Getting from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice (and Vice Versa)

by Jessica on February 1, 2010

by | February 1st, 2010  

milanvenice2Since I’m always telling people – whenever they’ll listen – that flying into Venice to start your trip in Italy is a great idea, and since Venice is the entry point on my perfect 2-week Italy itinerary, it’s probably about time that I write up an article about how to get from Venice’s Marco Polo Airport into Venice itself, eh?

You might think it’s pretty straightforward getting from the Venice Airport into Venice, but as my own personal experience on my first visit to Venice is a testament to, it’s easy to be led astray and end up paying way more than you anticipated for a trip across the lagoon.

Two things should be noted at the outset, because they’re not necessarily obvious.

  1. Yes, Venice has an airport – but it’s not on the islands. It’s on the mainland.
  2. There are non-boat ways to get from the mainland airport to the Venetian islands.

All options for transportation out of the Venice Airport are listed below. And all of these tips work for getting from Venice out to the Venice Airport, too. Just proceed in reverse. Sort of.

How to Get from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice

Taking a Water Bus from Venice Airport to Venice

vairport_alilungaMost buses in Venice are actually boats – because once you get past the city’s one and only island parking lot, there are no wheeled vehicles anywhere. So it stands to reason that there’s also a water bus that transports people to and from the Venice Airport.

The water buses that run between Venice Airport and the Venice islands are operated by the Alilunga company, and you can get a one-way ticket from the airport to the islands – or vice versa – for €13 (if you know you’ll be flying out of the Venice airport and you’ll be making the return journey on the Alilunga water bus as well, you can get a round-trip ticket for €25).

There are a few line from the airport into the center of Venice – Linea Blu (blue), Linea Rossa (red), and Linea Arancio (orange) – and the line you choose depends on where you’re going in Venice. Your best bet is to ask the hotel or hostel where you’re staying which Alilunga line to take from the airport, and which stop is closest to them. For reference, both the blue and red lines stop at the Piazza San Marco but not the Rialto – only the orange line stops at the Rialto (but not at San Marco).

The journey varies in length depending on where you get off, but this isn’t a speedy trip. You’re looking at roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes to get into the center of Venice from the airport. Don’t fret, though, because that means there’s plenty of time to relax, take a deep breath, soak in the fact that you’re in Venice, and pull your camera out of its case for awhile to capture a few images.

You’ll find the Alilunga boats – which are big (not small private boats) and bright yellow on the bottom – a short walk (10 minutes or so) outside the arrivals area of the airport. You can buy tickets in the arrivals area of the airport, on the boats themselves (if you’re about to miss one and you’ve got cash in hand), or online ahead of time at VeniceLink.com (scroll down and click on “Alilunga Tickets” with the picture of the big yellow boat).

When you buy online, you’ll get a voucher for your ticket by email and you’ll present that to the people at the #78 ticket booth at the airport. So while you’ll still have to make a stop at a ticket booth, you’ll get to bypass any line of people waiting to buy tickets. Just hand over your voucher and you’ve got your ticket. (There’s more information about this on the VeniceLink site, click on the “Info” button on the top menu.)

As an aside, getting to the Alilunga water buses at the Venice Airport can be the somewhat tricky bit. This is where I made my mistake on my first visit. I was following signs for the water buses, but then when a nice Italian man asked if I was looking for the water buses, I let him lead me to his private (and very expensive) water taxi. Not speaking enough Italian at the time, and being jetlagged and groggy, I just went with it – and had a lovely ride to within a short walk from my hotel. But still, it cost me a pretty penny. There’s a guide for getting to the Alilunga pier with photos and step-by-step instructions on this site, which is lovely in its detail if not completely frustrating in its requirement that you click through to a different page to get every single step. (Seriously, why can’t it all be on one page? But I digress.)

Taking a Bus from Venice Airport to Venice

milanvenice4Water buses aren’t the only buses that run from the Venice Airport into Venice, however, and since the wheeled variety is cheaper it’s worth considering if you’re on a budget.

You have two bus options to get to/from the airport – the ACTV buses (run by the city’s public transportation company) and the ATVO buses (which are a private company). ACTV’s buses are more standard city buses, but they do have space on board for luggage. ATVO’s buses are more accurately described as “coaches.”

