Here are a few tips for getting to and around Venice. There are no motorized or non-motorized vehicles allowed in Venice. Walking or water transportation are the two main means of navigating this beautiful city. Be mindful that Venice has a lot of canals and stairs.
Airports: two airports service Venice / Marco Polo & Treviso
Treviso: The budget airline Ryanair services Treviso. It is a small airport and about a 40 minute bus ride from Piazzale Roma. Piazzale Roma is the mainland. If you choose to use Treviso airport because you plan to fly Ryanair you will have to take an ATVO bus from the Treviso airport to Piazzale Roma. Ticket prices per person are 12 Euro one way and 22 Euro round trip. From Piazzele Roma you will can buy a ticket on the public water bus (Actv) Line 1 to your destination in Venice. You can also hire a private water taxi. These are usually quite expensive.
The public water bus is also referred to as a Vaporetto.
TIP: If you think you might use the public water multiple times on your visit then consider buying a day or multi day pass. Link to their website below will give you ticket price options.
Marco Polo: Marco Polo is the main airport in Venice. After arriving Marco Polo you have a couple of options for transport to Venice. You can take a ATVO bus to Piazzale Roma and take the public water bus (Actv) from there – or – you can take a water bus (Alilaguna) direct to Venice.
Option 1: The cost for the ATVO bus to Piazzale Roma is 8 Euro one way or 15 Euro round trip and takes approximately 25 minutes. Once you arrive Piazzale Roma you will have to purchase a public water bus (Actv) ticket to take you on to your destination in Venice. The upside to the bus is you can catch the bus right outside the airport exit. You do not have a long walk. Once in Piazzale Roma you don’t have a really long walk either to the public water bus (Actv).
Option 2: The cost for the Alilaguna water bus is 15 Euro one way or 27 Euro round trip per person. This will take you right to the San Marco or Rialto bus (Actv) stop. At that stop you can purchase a public water bus (Actv) ticket to get to your destination in Venice. I remember it took us around 35 minutes to get to the Rialto stop. The upside to this option is you go directly to Venice without stopping at Piazzele Roma. The downside is you have a long walk to get to the water taxi.
There is a third option but it is a little pricey. You can take a private water taxi from the airport to Venice. it doesn’t make sense unless you can afford it or you have a larger group. With a group of 8 to 10 people it is about 20US each one way. You buy your ticket by the water taxis for this option.
We have experienced that on the public water bus they are not a big fan of luggage. On the Alilaguna line they expect luggage. However, people do take luggage on the public water bus – especially those going to the train station. The people running the bus just don’t love it and can be rude. On a side note the public water busses can get packed and luggage is hard to maneuver.
Train: If you arrive by train you will arrive at the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia. This station provides easy access to the public water bus. You exit the station and cross the bridge.
Car: If you arrive by car you will park in a parking garage located at Piazzale Roma and then take the public water bus from there.
Links: ATVO Website Alilaguna Actv Website also a great website with detailed information http://www.reidsitaly.com/destinations/veneto/venice/planning/to_by_car.html
Picture below is the Marco Polo airport and the line is the walk to the water transportation.
Picture below is the map for the public water bus (Actv)
NOTE: For those planning to depart Venice by Train – the train station Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia is at the Ferrovia exit. This is the last stop before Piazzale Roma and is 50 meters from the station. Train travel is very inexpensive and easy in Italy. If you have a few extra days why not travel on to Florence or Rome by train. You do not need a Euro pass to make it inexpensive.
Picture below is the stops made on the Alilaguna line coming from Marco Polo Airport.
AKA – Orange Line 🙂