If you’re thinking, “Is there cheap accommodation in Venice?” let me tell you, Italy is not the easiest country to find hostels and cheap accommodation. When I looked at hostels in Venice, I couldn’t find many- they seemed to be fully booked or had horrendous reviews. Most of the budget accommodation in Venice comes in the form of budget hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses. Most of them were completely full because it was Easter, and some would only take females for some reason (we had one male travelling with us).
If you’re on a shoestring budget the best place to stay in Venice is outside of the city- you won’t find much cheap accommodation on the islands. There are several camp sites and camp grounds, including Camping Fusina. Whilst they can seem like they are quite far outside the city, the camp sites are great if you don’t want to spend much money.
Camping Fusina is about a 40 minute bus ride from Mestre train station. We got the train from Trieste to Mestre-Venezia station, then caught the number 11 bus from outside the station. Camping Fusina is the last stop on the bus route, but you must make sure that the Number 11 is going there (some do, some don’t). We had to wait for about an hour to get the right bus.
The bus seems to go through quite a dodgy part of Venice (prostitutes lining the street during the day waiting for truckers to come along and pick them up) but the camp site is like its own town. The great thing about Camping Fusina is that it is located at a ferry terminal, meaning you can get take a 20 minute ferry ride into Venice quite easily. The ferry costs 12 euros for a return ticket.
I loved my stay at Camping Fusina and quite enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t staying in the city itself. It was nice to explore Venice by day, then retreat to somewhere more relaxing at night. I would definitely stay here again, as staying on the islands would seem really stressful- Venice is packed with tourists and very easy to get lost, plus you’d have to carry your bags over all those bridges!
We booked a cabin big enough for three people, which, as you can see from the photos was very nice and clean with the best en suite shower I’d had all trip. The site itself is one of the nicest I’ve stayed on, with plenty of trees and greenery. If you take a walk through the camp site to the waterfront you can see over to Venice.
There is Wi-Fi on site, but you do have to pay for it at reception and you can only get signal in the reception/beer garden area. There’s also a big bus next to reception filled with computers if you don’t have your own laptop. Staff on reception were quite helpful and can tell you about the ferries/buses and facilities.
This site is used by Contiki tours, who have a massive tent here. This made the evenings exceptionally lively because a different tour group would come through every night and they are known for their partying.
On site there’s an ATM, a beer garden with a bar/restaurant serving pizzas and salads in the evening. The pizzas are incredible!! For breakfast they do a full English breakfast or things like eggs on toast.
From about 7 pm people sit drinking in the beer garden having dinner, then the music kicks off in the bar/club next door. The bar is open till 2am and there’s lots of people partying, dancing on tables and generally having a good time.
All in all, great hostel stay and would definitely stay here again when I’m back in Venice. I flew out of Venice Marco Polo airport and it was relatively simple to get there from the camp site- you take the bus to Mestre train station, then buy a ticket for the Airport shuttle bus, which takes you directly to the airport.
You can book this hostel on Hostelworld.com