Updated date:

How to Get From Marco Polo Airport to Venice

Traveling has always been one of my passions. It exposes us to new cultures and experiences and makes the world a more tolerant place.

Venice

Venice

If you are planning to fly into Venice, you may be wondering how most visitors get themselves out to Venice from the airport. We've made this journey three times in the last few years, so I thought it was high time I got around to sharing this information with everyone.

For starters, you need to know that the main international airport servicing Venice is the Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and it is located on the mainland about 13 km from Venice. While this may seem obvious to those who have visited Venice in the past, it may not be readily apparent to a new visitor or casual traveler making their first visit to Venice.

You also may not be aware that there are numerous options available for getting to Venice, either by land or by boat, and the cost can vary greatly depending on which method of transportation you select. With just a little preparation and knowledge you can avoid a frustrating start to your vacation and ensure that you do not overpay for this relatively short trip.

On the Grand Canal of Venice

On the Grand Canal of Venice

There are two bus options that will get you to Venice; the ATVO buses, which are a private company, and the ACTV buses, which are the public transportation buses.

ATVO Bus

ATVO express buses depart from Marco Polo Airport every thirty minutes and provide express non-stop service to Piazzale Roma. Tickets cost 8 euro and can be purchased upon arrival in the airport at the automatic ticket machines in the arrivals baggage area or the ATVO ticket office located in the arrivals hall. The ticket machines in the baggage area do not always work so I would suggest going directly to the ticket office. There are also automatic ticket machines located outside of the terminal in the ATVO departure area where you will pick up the bus. If you are worried about purchasing a ticket at the airport you can always make the transaction on-line ahead of time. Keep in mind that the ATVO buses have underneath luggage compartments so you won’t have to drag your luggage onto the bus.

  • ATVO
    ATVO Bus schedule and fare information
ATVO Bus

ATVO Bus

ACTV Bus

ACTV buses also run between Marco Polo and Piazzale Roma and cost 8 euro one-way and 15 euro for a round trip ticket. The buses run every fifteen minutes so this is a very convenient option. The bus line that runs from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma is bus line #5 and the one-way trip will take approximately 25 minutes. The ACTV buses have luggage racks in the seating area, which means you will have to carry your luggage onto the bus. Tickets can be purchased at the automatic self-service machines located in both the airport and at Piazzale Roma.

  • ACTV
    ACTV schedule and fare information
ACTV Bus

ACTV Bus

Water Bus

Alilaguna is the name of the company that operates the water buses that run between Marco Polo and Venice. This looks to be a neat alternative, but keep in mind that the trip will run for about an hour and fifteen minutes, which is longer than the land bus. But, if you have time before checking in this can be a fun and relaxing option. A one-way ticket will cost you 15 euro or a round trip ticket goes for 27 euro.

The Alilaguna water buses are easy to spot as they have bright yellow bottoms. The Alilaguna fleet now totals 34 boats and they are fairly large and can accommodate many travelers with luggage. There are three lines that go into Venice from the airport; the Red, Blue and Orange lines and they each make different stops so ask before buying your ticket. The Red Line only makes stops at Murano and Lido Islands so most likely you will want either the Blue Line or the Orange Line that make multiple stops in Venice. If your accommodations happen to be close to one of the stops for the water bus then this might be a great option, as it will save you some travel time in getting from Piazzale Roma where the land buses deposit you.

Tickets can be purchased in the arrivals area of the airport and the boats are about a ten-minute walk once outside of the airport. If you have a lot of luggage allow extra time to get to the dock. The water buses leave every hour so they are a little more infrequent than the land bus but still a viable option for a reasonable price.

Alilaguna

Alilaguna Water Bus

Alilaguna Water Bus

Water Taxi

The Water Taxi sounds like it would be a great option but it is by far the most expensive method of getting to Venice from the airport. A typical water taxi can run anywhere from 100 to 150 euros depending on exactly where you are going in Venice and the amount of luggage you have. If you have a large group this might be worth considering as you can split the fare. As with any taxi on land in Italy always negotiate a price before getting into the boat to avoid any surprises.

Another option to the private water taxi is to utilize a shared water taxi. This provides a less crowded ride than the water bus and potentially cheaper alternative than the private water taxi. Rates start at about 35 euros.

You can inquire about a water taxi at the taxi desk in the airport arrivals area and the water taxi pick-up is at the same pier as the water bus so make sure you don’t get them confused. One of the biggest advantages of the water taxi is that they will take you to the closest spot possible to your accommodations so if you have a lot of luggage this can be a benefit.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

All kinds of boats patrol the Grand Canal

All kinds of boats patrol the Grand Canal

Train

You can take a train out to Venice but this is not a recommended option for visitors arriving at Marco Polo as you would have to take a bus from the airport to the Mestre Train Station first. From here you can catch the train across the lagoon but the idea of getting on and off a bus only to get on and off a train does not sound appealing. But, should you decide on this option the bus trip from Marco Polo to the Mestre train station is just 8 euro. From here it’s a short train ride into Santa Lucia Train Station (Venice) with fares starting at 1.5 euro.

Santa Lucia Train Station

Santa Lucia Train Station

Taxi

A regular taxi can get you from the airport to Piazzale Roma in about fifteen minutes and will cost about 50 euro including fees for luggage. If you don’t mind dealing with one of Italy’s finest cabbies then this may be a viable option. With a taxi you won’t be making any extra stops so this might well be the quickest option.

The Vaporetto

The Vaporetto

With all of these options, other than the water taxi and water bus, you will be deposited at Piazzale Roma or the Santa Lucia Train Station. In either case, depending on where your accommodations are located you can either walk or take the Vaporetto. The Vaporetto are the large bus like boats that service Venice with multiple terminals on Venice and the surrounding islands. The cost for a 75-minute ticket on the Vaporetto cost 7.5 euro but if you are going to be in Venice for a few days you may want to consider a multiple hour/day tourist card that provides unlimited use of the water bus.

The Vaporetto service is provided by ACTV, which also provides land bus service and a combined ticket can be purchased which gets you to and from the airport and gets you unlimited use of the water bus while in Venice.

All of these options apply for the reverse route in getting from Venice back to the airport. Just be sure to leave plenty of time for the transfer. Have a great visit to Venice.

Ciao for now.

Marco Polo Airport Map

Marco Polo Airport map

Marco Polo Airport map

Questions & Answers

Question: We are staying one night in Venice on July 21st, 2018 at the CA Dell'Arte hotel near San Marco. We arrive at Marco Polo airport at 11:00 in the morning. What do you suggest for transportation to our hotel? Since we won't be able to check in until later, what do you suggest we do with our luggage?

Answer: You have a few options for getting to Ca Dell’Arte from the airport. You can take the Alilaguna water bus; Orange Line from the airport, and get off at the Sant’Angelo station. Should be about a five-minute walk from there. Another option is to take a taxi or the AVTO bus or the ACTV bus (no.5) to Piazzale Roma and then take the Vaporetto (no.2) and get off at the San Samuele stop. From here you are just a minute or two from Ca Dell’Arte. The last option is a private water taxi, which will take you from the airport to as close to Ca Dell’Arte as possible. This will be the most expensive option, by far.

For your luggage, I would ask the folks at Ca Dell’Arte if it would be okay to store your luggage there as you are arriving early. Most accommodations are pretty flexible and will gladly do this for you.

Question: What is the best way to get to our hotel in Venice, the Hotel Continental, from the airport?

Answer: You can take the bus or a taxi from Marco Polo Airport to Piazzale Roma. This is the end of the line for land vehicles in Venice. The Hotel Continental is actually just a short walk from Piazzale Roma. You could take the Vaporetto, but to be honest by time you wait for the next boat, board, and then get off, you could walk to the hotel. From Piazzale Roma just cross the bridge toward the train station and keep walking for just a few minutes. It should take no more than 8 to 10 minutes.

Question: We are arriving in Venice at Marco Polo Airport and need to go to Hotel Al Vagon. We have never been to Venice. What are our travel options? We are both over 60.

Answer: You have a few options. You can take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then hop on the Vaporetto and get off at the Ca’D’oro stop. Hotel Al Vagon is just a few minutes walk from the terminal. Another option is to take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport and get off at the Rialto stop. Your hotel is actually about midway between the Ca’D’oro stop and the Rialto stop, so it’s just a few minutes from either terminal. You will want the Alilaguna Orange Line. The advantage of the Alilaguna service is that you don’t have to transfer from a bus or taxi to the Vaporetto. These options should both be available to you during the day or at night. There is one last option, which I sometimes hesitate to mention as it is the most expensive option. This would be to take a private water taxi. Expect to pay at least 100 euros for this option. If it’s a nice day or evening the ride through the lagoon can be pleasant so certainly take into consideration the weather when deciding.

Question: I am one adult arriving at the Marco Polo Airport. How do I get to Venice from there?

Answer: I am not familiar with Best Vacation Hotel and could not locate it? Generally speaking the options for getting from the airport to Venice are to take a bus or taxi to Piazzale Roma followed by the Vaporetto, or the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport. You can also take a private or shared water taxi but these are the most expensive options.

Question: How do I get from Marco Polo Airport to Mogliano?

Answer: As best I can tell you would have to get to the Mestre Train Station and take the train from there. You can take the ATVO bus from the airport to the train station. The train to Mogliano is not very long, perhaps 15 to 20 minutes. Otherwise, I would consider taking an Uber.

Question: How do you get from Marco Polo airport to Locanda Al Leon hotel?

Answer: There are a couple of options for getting to Locanda Al Leon from the airport. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport on either the Orange Line or the Blue Line. The Orange Line stops at the San Marco Gardens Ferry Terminal, while the Blue Line stops at the San Zaccaria Terminal. Both trips will take about 75 minutes, but the San Zaccaria Terminal is a little closer to your hotel.

