How to Get From Marco Polo Airport to Venice

Updated on September 24, 2019
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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 over pay for this relatively short trip.

On the Grand Canal of Venice
On the Grand Canal of Venice | Source

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 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.

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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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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 Water Bus
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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 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.

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 euro.

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
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All kinds of boats patrol the Grand Canal
All kinds of boats patrol the Grand Canal | Source

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 3 euro. From here it’s just a euro for the short train ride into Santa Lucia Train Station (Venice).

Santa Lucia Train Station
Santa Lucia Train Station | Source

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
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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.

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Questions & Answers

  • 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?

    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.

  • 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?

    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.

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

    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.

  • 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?

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

  • 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.

    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.

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    • bdegiulio profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill De Giulio 

      7 days ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Peggy Roberts 

      7 days ago

      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!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Dr. MN Krishnan 

      4 weeks ago

      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?

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Christel Brown 

      8 weeks ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Yvette Zaric 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Diane M 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Carrie Lester 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Mike Chicago 

      3 months ago

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

      What is the best way to do it ?

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Jan B. 

      4 months ago

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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      George Burgos 

      5 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Viktoriia 

      6 months ago

      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!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Karen 

      6 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Nancy T 

      7 months ago

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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 months ago from Massachusetts

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

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      Phi 

      8 months ago

      What the nearest hotel to venice city

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      MsNi 

      8 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      10 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      sandra 

      10 months ago

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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      12 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Danny 

      12 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Vijaya Kumar 

      13 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Daniel Moloney 

      13 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Jane savidge 

      14 months ago

      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!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Jane Savidge 

      14 months ago

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      michael wardlow 

      14 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      SMiran 

      14 months ago

      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?

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      Bill De Giulio 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Alex 

      14 months ago

      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

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      Alyson Mead 

      14 months ago

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      STUARTLINDA 

      15 months ago

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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      SMiran 

      15 months ago

      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!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Tami 

      15 months ago

      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.

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      Camilluso 

      15 months ago

      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?

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      Bill De Giulio 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Camilluso 

      15 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      16 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      parvinder singh 

      16 months ago

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

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      purn-sh 

      16 months ago

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      16 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      aq32 

      16 months ago

      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 :)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      16 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Dave.S 

      16 months ago

      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

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      PKelso 

      17 months ago

      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!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      17 months ago from Massachusetts

      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

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      PKelso 

      17 months ago

      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!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      17 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Elio 

      17 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      18 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      srikanth hosur 

      18 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      19 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Clare 

      19 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      19 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Susan Richardson 

      19 months ago

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      19 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      margaretvenice 

      19 months ago

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      20 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Kevin 

      20 months ago

      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?

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      Malia T 

      20 months ago

      Thank you so much Bill!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      20 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Malia T 

      20 months ago

      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?

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      Sara 

      20 months ago

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

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      Nimit Patel 

      20 months ago

      Super helpful article!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      20 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Cathy 

      20 months ago

      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

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      Bill De Giulio 

      20 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Mercy 

      20 months ago

      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?

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      Bill De Giulio 

      20 months ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Olga 

      21 months ago

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Vicky. They have a couple of options. They can take the Alilaguna Water Bus directly from the airport to the San Marco stop. The cost is 15 euro one-way or 27 round trip. Their boats are very recognizable with yellow bottoms.

      Or, they can take the land bus or a taxi from the airport to Piazzale Roma, which is where buses and taxi’s deposit visitors. Beyond this point it’s all travel on foot or by boat. From Piazzale Roma it’s a long walk to San Marco but you can take the Vaporetto, the large passenger boats that make many stops up and down the Grand Canal.

      The last option is a private water taxi, but this will also be the most costly option. The benefit is that they will take you to as close to your acommodations as possible.

      Hope this helps, good luck, they’ll love Venice.

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      Vicky 

      21 months ago

      Hi, thank you very much for this post. I am trying to sort out transfers for my sister and her partner who are going to Venice for the first time next week, they are staying in San Marco so what would be the best option for them to take to and from the airport?

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      Bill De Giulio 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Nina. Yes, they will fit five of you plus luggage, no problem. Most of the water taxi's can accommodate up to 10 people plus luggage. Good luck and enjoy Venice.

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      Nina 

      21 months ago

      Hi, Thank you for your informative post! I am considering the water taxi given we are a family of 5 with 5 suitcases plus back packs. In the picture you provide, they don't look that big, do you know if they would fit all of us and our gear in?

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      Bill De Giulio 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts

      Figure 8 euro per person to take the Bus from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma. Even if you opted for a taxi with 4 people, luggage, and tip you will be close to 30 euro. From Piazzale Roma you can take the Vaporetto to the Ca d’oro stop, which will be another 7.50 euro per person. If you are staying in Venice for multiple days you can buy a multi-day pass. You can also try to walk but with luggage this might prove difficult. If we total this up I would say 60 to 65 euro would be a reasonable cost for 4 people with luggage. Good luck.

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      Bonnie 

      21 months ago

      What is a Reasonable cost way to get from Marco,polo,airport to ca’d’oro stop in Venice With luggage for 4 people?

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      Harrow 

      21 months ago

      Hi Bill

      Thank you for your quick response and great info. It has been extremely helpful,

      Regards

      Harrow

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      Bill De Giulio 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Harrow. I went to the Hotel Saturnia website and they have a page on how to get there.

      http://www.hotelsaturnia.it/en/page/how-to-get-her...

      The Alilaguna water Shuttle will take you from the airport to the San Marco stop, which is just a few minutes from the hotel. A private water taxi is also an option and will take you right to the hotel, but keep in mind that this will be very pricey. The other option is to take a taxi or bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma and from there take the Vaporetto. The Vaporetto are the large bus like boats that transport people up and down the Grand Canal. With the Vaporetto you can get off at the Santa Maria del Giglio stop and walk to the hotel.

      As you can see there are many options. The best one will depend on your budget and how long you want this trip from airport to hotel to take.

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      21 months ago

      Hi Please can you tell me what is the best way to get from Marco polo to Hotel Saturnia & International, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2398, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy.

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