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Day Trip From Pula to Venice (3 Ways)

Trying to figure out how to plan a day trip from Pula to Venice? I’ve got you covered!

I’ve been living in Croatia since 2014 and traveling to the country my entire life thanks to my Croatian roots. Thanks to Croatia’s close proximity to Italy, it is super easy to organize day trips to some of the most beautiful cities in Italy, including Venice.

Pula is a historic coastal city located at the southern tip of Croatia’s Istria region. It’s known for its impressive Roman ruins, like the famous Pula Arena, and long tradition of fishing and shipbuilding.

But what many people don’t know is that Pula is also a great starting point for visiting other nearby destinations, such as Venice.

So how do you plan a day trip from Pula to Venice? 

In this guide, I’ll show you exactly how you can plan a Pula to Venice day trip!

Ferry from Pula to Venice

A view of a blue canal in Venice Italy with a sole gondolier standing on a gondola and pointing in the distance.

One of the best ways to take a day trip from Pula to Venice is to travel by ferry.

The journey time from Pula to Venice by ferry is 3 hours and 30 minutes, offering a nice opportunity to sit back and enjoy the journey across the sea. Currently, Adriatic Lines is the sole operator providing services between the two iconic cities.

Although Venezia Lines has offered routes in the past, they don’t have any scheduled ferries at the moment. It’s a good idea to book your tickets early and you can easily check the latest ferry schedules from Pula to Venice here.

It’s quite a long ride, so make sure to download some books about Croatia to your Kindle or tablet to pass the time while on the ferry!

Boat Trip from Pula to Venice

Opting for an organized boat trip from Pula to Venice is the most hassle-free way to travel. Enjoy a comfortable and scenic ride on a spacious catamaran as you make your way to the enchanting city of Venice. During the cruise across the Adriatic Sea, you’ll receive a brief introduction to Venice from the guide on board.

Once you arrive in Venice, you’ll have about 5-6 hours to wander through Venice at your leisure. Whether you choose a round-trip or a one-way ticket (perfect if you’re planning to extend your stay), this organized tour is the perfect way to experience Venice from the sea.

The boat is equipped with attentive staff, restrooms, and a selection of snacks and beverages available for purchase, including drinks, coffee, and croissants. Remember to bring some cash to enjoy these little conveniences!

Drive from Pula to Venice

You should be aware that ferries and catamarans between Venice and Pula only operate during the summer. If you are traveling outside of the summer season, the best way to reach Venice from Pula is to rent a car and drive yourself.

If you are renting a car, crossing the border should not be an issue, but be sure to double check with your rental car company before doing so as sometimes they will charge an additional fee for this.

Driving from Pula to Venice is slightly faster than taking the ferry and will only take you 3 hours and 8 minutes. Keep in mind that this route has tolls and crosses through Slovenia before  reaching Italy. Make sure to have the proper documentation and currency for crossing borders.

Once you arrive in Venice, there are many parking garages available for tourists. The most convenient location is Piazzale Roma as it is located near the main entrance to the city.

Alternatively, you could park at one of the spacious lots on Tronchetto Island. From there, catching a boat to the city center is straightforward and adds a little extra fun to your arrival in Venice.

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    What to Do on a Day Trip from Pula to Venice

    In order to waste no time during your day in Venice, I recommend joining a guided tour to hit all of the highlights before taking time to wander around on your own. There are lots of tour options, from historic walking tours to street food tours in Venice, you won’t be short on choices!

    Recommended Venice Tours:
    🏛️ Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica
    🛶 Grand Canal Gondola Ride
    🎭 Best Venice Walking Tour
    🍝 Best Venice Food Tour

    Sitting on the Rialto Bridge in Venice Italy
    Hanging out on the Rialto Bridge in Venice

    FAQs

    Is there a Venice to Pula train?

    Unfortunately, there is no direct train from Venice to Pula or vice versa.

    How long is the ferry from Croatia to Venice?

    The ferry ride from Pula Croatia to Venice is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes one way.

    Can you take a day trip from Croatia to Italy?

    Yes! You can easily take a day trip from Croatia to Italy either by driving yourself, or taking the ferry from Pula to Venice.

    Final Thoughts

    Even though it is a long journey, Venice is worth the extra legwork!

    If you’ve been toying with the idea of visiting Italy or Croatia, you don’t have to choose. You can easily combine the two into one trip with a day trip from Pula to Venice!

    For even more travel inspiration, check out my Italy and Croatia itinerary ideas for the ultimate Mediterranean vacation.

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