ACTV BusesACTV bus line #5 runs between Piazzale Roma and the airport. The first bus leaves Piazzale Roma from Monday-Saturday at 04:40 and the last bus leaves at 24:40 (on Sundays and holidays the departures begin at 05:40 and end at 24:40). The first bus leaves the airport bound for Venice at 04:08, and the last bus of the day departs at 01:10. The journey is about 25 minutes one-way and the cost of a ticket is €5 one way (€9 if you’ll be making the round-trip). You can buy tickets at the self-service machines at Piazzale Roma and the airport.

ATVO Buses – These “Venice Express” buses run between Piazzale Roma and the airport. The first bus leaves Piazzale Roma at 05:00 and the last bus leaves at 20:50. The first bus leaves the airport bound for Venice at 07:50, and the last bus of the day departs at 23:50. The journey is about 20-30 minutes one-way and the cost of a ticket is €5 one way (€9 if you’ll be making the round-trip). You can buy tickets in the baggage area of the arrivals hall at the automatic machines (they’re blue with a yellow ATVO logo), at the ATVO ticket office in the arrivals hall, or at ATVO machines just outside the airport where the buses actually depart from.

Venice Express buses also run to other destinations in the Veneto area, so if you’re not actually going to Venice itself check the Venice Express website to see if the bus will get you easily to where you want to go.

Taking a Water Taxi from Venice Airport to Venice

vairport_watertaxiThis is by far the most expensive option, but if you’re traveling with a group of friends among whom you can split the cost, it’s at least worth thinking about. For one thing, you may end up with enough people splitting the fare so that it’s comparable to each of you buying a ticket on the Alilunga water bus. And for another thing (and more importantly), you’ll be taken to precisely where you want to go – really handy if you’ve got more luggage than you want to carry and your hotel or hostel isn’t located right near a water bus stop.

Taking a water taxi from Venice’s Marco Polo Airport into Venice isn’t cheap, there’s no denying it. The cost will vary depending on where exactly you’re going in Venice, how many people you’re squeezing into the boat, and how much luggage you’ve got, but you can expect the cost be €100-150 on average. You’ll pay a higher rate if you’ve got lots of suitcases (another reason to pack light), or if you’re making the trip super-early in the morning or particularly late at night.

You can request a water taxi at the taxi desk in the arrivals area of the airport, and you’ll find the water taxis along the same pier where the Alilunga water buses depart from (hence the confusion I had upon my first arrival). It’s important to settle on a price before you get into the boat, because unlike normal taxis these water taxis don’t have a meter. The price you’ll be quoted is supposed to represent the distance you’re asking to go, plus any “extras” – like a large group or a large amount of luggage. If you think the price is too high, you can try to negotiate, but be sure to agree on a fee before you set foot on the boat – and be absolutely clear whether the price is per person or total (some have reported a quoted fare of €80 for a trip, only to be asked to pay €80 per person upon arrival).

The VeniceLink website offers “tickets,” if you will, for private water taxi transfers from the airport to the city center for €100 if you don’t want to negotiate upon arrival (there’s a €190 round-trip “ticket,” too). See this page for more information.

And if you want to share a water taxi but you aren’t traveling with friends who can help you split the cost, VeniceLink also offers the option of buying two seats (or more) on a water taxi, which they’ll then fill with other people in your situation. Those tickets are €30 per person (€60 round-trip). Information about that is here.

I’ve read that you shouldn’t tip the water taxi drivers, as they own their boats and make plenty of money as it is, but Venice resident Nan McElroy tells me that if they’re doing something particularly nice or that you perceive to be “extra,” above and beyond what you negotiated for at the outset, then a small tip is okay. “We like to reward good behavior,” says Nan. She also points out that the water taxis, although convenient, “really tear up the small canals.” She suggests that visitors who are trying to travel greener go for mass transit (the water buses) instead.

Taking a Train from Venice Airport to Venice

vairport_trainI am in love with traveling by train, but this is one of those times when I’ll tell you about an option to get from the Venice Airport into Venice that involves a train – and then I’ll tell you to ignore it.

The same company that operates the Venice Express bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma, ATVO, also operates a bus that runs from the airport to the Mestre train station. It’s a €3 ticket and a 20-minute trip, and once again it’s a nice big coach where you can store your suitcases underneath.

Now, the Mestre station is the last mainland train stop before trains make their way across the lagoon to the real Venice train station, Santa Lucia. The train trip from Mestre to Santa Lucia is barely over ten minutes, and a ticket from just Mestre to Santa Lucia will cost you a few euro. So if your ultimate destination is the Venetian islands, do yourself a favor and take the ATVO Venice Express all the way onto the islands (or take an Alilunga water bus), but don’t bother getting on and off the bus only to get on and off the train.

