Arriving by plane in Venice

Arriving by plane in Venice: Transport from Marco Polo Airport to Venice:

Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE)

Marco Polo Airport “reflects the uniqueness of Venice. The airport’s architectural features highlight the lagoon environment and are suggestive of the city’s civil and industrial architecture (such as the historic Arsenal). The visual impact is strong. With the city outlined on the horizon, the great windows overlooking the lagoon are an immediate and intense link with the inimitable scenery.” – Nadia Petronio tweet

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Venice Marco Polo Airport

Location: The airport is located 16 km (10 miles) northeast of Venice by road, but only about 6 km by sea.

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).

General information: +39 (0)41 2609240 or 2609250.

Flight information: +39 (0)41 2609260.

Transfer between terminals: A free shuttle service connects the two terminals.

Facilities: Facilities include lounges/travel clubs, baggage/left luggage, business services, disabled and First Aid facilities, banks/bureau de change, bars, duty-free shops, a chemist, restaurants, a spa and tourist information.

Car rental: Car hire companies include Avis, Europcar Italia, Hertz and Thrifty.


Transfer / transportation to the city:

  • Road taxis: it takes 15 minutes to get to Piazzale Roma, the price is around 23.5 euro (radiotaxi tel.+39-041-936222). The taxi rank is outside the arrivals area;
  • Water taxis: The rate for a ride from the airport to San Marco (around 30 minutes) is about €85.00 for four people and four pieces of luggage (water-taxis have meters). There are some surcharges (night surcharge between 10pm and 7am and surcharge for each piece of luggage and person over the fourth);
  • Bus ATVO: a direct connection from the airport to Piazzale Roma that takes about 20 minutes; buses leave every half hour. Buses run from 8.50 (8.30 on Sundays and public holidays) to 23.40. The ticket costs €6 and includes luggage. The buses leave outside the arrivals area on the right. The airport shuttle is faster but more expensive, leaving every hour. There is also an airport shuttle direct to Mestre, it takes about 17 minutes.
    Note: ATVO buses are blue.
  • Bus ACTV:
    To Venice: the No. 5 makes numerous stops before reaching Santa Lucia Railway Station (it takes approximately half an hour). The ticket costs €6 and includes limited baggage (2 x up to 120cm total measurements), but each suitcase will probably need a ticket (the same price as for passengers).
    To Mestre: the No. 15 goes to Mestre Railway Station.
    Both buses leave at 5 and 35 minutes past the hour outside the arrivals area immediately to the right.
    Note: ACTV buses are orange.
  • Boats ACTV/ALILAGUNA : The best way to get to Venice from the airport is by water. Buy your ticket at the Alilaguna ticket desk in the arrivals hall or get one on the boat itself for a bit extra. There’s a free shuttle bus (blue and white) from the airport to the Alilaguna boat pier.

Two lines (the Blue Line and the Red Line) run 50 services during the day to the principal points in the city: (Airport, Murano, Fondamente Nuove, Lido, Arsenale, San Marco, Zattere, Maritime Station). The routes covered by Alilaguna extend for approximately 17 km along the canals within the Venice municipal area. The two lines connect 10 different landing areas. Every landing stage has a covered waiting area, seating and is illuminated to ensure safe boarding in all weather conditions. The landing stages are ‘floating,’ connected to land by ramps, and they all have the timetable and a map showing the network and routes covered.

Here is a map of the network

The Red Line runs from 06.15 to 00.10 and stops at Murano Museo (30′), Lido (52′), Arsenale (1hr 05′), S.Marco (1hr 10′) and Zattere (1hr 20′).

The Blue Line starts at 09.40 and the last boat is at 00.40. It stops at Murano Colonna (30′), Fondamente Nuove (38′), Lido (1hr 10′) and S.Marco (1hr 14′).

Both lines leave each hour, Red Line at ten past the hour and Blue Line half an hour later.

Here’s a link to the Alilaguna Timetable page (you select the time period)

And here are the fares (2012):

JourneyPriceOnline price
You can buy tickets on board : € 1,00 extra for each ticket
RoundtripAirport – Lido/Venice/Cruise Terminal25 €24 €
Airport – Murano13 €
Cruise Terminal – Venice13 €
Cruise Terminal – Lido – Murano16 €
One wayAirport – Lido/Venice/Cruise Terminal15 €13 €
Airport – Murano7 €
Cruise Terminal – Venice7 €
Cruise Terminal – Lido – Murano7 €
Time tickets72h Pass Alilaguna60 €45 €
24h Pass Alilaguna2626 €


Baggage: Ticket includes transportation of 1 suitcase and 1 hand luggage.
You will be required to pay a charge of 3 euros for carriage each extra baggage.


  • Children
    Children up to the age of 6 are free of charge, if accompanied by 1 adult holding a regular ticket. It is free of charge also the transportation of baby prams and/or folded pushchairs. To have right to this discount a children identity document has to be showed upon ticket purchase. If without this document payment of full price ticket is due.
  • Cartavenezia/Imob
    CartaVenezia (Imob) holders have the right to discounted prices. CartaVenezia/Imob card has to be showed upon ticket purchase.
  • Groups
    If groups and/or classes are travelling it is preferable to book: contact us at or call +39 041 2401701


Going to Jesolo

If you have to go to the beaches of Jesolo coast (Jesolo – Cavallino – Ca’ Vio – Ca’ Ballarin – Punta Sabbioni) can use ATVO buses departing every hour to Jesolo-Lido. Then you can get another bus to your final destination. The fare ticket is about 3-4 Euro.

A longer, more expensive but much more picturesque alternative is the following:

  1. Linea Alilaguna to Lido di Venezia (9.81 Euro) via Venice lagoon – 58′
  2. At Lido change to Punta Sabbioni with ACTV boat (3.10 Euro): you can buy the ticket at Lido. – 27′
  3. At Punta Sabbioni change to an ATVO bus (they wait for the boat) (2-3 Euro): you can buy the ticket at Punta Sabbioni before getting into the bus – 5′ to 25′ depending on your destination.

Note: Bear in mind that during summer weekends the road from the airport to Jesolo is full of cars coming from Mestre and Treviso going to the beach so that it can take the bus 2 hours to get to Jesolo.

For more on public transport and general transportation in Venice, see our “Getting Around Venice” pages.

Next page: Arriving by in Venice by car.

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