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How to Get From Marco Polo Airport to Venice

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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.

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    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. If you purchase your tickets online ahead of time the fare drops to 14 and 25 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.

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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: Is it better to book train tickets from here in the US for travel from Venice to Florence?

Answer: We have done both and the advantage of booking ahead of time is that you can get a better fare. However, if your plans change or are not set then perhaps you would want to wait until you get there.

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: 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: In a few weeks, I need to get from Venice Airport to Calle Nicoli 1017. How do you suggest doing this?

Answer: You can take a bus or taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. From there you would take the Vaporetto, Line 1, and get off at the Giardini stop. It's about a 10-minute walk from there. Be sure to get specific directions from the terminal to your accommodation as it’s easy to get lost in Venice.

Another option would be to take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport, and get off at the Arsenale stop. It’s a longer walk from this terminal, but it eliminates the transfer at Piazzale Roma.

Question: My husband and I will be traveling with 2 kids under the age of 7, and 2 elderly people. According to the hotel apartment we have booked, we have to pick the keys up at Santa Croce and then move to Rio Tera San Leonardo. How do you think we should proceed?

Answer: Santa Croce is one of the 6 areas of Venice so it encompasses a large area. You will need to get a specific location for picking up your keys. Rio Tera San Leonardo is located in the Cannaregio area, which includes the train station and is walking distance from Piazzale Roma. Piazzale Roma is the end of the line for land vehicles and is where taxi’s and buses deposit visitors coming from the airport.

The best way to get around in Venice is to walk, but when that is not practical such as when arriving with luggage you can take the Vaporetto. The Vaporetto is the public water transportation system in Venice. There are multiple lines that service most of Venice with predetermined stops. You can buy a single-use ticket or a multiday pass depending on your anticipated usage.

The closest Vaporetto terminal to your hotel is the San Marcuola Casino stop. With 2 elderly travelers, this may be your best bet, although you will still have about a 5-minute walk from the terminal to your hotel. You should contact them to get specific directions from the Vaporetto terminal.

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: What is the best and cheapest way for transport from VCE airport to Hotel Maison Ducal in San Marco at Calle De Le Rasse, 4588 Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia by 6:30 pm in November?

Answer: Take the bus from the airport to Piazzale Rome. From there hop on the Vaporetto, Line 1 or 2, and get off at the San Zaccaria ferry terminal. Your hotel is just a minute walk from the terminal. The total cost for the bus and Vaporetto will be about 15 euro.

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: My partner and I are traveling to Venice in a couple of weeks starting Thursday 7th Feb. We land at Marco Polo airport late at 11.35pm! We are staying at the grand hotel dei dogi. As it looks like the water taxi orange line seems to stop just after that I was wondering what you thought might be the best option to get there so late?

Answer: This looks to be challenging. As you mentioned you will not make the last Orange Line departure. The next best bet is to get to Piazzale Roma, most likely by taxi. From here the lines that stop at dell’ Orto, which is the closest terminal to your hotel, 4.1 and 5.1, don’t look to run that late. The Vaporetto does have a Night Line that stops at the Marcuola Casino terminal, and you would have to walk from there. Just be sure to get accurate walking directions.

The only other option, which I hesitate to mention is a private water taxi. They are very expensive, especially at the hour you will need them. I would grab a taxi at Marco Polo and get to Piazzale Roma. From there take the N Line to Marcuola Casino Terminal and then walk. With good walking directions shouldn’t be more than 15-20 minutes. Just pack light as you will have a number of bridges to cross. Good luck, this is all part of the adventure of visiting Venice.

Question: Are there bathrooms on the Alilaguna water buses?

Answer: This is an excellent amenity to consider before deciding how best to get from the airport to Venice. Unfortunately, the Alilaguna boats do not have bathrooms. It can take a good hour using Alilaguna to make the trip across the lagoon depending on your stop so it would be advised to take care of business before boarding.

Question: What is the best way to get from Alle Guglie Hotel to Marco Polo airport?

