"Marco Polo Airport" By plane (and then into Venice) Tip by starship
By plane (and then into Venice), Venice: 89 reviews and 130 photos
Venice's Marco Polo Airport (VCE), named after the famous explorer, is actually located on the Italian mainland in Tessera. Though it handles hundreds of thousands of passengers, or more, per year it seemed to me to be the most manageable of the 3 airports I have flown into and out of in Italy.
PLEASE NOTE A WORD OF CAUTION: For departing flights, allow several hours advance time before your flight. Check-in lines are extremely slow and long. This is particularly true on days when cruise ships are debarking passengers. We were in line for at least 1 hour or more and had only minutes to board our departing flight out of Venice although we arrived at least 2 hours early!!
Marco Polo Airport has several modes of transportation which connects it to Venice:
By taxi - Outside the airport terminal to Piazzale Roma, Venice is a journey time of approx. 20 -30 mins. and is quite expensive.
By bus - Buses leave from outside the airport terminal and cost 5 Euros pp. one-way in June, 2011. Roundtrip or return tickets were 8 Euros. Always validate your ticket by punching it in the yellow machines located near the bus stop. The bus is the most inexpensive way to reach Venice, is comfortable and efficient, and took only 20 minutes or so to reach the Piazzale Roma. (You must load your own luggage under the bus.)
By Train -
The airport connects to the nearby railway stations of Venice-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venice by scheduled bus service. Bus connections run between the Venice-Santa Lucia railway station and the airport. (Upon arriving at the Venice-Santa Lucia railway station look for the doors facing the Grand Canal. From this area, turn right for the Piazzale Roma (Sestiere Santa Croce); turn left for Sestiere Canaregio and the "Ponte Degli Scalzi" bridge.
Water Taxi and Alilaguna Waterbus - Two sources of transportation which are available but take work to get to. Most importantly, the fare between Marco Polo Airport and a hotel in central Venice can cost ?100 or more, depending on location. However, this fare maybe split with other passengers going to the same destination.
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