Another option is to take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma, which is the end of the line for land vehicles. From here you can take the Vaporetto, Line 1 or 5.1, and get off at the San Zaccaria Terminal. Your hotel should be just a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal. This option will also take over an hour. The cost between the Alilaguna and the bus/Vaporetto is comparable.

Question: We will be departing from Venice to catch our 6 am flight from Marco Polo, so what transport would we be able to find from Venice to the airport that early in the morning?

Answer: Even though your flight is early you will have a few options. From Piazzale Roma you can take a taxi or the bus to the airport. The buses start running about 4:20 am. Be sure to check the Vaporetto schedule to get to Piazzale Roma, there is a night line that runs all night, but you will need to know where to catch it and at what time. If your accommodations are close to Piazzale Roma you can just walk there and then catch the bus or a taxi. Another option would be a water taxi. They are expensive, but they will get you there without delay. Expect to pay over 120 euro for this service, especially that early in the morning. You might be able to get a shared water taxi with other visitors going to the airport, which could help defray the cost.

Question: What is a good company to rent a car from Marco Polo Airport?

Answer: Most of the major car rental companies have a presence at Marco Polo Airport. In addition to the usual American rental companies like Hertz and Avis, you will also find the major European rental companies like Europcar, Auto Europe, and Sixt. I would say check all of their rates and select the one that is cheapest.

Question: How I can get from Marco Polo airport to Hotel Londra Palace?

Answer: You can take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then take the Vaporetto to the San Zaccaria Terminal. Hotel Londra Palace is just a short walk from the ferry terminal. The bus is 8 euro and the Vaporetto is 7.5 euro, although combo tickets and roundtrip tickets can save you a few euro. A taxi will run 45 to 50 euro depending on luggage and the number of passengers. Another option is the Alilaguna water bus service that goes directly from the airport across the lagoon to Venice. Both the Red and Blue Line stop at San Zaccaria and the cost is 15 euro one way while a roundtrip ticket is 27 euro.

Both of these options will most likely take over an hour. If the weather is nice and you don’t mind the ride across the lagoon the Alilaguna service does not involve a transfer. But, the Vaporetto ride from Piazzale Roma, does go down the Grand Canal, which is a nice introduction to Venice. The Alilaguna Red and Blue Lines go around Venice and not down the Grand Canal.

Question: What are the options? I am getting in at 2am at the airport and need to get to Campielo S. Zulian.

Answer: At 2 a.m. you will have limited options. You can take a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. From there you can take the Vaporetto, the N Line that runs through the night. Another option would be a private water taxi, but this will be extremely expensive, especially in the middle of the night.

Question: We have a rental car we are picking up. Would it be smart to drive to the train station, and would our belongings be safe locked in the car?

Answer: Are you visiting for just the day? There is parking available at Piazzale Roma, which would save you the time of taking the train. I have never left a car at the train station, but I would imagine that it is a secure parking lot.

Question: We will be traveling to Venice by car and staying at Residenza Ca’ Dorin. We will be staying 2 nights and understand parking can get quite expensive. Someone suggested parking at the airport to save money? What are your thoughts and then what is our best option to arrive at our accommodations in Venice.

Answer: Parking in Venice is indeed very expensive. However, I’m not sure I would park at the airport? It is still expensive and you now have the inconvenience of getting from the airport to Venice. The bus fare from the airport to Venice one-way is 8 euro. There are parking lots in Mestre, which is across the lagoon from Venice where the causeway starts. I would consider parking there. In addition to a number of lots near the train station, there is the San Giuliano Lot that is located on the left just before the causeway. I believe that lot is 12 euro per day. Of course, you now have the inconvenience of taking the bus or the train, which is cheap, but it all takes time.

If you do take the causeway across the lagoon you can park at Piazzale Roma or the Tronchetto Parking Garage. Parking at Piazzale Roma is the most expensive, close to 30 euro per day while Tronchetto is 21 euro per day. No matter where you park you will need to get to Piazzale Roma where you can take the Vaporetto into Venice. The Vaporetto is the public water transportation system with a network of lines that go to various parts of Venice. It looks like the San Silvestro ferry terminal is closest to your hotel, which means you would want Line 1. I would get specific walking directions from them as it is easy to get lost in Venice. If you travel light you could always try to just walk from Piazzale Roma to your hotel. Just be aware that there are always lots of bridges to cross.

Best of luck. It is always an adventure getting into Venice, but once there it’s like no other place on earth.

Question: We are 4 adults arriving at Marco Polo on July 4th at noon, and we need to get to Borgoloco San Lorenzo 5088/A, Castello 30122. What is the easiest way for us to get there? And from there to the Santa Lucia train station a few days later?

Answer: Borgolovo San Lorenzo is located in the heart of Venice not too far from San Marco Square. From the airport, the easiest option would be to take the Alilaguna Blue Line to the Ospedale Ferry Terminal. It's the third stop and about a 45-minute ride, but there will be no transfers. Another option would be to take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. This is the end of the line for land vehicles in Venice. From here it's on foot or by boat. From Piazzale Roma you have to take the Vaporetto, Line 1 or 2, and get off at the San Zaccaria Terminal. This option will take you straight down the Grand Canal, which could be a nice way to see Venice. Both of these options will require about a 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal to your accommodations. The Alilaguna option avoids a transfer from bus/taxi to boat and you will ride across the lagoon out to Venice, which can also provide a nice perspective.

To get to the train station when you leave you can hop on the Vaporetto at San Zaccaria and get off at the Ferrovia Terminal, which is directly in front of the train station. Both Vaporetto Lines 1 and 2 stop here.

Question: We are arriving at Venice airport at 10.40 am. Please, can you advise what would be the cheapest way of getting to Venice Ai Carmini hotel? We will have hand luggage only. I have no sense of direction, so I would appreciate step by step directions and any advice that you can give me.

Answer: To get to Piazzale Roma from the airport the cheapest method would be to take the Venice Express bus. The cost of a one-way ticket is 8 euro and for a round-trip ticket the fare is 15 euro. Piazzale Roma is the end of the line for land vehicles in Venice. From here it’s either walk or take a boat. Fortunately, your hotel is only about a 5 minute walk from Piazzale Roma. I went to your hotel’s website and they have walking directions, which I have copied and pasted below. With just hand luggage it should be an easy walk, although it is always easy to get lost in Venice. Best of luck.

From Piazzale Roma: Suite in Venice Ai Carmini Residence is reachable on foot (about 5 min. see also map).

At the crossing of the bridge “Ponte dei Tre Ponti” continue to Fondamenta Tre Ponti straight to Fondamenta Cazziola and at the end of this pass the bridge, after the bridge keep right, and after about 20 meters continue along calle dei Ragusei along it (50 meters), turn left (15 meters) pass the bridge and keep the right you are now in Fondamenta del Soccorso continue for 30 meters and you have arrived at number 244 of the Residence ai Carmini.

Question: We are traveling to Venice for the first time and getting there on a Friday at 11 at night. We haven't booked a hotel yet and ideally would like to avoid taking a boat taxi at this time given we will be out of the airport past 11.30 pm. What part of the area should we look for a hotel that's both within walking distance to attractions but also accessible from the airport by taxi?

Answer: Unfortunately, all of the Venice attractions are out on the island of Venice. You can find a hotel in Mestre, which is the town on the mainland just before you cross the causeway to Venice, but there isn't much to see there. The distance from the Mestre train station to Piazzale Roma, which is the end of the line for land vehicles in Venice is over 5 miles. Just the causeway itself from end to end is over 2 miles although there is a sidewalk. If you decide to stay on the mainland I would recommend taking the bus or train out to Venice and spending the day there. It would be better to find a place in Venice to avoid having to go back and forth every day.

Question: What are our best options for travel from the Venice airport to Casa Gorrardi?

Answer: B&B Casa Gottardi is located very close to the Rialto Station on the Grand Canal. This means you have two very good options. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus, Orange Line, directly from the airport and simply get off at the Rialto Station. Your B&B is just a few minutes walk from there. Or, you can take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and hop on the vaporetto, which is the public transportation water bus, and get off at the same Rialto Station or even the San Silvestro Station. With the Rialto Station you have to cross over the Rialto bridge while the San Silvestro Station is on the opposite side of the canal where your B&B is located. The cost for the Alilaguna service is 27 euro round-trip. The cost for the bus/vaporetto is about the same with a taxi perhaps costing a few extra euro. You can also buy a multi-day card for use with both the land buses and the vaporetto, which may save you some money if you are staying for a few days and plan on using the public transportation in Venice.

Question: We are traveling to Venice and staying at the Lux Calle delle Rasse Castello. Could you tell me the best form of travel from the airport? We are a little nervous. There are two of us traveling.

Answer: Your hotel is located very close to the San Zaccaria Ferry Terminal. The best way to get here is to take the Alilaguna Water Bus - Blue Line, directly from the airport. This way you do not have to worry about getting on and off various modes of transportation. The Alilaguna boats are very recognizable as they all have the bright yellow bottoms. You will board at the airport loading station and get off at San Zaccaria after cruising the length of the Grand Canal.

Question: Our flight from Venice to Croatia is at 6:45 am. Should we stay inland because of our early flight? Or would it be easier to get public transportation that early in the morning? Also, how early should we arrive at the airport?

Answer: The Vaporetto runs all night during the peak season with boats leaving approximately every 30 minutes. You can get to Piazzale Roma early in the morning. From Piazzale Roma, you would need to take a taxi to the airport. It is doable, but given that you should be checking in two hours before your flight, you will be up very, very early. If you want to be at the airport by 4:45 am you will need at least an hour for the Vaporetto and taxi.

I would at least consider staying near the airport. It would eliminate many of the things that can go wrong such as missing the Vaporetto or having trouble getting a taxi at Piazzale Roma. You’ll still be getting up very early, but you will have reduced many of the problems that come with using public transportation at such an early hour.

Question: We are staying at the Hotel Bernardi and need to be at Marco Polo airport by 8:30 A.M. I would prefer not the pull my luggage through the streets and on Vaporettos. How would you suggest we do this?