Answer: You can take the Alilaguna Orange Line from the Guglie Ferry Terminal to the airport. The trip takes about 45 minutes. Make sure you get on a boat going to the airport and not coming from the airport. Or you can walk or take the Vaporetto to Piazzale Roma, and take a taxi or the bus to the airport. You are close enough to Piazzale Roma that you could probably walk if you have packed light.

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: We are arriving at the airport around 4 pm next week, we are staying at Grand Hotel Dei Dogi for one night and then boarding a cruise ship. What is the best way to get to the hotel, the orange line? And what is the best way to get from the hotel to the cruise port?

Answer: The Alilaguna Orange Line would be a good option as its first stop is the Madonna dell’Orto Ferry Terminal. The terminal is just a few minutes walk from your hotel. To get to the cruise port you can take the Vaporetto (Line 4.1 or 5.1) to Piazzale Roma, and then take the People Mover to the cruise port. You could probably also walk to Piazzale Roma, but make sure you know where you are going as it’s very easy to get least in Venice. Also, before you board the Vaporetto, make sure you verify that it is going to Piazzale Roma.

Question: We arrive in Venice on the 2nd of February and are staying at the Calle San Paternian, San Marco. What is the best way to get there?

Answer: You can take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma, which is the end of the line for land vehicles. From Piazzale Roma take the Vaporetto to the San Marco Terminal. Your accommodations should be about a 10-minute walk from the terminal. Get specific walking directions from the folks at Calle San Paternian as it is very easy to get lost in Venice. The bus is of course much cheaper than a taxi unless you are a large group.

Question: I will be staying at the Royal San Marcos and Suites Hotel in Venice. What would be the best way to get there from the airport?

Answer: From the airport, you can take a bus or taxi to Piazzale Roma, which is the end of the line for land vehicles in Venice. From here take the Vaporetto (Line 1 or 2) to the San Marco Vallaresso Terminal. Your hotel is a short walk from here. I would suggest getting walking directions from your hotel as it is very easy to get lost in Venice.

Another option is to take the Alilaguna water service directly from the airport. This service eliminates the transfer at Piazzale Roma. It’s a longer boat ride that crosses the lagoon, but it can be an interesting approach to Venice if the weather is nice. The Alilaguna Orange Line goes down the Grand Canal before stopping at the San Marco Terminal, which is a nice introduction to Venice.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: We’re staying at Palazzo Veneziano Fondamenta Zattere, 1413 30123 Venezia. What would you suggest is the best way for a family of four to arrive from Marco Polo Airport?

Answer: There is the Alilaguna water boat service that goes directly from the airport to the Zattere Ferry Terminal. Your hotel is located very close to the terminal. Alilaguna has four lines, and you will want the Blue Line. Your stop is the next stop after San Marco. Keep in mind that no matter how you make the trip it’s going to take at least an hour or longer. Boats leave every 30 minutes, so depending on your arrival time you may have to wait a few minutes for the next boat.

Another option would be to take the bus or a taxi from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma. From there you can hop on the Vaporetto and get off at the same Zattere Terminal. There are many Vaporetto lines that stop at Zattere including 2, 5.1, 5.2, 6, 8, 10, and 16.

Taking the Alilaguna eliminates the transfer from bus/taxi to Vaporetto and allows for a hopefully scenic trip across the lagoon should the weather be nice. Many of the Vaporetto lines go down the Grand Canal, so that might be a nice way to enter Venice, again assuming the weather is okay, and the boats are not too crowded. But, you have to transfer from land to water, which means some waiting time potentially at Piazzale Roma. The cost is pretty close with either option, and both will take at least an hour. Most people will utilize one of these two options. You could hire a private water taxi, but they are very expensive, especially for a group of four.

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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: What is the best option to get from the airport to the Hotel al Duca di Venezia?

Answer: You can take the ATVO Express bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. This is the end of the line for land vehicles. From here it’s by foot to by boat. From Piazzale Roma, you can take the Vaporetto, Line 1, and get off at the second stop, Riva de Biasio. If you are traveling lightly you can try to walk, but we aware that there will be bridges to cross and it is very easy to get lost in Venice.

