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Mestre is about 9 km from Venice by road, with both bus and train services between the two. The number 2 bus runs to Piazzale Roma in Venice from outside Mestre train station, but check for other buses if your hotel is further from the centre. Maps and timetables are available at www.actv.it (also in English). Venice has no roads outside the Lido, so there are no buses beyond Piazzale Roma.
Venice itself is just 3 km across, but a ride down the Grand Canal is a must and you will need water taxis or water buses to reach other islands (such as Murano) or the Lido. Water buses or vaporetti cost an eye watering Euro 6.50 per journey, but you can but passes (which include land buses in Mestre) for 12, 24, 48 or 72 hours (as well as longer passes for long stays). Passes a contactless chipped cards and valid from first swipe not purchase - just wave them in front of the reader at the vaporetti station or on the bus. Single trip tickets only are available on the boats. A 3 day pass is Euro 35.00. You can buy passes from the ticjet office in Piazzale Roma, many vaporetti stations and from the hotel booking office at Mestre station.
If you plan to visit a lot of museums you can combine the pass with free or reduced price admission by buying a Venice Card (www.hellovenezia.com - also in English, French and Spanish). Check its worthwhile for your plans first though.
Be warned -- vaporetti get extremely busy, and it is rarely worth waiting for the next one in the hope it will be any less crowded.
Regional buses also run from Piazzale Roma, and these may be useful if you are in one of the hotels on the outskirts of Mestre or Marghera, or if you have chosen to stay in one of the villas along the very attractive Brenta canal (take buses marked Padova). Passes are valid only to the boundary of Mestre - if you are travelling further it is cheaper to buy the add on ticket before you board the bus -- stamp it in the machine on the bus when you board.
All trains for Venice Santa Lucia stop at Mestre, and trains from Mestre serve the rest of Italy as well as international destinations. Timetables and online booking are available at www.trenitalia.it (also in English), and you can pick up tickets booked online from the machines in the Mestre station ticket office.