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Ferry from Piran, Slovenia to Venice, Italy

Public transport between the gorgeous countries of Slovenia and Italy can be a real challenge.  With no direct train routes between them and expensive transfers sometimes the only option, the ferry between Piran/Umag and Venice is a fantastic and fun alternative!  Sailing into Venice should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list!

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The Lowdown on catching the Ferry

The ferry between Piran, Slovenia and Venice, Italy can either be done as a one way trip or an excellent return day trip from Piran. 

Triprovider jumped on board for the one way journey between Piran and Venice, where we stayed in Venice for a couple of days and then took the train to Trieste, Italy.

For those wanting a day trip to Venice from Slovenia, this ferry is an excellent option.  You embark from Piran early in the morning (usually 8am) and sail to Venice. 

The same day return ticket includes a guided tour of Venice which takes in all the major sights like Doges Place, St Marks Square, Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto bridge.  The tours are run in the Slovene, English, German and Croatian languages.  The tour offers free time so guests can do as they wish before departure back to Piran in the late afternoon.  If you don’t want to do the guided tour at all, you still have the option of doing your own thing for the whole day before departure back to Piran. (usually 5pm)

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How do I get on the Ferry?

The first thing you will have to do is pick a date and book a ticket.  The ferry runs mainly on Saturdays and generally only runs between the beginning of May and the end of September.  You can see dates and sailing times and book your tickets here:

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The ferry docks at the pier in Piran and the San Basilio pier in Venice.  It’s a good idea to get to either pier at least 20 minutes before departure time.  If you’re worried about which seat you get or if you want to be at the front of the line so you can position yourself at the best spot on deck, it’s a good idea to line up early.  The ferry often sells out because it’s so popular and the boat can be packed.

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Highlights along the way

After leaving Piran, the waters of the Adriatic open up before you, but once you come into Venice, you’ll feel like you’re sailing into a dream! 

En-route, the crew will go over what sights will be seen in Venice. Seating is indoors but have the usual viewing decks at the back where people will flock to once you approach Venice. The sailing is about 3 hours.

If you’ve never been to Venice before, and even if you have, sailing into Venice is a hugely unique experience.  You will sail past some of Venice’s most historical buildings on either side of the ferry, with the main island on the right and the island of Guidecca on the left.  This is the opportune time to be on deck with your camera ready!  Remember to take time to put the camera down occasionally and take it all in, it is truly a memorable experience! 

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One Way Trips

It is possible to book the ferry just one way, departing from either Piran or Venice.  As stated before, the ferry does not run every day (mostly Saturdays) so you’ll need to plan accordingly.  It is a much more romantic option than a boring old transfer though, so if you can match up your dates with the ferry departures, you should definitely book it through our link!

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Click here to check dates and book tickets for the Ferry

What is it? – A day trip ferry from Piran, Slovenia to Venice, Italy

Where is it? – Sailings leave from Piran pier, Slovenia

When is it? – Check the schedule but they usually run on Saturdays from May-October.

Why do it? – Sailing into Venice is a magical experience and its a fun day out!

How long do I need? – If doing the return trip, its a full day! (8am – 8pm)

How much is it? – See the booking page for schedule, prices and making a booking.



Greg Kodric is an avid traveller who loves nothing better than a good wander around the streets and back streets of each new destination he visits.

“I enjoy sitting somewhere with a local brew and just watching the locals get on with their daily lives. It’s fascinating to explore the sights, sounds and smells of somewhere new.

As well as visiting the usual tourist attractions, I like to compare the differences between places, the brands and products on offer and of course the local cuisine. I hope you enjoy my articles!”


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