Answer: You don't have many options if you want to avoid the Vaporetto and pulling luggage through the streets of Venice. You can see if your hotel offers a transfer service to the airport where they would take care of your luggage. Your hotel is pretty close to the Ca' d'Oro ferry terminal where you would pick up the Vaporetto. If you did take the Vaporetto to Piazzale Roma, you would then need a taxi or bus to the airport. Another option would be to hire a private water taxi, and they could pick you up on the Rio Ca' Dolce, which is the small canal that is closest to your hotel. Be advised that the private water taxies are very expensive, over 100 euro, but they are the quickest and most efficient method of getting to the airport. The Alilaguna water bus service also goes to the airport, but keep in mind that it's about a 10-minute walk from the airport dock to the terminal. Getting to the airport by 8:30 am will not be a problem as everything is up and running early in Venice. There is no "very easy" way of making the transfer. I would try your hotel to see if they can help.

Question: 20 Euro for a taxi from Marco Polo Airport to Venice seems cheap for a family of 4, but you don't sound like you recommend it. Do you have any negative experience with them? Do they charge you randomly?

Answer: That number is old and might be a typo, but definitely needs to be updated. My apologies. The current fare with luggage will run closer to 50 euro. We did have a bad experience once with a taxi on this route where he got pulled over for speeding. The 15 to 20 minute ride wound up taking close to an hour.

Question: I am arriving at Marco Polo airport at 14:55 pm and need to get to 30124 San Marco. What would be the best way to get to our hotel?

Answer: I’m not exactly certain of which hotel you are staying at but I will assume that it is near Piazza San Marco. 30124 appears to be the zip code for Venice.

From Marco Polo Airport you have a couple of options to get to San Marco. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus and all four lines do stop at San Marco. The Orange Line would be best as it goes up the Grand Canal so it’s a great way to experience the beauty of Venice.

Another option is to take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. From here you would take the Vaporetto, Line 1 or 2 to San Marco. Piazzale Roma is the end of the road so to speak as from that point on travel is all on foot or by boat. The Vaporetto is the public water bus system in Venice with numerous lines that go pretty much everywhere in Venice.

The last option is to take a private water taxi. They will take you to as close as possible to your hotel. While convenient, this option is also the most expensive and will cost over 100 euro.

If the weather is nice I would consider the Alilaguna Water Bus. It crosses the lagoon going out to Venice and would be a great way to see the area as you approach the island. The cost of the Alilaguna service is close to the cost of the bus plus Vaporetto so there is no big advantage to either.

Question: What is the best option to get to MSC port terminal for cruises from Marco Polo Airport?

Answer: I would take either the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma, and from there you can hop on the People Mover. The People Mover is fairly new and is an elevated tram that goes to the cruise terminal and the Tronchetto parking garage. The bus is 8 euro for a one-way ticket while a taxi will run 45 to 50 euro depending on luggage and how many passengers. The People Mover cost is just 1.5 euro and there are ticket machines near the entrance.

Question: We arrive at Marco Polo airport at 1:45 pm on Thursday, Aug 23rd, and would like to take water transport to Hotel Principe. We are older and will have luggage. What is our best option?

Answer: The Hotel Principe is located right on the Grand Canal not far from Piazzale Roma and the train station. The only way to get direct water transfer is to take a private water taxi from the airport to the hotel. All other options involve some degree of walking/bus/taxi etc. Even from the airport, it will be a short walk to the dock, but this should be manageable.

I have included a few links to private water taxi services. We have never used this type of service so I can’t recommend a specific company. A Google search should also provide a list of companies that provide this service.

www.motoscafivenezia.it/en/ticket/

www.venicewatertaxi.it/en/index.html

www.venicelimousineservice.it/en/services/

Question: If I buy a 48-hour travel pass when I arrive at Marco Polo, does this include the airport trip both ways and all travel around Venice in the 48-hours that I am in the city?

Answer: Yes, it includes all travel on ACTV services, which includes the land bus to and from the airport, as well as travel on the Vaporetto. Keep in mind that the 48-hour period starts when you validate your ticket.

Question: I'm starting a cruise with Cunard from Venice and would like to spend a few days in Venice before the cruise. Is it easy to get from the airport to Venice and then from Venice to the cruise port? Can you recommend any medium priced 3 or 4 star hotels for our stay? Just me and wife and two large suitcases, we are both able-bodied.

Answer: We usually stay in B&B’s while in Venice. I can strongly recommend a place called B&BYouandMe. Very clean, reasonable, good location, and the owner, Stefania, is a joy to deal with.

Getting from Marco Polo airport to Venice can be done with a couple of options. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus right from the airport to Venice. Most visitors will want the Orange Line, which goes right up the Grand Canal with various stops. The other option is to take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and from there take the Vaporetto to the closest stop to where you are staying. The Vaporetto is the public transportation system for getting around in Venice.

To get to the cruise terminal you also have a few options. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus or take the Vaporetto back to Piazzale Roma and then get on the people mover, which goes directly to the cruise terminal. The people mover is fairly new and was built specifically to get visitors to and from the cruise terminal.

Question: What transportation do you suggest for two adults traveling from Marco Polo Airport to Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo Hotel?

Answer: You have a few options available to you. You can take the Alilaguna water bus directly from the airport to the San Marco/Giardinetti stop and from there it is just a few minutes walk to your hotel. Or, you can take the ACTV bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma and from there hop on the Vaporetto, Line 1 or 2, and get off at the San Marco/Vallaresso stop. It’s a short walk to your hotel from there. A third option, which is the most expensive, would be to take a private water taxi. Because their boats are smaller they can navigate the smaller canals and get you right to your hotel. The Alilaguna and bus/Vaporetto options will take at least an hour and the cost is about the same.

Question: What are the best options from Marco Polo Airport to Venezia Train Station? My understanding is we can take a bus or taxi to Piazzale Roma. How far is the train station from there? Can we walk with luggage? Is there a boat from the airport that can drop us off right by the train station?

Answer: From the airport you have a few options. You can take a bus or taxi from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma. From Piazzale Roma it takes just a minute and you cross just one bridge to get to the train station. Even with luggage this it doable.

Another option is to take the Alilaguna Water Bus from the airport, the Orange Line, and get off at the Guglie stop. The train station is right there. Either option will work for you.

Question: What is the best way to get to a hotel located at Fondamenta delle Zattere? And do you know about which trains to take from Venice to Florence?

Answer: From the Airport you can take the Alilaguna Water Bus, the Blue Line, and get off at the Zattere Ferry Terminal. This should put you very close to your hotel. The trip from the airport will take about 90 minutes.

Another option would be to take either the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. This is the end of the line for land vehicles and from here it is all by boat or by foot. From Piazzale Roma you can take the Vaporetto, Line 5.1, which also stops at the Zattere Ferry Terminal. The Vaporetto ride will be just 10 minutes or so. The bus/taxi ride from the airport will be about 30 minutes, but you do have to factor in waiting time for the bus/taxi and the Vaporetto.

There are numerous daily high-speed trains that go from Venice to Florence. The journey will take about 2 hours if utilizing the high-speed train, longer if taking the slower train. Just inquire at the Santa Lucia Train Station in Florence.

Question: What are the best options for transport from Venice to San Marco airport for a 7:10 am flight?

Answer: You can take the Vaporetto to Piazzale Roma and from there take a taxi or the bus to the airport. The buses start running at about 4:20 a.m. so you should have plenty of time to get to the airport for your flight. A taxi will be more expensive, but if you feel that you are short of time, a taxi will get you there quicker.

Question: We arrive at the Gritti Palace hotel tomorrow, which has the Santa Maria Del Giglio terminal next door. So, I presume the Alilaguna Water Bus would be good, but wondered which color line?

Answer: If taking the Alilaguna Water Bus you would want the Orange Line, which does stop at the Santa Maria Del Giglio terminal. Otherwise take a taxi or the bus to Piazzale Roma, followed by the Vaporetto, Line 1 to the same stop.

Question: I am staying at Hotel Torino. What is the best and cheapest option for travel from Marco Polo airport? We are traveling with 8 months old baby.

Answer: You have two options that are comparable in cost. The first would be to take the Alilaguna water bus, Orange Line, to the Giglio stop. Your hotel is a short walk from there, but you would be wise to get specific walking directions as it is easy to get lost in Venice. It is cheaper to buy a round-trip ticket (27 euro), and you can save a few additional euro by purchasing your ticket online before you arrive (25 euro). Children up to age 5 are free.

The other option is to take the ACTV bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then the Vaporetto, Line 1, to the Giglio stop. A combo bus/Vaporetto ticket is 14 euro each way so 28 euro roundtrip. Again, your baby will be free.

The other advantage of the Alilaguna service, other than saving a few euro is that there is no bus to boat transfer. You get on the water bus at the airport and get off at the Giglio stop on the Grand Canal. Either option will take at least an hour so be prepared for that. Also, to get to Venice from the airport the Alilaguna water boats have to cross the lagoon to get out to Venice before entering the Grand Canal. Depending on the weather it can be a little rough. If it’s a nice day should be no problem.

Question: We are staying at Residenza Ruga Giuffa, what would be the best way to get there from the Marco Polo airport?

Answer: You have a few options. You can take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then hop on the Vaporetto, Line 1 or 2, and get off at the Rialto ferry terminal. I would get specific walking directions from your hotel as it is very easy to get lost in Venice. It looks to be about a 10 to 15-minute walk from the Rialto Terminal.

Another option is to take the Alilaguna Water Bus, Orange Line, directly from the airport to the Rialto terminal. For this option there is no transfer, you simply get the ferry from the airport. Keep in mind that both of these options will take at least an hour and possibly longer if you have to wait for a boat or bus.

The quickest option would be a private or shared water taxi. They will take you directly from the airport to as close as possible to your accommodation. Because they are smaller boats, they can navigate the narrow canals and get closer than the large boats can. While this option sounds the best, it is also the most expensive, usually costing 100 euro or more.

