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Venice Arrival Secrets: Smooth Transits from Airport to City

Ever wondered how to glide from Venice Airport to the city's heart, as smoothly as a gondola on its canals? Let's embark on the journey to discover the most scenic route!

Tobi Miles
August 11, 2021

A city bus, water bus, express shuttle, or taxi can take you directly from Venice Airport to Venice. Without a driver, a car rental can be arranged as well.

Venice Airport full name: Venice Marco Polo Airport

Venice Airport Travel.

By Airport Bus?

The bus ride takes approximately 30 minutes, and the bus fare is EUR 8. You will have to pay EUR 7 for the shuttle service, which will arrive at the destination in 20 minutes.

From Venice Airport by WATER Bus/Taxi?

It takes one hour and 22 minutes to travel by Venice Airport water bus (or water taxi). The cost is EUR 8. Taxis will take 20 minutes to get to the city, and fares begin at EUR 57. The distance between the airport and the city is 12 km.

Venetian airport buses are not equipped to accommodate large luggage. Tickets for buses can only be punched at a special yellow machine before boarding. A 75-minute validity period applies to them.

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Where to get an airport Water Taxi from? Venice

A spacious luggage compartment is provided in each shuttle. Venice Airport water taxis depart from a pier located 200 meters from the airport, a distance that must be covered by foot. Passengers are allowed to take one suitcase and one hand baggage.

You will be charged EUR 3 for each additional item. There is no public transportation at night.

There is, however, a 24/7 transfer service from Venice Airport.

How to get to Venice from the airport?

Getting from Venice Airport to Venice is easy via public transportation (buses, shuttles, and water buses) or private transfers. Even when public transport may not be available at night, you can reach your hotel by car.

Moreover, travel by car is often more economical than public transit, especially for large groups, families, or those with a lot of luggage.

Transfers from Venice Airport

The best travel option for you if you have a lot of luggage, if you are traveling with children or elderly relatives, or if you have a large group of friends is a private transfer to/from Venice Airport.

It is not necessary to book a vehicle in advance - you can do it online or over the phone. In 20 minutes, business-class cars will reach Venice and minibuses with up to seven passengers will cost EUR 48. For more information, visit

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Bus from Venice Airport

There is a bus running from Venice Airport to Piazzale Roma that is ACTV No5. EUR 8 should be enough for the trip that takes 30 minutes.

The ticket office in the arrivals area, ticket machines at the bus stop, and special ticket machines in the luggage claim area are where tickets can be bought. The bus tickets must be punched before leaving the airport for Venice.

Shuttle service to Venice Airport

In 20 minutes, you'll be in Piazzale Roma by taking the ATVO shuttle from the Venice Airport. There is a cost of EUR 7 for the journey. At the stops, as well as at the stands 79 and 80 in the arrivals hall, people can purchase tickets from the driver when boarding.

Airport water bus in Venice

There is a pier not far from the airport where Venice Airport's water bus (or water taxi) departs. Venice is connected to the terminal building by two lines - red and blue.

During the year, the blue line operates year-round, and the red line only operates between April and October. Venice Airport water taxis take one hour and fifteen minutes to reach the terminal and cost EUR 8.

Alilaguna tickets are available at the Alilaguna counter at the airport, at the Alilaguna booking agent in the port, and online.

How to get from Venice Airport to city

Rental cars in Venice

A driving license, a passport, and a credit card are required to rent a car without a driver at Venice Airport. In order to avoid conflicts with the police, having an IDL is a good idea.

A compact car can be rented for as little as €9 per day. The price of the package includes coverage for carjacking, collisions with motor vehicles, tolls and airport taxes. You will be subject to the latter if you rent a car at the airport on your day of arrival in Venice.

In the city center, there isn't much parking available on weekdays, so it's more convenient to park in remote areas. There are some historic districts in the city where cars aren't allowed.

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