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Getting from Venice Airport to City Centre of Venice

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How to get from Venice Airport to Venice City

Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic sea. The lagoon area has no roads, just canals and it is connected to the mainland via a 4 km bridge, the “Ponte della Liberta”. At the end point of this bridge within the Lagoon area is Piazzale Roma, the final point accessible with a road vehicle. The lagoon area is accessible only via sea transportation directly from the airport or a combination of road transport up to Piazzale Roma and then sea transfer -or walking- within the Lagoon area. Sea transport options directly from the VCE airport include either a private boat taxi, a shared boat taxi or the public ferry. However if you select one of these options you may encounter delays due to changes in the airports’ sea level. The most reliable option to reach the lagoon would be the combination of road transport up to Piazzale Roma and then sea transport within the Lagoon. Possible alternatives to reach Piazzale Roma from VCE airport are either a road taxi or a bus. From there, either hail a boat taxi, take the “Vaporetto” (sea bus) or walk. However, booking a combined transfer including a road taxi and a sea taxi is advised, to avoid frustration and delays. The most convenient transfer option is to take a taxi to Piazzale Roma and then get a water taxi to your destination in the Lagoon. The taxi to Piazzale Roma is 40€ and the trip takes 20 minutes. Your second option is to take a water taxi from the airport to the Cruise Terminal in Venice. This will cost approximately 100€ for 4 people and the journey duration will be 35 minutes. Your private water taxi can also take you elsewhere in the Venice Lagoon. Travelling by public ferry from VCE to Venice is 15€ and it takes 40 minutes. If you choose to travel by bus, you can board bus no 5. The ticket is 8€ and the journey takes 25 minutes. Finally, there's a shuttle bus option from Venice Airport to Piazzale Roma, where all road and rail transport stops. The shuttle bus journey will take approximately 20 minutes and the fare will be 8€. To continue your trip after arriving at Piazzale Roma or the nearby Cruise Terminal you have to use the water transport system and either board a private water taxi or the public vaporetto ferry.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €40 20min 24/7
Water Taxi €100 35min 24/7
Bus €16 25min 04:08–01:34
Public Ferry €30 40min 06:15–00:30
Shuttle Bus €16 20min 24/7

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How to get from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice city by taxi

Taxis are readily available at Marco Polo airport 24/7 and can be found waiting in a line as you exit the terminal. Official Venice taxis are white in colour with a light saying Taxi on top, however, the stickers and decorations on the side aren't the same in all vehicles. Venice Marco Polo Airport taxis offer a fixed fare of 40€ to Piazzale Roma from the airport when 4 passengers with one suitcase each travel. In normal to light traffic conditions the journey will take 20 minutes. To continue your trip after you arrive at Piazzale Roma you need to get either a water taxi or the ferry, as there is no other transport option for the islands in the Venice Lagoon. Water taxis and the ferry stop at the Piazzale Roma dock, where the Cruise Terminal stop is located. To continue with a private water taxi to the rest of the Lagoon the fare is approximately 80€, whereas with the ferry it´s 8€ or 10€ per person depending on your Venice destination.

Taxi fare from Venice Marco Polo Airport to city centre

Taxis at Venice Marco Polo Airport charge with a fixed fare of 40€ for trips to Piazzale Roma. For other taxi routes, taxis are metered and you pay on arrival. You can prebook an airport taxi online through the RadioTaxi VENEZIAeMESTRE website or get one on arrival at the airport of Venice.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM VCE TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
€ 40
€ 40
20 min
FROM VCE TO CITY CENTRE
€ 40
€ 40
20 min
FROM VCE TO MESTRE
€ 35
€ 35
16 min

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Convenience

Taking a taxi from Venice Marco Polo Airport is the most convenient option as they are available 24/7. No matter what time of day you land, you can hop into a taxi and make your way directly to the city centre of Venice. There's also ample room for your luggage and personal items to be stored securely.

Editor’s Note

If you are carrying a lot of luggage you may want to opt for a larger, mini-van sized car as luggage isn't usually allowed in the seating area of standard sized taxis.

Useful Tips

Make sure you carry cash in Euros as some taxis at Venice Marco Polo Airport don't accept cards.
Make sure your taxi has an up-to-date licence and a functional meter on display.
Remember to account for the cost of getting to the rest of the Laggon via vaporetto or private water taxi after arriving at Piazzale Roma.

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How to get from Venice Airport to city centre by water taxi

Using a water taxi for your Venice city centre transport from Marco Polo Airport is a distinctive way of travelling. To get to the Venice Lagoon from the airport you need to get to the water docks where water taxis operate. A private water taxi for the Lagoon from the airport will approximately be 90-110€. If you prefer to take a shared water taxi the cost will be appproximately 35€ per passenger. It takes 30-40 minutes to reach Venice by water taxi from Venice Marco Polo Airport.

How much is the water taxi from Venice Airport to the city centre of Venice?

