Welcome in Padova!

City of Padova, a captivating blend of history, culture, and contemporary charm. Nestled in the heart of northern Italy's Veneto region, Padova (also known as Padua) is a city that seamlessly marries ancient traditions with modern vibrancy.

Immerse yourself in Padova's rich history as you wander through its cobblestone streets and uncover architectural treasures. The city is home to the world-famous Scrovegni Chapel (UNESCO site), adorned with stunning frescoes by Giotto, and the historic University of Padova, one of Europe's oldest universities.

Experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals, who take pride in sharing the beauty of their city. Whether you're strolling through historic squares, enjoying a leisurely espresso in a charming cafe or refreshing yourself with the famous Spritz aperitif (invented in Veneto), Padova welcomes you with open arms.

Padova's strategic location makes it an ideal base for exploring the iconic city of Venice, relax at the Abano-Montegrotto SPAs, experience the Opera in Verona, climb the gorgeous Dolomites, or tan at the beaches of Jesolo or Chioggia: all locations just a short distance away.

How to travel to Padova?

Padua is strategically located and easy to reach by train, car or plane from Italy and from abroad. We encourage traveling by train in as much as possible.

By train

Padua is 2 hours from Milan or Florence, 3 hours from Rome and 4.5 hours from Naples thanks to high-speed trains.

There are 2 main companies connecting the main cities, for tickets purchase and routes check the following websites:

  • TRENITALIA with fast trains and also local trains reaching secondary cities.
  • ITALOTRENO only offering fast trains for the main cities

By air

The closest airports to Padua:

  • Marco Polo airport in Venice (Tessera, 52 km)
  • Antonio Canova airport in Treviso (66 km)
  • Catullo airport in Villafranca di Verona (96 km)
  • Guglielmo Marconi airport in Bologna (119 km)
They are all reachable from Rome and Munich with less than 1-hour flight and from London, Paris, and Frankfurt in less than 2-hour flight.

By car

A4 (Venice-Milan) and A13 (Bologna-Padua) highway are the fastest routes.

How to get to Padova from the Marco Polo airport in Venice?
  • Option 1: There are public buses that reach Padova Bus Station (near the Train Station), and the time schedule is available. Click HERE for more information.
  • Option 2: From Venice Airport, you can take several buses to Mestre train station (number 4, 10, 25, 35). It takes about 20 minutes. From Mestre train station, there are often trains that stop in Padova. They can be regional trains or fast trains, and it takes about 15/20 minutes by train. The total transfer, including waiting for the change, is usually between 45 minutes to 1 hour. You can book tickets online or at the automatic ticket machines that are present in the stations.
  • Option 3: Direct and quicker buses are managed by private companies, but they are not very frequent. For instance, there are options to travel with FlixBus or GoOpti.

Shuttle Buses: click HERE for more information.

Moving around Padova

To find out general information about moving around in Padova, click HERE.

  • Public transportation: Moving around in town is easy, even without a car, thanks to multiple public transportation options to choose from (bus, tram, bike sharing and car sharing).
  • Radio Taxi Padova: Taxi Padova is a 24-hour radio taxi service that operates in the province of Padova. Tel: +39 049 651333. You can use mobile App to reserve your taxi ride directly
Information of interest

Have a look at Padova guides below to discover places of interest: