Venice airport: 7 ways to reach the city [The Ultimate Guide]

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    The Venice Airport System:

    The Venice Airport System is one of the biggest and most important gateways to Venice, as it moves over 14 million passengers every year. Many airports around the world are connected to the city or cities around them via train or metro, but that is not the case for Venice! That’s why we dedicate this article to help you and your 14 million travel companions to know more about the Venice Airports and how to safely reach Venice! Ready? Let’s go!

    Which are the Airports in Venice?

    There are two passengers airports in Venice, the Marco Polo Airport in Venice (Tessera) and the Airport Antonio Canova in Treviso, or Treviso Airport. The Marco Polo airport is the biggest airport in Venice. It is used by 57 different Airline companies, and it handles over 11 million passengers every year. The Treviso Airport, which is smaller, is used by 5 different Airline companies and moves over 3 million passengers every year. [Jan 2019]

    What are the Venice Airports Codes?

    Airplane companies call both the Marco Polo and the Treviso Airport “Venice Airport.” However, airport codes help us differentiate between these two airports in Venice.
    The code of the Marco Polo Airport in Venice is VCE.
    The code of the Treviso Airport in Treviso is TSF.
    Check your plane ticket to see if you are landing at or flying from Marco Polo (VCE) or Treviso Airport (TSF).

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    Which Venice airport is actually closest to Venice?

    The Venice airport closest to the city is the Marco Polo Airport (VCE), in Tessera. The distance between this airport and Venice is 6 km by boat or 13 km by car. Treviso Airport, in Treviso, is not far away either, at just 26 km from the city.

    How can you go from the airport to Venice?

    To answer this question, we must, first of all, specify which airport we are considering, as these two Venice airports offer several different ways to reach the city. Let’s start!

    Warning. From this point on, this guide about Venice airport transfers will be fairly repetitive if you attempt to read it all. Best is to pick the scenario which fits your travel itinerary by clicking on a link below and read the info relevant to your journey!

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    Transportation in and out of Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

    Transportation from Venice Airport VCE to Venice by:

    Transportation from Venice to VCE Venice Airport by:

    Transportation in and out of Treviso Airport (TSF)

    Transportation from TSF Treviso Airport to Venice by:

    Transportation from Venice to TSF Treviso Airport by:

    Marco Polo Airport:

    After landing at the VCE Marco Polo Airport in Venice, the first decision you will have to take is whether to reach Venice overland or by water. This decision can be influenced by where in Venice you need to go next, as overland transportation cannot go further than Piazzale Roma.

    How to go to and from the VCE Marco Polo Airtport to Venice overland:

    It is possible to go to and from the VCE Marco Polo Airport to Venice overland both via public buses and via private (car) taxi.

    VCE Marco Polo Airport to Venice via buses:

    Two bus companies serve the VCE Marco Polo Airport – Venice route, ATVO (which we recommend) and ACTV.

    VCE Marco Polo Airport - Venice route via ATVO buses:

    The ATVO shuttle buses are comfortable, as they guarantee a seat to all passengers, have air conditioning, and room for luggage.
    Duration of the journey: 15 to 20 minutes.
    Prices: One-way tickets for 8 euros; roundtrip for 15 euros [Jan 2019]

    Going from VCE Venice Airport to Venice via ATVO buses:

    ATVO buses are our favorite form of overland transportation to go from the VCE Marco Polo airport to Venice

    Where to buy ATVO tickets at VCE Marco Polo Airport:

    It is possible to purchase tickets online for specific dates from the ATVO’s Web site. There, you will get a discount if you purchase more than 1 ticket.

    After the purchase, an e-mail with a PDF booking confirmation will be sent to you. Print out the PDF and use it as your ticket.

    There are also several places where to buy your ATVO tickets directly at the Marco Polo Venice Airport, too.

    You can buy them at the ATVO ticket counters in the baggage claim area and in the arrivals area, at the ticket machines in the baggage claim area and at the ATVO bus stops, or directly from the ATVO staff at the bus stop.

    It is possible to purchase tickets online for specific dates from the ATVO’s Web site. There, you will get a discount if you purchase more than 1 ticket. After the purchase, an e-mail with a PDF booking confirmation will be sent to you. Print out the PDF and use it as your ticket.

    There are also several places where to buy your ATVO tickets directly at the Marco Polo Venice Airport, too.

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    You can buy them at the ATVO ticket counters in the baggage claim area and in the arrivals area, at the ticket machines in the baggage claim area and at the ATVO bus stops, or directly from the ATVO staff at the bus stop.

    Where do the ATVO buses depart from at VCE Marco Polo Airport?

    The ATVO bus stops are located just outside the door D of your exit terminal. Look for the “Venezia Piazzale Roma” or “Venezia Express” stop.

    The ride ends at Piazzale Roma, in Venice. Always make sure that the bus you are boarding goes to Venezia Piazzale Roma and not Venezia Mestre.

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    Going from Venice to VCE Venice Airport via ATVO buses:

    ATVO buses are also our favourite form of overland transportation to go from Venice to the VCE Marco Polo Airport.

    Where to buy ATVO tickets in Venice:

    It is possible to buy tickets online for specific dates from the ATVO’s Web site. There, you will get a discount if you purchase more than 1 ticket. After the purchase, an e-mail with a PDF booking confirmation will be sent to you. Print out the PDF and use it as your ticket. You can also buy your ATVO ticket at a small ATVO store on Piazzale Roma, at a newsstand in Piazzale Roma, or directly from the ATVO staff at the bus stop.

    Where do the ATVO buses depart from in Venice?

    The ATVO buses depart from the center-back of Piazzale Roma square. There, you’ll see signs for the ATVO coaches going either to Venice Airport (VCE) or to Venice-Treviso Airport (TSF). Make sure to take the right bus! The ATVO buses are easy to recognize thanks to the fact that they are covered in a colorful design.
    The ride ends in front of Marco Polo Airport.

    VCE Marco Polo Airport - Venice route via ACTV buses:

    ACTV line number 5 connects the Marco Polo VCE Airport to Venice, with some stops along the way. The ride ends in Venice, at Piazzale Roma. Seats are not guaranteed, space for luggage is limited, and air conditioning is a lucky possibility.
    Duration of the journey: 20 to 25 minutes.
    Prices: One-way tickets for 8 euros; roundtrip for 15 euros. [Jan 2019]

    Going from VCE Venice Airport to Venice via ACTV buses:

    ACTV are not our favorite choice for land transportation since, for the same price as ATVO, they do not guarantee seating space nor space for luggage. However, they do the job, so here are the info you might need if you want to take an ACTV bus

    Where to buy ACTV tickets at VCE Marco Polo Airport:

    It is possible to buy ACTV tickets directly at the public transportation stand at the arrivals terminal. There, it is also possible to buy 1, 3, and 7-days Tourist Travel Cards which grant unlimited use of ACTV public water buses in Venice. You must validate your ticket once you get on the bus by holding it against the validation machine!

    Where do the ACTV buses depart from at VCE Marco Polo?

    The ACTV bus stops are located just outside the door D of your exit terminal. Look for bus number 5. Once you find your bus, step inside and validate your ticket!
    The ride ends at Piazzale Roma, in Venice.

    Going from Venice to VCE Venice Airport via ACTV:

    The same consideration mentioned above apply: ACTV are not our favorite buses for going from Venice to the VCE Marco Polo airport as, at the same price of ATVO buses, they do not guarantee seating space nor space for luggage.

    Where to buy ACTV tickets in Venice valid for the journey to the VCE Venice Airport

    It is possible to buy ACTV tickets either at vending machines in Piazzale Roma or directly at the ACTV building in Piazzale Roma. Make sure to ask for a ticket to the VCE Venice Airport and to validate it once you get on the bus by holding it against the validation machine!

    Where do the ACTV buses depart from in Venice?

    The ACTV bus line number 5 stop is located at the center-front of Piazzale Roma square. Once you find your bus, step inside and validate your ticket!
    The ride ends in front of Marco Polo Airport.

    VCE Marco Polo Airport - Venice route via taxi:

    Land taxis are probably not going to be your favorite choice to reach Venice from the Marco Polo Airport in Venice. However, exceptions exist, so here is the info!
    Duration of the journey: 15 minutes.
    Price: 40+ euros. Do ask your driver if extra fees apply on that day or time of the day, before boarding the car.

    Going from VCE Venice Airport to Venice via taxi:

    Taking an overland taxi might not be an interesting option for most visitors, but it may make sense for those who have a hotel which is very close to Piazzale Roma, where taxi and all land vehicles cannot proceed any further.

    Where do taxis depart from at VCE Marco Polo Airport?

    To find the taxis at VCE Venice Airport, follow the taxi signs on the arrivals level.
    The ride ends at Piazzale Roma, in Venice.

    Going from Venice to VCE Venice Airport via taxi:

    While most visitors don’t use a car taxi to reach the VCE Airport from Venice, it might make sense for those guests whose hotel is close to Piazzale Roma, where all taxis and buses depart from.

    Where do the taxis depart from in Venice?

    Taxis in Piazzale Roma square are located on the left of the Ponte della Costituzione, the modern metal, and glass bridge also known as Calatrava bridge.
    The ride ends in front of Marco Polo Airport.

    How to go to and from the VCE Marco Polo Airtport to Venice by water:

    It is possible to go to and from the VCE Marco Polo Airport to Venice by water both via public water buses and via private water taxi.

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    Like any other buses, water buses stop at different fixed locations throughout Venice. Taxis, however, will get you as close as possible to your hotel.

    VCE Marco Polo Airport - Venice route via Alilaguna water buses:

    Alilaguna water buses are comfortable, have room for luggage, and guarantee a seat to all passengers.
    Duration: 30 to 75 minutes, depending on your stop.
    Cost: one-way for 15 euros, roundtrip for 25 euros. [Jan 2019]

    Going from VCE Venice Airport to Venice via Alilaguna water buses:

    Alilaguna is our favorite choice for water transportation since it is affordable, comfortable, and we live quite close to one of the Alilaguna stops.

    Where to buy Alilaguna water bus tickets at VCE Marco Polo Airport:

    It is possible to buy Alilaguna tickets in two different locations once you reach the Venice Airport terminal. Tickets can be purchased at the “Public Transportation Tickets” window inside the arrivals hall of the Marco Polo Airport in Venice, at the Alilaguna booth at the water buses and water taxi quay, or at vending machines in both locations. If you know the stop closest to your hotel or apartment, but don’t know which line to take, it is best to buy from the stands as you will have the chance to ask for advice.

    (It is also possible to buy Alilaguna vouchers online on the Alilaguna website. However, it is then necessary to “exchange” them for a ticket at the Alilaguna counter… not so practical, is it?)

    Where do the Alilaguna water buses depart from at the VCE Marco Polo Airport?

    Alilaguna boats at Marco Polo airport in Venice are located at a pier, minutes away from the arrivals hall. After collecting your luggage and reaching the arrivals hall, simply follow the right signs and you will soon see the public boats and water taxis.
    Alilaguna stops at a few different locations in Venice. The last stop is Saint Mark’s.

    Going from Venice to VCE Marco Polo Airport via Alilaguna water buses:

    Alilaguna is our favorite choice for water transportation since it is affordable, comfortable, and we live quite close to one of the Alilaguna stops.

    Where to buy Alilaguna water bus tickets in Venice:

    It is possible to buy Alilaguna tickets in most tobacco shops and at most newspaper stands around Venice, as well as at several Alilaguna ticket offices. If you are not which line to take to reach the Venice Airport, it is best to buy from the ticket offices as you will have the chance to ask for advice.

    Another possibility is to buy two-way tickets at the Airport, therefore avoiding having to find and purchase the return tickets once in Venice.

    Where do the Alilaguna water buses depart from in Venice?

    Alilaguna lines which connect the Marco Polo airport and Venice stop in several places in the city. Line “Arancio” stops along the Cannaregio Canal and the Grand Canal, while line “ROSSO” stops at Lido, Arsenal, Saint Mark’s and Giudecca.

    VCE Marco Polo Airport - Venice route via private water taxi:

    Private water taxis are surely the fanciest, most beautiful and easiest way to reach precisely the location you need to reach, or very close to it. However, they come at a cost!
    Duration: 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your destination.
    Cost: prices start at 110 euros if the taxi is readily available.

    Going from VCE Venice Airport to Venice via private water taxi:

    While water taxis are the most expensive solution to reach your destination in Venice, they are also the fanciest, most comfortable and quickest way to get within meters of your destination at any time of the day and of the night.

    Where do private water taxi depart from at the VCE Marco Polo Airport?

    Water taxis at Marco Polo airport in Venice are located at a pier, minutes away from the arrivals hall. As for the waterbuses, after collecting your luggage and reaching the arrivals hall, simply follow the right signs, and you will soon see the public boats and water taxis.

    Going from Venice to VCE Venice Airport via private water taxi:

    As we mentioned before, this private, comfortable and fancy mean of transportation is the most expensive solution but might be worth it for you.

