Being one of the most popular destinations in Italy, the city of Venice is one that you must see during your time in the country. If you are planning on visiting and want to travel by plane, you will most likely want to fly into Venice Marco Polo Airport. There are several modes of transportation that can easily bring you from the airport into the city of Venice itself. The following list of transportation options will help you pick the one that best fits your needs based on travel time, cost, and convenience.
The fastest option to get from the airport into the city is by taxi because of the short wait time. The time spent waiting for the taxi and the car ride itself totals to about 25 minutes (5 minutes waiting and 20 minutes for the ride). Though this option is the most time-efficient, it is also the most expensive. Most taxi rides from the airport to the city are between €50 and €60. The taxi will pick you up in front of your terminal and bring you directly to your place of stay. If you are looking to get from the airport to the city in a time-efficient manner, have a lot of luggage, or are traveling with several people, this option is probably the best for you.
There are two different bus options that can bring you from the airport into the city. The first option is the ATVO bus, which is a private bus company. The ATVO buses will bring you directly from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma in 20 minutes. The cost for a one-way ticket is €7 and the buses run every 30 minutes, from 7:50 a.m. to 00:20 a.m. This method is convenient if you have a lot of luggage because you can store it underneath the cabin prior to boarding the bus. The buses are bright blue and you can find them just to the left of exit B of the arrivals terminal. You can buy tickets for ATVO buses online in advance or you can purchase them from ticket machines in the baggage claim area, in the ATVO departure area, at stands 79 and 80 in the arrivals hall, or from the driver when boarding the bus.
The second bus option is the ACTV bus, which is a public bus company. It is slightly more expensive (€8 euro for a one-way ticket) but runs more frequently and for a longer window than the ATVO buses. You can take the buses from 4:08 a.m. until 1:10 a.m. and they come every 15 minutes. They also run directly from Marco Polo to Piazzale Roma, but take a bit longer than ATVO buses (30 minutes as opposed to 20). Between the airport and Venice, the buses stop in Tessera, Orlanda, Passo Campalto, Sabbadino, and S. Giuliano. This option is better if you have less luggage, as you have to store it in the overhead cabin storage. Children under the age of 6 travel for free, so this is something to keep in mind as well. You can purchase tickets from ticket machines in the baggage claim area and at the bus stop, or you can buy them from the ticket office in the arrivals hall. Like the ATVO buses, you will find this bus on the left of exit B of the arrivals terminal.
Water Bus (“Alilaguna”)
One of the more scenic options is the water bus. Though it is a lengthier travel time, I would recommend this option if you are looking to really enjoy the full Venice experience. The cost for a one-way ticket is about €15, but it is slightly cheaper if you book online in advance. The boat ride takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes and they run every hour from 6:15 a.m. to 00:30 a.m. There are three separate “lines” that the water buses take: red, blue, and orange. It is important to find which line is best for you based on the location of stops for each one. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, at the pier, or at the Alilaguna ticket office at the airport. You can find the boats at the pier which is about a 10-minute walk from the airport. Turn left out of the terminal and follow the light blue signs for “transport by water”. The Alilaguna water buses are the ones with bright yellow bottoms.
Another option for boat transportation that you can look into is a water taxi, although this option tends to be very pricey so I would not recommend it if you are on a tighter budget.
If you would like more independence and freedom with your travel, another option is renting your own car for the day. The rental price per day starts at €9 for a compact car. Though this option makes traveling a bit easier for you, the process of renting a car is a bit lengthier than others due to the documents you need to provide (driving license, passport, and credit card). Additionally, you need to be at least 21 years old with at least 1 year of driving experience, so this option is more suitable for older travelers.