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Getting around in Padua: info, costs and advice

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Padua, in Veneto, is a wonderful Italian city, rich in art and culture. A city where you will find yourself walking among ancient and majestic buildings, through unique squares, where you can stop for an aperitif in the crowded streets or enjoy a little relaxation in one of the many parks. On foot, by bus or by tram, getting around the city is not complicated at all! Walking through the streets of the city you can immerse yourself completely in its ancient atmosphere and in the life of the locals!

Here is a guide on how to move around Padua: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Padua
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Padua is a city that can be safely discovery on foot. Walking through the streets of the historic center you can admire the beauty of its buildings and streets.
For a first approach to the city, or if you have limited time, we recommend a tourist bus tour, which leads to all the main attractions, also offering a panoramic view of the city!
Car not recommended, as Padua has several restricted traffic areas and in some areas of the city it is difficult to find parking.

The purchase of the Padova Card, which includes the unlimited use of the means managed by the BusItalia Veneto company (both urban and extra-urban) for its entire validity (48h or 72h), as well as including free admissions to various attractions. If you plan to use public transport a lot, there isurban weekly pass, valid on both buses and trams, for only € 12,00.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, bus, tram, tourist bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: PadovaCard (from € 18,00 -), urban weekly pass (from € 12,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Padua

The city does not have its own airport, but being in Veneto it is well connected to three important airports, namely that of Venice-Marco Polo, That of Venice-Treviso el 'Verona Valerio Catullo Airport in which many flights operate every day, both national and for Europe and the rest of the world!

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

It is the best solution as the closest to Padua and the most served by low-cost flights.
From the airport you can then take the bus to the Venice Mestre train station (Venice Airport Bus Express line, 19 min, € 8,00 each way) and from there take the direct regional train to Padua (15 min, € 3,60 each way). There are also numerous taxi services, with rates between € 90,00 (daytime) and € 95,00 (nighttime, from 22pm to 00am).

  • Distance from the center: 47 km / travel time: 43 min;
  • By bus + train: Express line + regional train / ticket cost: € 8,00 + € 3,60;
  • By taxi: average cost € 90,00 / travel time: 45 min.

Treviso Airport (TSF)

Venice-Treviso Airport, also called Treviso Canova, is also well connected to Padua. Once landed, you can take the direct bus from the airport to Padua of the MOM company (line 101, 1 h 9 min, € 4,90). Alternatively, you can take the bus to Mestre station (Treviso Airport Bus Express line, € 8,00 each way) and from there the direct regional train to Padua (15 min, € 3,60 each way). There are also numerous taxi services, with rates between € 95,00 (daytime) and € 105,00 (nighttime, from 22pm to 00am).



  • Distance from the center: 56 km / travel time: 50 min;
  • By bus + train: Express line + regional train / ticket cost: € 8,00 + € 3,60;
  • By taxi: average cost € 95,00 / travel time: 50 min;
  • By bus: average cost € 4,90 / 101 MOM line.

Verona Airport (VRN)

Verona airport is a valid alternative to reach Padua, as it is served by various low-cost lines. Once you land, you can take the shuttle Airlink (duration 15 min, departing from 6:50, every 40 minutes until 20:10) which arrives at the Verona railway station and from there there is the regional train to Padua (58 min, combined bus + train ticket € 13,60 each way). Alternatively, you can take advantage of the services taxi, with rates between € 150,00 (daytime) and € 190,00 (night, 22: 00-6: 00).

  • Distance from the center: 75,2 km / travel time: 1 hour 14 min;
  • By bus + train: VR122 bus + regional train / ticket cost: € 13,60;
  • By taxi: average cost € 150,00 / travel time: 1 hour and 14 min.

How to get around on foot

Padua is a perfect city from visit on foot! Much of the historic center is restricted to traffic, therefore accessible only to authorized vehicles!
For a first approach to the city, our suggestion is to take part in one of the walking tours of Padua with a local guide, who in about 2 hours shows you the must-sees of the historic center and above all can provide practical advice for the continuation of the your visit.
In general, you can follow this one-day walking itinerary that will take you around the main attractions, including the unmissable Cappella degli Scrovegni, the Basilica of Sant'Antonio and the Prato della Valle.



Con i mezzi pubblici

If you need to reach more distant attractions or maybe you are visiting Padua during a hot summer day (in some periods the humidity is really high), you can rely on an excellent transport system managed by the company BusItalia Veneto, which manages bus and tram. The same ticket can be used on both vehicles, on the bus it is also possible to buy it on board with a surcharge.

