How to Get From Marco Polo Airport to 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 twice 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 Macro 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 over pay for this relatively short trip.
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 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 at 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 Bus schedule and fare information
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 schedule and fare information
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 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, public service from Marco Polo airport to Venice
Buy online tickets for public transfer from Marco Polo Airport to everywhere in Venice.
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 euro 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.
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.
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 3 euro. From here it’s just a euro for the short train ride into Santa Lucia Train Station (Venice).
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.
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 which are the large bus like boats that patrol up and down the Grand Canal. 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
Questions & Answers
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.
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.Helpful 1
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.
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.Helpful 1
I am one adult arriving at the Marco Polo Airport. How do I get to Venice from there?
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.
What are our best options for travel from the Venice airport to Casa Gorrardi?
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.Helpful 2
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