getting the ACTV bus to the airport in the morning. With a late morning flight that shouldn't be too stressful.
Thanks, Dick. Wondering if there's anything worth seeing/eating near those places on our last evening or if the area is like most train station/airport locales. Thanks
I can't provide transportation-to-airport advice, but Padua is a very interesting place. There are about 5 trains per hour from Padua to Venice-Mestre station. The quickest take 15 minutes but most are 30-35 minutes. I don't know the best way to proceed from Mestre.
There is a direct bus from the Padova bus station (just to the right of the train station, as you face it), all the way to VCE.
Will you have a car? If so, we have stayed at Borgo Ca dei Sospri in Quarto d’Altino about a 20 minute drive from the airport. It’s a lovely, quiet place. Nearby, there are decent restaurants for a final dinner.
Padova is a fine place to visit but I'd hesitate to recommend it for the night before a morning flight from VCE. Maybe you can find on Google the bus the previous poster recommended, and maybe its schedule will fit yours, but it would take at least an hour I'd think, and you want to be at VCE by 8:00 or 9:00 (depending on whether your flight is international or within Europe). Since your goal is to minimize time and stress getting there, a hotel close to the airport would seem to make the most sense. One with a shuttle unless you'll have a car -- which you'll have to allow time to turn in.
Other than Venice itself, I don't know of any especially interesting sights near the airport. You won't have time to see anything that morning, but maybe there's something worthwhile -- like Padova? -- the day before.
Too bad Venice itself isn't an option for you. With an early wake-up you could make an 11:00 flight from there, though not without some stress.
Last fall, we were staying in Treviso for a week before we drove our rental car to VCE, returned it, and got on a flight to Amsterdam. The drive took 25 minutes. A taxi would be the same, but expensive. May be worth it, though. Trains and buses would take more than twice as long and you'd have to change (I think at the Venice train station). There is supposed to be a shuttle straight from Treviso to the airport, but you'd have to look into that.
Treviso is a small, lovely, and interesting town with good food, many charming frescoed buildings, canals, walkable streets, churches with frescoes inside, a museum, and it's not full of tourists. I can thoroughly recommend the airbnb apartment that we stayed in, if you are interested, and the host would definitely help you arrange a taxi or figure out about that shuttle.
We had this decision to make about 10 years ago and picked a hotel in Mestre for the night before the flight. We took a taxi to the airport and the taxi driver drove all over the place racking up an incredible bill of 45 Euros. We could have stayed at one of the hotels near the airport for a little more money and they have free shuttles to the airport.
I suggest staying at one of the nearby airport hotels.
For whatever it’s worth, I successfully caught an 11:00 a.m. flight from VCE by taking the the aforementioned bus from Padova. If you take a few minutes, after getting off the train in Padova, to turn left out of the train station door and go next door to see where the bus station is, visit its ticket office, and get a bus schedule, you should do fine. (Hint: the city busses that congregate in FRONT of the train station are NOT what you want.) Worst case scenario, you could instead take the train to Mestre, then a bus or cab to the airport.
Stay in Venice in a hotel by the train/bus station. In the morning take the 30 minute bus ride to VCE.
Many options for a nice meal in these sestieris, Santa Croce and Cannaregio.