Getting Between The Venice Airport & City Center

Water taxis are the most comfortable way to get from the airport to the city center, but it is also the most expensive way to go for a couple. For a group of four or more, a water taxi may be the best value.

How do I get from the Venice airport to my ship?

You can pay a lot or a little to get between the Venice Marco Polo Airport and your hotel — or ship — in Venice. Following are four methods of transport that I have tested. My favorite is also the most expensive, by water taxi, but there are cheaper ways to do it.

The Venice Marco Polo Airport (www.veniceairport.com) is about 10 miles from the Port of Venice. Many cruise lines provide transfers, but there are alternative means of reaching the port:

  • Taxi. About 20 minutes between the airport and Piazza Roma. Expect to pay between €30 and €40. Taxis are a good choice if you’re staying near Piazza Roma and lugging two or more bags.
  • Public bus (www.actv.it) line number 5 or ATVO shuttle buses operate between Piazza Roma and the airport. The trip takes about 25 minutes to 30 minutes for €5 per person. A good choice if you’re staying near Piazza Roma or going straight to your cruise and carrying light luggage.
  • Water taxi. About 30 minutes between the airport and your hotel. Expect to pay €110 for up to five people. Some hotels may be able to get you a €100 rate. Very convenient if you are traveling with two bags or more and staying near Rialto or San Marco — or going straight to your cruise.
  • Alilaguna water shuttle. From 30 minutes to 60 minutes, possibly longer, depending on where you’re staying. Expect to pay €15 per person when purchased in advance. Buy on board for €16 per person. Best for those who don’t want to splurge for a water taxi but want to arrive and exit Venice by water. You do sit inside, and the water shuttle can be crowded and hot inside.

Note that with the water taxis and the Alilaguna, you will have to walk 7 minutes from the boat landing to the airport terminal.

Tip: For €1 per person, take the “People Mover” between the cruise terminal and Piazza Roma – comfortable, air-conditioned and easy. Much better than rolling your luggage along the sidewalks and roads.

Have we missed something? Please provide your advice or experience about getting between the Venice airport to the city center.

Also see Grand Adventures In Venice, Italy, On A Budget

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