Question: In June, 2020 we fly into Marco Polo Airport in Venice and will be staying at Relais Piazza San Marco Hotel. What is the best and most economical way to get to the hotel?

Answer: From the airport, you can take the express bus to Piazzale Roma. The cost is 8 euro per person. Piazzale Roma is the end of the line for land vehicles in Venice, it’s all by foot or boat from here. At Piazzale Roma, you can take the Vaporetto, which is the public water transportation system in Venice. A ticket good for 75 minutes will cost 7.5 euro, although they do have a variety of multi-day tickets available if you think you will use the system often. You will want Line 1 or 2, and will get off at the San Marco Terminal. Your hotel should be no more than a 10-minute walk although I would reach out to your hotel for specific walking directions as it’s easy to get lost in Venice.

There is another service called the Alilaguna Water bus that goes directly from the airport. It takes over an hour and crosses the lagoon to get out to Venice. The cost is about the same as the bus/Vaporetto and it does stop at the San Marco Terminal. At the airport, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the dock.

Question: Do you recommend taking the train out of Santa Lucia in Venice to go to Florence, and should we get tickets from here in the US?

Answer: Yes, to get to Florence from Venice I would recommend taking the train from Santa Lucia and not from Mestre. The Santa Lucia Station in Venice is very easy to get to and very convenient. Buying tickets ahead of time online is fine as long as you are certain of your schedule. The tickets will be cheaper buying them ahead of time.

Question: We are arriving in Venice and staying at the Lido on New Year's Eve. Our flight arrives around 5.00 p.m. Will the water bus still be running at this time on new years eve?

Answer: Yes, the Alilaguna Water Bus as well as the Vaporetto will be running on New Years Eve.

Question: What is the best way to get to the Cannaregio district from Marco Polo airport please, which Alilaguna stop is closest?

Answer: You can take the Alilaguna water bus from the airport to the Cannaregio District. There are a few stops in Cannaregio on the Orange Line including F.te Nove, Madonna dell'Orte, and Guglie (near the train station). You will have to look at a map to determine which stop is closest to where you are going as the Cannaregio District is quite large. You can also just take the bus or a taxi to Piazzale Roma and walk to the district if your destination is close to the train station.

Question: What is the Vaporetto?

Answer: The Vaporetto is the public water-bus transportation system in Venice. There are a total of 19 different lines that travel around Venice and the surrounding islands. You purchase tickets to ride the Vaporetto, and there are numerous options for daily and multi-day tickets. Because there are no cars in Venice the only means of getting around are on foot or by boat making the Vaporetto a very popular means of getting around in Venice.

Question: We arrive at Marco Polo airport on Easter Friday, 2019, and are staying at the Hotel Baglioni. We have paid for a shared water taxi in our total package. Where do we pick this up at the airport, and how long a walk is it? Where would it drop us relative to our hotel, and how long a walk is it from where they drop us to the Baglioni?

Answer: There is a ferry terminal at the airport for water taxies and water buses going to Venice. It is maybe a 10-minute walk from the baggage claim area to the dock. You will see signs in the baggage claim area directing you to the terminal. The Hotel Baglioni is located very close to Piazza San Marco, and usually, with a water taxi, they will get you as close to your hotel as possible. There is a ferry terminal for San Marco that is very close to your hotel and also a small canal that your hotel sits on, which looks to have a dock so they may be able to get you right to your hotel. It looks pretty straight forward to me, so no worries.

Question: How can I get from Piazzale Roma to the hotel Il Sogno di Giulietta e Romeo?

Answer: From Piazzale Roma, you can take the Vaporetto, Line 1, and get off at the Rialto Mercato Terminal. From here it should be about a 5-minute walk. I would contact your hotel and ask for specific walking directions from the terminal, as it’s easy to get lost in Venice.

Question: If I arrive at the Marco Polo airport late at night, around 2330 hrs, what is the best way to be transported to the hotel and at what price?

Answer: Even at that hour you will find the bus and taxi's making the trip to Piazzale Roma. The bus will cost 8 euro for a one-way ticket (15 euro for round-trip), and for a taxi expect about 40 to 50 euro depending on how many passengers and luggage. From Piazzale Roma you can either walk to your hotel or take the Vaporetto, which is the public water transportation system in Venice. The Vaporetto ticket will cost 7.5 euro.

You can also take the Alilaguna water bus directly from the airport to Venice. The dock is a ten minute walk from the airport terminal and the trip across the lagoon will take over an hour depending on what stop you get off. The cost is 15 euro one-way or 27 euro for a round-trip ticket.

The last option would be a private or shared water taxi. They will take you directly from the dock at the airport to as close to your accommodations as possible. This service is quicker than the Alilaguna as they don't make any other stops other than your hotel. But, for this service expect to pay at least 120 euro.

Question: We are staying at Hotel Locanda Correr, Address: Campo San Filippo e Giacomo ‑ Castello 4370, Castello, 30122. I see the various options available. Which one would you recommend as the balance between fastest and cheapest?

Answer: If the weather is nice upon your arrival consider using the Alilaguna Water Bus. You can take either the red, blue or gold line as they all stop at San Zaccaria, which is where you want to get off. Your hotel is a short walk from the water bus terminal.

The other option would be to take the ATVO bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then hop on the Vaporetto, line 1 or 2 and get off at San Zaccario.

The cost is close between the two options. If the weather is nice I would opt for the Alilaguna as it eliminates the transfer from bus/taxi to the Vaporetto. Also, the ride across the lagoon will give you a nice view as you approach Venice.

Question: What's the best option to get from Marco Polo Airport to the San Julian hotel in Venice?

Answer: You can take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. This is the end of the road for land vehicles, from here it's only by boat or on foot. From Piazzale Roma hop on the Vaporetto and get off at the Rialto Terminal. From there it's maybe a 10 minute walk. You should get walking directions from your hotel as it is easy to get lost in Venice.

There is also a water service called Alilaguna that goes directly from the airport to Venice. You would want the Orange Line, and you would get off at the same Rialto Terminal. The dock at the airport is about a 10 minute walk.

Both of these options will take a minimum of an hour.

Question: We are hoping to stay at the Lido in Venice for four night in October. How would you recommend we get to the hotel?

Answer: You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport to Lido. Both the red and blue lines stop at Lido. The trip takes about an hour.

Another option would be to take the bus or a land taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then take the Vaporetto to Lido. I believe line 6 will get you to the Lido. Taking this option involves a transfer from bus/taxi to Vaporetto so it will most likely take longer.

The last option would be to take a private water taxi. This will be the most expensive option but also the quickest.

Question: We arrive at Marco Polo airport at 11:30 and will be staying at Hotel Ca Dei Conti in Fondamenta Remedio. What’s the best and cheapest way for us to get to the hotel?

Answer: There is no easy way to get from Marco Polo to the center of Venice. But, there are some options to consider. Your hotel does offer a transfer service for a fee. What that fee is would determine whether it is competitive and should be considered.

There is a service called Alilaguna that provides water boat service (Blue Line) directly from the airport to the San Zaccaria terminal, and from there it is a maybe a 10-minute walk to your hotel. The boat takes about an hour to cross the lagoon, and the cost is 15 euro one way and 27 euro roundtrip. There is a small discount for buying your tickets online ahead of time.

Another option is to take a bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. This is the end of the line for land vehicles, and from here it’s either by boat or on foot. From Piazzale Roma, you can take the Vaporetto, Line 1, to the San Zaccaria terminal and then walk to the hotel. The cost for this option, assuming the bus, is comparable with the Alilaguna service. A taxi will run close to 50 euro depending on how many passenger, luggage, and tip. If you are splitting the fare with others, it could be a viable option. The bus fare is about 8 euro one-way.

The last option is to take a private water taxi directly from the airport to as close to your hotel as they can get you. This is the most expensive option by far.

I would inquire with your hotel to see how much for their transfer service. If it’s expensive, then I would opt for the bus/taxi followed by the Vaporetto. If it’s a nice day the Vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal is a nice introduction to Venice.

Question: We arrive in Venice at 10:40 p.m. on December 12th, 2018, and need to get to the Hotel Principe. What are our options for travel, and is the hotel open 24-hours?

Answer: I would imagine that most hotels in Venice are open 24-hours. I would contact your hotel and let them know that you will be arriving very late, and I’m sure that they will be okay with that. The Hotel Principe is located very close to Piazzale Roma and the train station. At your hour of arrival, I would take a taxi to Piazzale Roma and walk from there; it’s just a few minutes. Waiting for a bus will only delay you further, and the taxi fare from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma is reasonable. From Piazzale Roma, take the bridge over the Grand Canal, walk past the train station and Hotel Principe is right there on the canal.

Question: We arrive at Marco Polo airport June 23, 2018 and our accommodation is Apartmento Casanova in Venice. Which would be the best mode of transport to reach our destination? There are 4 of us all with suitcases. It seems our accommodation is more inland so I'm not sure which would be the best stop to get to then walk?

Answer: It does appear that Appartamento Casanova is inland, but I think getting to the Rialto stop is the closest you can get. Alilaguna has service from the airport to the Grand Canal (Orange Line) and you can get off at the Rialto stop. You can also take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then take the Vaporetto to the Rialto stop. From there it looks to me to be about a ten minute walk. Make sure you have good directions or perhaps they can meet you at the Rialto stop. It is very easy to get lost and disoriented in Venice, but that is all part of the experience. Best of luck, have a great trip.

Question: We are traveling to Venice in June. The timetable for the orange water bus only goes until 14th April. As we are staying close to Rialto, is there a new timetable from the 14th onwards?

Answer: The summer schedule for Alilaguna should be out in mid-April.

Question: What are the best options for us to get to Hotel Antiche Figure from Marco Polo airport?

