Depending where you will stay in Venice, it might be better and more reasonable to take the Alilaguna boat instead of a bus and and then a vaporetto.
In May 2007 I stayed in Ca’Riccio, which is between Fondamenta Nove and Ponte Rialto, but in walking distance to Fondamenta Nove. In 2007 the one way trip was 6 Euro one way. In the meantime (June 2015) it is 8 Euro. In May 2007 the bus to Piazzale Roma and then with vaporetto to Rialto would also have been 6 Euro but I would have to walk longer.
The Alilaguna boat stop is approximately a 5 minutes walk from the airport (photo 2). Leave the airport building and turn left and follow the signs to water taxi and water bus. The stop for the water taxis (which are more expensive) is just 100 m before the Alilaguna stop.
Alilaguna has 3 lines running between airport and the city (as of June 2015):
Blue: Airport - Murano - Fondamenta Nove, then around Venice's east to San Marco - Zattere - Giudecca - Cruise Terminal. The boats run every half hour.
Orange: Airport - Fondamenta Nove - Giuglie - Ponte Rialto - San Marco (the western circle). Boats run every half hour.
Red: Airport - Murano - Lido - Arsenale - San Marco - Giudecca. This boat runs every hour.
Prices, as of June 2015:
Note that the prices are cheaper when you buy the tickets online!
Airport to Murano, one way: 7 Euro online, 8 Euro at the counter,
Airport to Lido or Cruise Terminal, one way: 14 Euro online, 15 Euro at the counter.
According to Alilaguna's website, 1 suitcase and one hand luggage is included in the ticket, each more bag or suitcase will cost 3 Euro.
Location of Marco Polo Airport (1), the boat pier for Alilaguna boats at the airport (2) and Fondamenta Nove station in Venice (3) on Bing Maps.
© Ingrid D., June 2007 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.). Update June 2015: wording and websites.
In general it might be the better option to book flights to Venice's closest airport Marco Polo (and not to Treviso, where the no frills airlines arrive and depart from).
Ok, I currently live in Germany and have long ago decided that I prefer Lufthansa over the no frills airlines because Lufthansa has very reasonable flight tickets to European destinations for prices around 100 Euro return flights. Provided one is flexible in the dates and also the time. These reasonable prices seem to be more likely during the non-business-flight hours, so between 10 in the morning until early afternoon. So a way for Lufthansa to fill up their planes with non business travellers.
I planned to stay in Venezia and not in Mestre anyhow. When I booked my ticket for May 2007 I paid 88 Euro for the roundtrip Frankfurt - Venice - Frankfurt. To this I had to add 6 Euro from my hometown to Frankfurt airport and 6 Euro for the Alilaguna boat to bring me from the airport to Fondamenta Nove, the closest stop to my B&B.
Of course the plane tickets are slightly more expensive, as are the buses and the boat in Venice. But nevertheless, compare prices to Marco Polo plus the boat transport with the flight tickets of Ryanair plus all the additional costs for Ryanair, plus the transport from Treviso airport to Venice (which is a minimum of 40 km away).
Marco Polo airport has the advantage of being located in the northern part of the lagoon. Flying into or out of this airport will give you prime views of Venice depending on the wind condicitions and the runway the planes depart from. I was so lucky on my flight back home to get this fabulous view of the city :-)
Current website for transport into Venice: Alilaguna
© Ingrid D., July 2007 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.). Update June 2015: wording and links.
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.
Just found this summary and thought that it may help you.
Port pier to airport = 10 miles = 20 minute car drive = 40-50 Euros one way
city centre to airport = 10-12 miles = 50 minutes water taxi = 90 -100 Euros one way
(source Princess cruises 2011)
For me, it's water taxi ---but I've started saving already!
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.
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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.