The water taxi fare from VCE to Venice and the rest of the Lagoon will approximately be 100€ when you board a private water taxi. If you prefer to get a shared water taxi service, the fare per person will be around 35€ per passenger. You can hire a water taxi at the airport counters or pay for the water taxi in cash before you get on board. There are extra charges for additional luggage.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM VCE TO VENICE
€ 40
€ 40
35
FROM VCE TO LIDO
€ 40
€ 40
35
FROM VCE TO MURANO
€ 35
€ 35
35
FROM VCE TO LAGOON
35

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Convenience

Choosing a water taxi for your transport from the airport of Venice to the Lagoon is not the most convenient transport option. Crowded services for shared rides means there is not much space for luggage and you may travel cramped. Whereas space is not a problem for private water taxis, the fare is significantly higher. Additionally, there are frequent delays at the airport docks as the water levels at the airport area fluctuate a lot and it is very common for water taxis to be unable to anchor.

Editor’s Note

There are luggage restrictions in effect with the majority of water taxi companies. If you travel with heavy or bulky luggage you may be unable to board.

Useful Tips

If you want to feel the experience of a water taxi, it is better to travel via a conventional transport option to Venice and then hire a water taxi to the rest of the Lagoon.
Travelling with children from the airport of Venice to the Lagoon using a water taxi is not the safest option. Consider alternative ways of transport for your trip to Venice.

How to get from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice city by bus

To reach the city centre of Venice from Marco Polo (VCE) airport you can take bus no 5 operated by Actv. The bus stops at the Piazzale Roma terminal in the city centre of Venice and buses leave the airport every 15' Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sundays. The ticket is 8€ and journey duration is 25 minutes. To continue your trip to the rest of the Lagoon, you need to either take the ferry (vaporetto) or a water taxi. The ferry fare is 80€ and the private taxi fare is 9€ per person on average depending on your final stop. You can board these water transport options at the cruise terminal next to Piazzale Roma.

How much is the bus from Venice Marco Polo Airport to city centre?

Bus 5 to Venice costs 8€ one-way from Venice Marco Polo Airport. When booking a return journey the ticket price is 15€.
You can get tickets to the bus online, at the automatic machines located at the airport or at the Alilaguna water transport office located at Venice Airport Arrivals.

Cost

8€

Trip Duration

25 Min.

*Traffic conditions and busy services can cause delays.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Actv public bus runs every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sundays. Buses operate 4.08am-1.34am every day.

Where do I get it from?

Bus line 5 leaves from the bus terminal located just outside Arrivals Hall between Exits 1 and 2. You will see the bus to Venice as you exit the airport terminal. Buses leave roughly every 15 minutes.

Convenience

As bus no 5 doesn't operate 24/7, if you arrive at late night, you may have to wait a few hours until the bus starts running again. Also, if you carry luggage, it can be a little challenging to find storage space on the bus, as the service tends to be crowded. This is a public bus, which means it makes several stops along the way to Venice, which can increase travel time.

Editor’s Note

Consider booking a combined bus+water transport ticket for 14€. This way you can get to Piazzale Roma by bus and then continue your journey by water using water transport to the rest of Venice islands in the Lagoon.

Useful Tips

You must validate your bus ticket at the machines before you ride the bus.
If you are carrying lots of luggage, it may be a better idea to take a large taxi as there is limited space for luggage on the bus.
Children up to 6 years old travel for free on board bus no 5 to Venice from VCE.
The final cost for your trip to your Venice Lagoon destination will be higher when calculating the cost of getting a water taxi or the public ferry afterwards.

How to get from Venice Airport to Venice city by public ferry

For a more affordable water transport option, you can take the vaporetto public ferry from the airport of Venice to the city centre of Venice. Alilaguna is the public ferry operator at the airport of Venice, operating Monday to Sunday all year long. There are different lines in operation. For the centre of Venice, you can take the blue or the orange line. If you travel to Murano, the blue line will take you there as well. Tickets from the airport of Venice to the city centre using the public ferry are 15€ per person for a single journey and the duration is 40 minutes. Ferries leave the airport dock every 30 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes after 10pm. If you wish to continue your trip to the rest of the Lagoon, bear in mind the fare from the airport is 15€ for Lido and Venice and 8€ for Murano.

How much is the public ferry ticket from Venice Airport to the city centre of Venice?

A single journey ticket to the city centre of Venice is 15€ for a single passenger when travelling with 1 piece of luggage plus 1 hand luggage. When booking online, a single ticket costs 14€, while for a return journey tickets cost 27€ and 25€ respectively. There is a 3€ fee for every additional piece of luggage. Tickets to Murano are cheaper. They cost 8€ for a single journey and 15€ for a return journey from the airport of Venice. You can buy tickets online through the Alilaguna website, at the Venice Airport Terminals, at the ticket machines located at the dock, or on board using cash.

Cost

15€

Trip Duration

40 Min.

*There are more fare options for a more affrordable trip. Purchasing online and booking a return journey can reduce the final fare.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Alilaguna ferries from Venice Marco Polo Airport are available Monday to Sunday as follows: Blue Line 6.15am-12.30am and Orange Line 7.45am-11.45pm.

Where do I get it from?

