If you are flying into Venice Marco Polo Airport, there are several ways you can get to the island. The following list of transportation options will help you pick the one that best fits your needs based on travel time, cost, and convenience.
Time: 25 minutes
The fastest option to get from Venice airport into the city is by water taxi. It’ll take about 25 minutes and cost around €70-80. It’s by far the quickest and most stylish way to arrive in Venice. You can book your water taxi in advance and it’ll be waiting outside the terminal for you when you arrive.
4-star and 5-star hotels have their own jetty and the taxi can drop you off at the door. For other accommodation, the driver will drop you at the nearest public jetty.
Cost: €7-8 one-way
Time: 20 minutes to Piazzale Roma where you can catch another bus to your accommodation.
There are two different bus options that can bring you from Venice 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. A one-way ticket is €7 and the buses run every 30 minutes, from 7:50 a.m. to 00:20 a.m. You can find the bright blue buses to the left of exit B of the arrivals terminal. Buy tickets for ATVO buses online in advance or 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. At €8 it’s slightly more expensive, but runs more frequently 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. 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. Buy tickets in the baggage claim area, at the ticket office in arrivals or at the bus stop. Like the ATVO buses, you will find this bus on the left of exit B of the arrivals terminal.
Cost: €15 one-way
Time: 1hr 15mins
One of the more scenic options is the Alilaguna water bus. Though it is a lengthier travel time, this option allows you 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 runs 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. 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 Venice 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.