Answer: Hotel Antiche Figure is located directly across from the train station on the Grand Canal. From Marco Polo airport you can take either a bus or a taxi to Piazzale Roma and from there it is only a few minutes walk to your hotel. The bus service is run by ACTV and ATVO and their schedules can be found here:

http://www.atvo.it/en-venice-airport.html. http://actv.avmspa.it/en/content/urban-lines-0

Your hotel is situated right next to the Church of San Simeone Piccolo so look for the dome as a landmark.

Question: I need to get from Venice to Marco Polo airport. Is there a bus?

Answer: Yes, you need to get to Piazzale Roma, and from there you can take a bus or a taxi to Marco Polo. Depending on where you are in Venice you can either walk to Piazzale Roma or take the Vaporetto, which is the public water transportation in Venice. Piazzale Roma is the end of the line for land vehicles coming to Venice; there will be taxi’s and buses every 30 minutes.

Question: My partner and I are traveling to Venice in early March. We are staying at the Palazzetto Madonna: San Polo 2902, San Polo, Venice, 30125, Italy. By the sounds of it we are best getting a water bus, do you know where we would disembark and what line to take? Should we book online before coming?

Answer: You have two options available. The water bus service from the airport called Alilaguna does not stop at the San Toma terminal, so this is not a viable option. You can take a private water taxi from the airport to your hotel, but be aware that this is the most expensive option. You could try a shared water taxi to perhaps cut the cost. For a private water taxi, you would have to book this in advance online.

The other option is to take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. Piazzale Roma is the end of the line for land transportation arriving in Venice, from here you travel by boat or by foot. From Piazzale Roma, you can take the Vaporetto, Line 2, and get off at the San Toma terminal. Your hotel is just a few minutes walk from the terminal.

© 2012 Bill De Giulio

Comments

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 23, 2020:

Hi Wendy. My apologies. That fare is old and I overlooked it last time I updated the hub. Both the ATVO and ACTV bus fare is now 8 euro as you indicated. Will make the corrections shortly.

Wendy Sarah Brown on July 23, 2020:

Hi Bill, Thanks for your helpful post. You said you can get to Mestre station for just 3 euros - how do you do this/ what bus? All I can find is 8 euro fares from the airport. Thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on February 18, 2020:

Hi Linda. From Marco Polo you can take a bus or a taxi to get to Piazzale Roma. The bus is 8 euro and you will want the ATVO Venezia Express. A taxi will cost more, 40 to 50 euro, but if you have a group perhaps it won't be so expensive per person. From Piazzale Roma you are fortunate in that your B& is within easy walking distance. It's just beyond the train station on the opposite side of the Grand Canal. You'll have to cross a few bridges but the walk shouldn't take more than 10 minutes or so.

linda leon on February 18, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Advice on how to get from Marco Polo to our B&B at Santa Croce 1302, Venice 30135.

Thanks!

Linda Leon

Douglas L. Decker DDS on February 11, 2020:

Thanks for the great info!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on January 25, 2020:

Hi Jafar. Certainly with water everywhere and very few barriers or rails to prevent a toddler from falling into a canal it can be dangerous. But, that said, many visitors do take young children to Venice. You will have to watch them at all times and have a hand on them constantly. I would suggest having them in a stroller at all times.

Jafar on January 25, 2020:

Hi

Would you recommend if I visit venice

With my 2 years old baby? Or its going to be difficult or even maybe dangerous?

Many thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on January 20, 2020:

The first bus to the airport leaves Piazzale Roma at 4:20 am, which should get you to Marco Polo by 4:45am. Otherwise there will certainly be a line of taxi’s that you can take. Depending on where you are staying in Venice you can use the Vaporetto to get to Piazzale Roma. There is a Night Line that runs throughout the night that should get you there very early.

Thelma on January 18, 2020:

I have a 6:25am flight from Venice, Marco Polo Airport. Which is the best transportation option at that time of the morning

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 13, 2019:

Hi Peggy. You can take the Vaporetto from the San Marco Terminal to Piazzale Roma, and then catch the bus or a taxi to the airport. Another option is the Alilaguna water service. This would eliminate the transfer at Piazzale Roma with boat service directly to the airport. From San Marco I believe you would need to take the Blue Line. Either option works and the cost is about the same.

Peggy Roberts on November 12, 2019:

What would be the best way to travel from the Hotel San Marco, Venice to the Marco Polo Airport? Thank you for all this info!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on October 19, 2019:

From Piazzale Roma you can take the Vaporetto to the San Marco Terminal. The Vaporetto is the public water bus that serves Venice. San Marco would be a long walk from Piazzale Roma especially with luggage. The Vaporetto runs often and costs 7.5 euro.

Dr. MN Krishnan on October 19, 2019:

If we take the ATVO bus from VCE airport to Piazzale Roma, what's the best way to then get to Al Cadoga Hotel near San Marco ?Can I get a water taxi from Piazzale Roma ; is it close by?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 24, 2019:

Hi Christel. Yes, you can take the bus to Piazzale Roma and then take the Vaporetto. Your hotel is centrally located and you can get off at a number of ferry terminals: Rialto, Sant’Angelo, or San Marco. You’ll want Line 1 or 2. I would take the Vaporetto all the way to San Marco so you get to cruise the entire length of the Grand Canal.

Christel Brown on September 24, 2019:

Hello, we are traveling first time to Venice. What is the recommended way to get from VCE to Hotel Mercurio Venezia? It appears the ACTV bus from airport to Piazzale Roma, and then the water bus from there? Thank you for any advice! Christel

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 15, 2019:

Hi Yvette. We have never stayed on the mainland when visiting Venice. They really isn’t much to experience there compared to the experience of Venice. Mestre is the mainland city where the causeway to Venice begins. It’s really more of an industrial port. If you really want to stay on the mainland I would look elsewhere on the coast, otherwise perhaps spending the time on one of the others islands would be a nice experience.

Yvette Zaric on September 14, 2019:

Hi Bill, next month we fly into Marco Polo & would like to stay on the main land for a couple of nights to experience that area, prior to heading out to the island. Could you please recommend area/place to stay? Thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 31, 2019:

I believe you can do it all at the airport ticket office. If you add the bus to/from the airport to the 72 hour pass you get a small discount on the bus ticket. It’s normally 7.50 euro each way but gets discounted to 6 euro when added to the pass.

Diane M on August 31, 2019:

Thank you for all your helpful comments. We are staying for three nights at the sina palazzo sant Angelo hotels on the Grande Canal: we fly into Marco Polo and plan to buy a 72 hour ACTV pass. We also plan to get the ACTV bus afrom the airport .

I understand that we can use the 72 hour pass for the bus but need to add an upgrade to pay for the bus, do you know if this could all be done at the ticket office at the airport or should we purchase the pass and bus ticket separately?

Many thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 08, 2019:

The round trip bus ticket from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma won’t do you any good as you are not returning to the airport. They do sell a bus/Vaporetto combo ticket that includes the bus to Piazzale Roma and then a single Vaporetto ride to your stop, but they do not sell this as a round trip as far as I am aware. You can get a round trip Vaporetto ticket for 15 euro, which saves you 1 euro, and you can use this to get from P. Roma to your stop, and then back to P. Roma. From P. Roma you can get to the cruise terminal by using the new People Mover. You can also get to the cruise terminal directly from San Marco using the Vaporetto (Line 4.1 or 5.1) without going back to P. Roma.

Alilaguna offers a round trip ticket on any of their lines for 25 euro. You can go from the airport to San Marco, and then from San Marco to the cruise terminal. This service eliminates the bus ride as it departs directly from the small dock at the airport.

As far as arriving at 8 pm, this will not be a problem. Buses, taxi’s, and water boat services operate well beyond 8 pm even in November.

Carrie Lester on August 08, 2019:

Hi..we are taking a cruise out of venice this November. We are arriving two days early to explore Venice beforehand. We will probably

stay in San Marco. So we need a one way to hotel and then a one way to cruise port.If we purchase a round trip ticket do you know if it can be used in this manner? Also, being November Im wondering about the hours that busses, water taxis, etc operate as we dont land until 8pm. Any advice helps, thanks.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 05, 2019:

Either rent a car and drive or take the train. To take the train you'll have to catch the bus to either the Mestre Train Station or the Venice station and depart from there. From Venice to Verona is fairly quick, a little over an hour by train.

Mike Chicago on August 05, 2019:

We are flying in to Venice,but final destination is Verona.

What is the best way to do it ?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 04, 2019:

You can take the bus or a taxi from Marco Polo Airport to Piazzale Roma. This is the end of the line for land vehicles. From Piazzale Roma you have to take the Vaporetto, Line 1, and get off at the Ca’ d’Oro Ferry Terminal. It’s maybe a 5 minute walk from there.

Jan B. on July 03, 2019:

How do we get from Marco Polo airport in Venice to Hotel Palazzo Abadessa

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019:

Hi George. Thank you for the nice comments. Wow, that is a very ambitious itinerary. It can certainly be done but you are doing a lot of traveling. I think I would maybe eliminate a city, maybe Madrid. If you add up all of the train/flying/transfer time I think you will see that this is going to be the “Amazing Race”. You could easily spend your entire trip just in Italy, but certainly I understand your wanting to see as much as possible on your first European trip. But, this can sometimes be a detriment. I would think about adding a day in Venice. Also, if you are flying from Barcelona to Rome and flying home the same day (6/19) or the next day you need to consider “what happens” if your flight gets delayed or canceled?

Overall, I think this might be a little too much. But, it depends on how much you want to see in each city. If you’re not into museums that eliminates lots of time. If you enjoy just walking the cities and soaking in the atmosphere then a couple days in each seems fine. However, things like visiting the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s can occupy an entire day. Right now it seems like you have a day or less in Venice, which is why I would add a day there. Keep in mind that just getting to and from the airport to your accommodations can take an hour or more each way.

Not sure I’ve helped here? This is a lot and personally I would try to eliminate some of the travel. Maybe consider doing just Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris? We spent 6 days in Paris and still didn’t get to see everything we wanted to see.