There is also a water service that leaves directly from the airport called Alilaguna. You would take the Orange Line and get off at the San Stae stop. To get to the dock at Marco Polo is about a 10 to 12-minute walk.

A private water taxi is also an option but be aware that this is the most expensive option by far. But, because their boats are smaller than the public transportation boats they can navigate the smaller canals and get you closer to your hotel.

Question: We are staying at the Grand Hotel Dei Dogi. What would be the best option to travel from the Venice airport to this hotel?

Answer: You can take the Alilaguna Water Service, Orange Line, directly from the airport to the Madonna dell’Orte ferry terminal. From there it’s just a 5-minute walk to the hotel. Another option is to take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma and from there take the Vaporetto, Line 4.1 or 5.1 to the same terminal.

The Alilaguna service is 27 euro for a roundtrip ticket, 25 if purchased in advance. You can get a combination bus/Vaporetto ticket for 14 euro for a one-way trip to or from the airport. There are also multi-day tickets that include the trip to and from the airport that might be worthwhile if you think you might use the Vaporetto while in Venice. The typical taxi fare from the airport is 40 euro plus luggage fees and tip, but it’s the quickest way to get to Piazzale Roma.

You have a few options. If the weather is nice the ride across the lagoon using the Alilaguna service can be nice and it avoids the transfer from bus/taxi to Vaporetto. Either method will likely take at least an hour plus waiting time for the next boat to bus.

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: 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 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: 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: Which Alilaguna line goes from Marco Polo to Santa Lucia station?

Answer: You will want the Alilaguna Orange Line, which stops at the Guglie Terminal. This stop is very close to the train station.

Question: My hotel is looking to charge me 110 euros each way, for a mini van to a water taxi then a drop at Rialto. Does that sound quite steep?

Answer: Yes, that sounds steep, but that is the going rate for a private water taxi. If your hotel is close to the Rialto bridge, you can easily get there for much less. If you are coming from the airport, you can take the Alilaguna Water Bus, Orange Line, and get off at the Rialto stop. Or, you can take the bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then hop on the Vaporetto, Line 1, and get off at the Rialto stop. The bus is about 8 euro, and the Vaporetto is 7.50 euro. Of course, you will have to walk from the Rialto stop to your hotel, but this is how it’s done in Venice.

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: What is the best option to get from Marco Polo airport to the Rosa Salva hotel in Venice, Italy?

Answer: You have a few options. You can take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from Marco Polo to the Rialto stop. From there it might be a 10-minute walk. You will want the Orange Line, which crosses the lagoon and goes up the Grand Canal.

Another option would be to take a bus or taxi from the Airport to Piazzale Roma. From here you can hop on the Vaporetto (public water transportation system) and get off at the Rialto stop. Lines 1 and two both stop at Rialto.

A third option, which is the most expensive, would be to take a private water taxi. They will pick you up at the airport and get you as close to your hotel as possible. Their smaller boats can navigate the narrow canals to get you very close to your hotel.

If the weather is nice when you arrive consider the Alilaguna service as it will give you a nice perspective as you cross the lagoon and cruise up the Grand Canal.

Question: Can you please clarify - ATVO is private and does not have luggage store? ACTV is public but does have luggage store?

Answer: ATVO is the private company and has luggage compartments underneath. ACTV is the public transportation and has luggage racks in the seating compartment.

Question: What are the best options to get to Foscari Palace Hotel from Marco Polo Airport?

Answer: The best option is to take the bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma. From there take the Vaporetto, Line 1, to the Ca d’Oro stop and it’s just a few minutes walk from there. The Alilaguna Water Bus is usually a good option, but the closest stop is the San Stae terminal, and it’s on the wrong side of the canal. You would have to go to the Rialto stop, which would leave you with a longer walk.

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: 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: 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.

© 2012 Bill De Giulio

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