    Where do private water taxi depart from in Venice?

    Private water taxis can be found in the busiest areas of Venice: Rialto, Saint Mark’s and the train Station.

    Let’s now give you the information you need to reach Venice from the “Aeroporto Antonio Canova di Treviso-Sant’Angelo” or Aeroporto di Treviso TSF, the smaller airport part of the Venice Airport System and located just 26km from the city.

    TSF Treviso Airport

    After landing at the TSF Treviso Airport, you will have two different choices for reaching Venice: ATVO buses or taxis.

    TSF Treviso Airport - Venice route via ATVO bus:

    The ATVO buses are comfortable, have a seat for every passenger, air conditioning, and have room for your luggage beneath the passenger compartment. The ride ends in Venice, at Piazzale Roma.
    Duration of the journey: 1 hour, but depends on the traffic.
    Prices: One-way tickets for 12 euros; roundtrip tickets for 22 euros. [Jan 2019]

    Going from TSF Treviso Airport to Venice via ATVO buses:

    ATVO buses are our favorite form of overland transportation to go from the TSF Treviso Airport to Venice

    Where to buy ATVO tickets at TSF Treviso Airport:

    ATVO tickets to go from TSF Treviso Airport to Venice can be purchased online for specific dates from the ATVO’s Web site. There, you will get a discount if you are buying more than 1 ticket. After the purchase, an e-mail with a PDF booking confirmation will be sent to you. Print out the PDF and use it as your ticket.
    Tickets can also be bought either at the ATVO counter or at the ticket machine inside the arrivals hall of the Treviso Airport.

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    Where do the ATVO buses depart from at TSF Treviso Airport?

    ATVO buses depart from the opposite side of the street immediately outside the arrivals hall of the TSF Treviso Airport.
    The ride ends at Piazzale Roma, in Venice.

    Going from Venice to TSF Treviso Airport via ATVO buses:

    ATVO buses are also our favorite form of overland transportation to go from Venice to TSF Treviso Airport.

    Where to buy ATVO tickets in Venice

    It is possible to buy tickets online for specific dates from the ATVO’s Web site. There, you will get a discount if you purchase more than 1 ticket. After the purchase, an e-mail with a PDF booking confirmation will be sent to you. Print out the PDF and use it as your ticket. You can also buy your ATVO ticket at a small ATVO store on Piazzale Roma, at a newsstand in Piazzale Roma, or directly from the ATVO staff at the bus stop.

    Where do the ATVO buses depart from in Venice?

    The ATVO buses depart from the center-back of Piazzale Roma square. There, you’ll see signs for the ATVO coaches going either to Venice Airport (VCE) or to Venice-Treviso Airport (TSF). Make sure to take the right bus! The ATVO buses are easy to recognize thanks to the fact that they are covered in a colorful design.
    The ride ends in front of TSF Treviso Airport.

    TSF Treviso Airport - Venice route via taxi:

    Land taxis are probably not going to be your favorite mean of transportation for the TSF Treviso Airport – Venice route. However, exceptions exist, so here is the info!
    Duration of the journey: 45 minutes.
    Price: 75+ euros. Do ask your driver if extra fees apply on that day or time of the day, before boarding the car. [Jan 2019]

    Going from TSF Treviso Airport to Venice via taxi:

    While more expensive than ATVO buses, taxis do save you some time.

    Where do the taxis depart from at TSF Treviso Airport?

    Taxis are available on the opposite side of the street immediately outside the arrivals hall of the TSF Treviso Airport.
    The ride ends at Piazzale Roma, in Venice.

    Going from Venice to TSF Treviso Airport via taxi:

    Taxis are a more expensive choice compared to ATVO buses but might save you if you’re running late.

    Where do the taxis depart from in Venice?

    Taxis in Piazzale Roma square are located on the left of the Ponte della Costituzione, the modern metal, and glass bridge also known as Calatrava bridge.
    The ride ends in front of the Treviso Airport.

    As you have seen, there are several options for reaching the city from the two main airports in Venice. In particular, there are 5 different options on the VCE Marco Polo to Venice route!

    We personally use regularly either ATVO buses or ALILAGUNA boats, depending on which departs first.

    However, if it’s your first time in Venice, if you’re tired, if you really don’t know how to reach your destination, or if you just love treating yourself, going from the VCE Marco Polo Airport to Venice by taxi is an excellent choice, if you don’t mind paying the price for it.

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