If you’re headed elsewhere in the Veneto, on the other hand, the Mestre train station is much more well-connected than the ATVO regional buses. So taking an ATVO bus from the Venice Airport to the Mestre station is an excellent option – provided you’re not actually going to Venice.

Taking a Regular Taxi from the Venice Airport

There’s one taxi company (of the wheeled variety) listed on the Venice airport’s website, so if your destination in Venice isn’t on the islands and doesn’t require you to go to a watery location or a train station, you could consider taking a regular taxi as an option. This could be especially handy if your arrival is late enough that the buses aren’t running.

RadioTaxi Venezia is available 24 hours a day at the airport, and their minimum charge to/from the airport is €12.45 during the days Monday-Saturday (€15.34 at nights, Sundays, and holidays). There are extra fees per piece of baggage, among other things. Consult their fares page here for the latest tariff information. Their airport office number is +39 041 5416363, and the 24-hour number is +39 041 5952080.

Driving from Venice Airport to Venice

vairport_driveYes, there is a road that connects the Venice Airport with the island city. But under no circumstances should you pick up a rental car at the Venice Airport and drive it to Venice. Just don’t do it.

If you’ll be spending more time in Italy after your stay in Venice, then pick up your rental car at the airport as you’re leaving the city to drive around the countryside. That’s perfectly acceptable, and even possibly recommended. But there’s no point in driving a car from the airport to the Piazzale Roma parking lot just to leave it parked there while you’re walking and taking boats around a road-less city.

Now that you’re in Venice…

thingsveniceThere are lots of links in my overall Venice travel guide to help make your visit to the canal city easier, more enjoyable, and less expensive, but here are a few in particular that you don’t want to miss:

photos, top to bottom, by: PeWu, Nick Bramhall, gwenael.piaser, Son of Groucho, Aube insanite, LOMO Zemme, llamnudds

{ 53 comments }

Ian Rose February 12, 2010 at 10:54 am
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Even for the little extra price, I don’t think I could bring myself to get on a wheeled bus in a place where the option of a boat trip was so immediately available.

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Jenn June 10, 2010 at 10:31 am
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Hi there,

Any suggestions if travelling by train from Verona and need to catch a cruise at the Port? Should I use Santa Lucia train station or train to Mestre-ATVO bus?

Thanks!
Jenn

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Jessica June 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm
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Hi, Jenn:

Either taking a train to the Santa Lucia station or a bus from Mestre to the islands puts you in about the same spot in Venice – the bus stop/parking lot is right across the Grand Canal from the train station. So which one you choose isn’t much of a difference as to where you end up in Venice (in which case I’d stick with the train for one less transfer).

I’ve never been to the cruise terminals in Venice, and evidently there are a couple – the main one is Marittima, which is either a 10-15 minute walk from the Piazzale Roma (where the bus stop is) or a couple of minutes by taxi. There are sometimes free shuttle buses running during the high season. The other terminal is San Basilio, which is a bit further away – that one is best reached by taxi.

You can see a map of the western end of Venice, including the Piazzale Roma, Santa Lucia train station, and both the Marittima and San Basilio cruise terminals: http://www.vtp.it/terminal/crociere.jsp

I hope that helps!
Jessica

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Kathryn Hill July 22, 2010 at 6:59 am
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One concern is getting to a location in Venice when I get off the Alilunga water bus. Your web site infers that two of them stop ONLY at San Marco and the other stops ONLY at Rialto. Also, I plan to rent an apt. there for a week but I don’t want to lug my suitcases, etc. from the water bus stop to my apt.
Any suggestions for getting help with my baggage both into and leaving the city? Thanks.

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Jessica July 22, 2010 at 10:01 am
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Hi, Kathryn:

Once you know where the apartment you’re renting is in the city, then you can figure out the best method to get there. If the regular water buses don’t get you close enough, you can opt for a private water taxi all the way from the airport or even get a private water taxi from where the water bus drops you off.

I highly recommend packing as light as possible for Venice, because even if you get pretty close to your apartment with a water taxi, you may still end up having to go up and over a couple little bridges to get to where you need to be. Pack light and you’ll be thankful you did. :)

Ciao,
Jessica

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Kathryn Hill July 24, 2010 at 7:03 am
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Thanks for the information. However, my dilemma begins when I get off the water taxi or vaporetto at the stop closest to the apt. As you pointed out, there still may be bridges to cross on the way to my final destination. I’ve seen travelers wrestling their bags on the cobblestones and bridges and it’s not a pretty sight, especially if that person is a senior citizen which I am.
Even if I pack light I will have a heavy tote bag and a medium suitcase on wheels.
Any ideas of how to get those items from vaporetto stop to apt. and back again without my having to carry them myself?
Thanks again.

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Jessica July 26, 2010 at 9:03 am
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Hi, Kathryn:

I don’t know of services that will carry your bags for you, no – I’ll email some friends in Venice and see if they have any thoughts on that.

Have you already booked an apartment? If you haven’t booked one yet, your best bet might be to make sure that the entrance to the apartment is either close to a vaporetto stop or that at least there aren’t bridges between the vaporetto stop and the apartment. And as I mentioned above, another option is to take a private water taxi – they don’t just go to the vaporetto stops and would be likely to get you closer to your apartment entrance (if it’s not near a vaporetto stop already). Water taxi drivers will also load and unload your bags on and off their boats, too.

Ciao,
Jessica

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Jessica July 26, 2010 at 10:21 am
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Okay, Kathryn, I got a reply from a friend who lives in Venice, and she says that water taxi drivers “officially can’t leave their boat,” so while a taxi driver would put your bags on the boat and then pull them off again, he won’t be able to carry them to your apartment. My friend says that you could hire an “accompagnatore,” someone to accompany you personally, but it wouldn’t be cheap. Her suggestion was to see if the landlord of the apartment you’re renting would be able to meet and help you. If you’re going to need to meet the landlord anyway to get the keys when you arrive, it might be your best option. You could call them from the airport so they know roughly when you’ll be arriving, and by that point you’d know whether you were taking a vaporetto (and what stop you’d need) or a water taxi (and where you’d be landing).

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Kathryn Hill July 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm
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Thank you so much for your detailed answers. I’m very impressed that you spent so much time checking out the details so you could give me a complete answer. Your suggestions are very helpful and I’m sure my trip will be less confusing now. It’s nice to know there are still efficient people around who are willing to take the time to be helpful. I can’t wait to get back to Venice, probably next spring, for my third visit. I too find it to be a magical place.
Kathryn

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Jessica July 30, 2010 at 9:29 am
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I actually found your question so interesting I wrote a whole post about it – it’ll go up next week! :)

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Steve September 28, 2010 at 4:14 am
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Wanted to say “!,000 than yous” for your spectacularly wonderful advice, tips and suggestions. Your column is so well-written, so copiously detailed and suffused with your love of Venice, that we took it on faith and went to “Jenice” by which we mean “Jessica’s Venice”: we stayed in a hotel you recommended, booked our tickets in advance as you suggested and confidently went about enjoying ourselves, instead of having anxiety and thoroughly loved Venice thanks to you. One “avventura” we took that might be of interest to your readers seeking to get out of Venice during crowded hours was to go to Padova (Padua) and visit the extraordinary, Giotto-designed and painted Scrovegni Chapel (Capella Scrovegni). You can get from Venice to Padova in under an hour, 2nd class ticket is VERY comfortable but you must book the ticket for the chapel in advance (your hotel will do it or you can go to http://www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it/eng). Food in Padua is excellent, and the city boasts one of Europe’s greatest restaurants, Le Calandre, which has 3 Michellin stars and is stratospherically expensive (about $500 for two) but worth every Euro if you are a foodie. Important that you arrive promptly at 8:00 and tell the waiter you must finish by 10:45 and to have a taxi waiting for you (be emphatic, I suspect these guys at Le Calandre have a racket going with the taxi drivers, and they will try and delay you so as to cause you to take one of their “special price” 90 Euro taxis back to Venice. Don’t do it. At 10.30 tell the waiter , politely but firmly, you expect your taxi to be waiting at 10.45–otherwise you will miss the last train back to Venezia S.L.) There are plenty of lovely, less expensive places to eat in Padova, and it’s a lovely place to walk. The Capella Scrovegni is far more intimate–and just as impressive–as the Sistine Chapel, which will strike you as somewhat derivative after seeing the Scrovegni; in fact, in all of Italy, in my view, only Florence’s Brancacci Chapel (Capella Brancacci) rivals the Scrovegni and in the presence of these works you can glimpse the extraordinary humanist impulses, the tenderness and the abiding love whose spirit was embodied in Italy’s patron St. Francis.

