There are several bus options available at Venezia Marco Polo Airport, but since Venice is a city of canals, the only buses that go all the way to the city center are actually boats!
❯ Alilaguna Water Bus
The water buses are located outside of the arrivals area - just follow the 'Water Bus' or 'Vaporetto' signs. These 'bus' boats are run by Alilaguna, and are the most comfortable and enjoyable way to reach the touristic center of Venice.
The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
A one-way ticket costs €15 (€27 return). You can get your ticket either at the airport or directly from the Alilaguna Water Bus website (you save €1 for each way if you get your ticket online).
There are three different Alilaguna water bus lines:
Both the blue and red lines stop at Piazza San Marco (San Marco Square), which is the heart of Venice city center. The orange line goes to another touristic point, Rialto, but doesn't stop at Piazza San Marco.
Operating hours are 6:10 AM-00:40 AM.
Check the departure times and operating hours for each route.
❯ ACTV Line 5 - 'Aerobus' (public wheel bus)
There's also a public, wheeled bus option available at Venice Marco Polo Airport, but keep in mind that it only goes to Piazzale Roma (the bus station and main arrival point in Venice, at the entrance to the city), near Santa Lucia Train Station.
The journey takes about 25 minutes. You can then go to Venice city center either by foot (25 minutes to Piazza San Marco) or by taking a vaporetto water bus.
The bus ticket costs €8 (€15 return), but you can also get an 'Aerobus + Nave' ticket for €14, which includes the bus and vaporetto water bus trip (and is valid for 90 minutes). You can buy your ticket at the ACTV ticket office in the airport arrivals area.
The buses depart every 30 minutes from 4:08 AM-1:10 AM. Check the line 5 bus timetable for further information.
The bus stop is located outside of the arrivals area (exit B).
❯ ATVO Express Airport Shuttle:
You can also get the wheeled ATVO Airport Shuttle from Venice Marco Polo Airport, but keep in mind that it only goes to Piazzale Roma (the bus station and main arrival point in Venice, at the entrance to the city), near Santa Lucia Train Station.
The trip to Piazzale Roma takes about 20 minutes. You can then go to Venice city center either by foot (25 minutes to Piazza San Marco) or by taking a vaporetto water bus.
A one-way ticket costs €8 (€15 return). You can book tickets at ticket counters in the arrivals terminal, at the machines in the baggage claim area/at the bus stop, from ATVO staff at the bus stop, or online (for specific dates only).
Buses depart every 30-60 minutes, depending on the time of day, from 5:20 AM-1:20 AM. You can check the exact timetable online.
The ATVO bus stop is located to the left of exit D, outside the arrivals terminal.
If your final destination is close to Santa Lucia Train Station, it's most convenient to take the wheeled ACTV line 5 bus or the ATVO Express Shuttle. However, if your final destination is closer to San Marco Square/the touristic center of Venice, taking the water bus is the most convenient option. Needless to say, the trip by water bus is also much more enjoyable!
There is no train service out of Venezia Marco Polo Airport, but should you need to reach either Venezia Mestre or Venezia Santa Lucia railway station, you can take either a bus or a taxi.
To reach Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, take ACTV bus line 5 (the trip takes about 20 minutes). Get off at Piazzale Roma (the bus station and main arrival point in Venice). From Piazzale Roma, it's then about a 5-minute walk to Santa Lucia railway station.
To reach Venezia Mestre railway station, take ACTV bus line 15 (the trip to the station takes about 20-25 minutes).
The airport bus stop is located outside of the arrivals area (exit B), in the second lane.
This is only a good route to take if you're taking a train to another city from either of these train stations, or if you're staying close to Santa Lucia Train Station; to reach the touristic center of Venice directly from the airport, water buses are a better, and much more scenic option.
❯ Water taxi:
Taking a water taxi is the most expensive option to get to Venice city center. However, if you're a group of people, it might be more convenient, as it'll drop you right at your hotel. It's also a good option if you have a very early morning flight out of Venezia Marco Polo Airport.
A typical water taxi trip costs around €59. You can book your water taxi ride in advance.
If you're not traveling in a group, you can also take a shared water shuttle for €25 (these can also be booked online).
❯ Regular (wheeled) taxi:
If your final destination is not within the city center, where there's no alternative to water buses, you can take a regular taxi. There's only one authorized taxi company available at Venezia Marco Polo Airport; you can check the fees to various destinations online.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies/drivers or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
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