Venice for disabled visitors
Venice isn't an ideal city for handicapped travelers, but it's more
wheelchair-friendly than you might guess. Most of the city is flat, with
smooth paving stones.
If you plan your outings carefully (using public
transportation where appropriate), you can see most of the major sights
without too much trouble.
- Airports. From Venice Marco Polo Airport, you can
take wheelchair-accessible Alilaguna
airport boats to the city center and the Marittima cruise terminals.
(The most wheelchair-friendly Alilaguna stops are San Marco, San
Zaccaria, and Lido S.M.E.)
Airport buses go from
Venice Marco Polo
and Treviso airports to the Piazzale Roma, which has two accessible
hotels directly on the square. (See "Where to stay" below.)
- Train. Venice Santa Lucia Station has services for
disabled travelers, and you can avoid the station steps by using the
Click here for details at Venice for Visitors.
- Cruise port. Taxis serve the
San Basilio cruise terminals,
and the fully-accessible
People Mover connects Marittima with Piazzale Roma.
- Parking. The Tronchetto
parking garage is
accessible, with public transportation by
water bus and
- Water taxi. Standard water taxis are not accessible
by wheelchair. (You may be able to book a lift-equipped boat with
Sanitrans, but if you can,
it will be expensive.)
Where to stay:
- For a standard tourist visit, consider a wheelchair-friendly hotel
near the Piazza San Marco. See
Accessible Hotels in Venice at Venice for Visitors for listings.
- If you're arriving or departing by cruise ship, try either of the
two accessible hotels directly on the Piazzale Roma: the
Santa Chiara Hotel or
Doge. (Book early to get a room.)
- Much of the area around the Piazza San Marco is
wheelchair-accessible, except for the occasional step or two. For an
overview of bridge-free areas, see the city's official
Accessible Venice Map and
- To get from one barrier-free neighborhood to another, ride the
ACTV water buses,
No. 1 vaporetto on the Grand Canal. If you're in a wheelchair, you
can travel cheaply (with a free ticket for a companion).
- Tip: We strongly recommend traveling with a
companion, because you'll sometimes encounter a step or other barrier
that requires assistance.
In-depth advice at Venice for Visitors: