By plane (and then into Venice), Venice
The airport of Venice is located in Tessera; not far from Mestre. It is only 13 km far from the center of Venice.
The arrivals area is situated on the ground floor. On the first floor there are the departures area and the tickets booths. The check in area is on the third floor.
It is not a large airport, but it has several shops, cafes and some restaurants. It also has three banks, a post office and a luggage deposit.
On www.veniceairport.it you can find lots of info about this airport; air companies and also various tourist information.
Once we got out of the plain we had to look for a way to get to our final destination -> Venice. We already had a good look at the internet before we left and learned that there is no train connection with Treviso Airport. You can go to Venice by train from Treviso (city), the trip takes 30 minutes and costs €3.20.
But a better way to go to Venice is by bus. A special Eurobus from bus company ATVO goes to the Piazzale Roma in Venice. The bus leaves after incoming flights and will wait if a flight is delayed, the price is €4.50 and you can buy a ticket at the Airport Ticket Desk in the Arrivals Hall. The drive to or from Venice takes approximately 30 minutes, which is a great connection in my opinion.
Via Noalese, 31100 Treviso, Italy.
Small airports like Aeroporto di Treviso offer few restaurants, shops and services, but they're favored by many (business) travelers. We prefer them, because there's less traffic driving to them, they have shorter security lines, and it's easier to get from gate to gate to make flight connections.
I found out that that Aeroporto di Treviso was less crowded, parking was cheaper, checked bags were delivered faster, and car rental facilities were more convenient than the much larger Marco Polo Airport which is also close to Venice. Maybe Aeroporto di Treviso is by far my personal favorite small airport. I can get out of the plane, in my rental car and on the highway in 10 minutes or less. It would take up to an hour to do that at the big airports!
Via Noalese, 31100 Treviso, Italy.
Treviso Airport is a small airport by Venice which is mainly used by budget airlines, like Ryanair, as an alternative to the larger Marco Polo Airport. Treviso Airport together with Marco Polo Airport forms the Sistema Aeroportuale di Venezia. The airport is 20 kilometers north of Venice and three kilometers from Treviso.
For us the main reason to fly to Treviso was a financial reason, it was the cheapest way to fly from Amsterdam to Venice. It's not a really large airport, but because of the opening o a new terminal in 2007, named "Antonio Canova" a total of 1,077,505 passengers were recorded at the airport that year.
Via Noalese, 31100 Treviso, Italy.
There are a few ways of getting from the airport to Venice; Water taxi (Expensive but quick) Bus or taxi ( 20 minutes) to Piazza Roma, then walk or catch a water bus.
I chose the 70 minute Alilaguna water bus service (12 euros return ticket 2005) as I liked the sound of the journey- the waterbus calls at Murano and Lido first, and it's much cheaper than water taxi
From the airport, follow the signs for the Alilaguna waterbus- it's a 7 minute flat walk.
At the quayside there is a cafe/bar. You purchase a ticket from the kiosk - the man who sold my ticket spoke very good english, and was very helpful - I'd just missed one water bus, but the next one was in 10 minutes. Time to enjoy the sunset, and pink haze over the water.
I was told that you have to validate your ticket before travelling, but found out that the conductor does this on the boat - by making a rip in the ticket! - (Check the procedure as it might be different when it's very busy, and inspectors can issue fines for non validated tickets)
The vaporetta soon filled with a mix of tourists and locals- many bearing bags bulging with brightly wrapped Christmas presents.
The journey passed quite quickly, and although it was too dark to see much, it was quite exciting to see the bright lights and Christmas decorations at each place we stopped at.
As we neared San Marco, there was even a fairground. (see my things to do tip)
I really enjoy arriving in a new place at night, especially by boat. This was even more special as within a few steps you are in the bustle of night time Saint Marks Piazzo.
Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is located approximately 5 miles north of Venice on the Adriatic coast and is the fourth busiest Italian airport. The terminal was built in 2002 and allocates the ground floor to arrivals and the first floor to departures.
Viale Galileo Galilei, 30/1
I – 30030 Tessera
From Marco Polo Airport of Venezia to the bus station in Piazzale Roma - Venezia, there are buses.
You can purchase the ticket on-line, discounted, and see the timetable here:
To reach the Cruise Terminal from Piazzale Roma:
- People Mover (2 minutes trip). This new public transportation system made of a land funicular, thanks to regular connections guaranteed from 7 AM to 11 PM with a current frequency of 8 minutes, allows to reach ‘Piazzale Roma’ and vice versa in less than 2 minutes. A shuttle bus service connecting the terminals located in the Marittima Area with the People Mover station is available.
- Taxi cab (about 2 minutes trip).