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Jessica October 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm
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Steve, your “Jenice” nickname just made my day when I saw this comment! I told my coworkers and friends about it. So sweet of you, thanks for coming back and leaving this note. :)

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jessica m January 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm
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I am landing in venice – marco polo… I am to meet my girlfriend in mestre, santa lucia train station… What is my best and cheapest way to get there? :) thanks for the info!!!

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Jessica January 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm
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You’ll need to clarify which train station you’re meeting at – Mestre station is different than Santa Lucia station. The former is on the mainland and the latter is out on the islands. The article above will tell you everything you need to know about how to get to the islands (and therefore Santa Lucia station). If it’s really the Mestre station, there’s information in the article above to help you – the bus company ATVO runs buses from Marco Polo to Mestre station (see info under “taking the train” and also “taking the bus” above).

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jessica January 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm
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This was her exact message to me:
Meet me at the train station called Santa Lucia in Mestre (mestre is the name of the city)
Is what she sent me to meet her with…

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Jessica January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm
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Yeah, you need to get more information from her. Ask her if it’s the station on the islands or the mainland.

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jessica January 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm
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Thank you so much :)

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Simone and Larry Davidson March 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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Hi Jessica,
We are arriving in Venice at 9am after completing a 7 day cruise, so we”l be at the Port.
Our flight home is at 10am the next day…so should we book a hotel closer to the airport, check in, and then take in the sightseeing in Venice all day and head back to hotel at night? or get a hotel in Venice? What would you reccommend is easier. We are travelling with 2 other adults & 4 teens.
Thanks for your help.

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Jessica March 10, 2011 at 11:36 am
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I think either way is fine – I’d just suggest you make sure you’ve got your transportation sorted out for the early transfer to the airport the following morning. With a group that size, you may want to book a private water taxi from your hotel (which the hotel may be able to do for you, or you can book online and save a little money). Otherwise, the buses from the Piazzale Roma start running very early in the morning, so you could make your way to the bus and take the bus directly to the airport (would likely cost less).

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Simone and Larry Davidson March 14, 2011 at 11:12 am
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Thank you for your prompt reply Jessica, I’m still a little confused as to how we get around with lugguage…from the Cruise ship port to hotel in Venice? and do all the hotels offer transfers via watertaxi to airport?? If we did take the bus to arpt in the early morning, how do we get from hotel to the Piazzale Roma? remember..with our luggage. We should be at airport by 8am. Grazi, Thanks again.

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Jessica March 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm
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You’ll need to carry your luggage with you from the cruise port to the hotel, and from the hotel to the airport, so you can either pick a hotel with a water taxi service (no, not all hotels have this), pay for a door-to-door water taxi on your own, or figure out which vaporetto stop is closest to the hotel you’re staying in so you only have a short distance to walk with luggage. You’d have the same options to get to the Piazzale Roma bus stop on the way out of the city, too.

There are some hotels right near the Piazzale Roma, which is very close to the cruise port, so you wouldn’t have far to walk with luggage at all if you chose one of those hotels.

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reader March 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm
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really brilliant site, packed with great content. love reading this.

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Charlotte April 16, 2011 at 1:36 am
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Hi There

Me and my partner are arriving into Venice Marco Polo in June and are travelling straight to the Dolomites, we have been advised to get a train to Belluno from Mestre, but we can’t find any trains only ones leaving from Venice St Lucia. Is there a bus that goes from the airport straight to St Lucia Station? Or do you rekon there is an easier way.

Thanks

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Jessica April 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm
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The Mestre station is the first one on the mainland after trains leave Santa Lucia – I’m pretty sure all the trains that leave Santa Lucia stop at Mestre first. If you look at the full list of stops for the trains leaving the Santa Lucia station for Belluno, I suspect the very next stop you’ll see is Mestre.

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Amira November 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm
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Hi Jessica,

I am planning a trip with my fiance to Venice during the new year eve. I am planning to book hotel near the mestre station as we are quite on a tight budget. So our main transportation to the island would be by train. But what concerns me is will the train services or public transport be running on the 1st of January? It would be much appreciated if you could help.

Cheers!

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Jessica November 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm
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Holiday schedules are called “festivo” on timetables – things run less frequently, but they do run. You can check out the schedules for transportation via links above and just remember to look for “festivo” schedules.