If you have little time to visit the city or want to enjoy a panoramic tour, we recommend the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, whose ticket is valid for 24 hours, during which you can comfortably get off and on the bus as many times as you want! Ideal for quickly reaching all the main attractions of the city (from € 15,00 per person).

bus

Padua has an excellent network of city buses, which cover every corner of the city in a widespread manner! The nerve center, where all the lines pass, is Piazzale della Stazione, where in addition to the railway station there is the Busitalia Veneto bus station. The service is active from early morning until after midnight.

With regard to rates, the single ticket has a duration of 75 min and costs € 1,30, if purchased on board € 2,00 (make sure you have the right money). There is the possibility to buy the 10-journey booklet at a cost of € 12,00 (€ 1,20 per ride) or the urban weekly pass for € 12,00

  • Downloadable map: bus-map-padua
  • from 6: 30 to 00: 15;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,30, if purchased on board € 2,00;
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 rides carnet € 12,00, urban weekly pass € 12,00.

Tram

Padua also offers one line of the tram, always managed by the BusItalia Veneto company. This line is the SIR1, which consists of 25 stops and has as terminus at the two ends Capolinea Nord R and Capolinea Guizza R. The service is generally active from 5:30 to 23:30, with some small variations in case of holidays .

With regard to rates, these are the same as for the bus: the single ticket lasts 75 min and costs € 1,30, but in this case it cannot be purchased on board. Always available the 10-journey booklet at a cost of € 12,00 (€ 1,20 per ride) or the urban weekly pass for € 12,00

  • Downloadable map: map-tram-padova
  • from 5: 30 to 23: 30;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,30;
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 rides carnet € 12,00, urban weekly pass € 12,00.

Bicycle

In addition to normal public transport, in Padua you will also find various services dedicated specifically to those who love to move around by bicycle. Thanks to the Good Bike Padova service, you can take advantage of the bike sharing consisting of 25 stations and 250 biblical bikes. To use them, just subscribe to the service as needed. The service is also active 24 hours a day and does not provide for route restrictions. Remember that at the end of your subscription period, the remaining credit will not be refunded to you unless you renew it within 24 days of expiration.

  • Downloadable map: official site
  • always open
  • Ticket / single ride cost: free for the first 30 minutes. € 8,00 daily;
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: annual € 25,00 with € 5,00 credit; monthly € 10,00 with € 2,00 credit; weekly: € 5,00 with € 2,00 credit; 48 hours: € 13,00

By car

The use of the car is really not recommended. If you arrive in the city with your own vehicle, the best solution is to find accommodation with a parking service; if you have only one day available, we recommend that you leave your car in a parking lot and move from there by public transport and on foot.

In fact, in Padua the traffic is very chaotic and the historic center, where many of the attractions are located, is a ZTL, access is allowed only to residents and authorized vehicles.

ZTL

The whole center of Padua is a Limited Traffic Zone, established in 1989 and with the name of the blue zone. Here, access is only permitted at certain times of the day and at certain vehicle categories. The whole area is well monitored by several cameras, called electronic gates, which control all the entrances to the ZTL and to the reserved lanes. Heavy fines are provided for offenders. There is an option to request an access permit, called temporary mark, with a request to be sent directly on the official website of the city of Padua.

The Blue Zone is in turn divided into 5 different sectors, called sectors: the Piazze sector, the Riviere sector, the Duomo sector, the Businello sector, the Eremitani sector. They all observe different times and cover different areas of the city, you can find all the info on each of these areas directly on the official website of the city of Padua.

Stops and parking

Padua has about 5.000 parking spaces, divided between level parking lots, i.e. those along the road delimited by the blue stripes, and the parking spaces inside the structures, both outdoor and underground.

I level parking spaces they are paid on weekdays generally from 8:00 to 20:00, with costs varying according to the area, from € 1,10 / hour up to € 2,00 / hour. THE guarded parking lots instead they have the entrances regulated by security systems and automatic bars, some are also open 24 hours a day. Also in this case the prices are variable, even reaching € 24 / hour. In some cases it is worthwhile to evaluate the day ticket.
There are also free parking spaces in some parts of the city, such as the parking in via Piovese (Get directions), via Bembo (Get directions) or via Guizza (Get directions). You can find all the detailed information on the official website of the city of Padua, in the parking section.

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