Best of luck, the first trip to Europe is always very exciting.

George Burgos on May 27, 2019:

Hello bill

I want to first start off by saying i think you helping answer a lot peoples questions and concerns here is very kool of you,

Now it’s my wife and I first trip to Europe and we have our round trip tickets to Italy Rome from Los Angeles we've drafted a rough itinerary and we plan to fly into Rome on June 6th arriving at 6:30pm then we plan on taking a train to Florence on the 9th staying till the 11th and then another train to Venice to only stay one day

On 12th we thought of flying to Paris and from Paris flying to Madrid on the 14th take a train from Madrid to Barcelona and then a flight back to Rome on the 18th or the 19th to fly back to LA on June 19th on our 4pm departure does any of this sound doable or are we trying to do too much in such little time? It seems if we miss a train or a flight this can all get derailed So we need any reservations on accommodations nor travel between city’s and states yet and we only have a week and a half before we fly out

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2019:

The Vaporetto does run all night so you will have to be certain to catch it to Piazzale Roma. The N Line has a boat that starts in Lido about 2:30 am, stops at San Marco at 2:50 am, and arrives at Piazzale Roma at 3:20 am. I don't believe the buses are running until close to 4:30 am so may have no choice but to take a taxi to the airport. It won't be the cheapest option, but at that hour it may be the only option.

Viktoriia on May 09, 2019:

Hi Bill. Our international flight from Venice Marco Polo airport is at 5:45am. What is the best and inexpensive way to get from a hotel to the airport for an early flight? Thank you in advance!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 09, 2019:

The Mestre area is not on the island of Venice, but on the mainland. I don't know if the bus services the area where your hotel is located? I would think the easiest way to get to your hotel would be a taxi. The bus does stop at the Mestre train station but you are still over 2 kilometers away. I think a taxi might be your best option.

Karen on May 09, 2019:

Hi im going to Venice in October flying in to Marco polo & staying in the San Giuliano mestre whats the best & inexpensive way to get there pls

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 27, 2019:

Residenza Grandi Veduti is located on Giudecca, which is across from the main island of Venice. According to their website you can take the Alilaguna water bus, either the Blue or Red Line, and get off at the Hilton ferry terminal. Or you can take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and from there take the Vaporetto. You will want Line 2 or 4.1, and will get off at the Palanca Terminal. You could also take a private water taxi, but this would be the most expensive option by far.

Nancy T on March 27, 2019:

Flying into Marco Polo Airport and need some advice on how to get to out hotel called Residenza Grandi Veduti next to the Hilton?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 23, 2019:

There are numerous hotels, B&B’s, apartments, and other accommodation options in and around Venice.

Phi on March 23, 2019:

What the nearest hotel to venice city

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 18, 2019:

From the airport you can take the Alilaguna water bus, Orange Line, and get off at the Guglie Terminal. Or, take the bus from Marco Polo Airport to Piazzale Roma and then you are close enough to walk to your hotel. The bus is just 8 euro one-way. The Alilaguna water bus is 15 euro one-way.

MsNi on March 18, 2019:

Hi i am travelling to Venice for 3 days,Can you please help best and affordable transport way from airport? staying at Hesperia Hotel

Thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on January 07, 2019:

Hi Sandra. I would not be overly concerned about staying near the port. It is easy to get to whether it be by boat or by the somewhat new ”people mover” that goes from Piazzale Roma to the cruise terminal. I would find a centrally located place that will make it easy to visit the sites you want to see. We normally stay at a B&B called B&BYouandMe. Wonderful place with a wonderful owner.

sandra on January 06, 2019:

Hi Bill we will be taking a mediterranean cruise. should we stay near the port or near the sites that we want to visit?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 13, 2018:

From the airport you can take a bus or taxi to Piazzale Roma, followed by the Vaporetto to the Rialto stop. From there it’s maybe a 10 minute walk. You can also get off at the San Marco stop, which means a longer boat ride, but a slightly shorter walk. Or you can take the Alilaguna water bus (Orange Line) directly from the airport and get off at the Rialto stop. Both options cost about the same.

Danny on November 13, 2018:

I have booked to stay at hotel Becher next July, I will be driving through Italy and leaving the rent a car at Marco Polo airport so what would be my best option for travel to hotel Becher? Thanks in advance

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on October 23, 2018:

Your Hotel is located very close to Piazzale Roma and the train station in Venice. The cheapest method of getting from the airport to your hotel would be to take the bus to Piazzale Roma and then walk across the bridge toward the train station. Hotel University E Nord is located just beyond the train station, maybe a 5 to 7 minute walk.

When you leave you can simply retrace your steps. Walk from the hotel to Piazzale Roma and take the bus to Marco Polo. The cost of the bus is 8 euro or 15 euro for a round-trip ticket. There are two companies that provide bus service to and from the airport, ACTV and ATVO. The AVTO bus is a little quicker with direct service and more comfortable that the ACTV bus.

Vijaya Kumar on October 22, 2018:

We, a family of three will be arriving at the Marco Polo from Munich by FlixBus. Estimated time of arrival is 10am and will return to the same spot to leave for Pisa two days later. The estimated time of departure is 12.00am ( midnight).

What would be the cheapest mode of transport to Hotel University E Nord, Venice? Appreciate if you could enlighten on how to reach the hotel as well!

The options to return to catch the bus to PISA.?

Thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on October 05, 2018:

Hi Daniel. Your hotel is located very close to Piazza San Marco so you have a couple of options. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus, Orange Line, and get off at the San Marco terminal. Your hotel is maybe a 5 to 10 minute walk from there. Or, you can take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and from there hop on the Vaporetto. Line 1 and 2 both stop at the San Marco terminal. I would let the weather dictate which option to use. If you happen to get a nice day the ride across the lagoon gives nice views as you approach Venice.

Daniel Moloney on October 05, 2018:

Hi I am travelling to Venice for the first time in February- what is the best option from the main airport going to our hotel which is the Albergo Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo in Piazza SAN Marco

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 23, 2018:

You’re welcome Jane. Walking to the main sites is the perfect way to see the other side of Venice, the quiet neighborhoods that most visitors never get to. Best of luck.

Jane savidge on September 23, 2018:

Thanks for coming back so quickly Bill. We don't mind walking into the main sites. I had read that getting into San Marco can take while and can be confusing to find your hotel. We are planning to take trips out to Verona, Treviso and possibly Bologna which is reason for thinking staying near the station is advantageous. Your site/comments are really informative!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 23, 2018:

Hi Jane. We like staying at a B&B called B&BYouandMe. It’s located in the San Polo area not too far from the Rialto bridge but in a quiet area. Very clean, wonderful host, and very reasonable. We have also stayed in the Santa Croce area before and it is a nice quiet area. Cannaregio is also a very quiet area. Any of them will do, just depends on how far you want to be from the main sites.

Jane Savidge on September 23, 2018:

Hi Bill, thanks for your helpful tips on transport from Venice airport into the centre. Do you have any tips on where to stay while in Venice? I've read that it's better to be located near the Station, santa Croze area or cannaregio and then travel into area such as San Marco? Any advice would be greatly received. Thanks in advance.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 04, 2018:

Hi Michael. Ca San Rocco is located fairly close to Piazzale Roma and not very close to any of the Vaporetto stops. I would take a taxi or the bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then walk. If you try to take the Vaporetto you are going to have just as long a walk. The only other option to get close to your hotel would be a private water taxi. Because the water taxi’s are small boats they can navigate the narrow canals that the Vaporetto cannot. But, this is also the most expensive option.

michael wardlow on September 04, 2018:

flying into venice on 17 Sept and arriving mid morning. We are staying at Ca San Rocco. What is the best way to get there? Thanks Michael

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 03, 2018:

Hi SMiran. The land bus will take you only as far as Piazzale Roma. Beyond that point the only means of transportation are walking and on the water. If your hotel is located right near a Vaporetto stop then definitely take it. It’s a two phase trip. You take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma then hop on the Vaporetto and get off at the stop near your hotel.

SMiran on September 03, 2018:

The hotel has a Vaporetto stop right outside the hotel. Would it be a better option then the bus to get a Vaporetto to our hotel for 15 E since it has a stop in front of our hotel?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 02, 2018:

Hi Alex. Sure I can help. ACTV is the public transportation system that utilizes both land buses and the Vaporetto. Their website is not the most user friendly. The bus will definitely get you from the airport to Piazzale Roma. From there you hop on the Vaporetto, which makes numerous stops that will get most visitors fairly close to their accommodations. Let me know what I can help with.

Regards,

Bill

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 02, 2018:

Hi Alyson. Yes, either option will work for you. Your hotel is not far from the Rialto stop. The Alilaguna Orange Line or the bus plus Vaporetto both stop at the Rialto Terminal. If the weather is nice the ride across the lagoon and up the Grand Canal will be nice. Good luck, enjoy Venice.

Alex on September 02, 2018:

My family and I (2 adults and 3 teenagers) are flying into Venice for the first time on June 11th and leaving for Rome on the 14th. We are planning on staying in the Cannaregio area with AirBnB, I have read your advice and wanted to get more info on the ACTV service that provides both the bus and boat transportation. I went to the web site but Im still having difficulty. Can you help?

thanks,

Alex

Alyson Mead on September 02, 2018:

Really useful article. We are going to Venice in late October for 3 days; seems to me that the cheapest option from airport is Alilaguna or bus + vaporetto. We are staying in Campo Santa Marina (Castillo) - do you know if there is a stop near there? Thanks.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 24, 2018:

Your hotel is located up the coast a ways and is not on the island of Venice. I am not familiar with that area but I would imagine the best option would be to grab a taxi.

STUARTLINDA on August 23, 2018:

We arrive at Marco Polo Airport Sept 5 going to Beach Boutique hotel Baia Del Mar let me know best travel options Regards Stuart

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 18, 2018:

Hi SMiran. The Tre Archi Hotel is located very close to the train station. You could probably walk there from Piazzale Roma so the bus would be a good option. If you happen to be a group splitting expenses then perhaps a taxi, but for just 8 euro the bus gets to you to Piazzale Roma and walking distance to your hotel. Enjoy Venice.

