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Venice is a city in Italy. The city itself is a collection of islands. You will probably arrive and leave through Mestre.
Public transport in Venice centre is extremely overpriced (7,50 for an one-way ticket). No worry, as you can walk almost everywhere excluding the islands (Giudecca, Lido..) to which you have to take a water bus. However you can blackride (quite easy from what we heard, almost no ticket checkings), and hitchhiking private and cargo boats is also possible. Ferries, gondolas, and water taxis will probably not take you. We stood on the bank of Canale Giudecca close to the railway station with a big sign saying "Giudecca" and waved at boats - we got a ride to G. in around 15 mins. On the way back it took us around 1 hour to get a ride, but thats still decent.
Leaving the city can be a drag so better prepare the whole day for that. You can catch a ride from the start of the bridge, but avoid short rides to Mestre. Hitching out of Mestre is really hard, maybe taking a short train ride to better place is the best option. If you arrive by plane at Marco Polo Airport do NOT catch the local bus (lines 5, 15, 45, 45H) inside for €8 [April 2017], walk 10 min and head outside of the airport to this point [] stop name "Tessera Centro". From there you catch the exact same bus for €1.50 buying the ticket from the kiosk in front of the bus stop, right from the hotel (or blackriding).
Take bus 6 to the Via Petro Paleocapa in Marghera, walk to the roundabout, through the Via Cesare Begharia and through the Via de la Ponte on the right. At the very end, there's a path on the right to the AGIP petrol station. It's far from perfect but at its exit you can hitch both people from the petrol station or try to get someone over from the roundabout. Also possible to go east here if you are already in the eastern part (e.g. stayed at Camping Jolly, 500m from there). However my girlfriend and me stayed there for 7 hours waiting for a ride towards Trieste. Not a good place for hitch-hiking. If you get caught by the night, go to the nearby Camping Jolly: []
Alternatively, you can take a local train from the station in Mestre to Padova for around 2 Euro. It takes 40 minutes and will put you in the center of Padova. From there, see the article on Padova. The petrol station/truck complex is huge and busy, a great place to hitch from in either direction.
If you are already in Marghera, see above.
Otherwise from Venice, take bus 2 to the last stop, Viale don Sturzo, go to Via Vallon and go to the end of the street where you will find a small path leading to the AGIP fuel station on the motorway [] However we waitedfor 5 hours until someone gave us a ride towards Trieste. Not good place for hitch-hiking and poorly visited station!
Other option: Going to Trieste was very easy for me and my friend as we just got to Marco Polo Airport by bus number 5 from Piazzale Roma from Venice. It takes just a moment and one way ticket costs 1,5 euro. Just go off the bus on the last stop on Marco Polo Airport and start walking east (when you stand in front of bus stop go left along the street and then through the openair parking) until you reach the roundabout with direction Trieste on the right side. Before the roundabout there's a great spot to stand next to the street and cars can easily stop. We were waiting for 8 minutes and got directly to Trieste as it is main road apart of highway. Highway not reccomended. Good luck! :) We've been there and it is quite hard to find the AGIP station. However it is true that you have to go to the end of Via Vallon - but you need to know that Via Vallon is not a straight street and is not short. It turns, goes under the rails and then goes through fields (you need to walk for about 40 minutes) and finally leads to the highway. Walk about 200 metres along the highway and there is the AGIP station.
Update April 2019: When you go to buy a bus ticket from Venice (Piazelle Roma) to the airport (Marco Polo) they will charge €8 or €8.50. Instead, ask for a ticket to Tessera, which is one stop before the airport and costs only €1.50 to get on the exact same bus (#5). You can then stay on the bus til the airport if you wish. (I believe similar advice has been given on this page for the trip from the airport to Venice as well).
(You might want to try taking bus #14 towards the motorway.)
Update: Location of Agip station is correct. Via Vallon has indeed a lot of turns. GPS with OSM (open street map) map (free to download on their website) helped us. In June 2015 on our way from France to Asia, my girlfriend and I hitched there for three hours until we gave up (the only time it happened in weeks of HH). Few cars and almost impossible to catch the attention of drivers. Knowing Italian would have helped to do some active HH. Police came twice to the station, saw us but did not interact.
SLOVENIA/CROATIA: the most efficient way is to take a local ACTV bus to Arino (or train to Dolo+40min walk), small town between Venice and Padova. Once in Arino you can access a petrol station called Arino Est on the motorway A4 from its back entrance [] on "Via Canova, 8 - 30031 Arino VE". Check ACTV website to find the right bus[], easy to blackride as well. Be aware than the back side of the petrol station has a gate to the parking lot used by employees, you can jump it if nobody is around or you can ring the doorbell of the restaurant and someone will open it without asking anything [April 2017]. NOTE: between Venice and Slovenia, the last petrol station where you can switch drivers is Gonars, from where you should find a direct ride to Slovenia. At any other petrol station between Gonars and Slovenia You will waste your time and likely get stuck. So from a technical point of view, to Slovenia from Venezia You have two options: either get a direct ride from Arino Est (very easy in the mornings between Monday and Friday between 06:00 and 09:00 when all the trucks leave), either get two rides, first to the petrol station Gonars and from Gonars to Slovenia.
South to Greece
There are ferries between Italy and Greece from Venice.
Iin Mestre, opposite the railway station there is a Best Western hotel. Often they have a pile of maps available at the reception; if not you can *very politely* ask for one. (Please do not abuse this option).
It is very easy to get a decent map from one the five star hotels. Just turn right after Ponte Scalzi (the bridge) and walk the opposite direction from the train station. After about 50-100 meters on the right side of the street (Rio Terra Lista di Spagna) there is a luxurious hotel lobby. Walk in and ask for a map. It is free, nicely colored and detailed (Global Blue - Venice Tax Free Shoppin Map). trash:Venice nomad:Venice