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    Car Hire at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station - Discovering Northern Italy

    Situated close to the centre and in very close proximity to all the city's top attractions, Venice's Santa Lucia Train Station is the city's central rail terminal. Conveniently located on the western edge of the historic quarter, right next to the Ponte della Libertà (the main road and railway bridge that connects Venice with the Italian mainland), it is the end of the line for visitors arriving at this unique place by train, a terminus for numerous local, regional and high-speed train services from all over Italy and beyond.

    Serving over 30 million passengers a year, Santa Lucia is unlike any other station anywhere in the world. Emerging from its main door is one of the greatest tourist arrival experiences of all the railway stations on earth with the forecourt leading immediately to the Grand Canal, arguably the most famous central thoroughfare of them all. Visitors immediately have direct access to most of the city's top sights, such as the Church of the Scalzi next door and Giuseppe Sardi's Scalzi Bridge, one of the few bridges crossing the Grand Canal.

    Venice itself needs no introduction; the city has been receiving visitors since time immemorial. Many of its key features are household names, namely St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs and the amazing Rialto Bridge, but more recently a number of lesser-known but equally-important tourist attractions have opened all over the city, including the excellent Peggy Guggenheim Collection, home to one of the world's greatest personal art collections. But you can't leave Venice without a ride in a gondola, the iconic flat-bottomed boats propelled by gondoliers up and down the Grand Canal.

    To visit one of the most fascinating places in Europe, make sure you book your car hire at Piazzale Roma Train Station with Auto Europe to enjoy the best of what Venice's's surrounding areas have to offer. With over 65 years' experience, we are the leader of the global car rental industry with over 24,000 pick-up and drop-off locations in more than 180 countries around the world, including Venice and the city's Marco Polo Airport. No other company gives its customers the widest choice of vehicles at the lowest possible rates.

    For help with your itinerary, please get in touch with our rental specialists on +441233225114 who will be happy to provide you with full information about driving around the north of Italy once all the city sightseeing is done. Please also consult our guide to driving in Italy for advice regarding the most important rules and regulations in the country. If you'd like to know what other Auto Europe customers thought of their recent car rental experience in the region, please see their ratings and comments posted on our Venice car hire reviews page.

    Station Information

    One of the largest train stations in the whole of Italy, Venice Santa Lucia Train Station is located close to many of the most important towns and cities in the north of the country, like Padua (just 30 minutes away), Verona (60 minutes) and Milan (two hours by train), to mention just a few. The station has a very interesting history, having been built on the site of the old Palladian Santa Lucia Church which was demolished in 1863 to make room for the station, hence its name. Situated right on the famous Grand Canal, passengers arriving at the station can walk to the Rialto Bridge in just 20 minutes and be sitting in St Mark's Square drinking a cappuccino in less than half an hour.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station

    There's plenty of choice for people looking to pick up a car rental at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station. Auto Europe's collaborates with all the most prestigious car hire companies in Venice and elsewhere in Italy and their vehicle rental offices are located on the nearby Piazzale Roma (Roma Square), which is the only part of Venice accessible to cars.

    Avis Car Hire at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station Avis at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station
    Piazzale Roma 496
    Venice, Italy 30135
    +39 348 4785735
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-2.30pm and Sat 8.30am-2pm
    Sun closed
    Europcar Car Hire at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station Europcar at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station
    Piazzale Roma 496
    Venie, Italy 30135
    +39 041 5238616
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8.30am-12.30pm/2-6pm
    Sat 8.30am-12p.30m
    Sun closed
    Hertz Car Hire at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station Hertz at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station
    Piazzale Roma 496
    Venice, Italy 30135
    +39 041 5284091
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8.30am-12.30pm/2.30-5.30pm
    Sat 8.30am-12.30pm
    Sun closed

    Station facilities

    As one of Italy’s busiest railway stations, passengers can expect to find a good selection of on-site facilities such as an efficient left-luggage office (very useful in Venice) and several ATMs dotted around the building. Like other major stations in the Italian railway network, Venezia Santa Lucia has a special department for assisting passengers with reduced levels of mobility where staff can meet you at the train (with a wheelchair, if required) and escort you around the station. Santa Lucia has a large selection of shops featuring brands like L'Occitane and Tiger, plus you'll find more shops and places to eat in the shopping centre adjacent to the station. There's also a good choice of snack bars, cafés and other places to eat at both ends of the hall next to the train platforms. More shops (including a branch of the Japanese MUJI gift and accessories store) are to be found in the building to the right of the station. The Venice Tourist Board also operates a small booth inside the station for visitors seeking tourist information and help securing accommodation.

    How to get to and from Venice Santa Lucia Train Station

    The nearby square, Piazzale Roma, is the departure point for all car journeys in and around the Venice region. After having picked up your car hire from Venice Santa Lucia Train Station, just head for the Ponte della Libertà (Bridge of Liberty), a long causeway that takes you right across the scenic Venetian lagoon to the mainland, straight into the heart of northern Italy. It's also possible to pick up your vehicle from Venice's Mestre Train Station located on the mainland a few minutes away from the city centre. Venice Santa Lucia Train Station is very well connected with the rest of Venice by the Vaporetto (public water bus service) and private water taxis (there are no cars or buses in Venice so most local transportation takes place on the water). Operated by local company ACTV, the popular (and much cheaper) Vaporetto network stops right outside the main entrance at Ferrovia, the name of Santa Lucia's boat station. Please note that both of Venice's airports, Marco Polo and Treviso, have dedicated bus services to and from Venice Piazzale Roma Station, but there is no train link to either of the airports.

    Parking tips

    When you rent a car at Venice Santa Lucia Train Station, you'll need to find somewhere convenient to park it whilst exploring the city. The choice normally boils down to the areas around the station or over on the Italian mainland (then travelling in by bus, train, tram or taxi). At the edge of the historic centre (centro storico) is Tronchetto, a huge car park built on a man-made island. Here you'll find space for thousands of cars and be able to catch the shuttle to Piazzale Roma or take the vaporetto to other destinations across Venice. There are several parking options around Piazzale Roma itself, including the 24-hour Garage San Marco which has capacity for almost 1,000 cars. On the mainland, try San Giuliano Parking or the car parks surrounding Venice Mestre Train Station before heading into the city by train, tram, bus or taxi.

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    Venice Tourist Information