SMiran on August 18, 2018:

We will be seeing in Venice at 5:00pm Nov 21. We will be staying at hotel

Tre Archi Hotel for two nights. What do you recommend is the best form of transportation? From reading your info it sounds like one of the buses for 8 Euros!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 01, 2018:

Hi Tami. Congratulations on returning to Venice. 3 nights would give you at least 2 days, which should be okay, better if it's say 2.5 days but of course this will depend on your arrival time. We really enjoyed the trip out to Murano and especially Burano. Murano is known for their glass making while Burano is known for their lace and brightly colored homes. Murano is a short ride but Burano is a little further out in the lagoon so it's maybe 30 minutes. Burano was really worth the trip, it's on the quieter side but just a great place to walk around and get lost for a few hours. Lido is the beach island so if you have an interest in beaching then certainly head there.

Another interesting thing we stumbled upon is what is called a cicchetti tour. It's basically a walking tour through some of the quieter areas of Venice with stops in local cafes and bars for a sample of the snacks and wine that are native to Venice. The guides are locals and you get a lot of interesting information while on the tour.

Of course there are the main sites also, San Marco Square, the cathedral, the bell tower, and Doge's Palace, which was very interesting. We really enjoyed just roaming around, getting lost and seeing the other side of Venice.

Concerning CT, yes we have been there a few times. Absolutely beautiful place. We have stayed in Vernazza and Corniglia. Lots of great hiking, seafood, and just beautiful scenery. I have a few articles on CT, which might help you.

https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/Explo...

https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/The-B...

https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/Visit...

Feel free to followup with any questions.

Regards,

Bill

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 01, 2018:

Hi Camillus. The Vaporetto, which is the public water transportation system will cost 7.50 euro for a 75 minute ticket. If you think you will be using the Vaporetto often during your stay you can buy what they call Time Tickets, which are good for a period of time from 1 day up to 7 days. A 1 day ticket costs 20 euro, 2 day costs 30 euro, 3 day costs 40 euro, and a 7 days will cost 60 euro. For the 5 of you it will cost a total 37.50 to take the Vaporetto from Piazzale Rome to the Rialto stop. But, you get to cruise down the Grand Canal, which is a nice and scenic ride.

A private water taxi is a different type of service. It's just like a car taxi where they will pick you up and take you to where you want to go without making other stops. Because their boats are smaller they can navigate the narrow canals and get you as close as possible to you hotel. Even though the trip to your apartment is shorter from Piazzale Roma (than say the airport) it will still cost over 100 euro. Sometimes you can share a water taxi but with 5 of you I'm not sure that would work. I would stick with the Vaporetto.

Tami on August 01, 2018:

Hi Bill, just read through the info you presented, and was sooo impressed with the details and how clear they were presented. Therefore, the need to share my 2 cents opinion, that is all.

We spend 2 nights in Venice last year. Just a lot of stumbling around. Didn't see much at all. We are going back there again for another 3 nights. Wonder if 3 nights are enough, and if you have any suggestions as to places/other island/eateries.....to check out. Much appreciated. (we are looking at airbnb right now).

Also, Cinque Terre will be the destination right after Venice. Sorry for off the topic here, but hopefully you had already been there and would have some pointers for us. We google for info already, but would highly value your suggestions. Thanks Bill.

Camilluso on August 01, 2018:

Hi Bill,

Very helpful. The apartment reception told me that but looking at the map, I think Rialto stop might be better.

Do you know much water taxi will cost from Piazzale Roma to Rialto?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 31, 2018:

Hi Camillus Not sure why you would want to get to Arsenale. This seems to be quite a ways from the apartments you are staying at?

I would take either the ATVO Bus or a taxi to Piazzale Rome and then take the Vaporetto (line 1 or 2) to the Rialto Stop. Or you can take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport to the Rialto Stop. You would want the Orange Line. Both methods will take at least an hour and the cost is approximately the same.

From the Rialto Bridge it looks to be about a 10 minute walk. This is where everyone gets lost in Venice because there are many twists and turns.

One other option would be to take a private water taxi. they would be able to get to very close to where you are staying because the boats are smaller and can navigate the smaller canals. The big BUT with this is that they are expensive, easily over 100 euro for a group of 5.

Here are the walking directions from Google Maps.

Start at the Rialto Bridge

Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

Head southeast on Ponte di Rialto toward Calle del Fontego

Take the stairs

96 m

Turn right onto Campo S. Bortolomio

15 m

Turn left onto Sotoportego de la Bissa

70 m

Continue onto Calle Sant'Antonio

40 m

Continue onto Salizada San Lio

100 m

Turn left toward Fondamenta Preti Castello

Take the stairs

68 m

Turn right onto Fondamenta Preti Castello

Take the stairs

33 m

Turn left toward Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa

58 m

Turn right at Calle de Borgoloco

38 m

Turn left onto Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa

55 m

Turn left onto Calle Trevisana o Cicogna

15 m

Continue onto Calle Cicogna

51 m

Venezianamente Apartments - Residenza Formosa

Calle Cicogna Castello, 6219, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

Hope this helps, Walking at night will not be a problem, parts of Venice never sleep.

Camilluso on July 31, 2018:

Hi Bill,

I am travelling to Venice in 3 days time with a family of 5. Arriving at Marco Polo airport at about 9.45pm. Its our 1st visit to the city.

We are staying in Venezianamente Apartments - Venice City Centre, Castello, Venice, 30122.

What is the best way to get there given our late arrival? I was told to get the water bus to Arsenale. But how can we walk from there to the apartment? Can you help with this? Also, do you think its straightforward and safe?

Also, what is the average cost of water taxi from Piazalle Roma to Arsenale?

Very impressed with what you are doing helping visitors to Venice. Thanks.

Camillus.

London

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 19, 2018:

Hi Pavinder, You have a few options. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport to the San Marco stop. Both the Orange Line and the Blue Line stop at San Marco. Tickets can be purchased at the airport. The other option is to take a land bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. From here you can take the Vaporetto (Public Transportation system in Venice) to the San Marco stop. Line 1 and 2 go up the Grand Canal and both stop at San Marco.

The cost for the Alilaguna ticket is 15 euro for a one-way trip and 27 round-trip. The bus is 8 euro and a ticket on the Vaporetto is 7.5 euro although you can buy multi-day passes for the Vaporetto.

parvinder singh on July 19, 2018:

We are 5 members. What is the best way to reach San Marco from airport?

purn-sh on July 13, 2018:

Hello Bill,

My husband and I will be going to Venice at the end of this month and staying for 2 nights. Now as I look for a good hotel/airbnb apartment for this stay, I'm very overwhelmed by the options available. We want to stay close to Venice and discover the city in the short period of our stay. I was also wondering which location is better for stay - Castello, Cannaregio, Murano, San Marco or San Polo? Could you please suggest some good places for stay? We are looking to have some time to relax and party, instead of visiting several historical monuments. Thanks.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 12, 2018:

Hi aq32. For a 2 day visit I would definitely stay in Venice unless you have a very early flight, which would require you to stay near the airport in order to make your flight. There is nothing like experiencing Venice at night and early in the morning before all the tourists come out. As far as two day passes it really depends on what you want to see and how often you think you will be using the Vaporetto. The 2 day Vaporetto pass cost 30 euro, 36 with a one way trip to the airport. A single use ticket costs 7.50 euro so you would have to use the Vaporetto 4 or 5 times to make it worthwhile. To be honest in just 2 days you may not use it that often. Really the best way to get around in Venice is by walking. You would most likely use the Vaporetto upon arrival and when leaving. Otherwise it depends on you.

Regarding the museum pass it will depend on how much time you want to spend in museums. Given that you are only there for 2 days I would make Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Cathedral my priorities and spend the rest of the time enjoying and getting lost in Venice. You can buy advance tickets for both to avoid the lines and I would certainly do this. The advance skip the line ticket to St. Mark’s is just 3 euro and Doge’s Palace is 20 euro. You could certainly buy a pass if you think you will visit other museums, and the skip the line feature does save time, especially during peak season, which in Venice is most of the time. With 2 days don’t get hung up on visiting every museum and site, instead visit your highlights and enjoy the Venice experience.

aq32 on July 12, 2018:

Hi Bill, Was wondering if you could advise if any of the pass(museum pass/st Marks pass/public transportation ass) is worth purchasing for a 2 day trip to Venice. Is there a lot of time savings to purchase the museum tickets beforehand/online? Also, with your article, would you recommend a hotel in Venice or an airport hotel in VCE for a 2 day visit? Thanks for sharing your insights :)

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on June 29, 2018:

Your hotel is located very close to the Rialto bridge so you have a few options. You can take the Alilaguna water bus directly from the airport, Orange Line, and get off at the Rialto terminal. Or you can take a land bus/taxi to Piazzale Roma and then take the Vaporetto, Line 1 or 2, and get off at the Rialto stop. One last option would be to take a private water taxi, which would be the most expensive option, but they would drop you off right at your hotel on the Grand Canal.

Good luck and enjoy Venice.

Dave.S on June 29, 2018:

Hi, we arrive at Marco Polo Airport tomorrow 30th June, 11.25 what’s the best option for us to get to our hotel,it’s called the Hotel Marconi, Riva del Vin, San Polo and is it far from the Piazzale Roma.

Many thanks

PKelso on June 27, 2018:

Bill, thank you so much!!! Really cleared things up for me. Alos, I hadn't thought about the Valporetto for the cruise ship tranfer -- great suggestion! Thanks again!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on June 27, 2018:

Hi PKelso. I checked to see where Hotel Vivaldi is located and it looks like it’s actually closer to the San Zaccaria stop than San Marco. The Alilaguna Blue Line stops at San Marco and Zaccaria and the Red Line stops at San Marco so either will work. You can actually take the Blue and Red Line to the Cruise Port so that’s an option. You can also take the Vaporetto from Zaccaria or San Marco to Piazzale Roma and then take the People Mover to the cruise terminal.