Public ferries are available Monday to Sunday at Venice Airport. To take the ferry to Venice, you need to follow the blue signs to "Water Transport". They will lead you to the first floor of the airport, where you will find the Moving Walkway, an elevated escalator pathway that will take you straight to the docks.

Convenience

Public ferries offer a frequent and affordable public service from the airport of Venice to the main central locations in Venice. Although it is a unique way of travelling, weather and sea conditions may affect your trip or even make it impossible. Due to water level fluctuations, delays are very common. Also, if you carry lots of luggage, you may want to search for alternative transport options to the city centre of Venice.

Editor’s Note

Timetables are indicative and refer to the Winter 2019-2020 period. Timetables for the Alilaguna ferries are published seasonally and are available online.

Useful Tips

Remember to validate your ticket at the ticket machines before embarking on the ferry. Keep your ticket for the whole journey duration.
Children up to 5 years old travel for free when a valid ID is presented and at least one adult accompanies them.
Baby strollers and prams can be carried on board without extra charge. It is recommended to confirm with the ferry officials before embarking.
If you plan on using the public ferry system often, you can consider purchasing a 24h, 48h or 72h ticket.

How to get from Venice Airport to city centre by shuttle bus

For a direct trip to Venice, you can also take the shuttle bus from Venice Marco Polo Airport. The shuttle bus service is offered by Autostradale and the line taking you to Venice is no 35. The line operates 24/7 during high season and 5.20am-12.50am during low season. There is a shuttle bus leaving every 20 minutes and the journey duration to Piazzale Roma in the centre of Venice is 20 minutes under normal traffic conditions. A single shuttle bus ticket costs 8€ and a return journey is 15€. From Piazzale Roma, you can then continue your journey to your destination either on foot or by boarding a water taxi or ferry from the Piazzale Roma ferry terminal, a 2-minute walk from the shuttle bus station. The vaporetto ferry to the rest of the Lagoon is either 8€ or 10€ per passenger depending on your final stop and the water taxi will be around 80€.

How much is the shuttle bus ticket from Venice Airport to the city centre of Venice?

The shuttle bus ticket to Venice city centre is 8€ for a single journey and 15€ for a return journey when booked together. When 10 or more passengers make a single collective booking, the ticket price per person is 6€ for a single journey. You can get your shuttle bus tickets to Venice from Marco Polo Airport either online or on location at the airport. There are automatic machines and counters located at the baggage claim areas and the departure bays. Some airlines also sell shuttle bus tickets in flight.

Cost

8€

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*When more than 10 people make a single booking, ticket price reduces to 6€ per person.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Shuttle bus line 35 operates every 20 minutes Monday to Sunday. During high season there's a 24/7 service. During low season the timetable is as follows: 5.20am-12.50am every day.

Where do I get it from?

You can take the Autostradale shuttle bus line 35 from the airport of Venice. Shuttle buses leave every 20 minutes from the shuttle bus bay area located between the two airport exits. You will see the signs and buses to Venice as soon as you exit the airport terminal.

Convenience

Choosing the shuttle bus for your Venice transport from VCE is a rather convenient transport option. Buses leave frequently from the airport and the ticket is very affordable. There is ample space for luggage and journey duration is just 20 minutes under normal traffic. WiFi on board is also helpful to organise the rest of your journey after arriving at Piazzale Roma downtown. There can be small delays due to frequency and traffic.

Editor’s Note

For more information on the timetable and ticket options, consult the shuttle bus staff at Marco Polo Airport. They will be able to help you with your Venice transport.

Useful Tips

Pets are welcome on board the shuttle bus to Venice. Before bringing your little friend to Venice, confirm with Autostradale about regulations.
Shuttle bus timetables are seasonal and frequency changes between high and low season depending on demand. During low season there are fewer late night routes.
Remember to validate your tickets at the stamping machines before boarding the shuttle bus.
You need to walk to the Cruise Terminal close to Piazzale Roma to continue your trip in the Lagoon via water transport.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Marco Polo Airport to Venice?

Taxis from Venice Marco Polo (VCE) Airport to Venice Piazzale Roma are 40€ for up to 4 passengers.

How do I get from Marco Polo Airport to Venice City Centre?

You have five options to reach the city centre of Venice from Marco Polo airport: water taxi, ferry, taxi, bus and shuttle bus. To continue to the rest of the Lagoon after arriving at Piazzale Roma you only have two options: water taxi and ferry.

Can you drive in Venice?

Driving is not possible in Venice nor in the rest of the Lagoon islands. Cars can only reach Piazzale Roma and then you need to board a water taxi or ferry to continue your trip in the Lagoon.

How do you get around in Venice Italy?

Getting around Venice and the Venice Lagoon is only possible via water taxi or ferry. Due to the extensive canal network and the geomorphological peculiarity of the Lagoon isles, road or rail transport is not possible.

How much does the vaporetto cost in Venice?

The ticket to get to Venice from the airport using the vaporetto public ferry is 15€. To get to Murano from the airport it's 8€, while in-Lagoon routes cost 9€ on average.

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