How to get from Marco Polo Airport to Venice and the Islands
Venice - Marco Polo: how to get to the airport

How to get from Marco Polo Airport to Venice and the Islands

Marco Polo Airport is the air gateway of Venice and the whole of northeastern Italy. It is located in the northeastern suburb of Venice Tessera, 12 km north of the historic city center.

Full name of the airport: Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo, Venice Marco Polo International Airport.

International Air Transport Association code: VCE.

It is not easy to get from the airport terminal to the historic part of Venice, as the city stands on canals. There are several ways to reach the city:

  • by bus;
  • on an airbus;
  • in a cab;
  • by boat;
  • with a shuttle.

All land transportation only goes as far as Santa Lucia Station and Piazzale Roma. From there you have to walk or take a vaporetto, so if you have small children or inconvenient luggage, consider water transportation.

For those traveling light, the fastest and cheapest is the bus or ATVO airbus.

Bus from Marco Polo airport

There is a bus from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma (Piazzale Roma) on route 5. You will find the stop opposite the arrivals hall, which is marked on the diagram.

Diagram of Marco Polo Airport in Venice
Diagram of Marco Polo Airport in Venice

You can buy tickets in the airport arrivals hall at the Public Transport Tickets ticket office or at the machines in the baggage claim area.

  • Fare: 8 € one way or 15 € round trip. The ticket is valid for 75 minutes from the moment of composting.
  • A combined bus and vaporetto (water transportation) ticket costs 14 €.
  • Frequency: every 15 minutes.
  • Travel time: 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Mode of operation: from the airport terminal buses run from 4:08 am to 1:10 am; from Venice from 4:35 to 0:40.
  • The schedule is here.

Airbus from the airport to Venice

ATVO organizes a shuttle from the airport to Piazzale Roma. This is a popular and convenient way to get to Venice — it goes non-stop and the journey takes less time. But the bus also only goes as far as Piazzale Roma.

Tickets are sold at the driver’s desk, online or in vending machines at the Marco Polo terminal. They must be validated at the yellow devices you will find next to them.

  • Price: 6 € one way, 11 € round trip. Luggage is free of charge.
  • Frequency: every 20 minutes.
  • Travel time: 20—25 minutes.
  • Mode of operation: From 5:20 to 0:50 from the airport terminal; from the city from 4:20 to 23:30.
  • The schedule is here.

Water transportation Alilaguna

A speedboat is the most spectacular way to reach the city. The Alilaguna boats depart from the airport jetty and the «Water Transport» signs will help you get there.

At the airport terminal, boat tickets are sold at kiosks in the terminal, at the pier and at vending machines in the baggage claim area. In Venice, you can buy them at the Alilaguna kiosks. Tickets can also be bought on board for an additional €1.

Marco Polo and Venice are connected by two boat lines: pink and blue, which differ in their routes. The blue line (Blu) passes through the islands of Murano, Lido, San Marco, Giudecca. The pink one (Rossa) skirts the island of Murano, passes Lido, Piazza San Marco, the last stop is Giudecca. The former runs from April to October, the latter all year round. On the Alilaguna website you can find traffic diagrams of the pink and blue lines.

  • Price: 8 €.
  • Frequency: every 30 minutes.
  • Travel time: 1 hour 22 minutes.
  • Mode of operation: from 06:15 to 00:30.
  • Schedule.

Private water cab

This is an expensive but memorable travel option if staying at a hotel with a pier. You can book a water cab at a kiosk at the airport pier or online at the carriers' websites.

  • Price: 100—200 € on average.
  • Mode of operation: from the airport from 9:00 to 19:00, from Venice from 6:00 to 18:00.
  • Travel time: from 25 minutes.
  • Pre-order contacts here.

Cab and transfer

The land cab parking lot is located near the exit of the arrivals hall. The official cab service of the airport is Radiotaxi. You can get more information and book a cab online, by phone +39 041 5964 or by text +39 33 88 44 2000.

The car will only take you to the parking lot on Tronchetto or Piazzale Roma. You will have to walk or take the vaporetto to get to the hotel.

  • Price: a trip to Piazzale Roma will cost 40 €, you can calculate the price on the website.
  • Travel time: about 20 minutes.
  • Working mode: round the clock.

Transfers can be booked in advance on the websites of various carriers, such as html#transfers» target=«_blank»>Kiwitaxi.

At the airport, shuttle service is offered by GoOpti.

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