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dennis thorpe November 13, 2011 at 5:14 am
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can anyone tell me the cost of a taxi from mestre railway station to marco polo airport as i arrive just after midnight and i do not think buses are running this early

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Jessica November 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm
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I can’t tell you what the exact fare will be, but it looks like the Radio Taxi Venezia service charges a minimum of 15.34euro for night trips to/from the airport. You can look up their fares page here (in Italian): http://www.radiotaxivenezia.com/pagine/tariffario/tariffe.html

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Sharyn January 19, 2012 at 2:28 am
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Hi, We are a family of 5 taking a driving tour of that end of Italy and would like to stay in Venice for two nights. We want to stay on the island and are spoiled for choice. I appreciate all your helpful and exciting information. My question is what do we do with the hire car if staying in Venice? Thanks in advance!

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Jessica January 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm
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If possible, I’d make Venice either the start or the end of your trip – that way you don’t have to think about parking the car in Venice once you’re there. The parking lot is small and often crowded – in fact, recently I’ve heard stories about cars being turned away at the mainland because it’s full. If Venice is your first stop, you can pick up the car hire when you leave (on the mainland, at Mestre or even at the airport). If it’s your last stop, you can drop the car off before you get to the island.

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yaakov March 6, 2012 at 1:41 am
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hi was wondering if you would be able to give me some advice , I am flying into rome monday morning at 9 am then im flying out of milan wednesday at 9 am back to the states. should i spend 2 days in rome ? or maybe a day in rome and a day in venice then take a night train in venice? thanks

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Jessica March 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm
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Wow, that’s a really short trip – can’t you fly in and out of the same city? If you really can’t, then I’d say 2 days in Rome, train to Milan, & stay in a Milan airport hotel. If you have time to go into Milan for dinner, that’s good, but otherwise, it’s just too short a trip to plan anything more.

http://www.italylogue.com/accommodation/malpensa-airport-hotels-near-milan.html

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Michele McCurley March 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm
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Jessica have been reading very helpful info on your site. Thank you. We are flying into Marco Polo at 10pm and taking the train to Verona the next morning. Could you give some advice on where to stay, as I think the train leaves from Mestre. We’re planning our own trip mind you our first overseas holiday and hope to be in Italy for nearly a month. Am sooo looking forward to this. Thanks Michele

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Jessica March 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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I don’t know much about the hotels in Mestre – I always stay on the islands – but if you go to this page:

http://www.italylogue.com/accommodation/finding-hotels-in-venice.html

And zoom out on the map, you’ll see hotel icons pop up on the mainland (NW of the islands). You can then zoom back in on that area, where you’ll see the train tracks represented by a gray-and-white line of dashes (so you know roughly where the hotels are in relation to the train).

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jessica April 22, 2012 at 10:57 am
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Hiya,

We are planning to come to Venice for honeymoon but I’m not good on boats as get ill! What is the fastest way to get from the airport into Venice? Also are private water taxis quicker than the water bus?

Many thanks,

Jessica

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Jessica April 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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There’s info in the article above about non-boat transportation methods – namely, bus & train (the bus is easier). Yes, private water taxis are faster than the water bus.

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Helen April 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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Hi Jessica,
Lots of great advice and just wondered what tips you may have, as i will be travelling with my mother a spritely 75yrs, flying in to Marco Polo I was thinking of then getting a car taxi into Venice & then a water taxi to our hotel on the main canal NH Manin at San Marco, Corte dell’Albero. I’ve seen some websites that organise transfers but can be v expensive any advice much appreciated as I’d like things to go as smooth as possible.
Thank you ;0)

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Jessica May 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm
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I’m not sure it makes sense to get an auto taxi to the parking lot in Venice, just to get into a water taxi. You can get water taxis right from the airport (see the info in the article above).

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Bobby Howie May 18, 2012 at 3:08 am
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Hi Jessica,

Excellent site! Very, very useful. We’re flying from Edinburgh into Venice on Monday, staying at the Centurion Palace. I’m a bit confused how to get the water taxi to the Dorsoduro district? Do the water taxis stop off there or do I get dropped off the other side of Giudecca Channel?

Thanks in advance for any advise you can offer.
Bobby

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Jessica May 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm
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You should check the hotel website to see what vaporetto stop they recommend as the closest to their front door (contact them if you don’t see that indicated anywhere). Then you can take the vaporetto to the right stop and go from there.