As you mentioned a group water taxi or a private water taxi is also an option but expect to pay a premium for this service.

When you get back from your cruise simply take the People Mover from the Cruise Port back to Piazzale Roma. From there you just cross the bridge over the canal and the train station is right there.

Here is the Alilaguna Line Map. If you enlarge it you can see that the Blue and Red Line go all the way to the Cruise Port. You can also see the people Mover and how it goes from the port to Piazzale Roma. Just over the canal is the train station.

https://www.alilaguna.it/en/lines/lines-map

PKelso on June 27, 2018:

Bill: We are traveling to Venice in September 2018, taking a cruise and then going on to Verona. I read all the info about getting to our hotel from VCE and found it to be very helpful. Looks like the Alilaguna (blue or red line) will be our best bet as there is a stop at San Marco - very near our hotel. But I have two more challenges that I'm confused about. The first is how to get from the hotel (Vivaldi) to the cruise port. I have seen several group transfer water taxi options and also a private transfer water taxi option via a website called venicelink.com. Any insight you can offer woudl be appreciated. The second issue is that once teh crusie returns to Venice we need to catch a train at the San Lucia station. It looks like we can walk but I wan't sure. Can you confirm? Thanks!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on June 14, 2018:

Hi Elio. Looks like you have a few options available. You can take the ATVO bus all the way to Piazzale Roma in Venice. You can also take a boat service, Moby Dick II, which goes from Jesolo Beach to Venice. You can also take a combination of bus and boat. The ATVO #5 bus goes to Punta Sabbioni and from there you can take the ACTV ferry that goes to Venice. The bus is timed to coincide with the ferry and they leave every 30 minutes. Count on all three ways to take at least an hour. If it’s a nice day one of the boat options would be nice as it crosses the lagoon going out to Venice. Good luck and enjoy Venice.

Elio on June 13, 2018:

Hi ,

Great information thanks. I am staying in Lido de Jesolo with my family and at the end of our trip we are planning a 3 night stay in venice. What is the best way to get from Jesolo to Venice with a 7 month old baby and a couple of suitcases?

Thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 19, 2018:

You have a few options. You can take the Alilaguna water bus directly from the airport to Lido. Both the Blue and Red Lines stop in Lido. Another option is to take the bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then take the vaporetto to Lido. Lines 1, 5.1 and 5.2 go to Lido. If you want to avoid making the transfer at Piazzale Roma then Alilaguna would be the best option. Cost wise they are close. The quickest way to get from the airport to Lido would be a private water taxi, but this will be the most expensive method. Arriving at 9 am you should have no trouble with either the bus/taxi/vaporetto or the Alilaguna option. Best of luck and enjoy Venice.

srikanth hosur on May 19, 2018:

We are arriving on May 23,2018 at 9 am and staying in lido

What is the best way from the airport to the hotel for 2 people

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 15, 2018:

Hi Clare. Options are the Alilaguna water bus, Orange Line to Rialto stop, or Blue or Red Line to San Marco stop. Cost is 15 euro one way or 27 euro round trip. Trip will take at least an hour. Your hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Rialto stop and maybe 10 minutes from the San Marco stop. Another option is bus or taxi from airport to Piazzale Roma and then Vaporetto to Rialto stop. Bus is 8 euro one way and Vaporetto 7.5 euro. How long this takes will depend on how long you have to wait for a bus or taxi? Taxi should be quick, buses run every 15 minutes or so. There is also a private water taxi, which will be pricey, but they will take you from the airport to as close to your hotel as a boat can get. This may be the quickest option, but also the most expensive. Good luck, lots of options and they all take some time.

Clare on April 15, 2018:

Hi jist wondering whats the best option for getting from tbe airport to antica casa coppo in san marco? And travels times / costs etc .

Thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 09, 2018:

Hi Susan. This is not an area that I have any experience in. I did a quick Google search and did find this website, which contains some useful information.

https://www.explore-italian-culture.com/dog-travel...

Looks like your dogs will need a rabies shot and need to be microchipped. And, as you mentioned looks like they will need a pet passport, but only if you are going to be crossing borders within the EU. Not sure of your travel plans? This might be something you would have to do while in Italy, but before you travel from Italy to another EU country, if this is part of your itinerary?

If you're travelling to Italy with your dog from a country outside the EU, you will need a European Community Veterinary Certificate for each pet travelling with you. Your vet should have an up-to-date copy of this.

I would talk to your vet as a starting point.

Susan Richardson on April 09, 2018:

We will be traveling to Italy with our two pets. We've been doing some research and found that we must fly into Venice first before going to our final destination. Do you have any idea how long we will need to be in Venice to get our pet passports? We are trying to decide if we need a hotel for the night or is we can depart within a couple hours.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 03, 2018:

Hi Margaret. If cost is not a consideration then certainly the most scenic way out to Venice would be either a water taxi or the Alilguna water bus. The private water taxi will be the most expensive means to get from the airport to Venice. But, at 9pm at night the island will be lite up and should make for a pretty approach to Venice. The land route is very mundane and there is not much to see. The bridge that crosses the lagoon is like any other bridge over water. The view is of the port of Mestre, with barges, tankers, and storage silos, actually pretty ugly. Same goes for the return trip in the morning. The benefit of a private water taxi is that they will take you to as close as possible to your accommodations so no transfers. Hope this helps, enjoy Venice.

margaretvenice on April 03, 2018:

Your post is very helpful and we have decided to take a water taxi. We will arrive at the airport at 21h00 PM on april 5th. What will be the best way to get to the hotel in the Canal Grande? A watertaxi straight to the hotel via the laguna or take a car taxi to the trainstation and take a water taxi from there via the Canal Grande? Which route will be the most scenic at that time of night? Same question for our departure on April 8th because we will need to be at the airport by 7h30 AM. What is the most scenic route in the early morning? Via the laguna or via the Canal Grande? Grazie mille.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 20, 2018:

Hi Kevin. A water taxi for 4 with luggage will run about 120 euro one way. The Alilaguna water bus costs 15 euro one way or 27 euro round trip per person. Figure the water taxi to cost about double the cost of the water bus. The advantage with the water taxi is that it is the quickest option with the most comfort. For the extra 15 euro each way I would splurge for the water taxi. That said, on our first visit to Venice when we were on a budget we took a land taxi followed by the Vaporetto? Hope this helps, have a great trip.

Kevin on March 20, 2018:

4 of us will be flying into Venice next month and was thinking of either taking the water taxi or water bus in Venice. We are staying very close to the "Tre Archi" station any suggestions? Not sure the cost difference since 4 of us are traveling together?

Malia T on March 17, 2018:

Thank you so much Bill!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 16, 2018:

Hi Malia.

Just go to their website: http://bbyouandme.com/index_en.html

Their email is at the bottom of the page. info@bbyouandme.com

The woman who owns the B&B is Stefania. We sent an email. She is wonderful.

Malia T on March 16, 2018:

I'm wanting to book a night at You and Me B & B, but am unable to find out how to book there. There is a lot of information about the B & B, but I am unable to book there. Could you give me the way that you were able to book there?

Sara on March 14, 2018:

Thank you very much this info will be very helpful when I go to Venice soon

Nimit Patel on March 13, 2018:

Super helpful article!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 06, 2018:

HI Cathy. We always stay at B&B You and Me. It's a small bed and breakfast, exceptionally clean, in a good location, and very reasonable. The woman who owns it, Stefania, is wonderful and very attentive to everything her guests need. She does have a website, just Google the name of the B&B and you will easily find it. Good luck.

Cathy on March 05, 2018:

We are flying in at 9:10 am to Marco Polo air port, do you have any suggestions for a nice clean hotel that is not over board expensive.

We stay two nights then are taking the Mediterranean Cruise and have to get to the ship. We will be site seeing the next day. Any suggestion would be appreciated

Thanks

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 01, 2018:

Hi Mercy. At that hour it's a tough call. The Alilaguna boats run right up until midnight and the Orange Line does stop at Guglie. According to their schedule it takes 47 minutes. There is an 11 pm boat, which you might be able to make depending on how long it takes to get luggage/customs. Only problem with Alilaguna is that they only leave every hour and if you don't make the 11 pm you'll have to resort to plan B. The land buses leave every half hour. Checking the ATVO bus schedule and they have a 10:20, 10:50, 11:20 and 11:50 bus that runs to Piazzale Roma. You might even be able to walk to Guglie from Piazzale Roma. I would probably go with the bus or even a taxi. The bus fare is 8 euro per person so with 4 of you that's 32 euro, which is about what a taxi should cost? thanks for stopping by and best of luck.

Mercy on February 28, 2018:

Thank you very much for your informative post. We will be arriving this March (with 2 boys in tow) at 9:55 pm and heading to an Airbnb close to Guglie stop (approximately 10- minute walk per instruction of host). Is it better to take the bus over the Alilaguna during that hour?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on February 28, 2018:

Hi Olga. There are a couple of options at that hour. You can take the first Vaporetto at 4:55 am from San Marco, which gets you to Piazzale Roma at 5:15 am. This would be on Line 1. From there you can either take the bus or a taxi to the airport. The buses start running at 5 am. You can either arrange for a taxi to pick you up or there are usually taxi's there at that hour.

The other option is the Alilaguna Water Bus. I checked the schedule and the first one leaves San Marco at 3:50 am and gets to the airport at 5:09. Next one leaves at 4:50 am and arrives at 6:09 am. Using this method eliminates the bus/taxi but as you can see from the times it takes over an hour.

Good luck, you'll love Venice.

Olga on February 28, 2018:

We are travelling to Venice in October.

our flight out of Venice leaves at 7.45am on a Tuesday.

we are staying in san Marco. 100m from the square.

what is our best option to get to the airport with enough time to make our flight.