Venice is known as the floating city. Much has been reported about rising water levels and the ancient streets at risk of crumbling. Therefore, congestion in port traffic has resulted in some cruise ships being banned from docking in Venice.
And that has given Ravennas port, Porto Corsini, time to shine.
Previously unfamiliar to cruise guests, Ravenna recently gained a lot of attention when the port authority awarded Royal Caribbean a contract to build a brand new terminal there.
The plan is that the new cruise port terminal will be in operation from 2024.
Until then, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are using the existing terminals in Ravenna to dock their ships bound for the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, and beyond.
The port’s name is Port Corsini, and it is located about 13km northeast of Ravenna city center.
Visit Venice before your cruise from Ravenna
You must check with your cruise line which of the ports you need to head to before you book your flight and transfer arrangements. Have you booked a cruise from Venice, or are you now leaving from Ravenna? Most cruise guests are eager to spend time in Venice before they transfer to Ravenna.
And so you should. Find out about visiting Venice, where to stay and what to do on our Venice information page.
The good news is that getting to Ravenna from Venice is not difficult; you just need to allow travel time. Of course, there will be a transport cost, and you should allow this in your vacation budget. There are a few different options at different price points.
Historic and charming Ravenna
Ravenna, located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, is a beautiful, historic city located 150km south of Venice on the Adriatic Sea. It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to travel from Venice.
Proudly home to eight UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Ravenna is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. It is famous for its stunning Early Christian and Byzantine mosaics. And the historical center of Ravenna is a charming maze of tiny streets packed with museums, parks, local cafes, restaurants, and local boutiques. Shop the main streets of Via Cavour, Via Diaz, and Via Cairoli to find small artisan shops, local wines, and food.
Ravenna is the old capital of the Roman Empire, and it is worth booking a tour with a local guide to appreciate the history of your surroundings. You can contact the official tourism board for more information and prices here.
With 35km of coastline along the Adriatic seas, Ravenna’s best beaches and lidos include Papeete Beach and Lido Adriano, but they are quite a drive from the city, at least 30 minutes by car.
How to get there
The best way to get to Ravenna from Venice is by train. If you are staying on Venice island, purchase train tickets from Venezia S.Lucia train station to Ravenna, changing trains at Ferrara.
Trenitalia is the primary train operator in Italy. They have high-speed Frecce trains connecting you to major cities and numerous regional trains. You can book tickets directly on their website for about three months within your travel date. Just change the language on the upper right corner of the website from Italian to English if you need to.
Alternatively, you can purchase train tickets directly at the train station. The cost of a single journey between Venice island and Ravenna for an adult is around 25 euros per person.
Outside the train station in Ravenna, there are taxis to take you to the port. The price is about 21 euros, and the journey is about 15 minutes. If it’s a national holiday or an evening/night journey, the price will be around 26 euros. If you are staying at a hotel in the city, the train station is very central, and some hotels are within walking distance.
Where to stay in Ravenna
We recommend at least one hotel night in Ravenna before your cruise starts to ensure you do not miss your embarkation time. Ideally, you will arrive in time to spend at least one day in Ravenna before your cruise.
Here are our top 3 hotel recommendations for your stay in Ravenna:
Palazzo Bezzi Ravenna
Situated on Via de Roma in the historic heart of Ravenna, Hotel Palazzo Bezzi is an elegant 4-star hotel with nicely designed rooms, an excellent restaurant, and a large roof terrace. Choose between standard, superior, and executive-class rooms. Or a junior suite that offers an additional sofabed if you are more than two guests traveling together. This intimate hotel has only 32 rooms, so book early if you visit in peak season to avoid disappointment.
Hotel NH Ravenna
Another great NH hotel in the NH chain of hotels you find across Europe. This cosmopolitan hotel is a great choice, located between the historic district and Ravenna railway station. Indeed if you are arriving by train, the hotel is a short 5-minute walk away. Expect a 4-star standard and excellent, friendly concierge service. We recommend that you sign up for the NH Rewards Program. It is free of charge to sign up, and you can start earning points for every night you stay at an NH Hotel. The more points you have, the greater the discounts and free upgrades!
Exclusive Hotel Residence La Reunion
This private hotel opened its doors to guests in 2003 and offers well-priced suites with fully equipped kitchens. The high standard of accommodation is perfect for families who want to self-cater but also enjoy a hotel’s convenience.
Include breakfast in your booking, and enjoy the hotel’s organically grown local produce. You are right in the city’s heart and within walking distance of the UNESCO Byzantine Monuments.
Airports close to Ravenna
If you prefer to skip visiting Venice and fly straight to Ravenna, the closest airports are Rimini (60km) and Bologna International (80km). Book a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Ravenna in advance with a trusted provider such as Viator.
Alternatively, you can hop into a taxi at one of the official taxis outside the arrival terminal. The journey time is around 1hr and 20 minutes and will cost you about 150-180 euros.
A much more cost-effective way to travel is by train from Bologna to Ravenna. You must get the airport shuttle train (Marconi Express) or a taxi to Bologna central train station, 6km from the airport. From the train station, there is a direct train to Ravenna. The journey time by train is a little over one hour and costs around 8 euros per person.
If you are flying into Rimini airport, take a taxi to the main central station. From there, you can get a direct train to Ravenna. Journey time is just under one hour, and a one-way ticket costs around 5 euros per person.
How to get to the port of Ravenna from the historical center
Once you are checked into your hotel, ask the hotel concierge to arrange for a taxi to take you from your hotel to the port on the morning of your cruise.
The journey time is around 15 minutes. Check your cruise ticket, but you will most likely be starting your cruise from the cruise terminal located in Porto Corsini. Porto Corsini is a small seaside resort located about 12km from the center of Ravenna. There are local buses from the central train station in Ravenna if you prefer, and you can find more information and a pdf of bus times on our page here.
Check the price with the concierge and confirm this with your driver before you leave the hotel. We really wouldn’t recommend any other way. Remember you have your cruise packing and luggage with you, so the quickest and easiest route from A to B makes sense.
A private car costs around 50 euros to take you from Ravenna center to the port. Book in advance before you leave home with a trusted supplier such as Viator or local transfer service such as Scaioli.
Each Sunday morning, a shuttle bus runs from the center of Ravenna to port Corsini. For departure times and booking information, see Ravenna’s tourism website. The journey time is about 30 minutes and costs 15 euros per person.
Need more help?
Still in the planning process and need help deciding on the best cruise for you and your family? The linked articles below will help you along the way. They are packed with good advice and travel tips to help you book the perfect cruise.