More info here:
Venice's Marco Polo Airport (VCE), named after the famous explorer, is actually located on the Italian mainland in Tessera. Though it handles hundreds of thousands of passengers, or more, per year it seemed to me to be the most manageable of the 3 airports I have flown into and out of in Italy.
PLEASE NOTE A WORD OF CAUTION: For departing flights, allow several hours advance time before your flight. Check-in lines are extremely slow and long. This is particularly true on days when cruise ships are debarking passengers. We were in line for at least 1 hour or more and had only minutes to board our departing flight out of Venice although we arrived at least 2 hours early!!
Marco Polo Airport has several modes of transportation which connects it to Venice:
By taxi - Outside the airport terminal to Piazzale Roma, Venice is a journey time of approx. 20 -30 mins. and is quite expensive.
By bus - Buses leave from outside the airport terminal and cost 5 Euros pp. one-way in June, 2011. Roundtrip or return tickets were 8 Euros. Always validate your ticket by punching it in the yellow machines located near the bus stop. The bus is the most inexpensive way to reach Venice, is comfortable and efficient, and took only 20 minutes or so to reach the Piazzale Roma. (You must load your own luggage under the bus.)
By Train -
The airport connects to the nearby railway stations of Venice-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venice by scheduled bus service. Bus connections run between the Venice-Santa Lucia railway station and the airport. (Upon arriving at the Venice-Santa Lucia railway station look for the doors facing the Grand Canal. From this area, turn right for the Piazzale Roma (Sestiere Santa Croce); turn left for Sestiere Canaregio and the "Ponte Degli Scalzi" bridge.
Water Taxi and Alilaguna Waterbus - Two sources of transportation which are available but take work to get to. Most importantly, the fare between Marco Polo Airport and a hotel in central Venice can cost €100 or more, depending on location. However, this fare maybe split with other passengers going to the same destination.
For reliable, comfortable and relatively inexpensive transportation from Venice's Marco Polo Airport to the Piazzale Roma at the edge of the city, the ATVO bus is the way to go! The ATVO bus runs a non-stop route between these two points.
At the airport, purchase your ticket from the blue machines inside the airport near the baggage claim area, or just near there outside of the Arrivals Hall near the pickup point at the end of the walkway. Look for the bus marked "P.le Roma". You will need Euro bills to purchase your ticket. Remember to validate your ticket in the yellow machine near the bus stop. ** Be prepared to load your own luggage beneath the bus.** The ride to the Piazzale Roma is only about 20 minutes. Hence, buses run roughly every 30 minutes for most of the day.
Taking the ATVO bus back to the airport from the Piazzale Roma is somewhat trickier, only because so many buses arrive at any given time and finding the one marked for the airport is not always easy. We had to ask several drivers before we found the ATVO bus (I think it is painted green). (Area Bay D2.) Tickets may be purchased at the ATVO Terminal office across from the Piazzale Roma or from machine outside of the office.
NOTE: The price of the ATVO bus has jumped significantly since 2011 percentage-wise. Only last year the price was 3 Euro each way. Our 2011 price was 5 Euro each way, or with a return ticket of 9 Euros including baggage. This hefty price increase on top of the poor exchange rate will make an extra dent in your budget if traveling with family, but the alternative methods of transportation into town (with the exception of the city buses which are less expensive but makes stops) are quite a bit more expensive so all around this is a good choice.
In 2006 I wrote here a tip on the Mostoscafi (water taxis) from and to the airport of Marco Polo. The official prices (2010) are now well indicated at the office of the embarkation area. THE OFFICIAL PRICE IS 100 € TO THE CITY CENTER (1-5 persons, see my photo). Still valid in 2011 it seems.
At the airport exit take a luggage trolley (you need a 1€ or 50c coin) turn left following the sign water taxi and walk under a covered lane to the taxi embarkation area.
It takes about 8 minutes.
Leave your trolley (get your money back) in front of the small office of the MOTOSCAFI. An employee will ask what is your hotel and call a skipper to drive you to your hotel. He will tell you to pay the skipper at arrival: 100 € (no tips).
We never had to wait for a water taxi because there is a permanent movement of taxis coming and going to the centre of Venice.
The first part of crossing the Laguna is at high speed. Good fun when you are crossing the waves left by a taxi coming in the opposite direction (ref my video). Stay inside the cabin if you don't want to take a shower with the water of the Laguna.
Slow speed as soon as you arrive at the Fondamenta Nuove. Here you can stand up and film as you want (mind your head under the low bridges).
The motoscafi take the shortest way through the Canneregio or Castello areas to reach the Grand Canal in the neighbourhood of your hotel. It takes about 15 - 25 minutes to reach your hotel depending from its location.
