Buses in Italy are an affordable way to travel between cities, with a number of companies offering domestic and international bus routes. As Italy lacks a national bus service, direct inter-regional bus services are restricted to a few joint ventures that offer buses to Venice from various Italian cities. Flixbus offers regular daily buses from Milan and a partnership between SENA, Baltour, and Eurolines provides similar services from Florence. Coaches terminate at Venezia Tronchetto Bus Station on Tronchetto Island. Passengers can then walk or take the People Mover train to the main land terminus (Stazione Autobus) of Piazzale Roma. Another option for visitors heading to the St Mark's Square area is to take a water bus (vaporetto). Buses to Venice are also available from various European destinations. National Express/Eurolines offer trips from London via Paris. Local provider ACTV offers buses to Venice from local areas including the two airports and as far afield as the Dolomites. These services terminate at the Piazzale Roma. Passengers can walk over the Calatrava Bridge to Santa Lucia Station on the Grand Canal at the Ferrovia Vaporetto landing.
Arriving in Venice is a truly unique experience; most visitors never tire of visiting La Serenissima. The city that drew luminaries such as Lord Byron, Wagner, and Thomas Mann is little changed over 600 years and continues to enchant with its stately villas, grand palaces, domed churches and unique waterways. Taking a vaporetto down the Grand Canal unlocks the magic of the city. Passing splendid waterside buildings all along the way, the boat arrives at one of the world’s most magical destinations - St Mark’s Square with its elaborate Doge Palace and Venetian cafes. Visitors can also take boats across the lagoon to outlying islands such as St Michele, the cemetery island, and Murano, home of the glass artists who fashion fantastically fashionable ornaments from glass of exotic hues. Another interesting boat trip is to the Lido, home of the annual Venice Film Festival.