A true masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture shines in St. Mark's Square: discover here our tips on how to get to the Doge's Palace in Venice!
Next to St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace in Venice appears compact and of grand proportions, but observing its elegant Gothic lines is an invitation to lightness and refinement.
It is one of the most important symbols of Venice, not only because it embodies the golden times of the Serenissima, but also because it houses in its halls works of art by the greatest geniuses of the time: Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto, Titian and Paolo Veronese are, in fact, just a few of the most famous examples.
If you visit Venice, you can't miss this incredible place. Choose Venice Pass to have it included among the must-see attractions.
But let's cut to the chase. Here is our practical guide on how to get to and visit the Doge's Palace in Venice, a magnificent fusion of oriental, Byzantine and local art.
Your entrance to the Doge's Palace is included with the Venice Pass.❯
How to get to the Doge's Palace in Venice: the updated guide to the public transports in Venice
The Doge's Palace. On your right, there's the Ponte della Paglia from which you can see the famous Bridge of Sighs
In 2018, the Doge's Palace recorded nearly 1.5 million visits. It is, in fact, one of the most appreciated and visited places in Venice.
For this reason, before coming here, it is advisable to better plan your visit.
The entrance is located at the Porta del Frumento, in front of the lagoon.
Let's analyze now how to get to the Doge's Palace using public transportation lines, starting from the three main places of arrival in Venice: Piazzale Roma, Venice Santa Lucia Station and the airport.
How to get to the Doge's Palace from Piazzale Roma and Venice train station
The nearest water bus stop to the Doge's Palace is San Zaccaria, and it is located along Riva degli Schiavoni, about 300 meters from the Palace.
There are 4 vaporetto (water bus in Venetian) lines leading from Piazzale Roma and Venice Santa Lucia station to our destination.
- Line #5.1, or the fastest, which stops only at Zattere (along the Giudecca Canal) and arrives at San Zaccaria in about 20 minutes.
- Water bus #4.1, which instead has stops also at Giudecca, and arrives at San Zaccaria in about 25 minutes.
- Line #2 which takes about 40 minutes, stopping at both Giudecca and Tronchetto Island.
- Vaporetto #1, the slowest but most scenic line, which in fact runs along the Grand Canal and takes about 45 minutes.
To return from the Doge's Palace to Piazzale Roma there is line #5.2, which, like #5.1, stops at Zattere.
At night, however, the line to consider is the #N, which stops both along the Giudecca Canal and at Tronchetto. This is a line that operates between 11:30 pm until 4:30 am.
Water bus tickets: how much they cost and how to book them
Tickets for public transportation in Venice for the non-residents (ACTV water buses) cost 7.50 euros and are valid for 75 minutes. Alternatively, you can buy tickets valid for 24, 48, 72 hours or 7 days.
You can purchase public transportation tickets online, at physical ticket offices in Venice, or even through the Venice Pass!
How to reach the Doge's Palace from Venice airport
The Porta della Carta (literally, the Paper Door) is an excellent example of Gothic style architecture
There are only 8 kilometers separating Venice airport from St. Mark's Square should one choose a connection across the lagoon.
The company of choice for your tickets is Alilaguna.
The Blue line operates year-round and takes travelers to St. Mark's via Murano, Fondamenta Nove, and Lido di Venezia.
The Red Line, on the other hand, is seasonal and operates only between April and November (the exact days the service begins and ends are always to be verified). It connects the airport with San Marco via Murano, Certosa, and Lido.
Tickets can be purchased on the official Alilaguna website and cost about 15 euros one way (discounts are available for the purchase of round-trip tickets).
Our tips to enjoy your visit of the Doge's Palace
Piazzetta San Marco with the symbols of the Venetian power: the Doge's Palace and the Basilica with the bell tower
A visit to the Doge's Palace lasts an average of 2 to 3 hours, depending on the in-depth study desired. It is a pleasant and surprising tour through halls and corridors that have been silent witnesses to great events in the history of the Republic.
Some rooms, we point out, are slightly narrower: for this reason, it is advisable to approach the Ducal Palace without backpacks or bulky bags.
As for the Secret Itineraries tour, which delves into justice at the time of the Serenissima, the stairs and rooms can be quite cramped. Therefore, it is not recommended for those who suffer from tight spaces (and children under 6 are not allowed).
Since this is one of the most appreciated visits in Venice, in any case, remember that the waiting time to purchase your tickets can be very long indeed (even an hour in high season).
This is why we recommend, without a shadow of a doubt, booking your tickets in advance.