Of course it has no sense to pay for a water taxi if your hotel is not located on a canal accessible to water taxis. So ask your hotel or a company of motoscafi.
We did the trip with a boat from the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia. On arrival the skipper gave us a 10% discount coupon for the return trip which we had to book by ourselves 24 h in advance. We did so and phoned the company at 0039.0415222303 or 0039.0412406741 reserving a water taxi for the return. We had asked 12.30 H and exactly at that minute the taxi arrived at our hotel. We had to pay for the return only 90 €.
Shall I mention here that our hotel had asked 140 € for a water taxi to collect us on arrival at the airport! Avoid consequently reserving water taxis by your hotel or travel agencies, they take big commissions.
In day time there are enough mostoscafi waiting at the airport (most visitors use less expensive but lengthy and tiring means to reach the centre and their hotels).
It is expensive (90 € in 2006, 100 € in 2010-2011) but good fun and if we compare with the money we all lost in the recent financial disaster, it is peanuts!
It can even be competitive with public transport if you are 4 persons or more. They can take up to 8-10 persons but then the prices are higher (125 - 135 €).
From the airport exit you can walk with your luggage trolley under a covered lane to the taxi embarkation area. It takes less than 10 minutes. Here I regret the old airport which was directly on the Laguna.
This is the moment to use my best Italian and to tell the guy that I'm coming from a poor European country and not from Beverly Hills. However I found that discussing the price was meaningless; I presume that the "water taxi skipper" is convinced that any tourist taking a water taxi is a rich man. It is even possible that they have fixed prices. They have indeed now fixed prices (100 € in 2010 see my new tip).
The first part of crossing the Laguna is at high speed. Good fun when you are crossing the waves left by a taxi coming in the opposite direction. Slow speed as soon as you arrive at the Fondamenta Nuove. The best is of course the trip on the Canal Grande.
Wonderful to see the sparkling eyes of Madame stepping out of the water taxi at the private pontoon of your hotel. At that magic moment she is not aware of what is going to be the bill of that hotel on the Canal.
No tips. You don't tip the captain of a Venetian water taxi.
Be careful that if you hire a water taxi through your hotel or a travel agent there is an additional charge. On our return trip to the airport we paid an additional charge of 10 € what I found correct as the water taxi had to come to our hotel at a precise hour.
But it has happened that excessive mark-ups have been charged by intermediaries, so ask for the price before booking.
Of course all this has not much sense if your hotel is not located on a canal accessible to water taxis.
On my latest trip to Venice I flew into Marco Polo airport, which is located 20 - 30 minutes drive from the centre of Venice.
To get into town, or should I say, onto the island, I caught an ATVO bus - the "blue" bus, which departs from outside the airport.
Buses depart around every 30 - 50 minutes, and the trip took only 20 minutes (as there was no traffic delays). You can buy a ticket from the driver when you board. A one-way trip cost 3 euro when I was there in May 2005.
The bus is non stop from the airport to Piazzale Roma, and from here it is only a few minute walk to the the train station. To return to the airport you can catch the bus from the place you were dropped off to in Piazzale Roma.
The best part of the bus trip is deriving across the long spit out to the island - that's when you have to pinch yourself and try not to smile to much - bella Venezia!!
Only (cost-effective) way to get around Venice (besides walking ).
#1 stops at all stops on the Venice island Grand Canal and goes to Lido;
#82 is the express that only stops at the main vaporetto stations (Accademia, Rialto, San Marco, etc.)
Another alternative if you just want to get across the Grand Canal are the traghetties (small gondola ferries) but you end up standing in a gondola.
Here's all the poop on the different Venice cards you can buy for vaporetto fares, some with bonus museum passes.
Here's the official VENICEcard homepage
I highly recommend the cards - super convenient.
About 15-20 min after the arrival of your flight, there's a ATVO--bus that takes you from the arrival hall directly to Piazzale Roma, in the centre of Venice. A one-way ticket costs 5 euro, 9 euro for a return ticket (prices September 2007). The ride takes about 70 min. As soon as you arrive at the Piazzale Roma, you can take a vaporetto to get into the historical part of Venice, where most of the hotels are situated.
Venice Treviso Airport is approximately 19 miles from Venice. Treviso's tiny Angeli Airport is used by Ryanair and a few other charter services to and from London. ATVO buses run from Venice's Piazzale Roma and back to coincide with flights. Phone 041 541 5180 for timetable information. (seea also web link below as other flights use connecting bus service) Just by the coach station at Piazzale Roma there is a handy chute for suitcases to be loaded onto water taxis as seen in this pic.