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Hugh MacLaren May 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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Hi Jessica – your site is so very helpful but I could still do with some additional advice as this is our first visit. We will be travelling from the airport to our hotel, Locanda Ca’ San Marcuola and I’m wondering which is the easiest way to go – by bus to Piazzale Roma then Vaparetto to San Marcuola Casino, or Water Bus (Arancio) from airport to San Stae then Vaparetto back to San Marcuola Casino. Also,are the Vaparetto stops easily identified (so we know where to get off!)?
Many thanks in advance, Hugh

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Jessica May 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm
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Your best bet is to compare the different options above for things like cost and the amount of walking involved (since you’ll have luggage). You can check with the hotel to see what they recommend, too. And yes, the vaporetto stops are very clearly marked.

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James Quinn May 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm
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Jessica,

First of all I want to say what an amazing site you have. It is so incredibly informative and well written. Thank you so much for all your fantastic advice!

I have a question that I’m hoping you might be able to help me with. I’m making my first trip to Italy this September and I already purchased the flight ticket. My trip ends in Venice, and I fly out of the Venice Airport on a Sunday morning at 6:25am. Yikes! What do you suggest as far as getting to the airport that early on a Sunday? I’m a little worried. I assume I need to be at the airport 2 hours ahead of time. I have not booked any hotels yet, so if I have to get a hotel on the mainland the night before, that could be an option. But I’d certainly prefer not to do that. Any suggestings you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your help!

James

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Jessica May 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm
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You can check the websites linked in the post above to see when the buses start running from Piazzale Roma – if they run early enough, you could plan on walking to the bus stop (even if the vaporetto isn’t running), which would mean you could stay on the islands & not the mainland. You might just want to get a hotel closer to the train station/Piazzale Roma in that case. Otherwise, a mainland hotel might be your best bet.

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James Quinn May 30, 2012 at 12:44 am
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Thanks so much for your help Jessica. You are awesome!!!

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Venice airport hotels May 29, 2012 at 12:29 am
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Such great details about all means of transport. Thanks a lot for this post!

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Bernice June 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm
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We are coming to Venice after a cruise.

Is there a vaporetto stop at the harbor, we want to end up at the San Stae stop for our hotel.

If not a vaporretto what is our next most economical way to get to the hotel?

Thanks,
Bernice

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milijana Skoric June 22, 2012 at 3:01 am
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Hi, I found this information so so useful and am glad you took the time to write about it while helping others. So my question is….I am landing at marco polo in Venice and I would like to stay at San marco in Venice. How would I get there from the airport? Best method? And I am a young female…do you suggest its safe I go alone and stay alone!? Are there many cafes available in San marco Venice? Also I plan to bring 2 suitcases because ill need to along with a carry on…do you believe I will be allowed to bring all my stuff either way of transportation I take like a water bus or taxi will allow all my luggage? ?

Thank you so much. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Sam June 27, 2012 at 8:32 am
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Jessica,
I have some clients staying at a hotel near Piazza San Marco, who have an 6:30am flight back to the States. What would be their best bet for transportation to the airport that early?
Thanks

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Brenda July 28, 2012 at 8:49 am
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Hi, thanks for the info, We have a 10am. Flight. Out of Marco polo, and we dock at 7am. Wondering about private transfers, Or will taxis b e waiting out side the ship? Any info you have would be appreciated. Is european transfer reliable? Thanks again.

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Lorraine August 1, 2012 at 3:52 am
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Hi, Jessica. My husband and I are elderly and my husband has limited mobility and uses a 4 wheeled walker. We will be “kicked” off our cruise ship about 8am on the morning of our flight back to Australia after a 24 day cruise. We had a similar problem with the same cruise line in 2010, where you have to leave the ship so early and our flight does not leave till 9pm that night.
I am having a problem finding luggage lockers at the airport as I believe we will not be allowed to check in till 3 hours before departure, which happened in Vancouver in 2010.
Alternatively, would you know of a day hotel where we could rest near the airport till we need to be at the airport. With 2 suitcases and my husband’s walker and his poor mobility, it looks like being a bleak ending to a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary cruise.Any suggestions gratefully received, Lorraine

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airport hotel Venice August 29, 2012 at 4:09 am
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You have a really informative post here. Vaporetto is my choice as well.

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jason January 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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lovely advice. also found the website with the water bus routes, drop off point and time table…
http://www.alilaguna.it/en/linea-arancio/map

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