Most travelers come to Venice Florida by air or car. Amtrak offers passenger train service to Tampa with continuing bus service to Sarasota. The Auto Train from near Washington DC terminates at Sanford FL, just north of Orlando.
- Sarasota-Brandenton International Airport (SRQ) on the north side of Sarasota, 24 miles (39 km), 45 minutes north of Venice via US Route 41 or I-75.
- St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) south of Tampa, 69 miles (111 km), 1 hour 15 minutes via I-75
- Tampa International Airport (TPA) 80 miles (129 km), 1 hour 30 minutes via I-75
- Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, 73 miles (117 km), 1 hour 30 minutes via I-75
- Orlando International Airport (MCO) 146 miles (235 km), 2 hours 30 minutes
- Miami International Airport (MIA) 207 miles (333 km), 3 hours 45 minutes
Many people drive their own cars to Florida, particularly from the Northeastern USA and eastern Canada, and from the Midwest USA and Ontario.
Click on the photo for a highly useful driving guide from the Midwestern states to Florida:Midwest-to-Florida Driving Guide
If you live in the Northeastern or Mid-Atlantic USA or eastern Canada, consider taking the Amtrak Auto Train from Lorton, Virginia (near Washington DC) to Sanford, Florida (north of Orlando; map). Instead of driving this 825 miles (1328 km), relax in comfort on the overnight train. You and your vehicle will arrive refreshed the following morning. More…
Cars can be rented/hired at any of the airports mentioned above (Sarasota/SRQ is easiest) and also at a few locations in Venice.
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SCAT, the Sarasota County Area Transit system, operates local and regional buses on routes to and through Sarasota and Venice. The historic Venice Train Depot, is now the SCAT Transit Station serving buses, not trains. More…
SCAT buses 99 and 215 connect SRQ Airport to the Downtown Sarasota Transfer Station, where you can transfer to a bus for the Venice Train Depot, but departures may be infrequent, and there are many bus stops along the route. From the Venice Train Depot, take Bus 13 (“Walmart South Venice”) to other Venice destinations.
The entire trip by public bus from Sarasota-Bradenton Airport to Venice takes about 2-1/2 hours. Here’s a map of the route from the SRQ Airport stop to Venice.
Click here to download a pdf map of Route 13 in Venice (as of 2019).
Venice is a great place for bicycling, being mostly flat, with good roads, bike paths, and relatively slow traffic (except on the Tamiami Trail).
There are scenic bike paths along the Intracoastal Waterway and at other locations. More…