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Alilaguna and Water Taxis
at Venice Marco Polo Airport

Alilaguna airport pier photo

ABOVE: An Alilaguna airport water bus awaits passengers at Venice's Marco Polo Airport. INSET BELOW: A Venice water taxi.

How to reach the boat piers from the arrivals terminal

Water taxi photoIt's easy to take an Alilaguna water bus or a water taxi from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. The tricky part is finding your way to the boat pier, which is some distance from the terminal on the edge of the Venetian Lagoon.

In the step-by-step directions below, you'll see photos and captions that show exactly how to reach the water-taxi and Alilaguna piers.

Where to purchase tickets:

  • Buy Alilaguna water bus tickets at the "public transportation" counter inside the arrivals terminal or at the booth near the pier (see below).  If you prefer, you can save a euro or two by ordering tickets online and exchanging your printed voucher for tickets at the airport.

  • You can hire a water taxi at the Consorzio Motoscafi desk in the arrivals terminal (immediately after exiting baggage and customs). The agent will give you a voucher, which you'll hand to the driver at the taxi pier.

For more information on Venice Marco Polo Airport water and ground transportation, click the links to related articles in the navigation table at the bottom of this page.

Finally, if you're arriving at Treviso Airport, which is used by Ryanair and several other budget airlines, see our article on Treviso Airport Buses.

Step-by-step directions to the boat piers

Arrivals terminal photo

Step 1:

sign photoGo outside the Arrivals terminal and turn left. Walk to the end of the terminal's sidewalk and look for the sign for water taxis and the Alilaguna water bus. The walkway to the piers is straight ahead, beyond the brick column in the photo above.

porter service photoYou'll also see a sign for the very expensive porter service outside the terminal. Unless you're desperate, roll your wheeled suitcase behind you or get a luggage trolley. (You'll need a coin to unlock a luggage trolley; see our Venice Airport Luggage Carts article for details.)

Venice airport photo

Step 2:

sign photoFollow the covered walkway to the piers. The sidewalk is flat, so you can easily roll your wheeled suitcase or trolley.

Allow 7 minutes for the walk, or a bit more if you're tired and burdened with heavy luggage.

Consorzio Motoscafi photo

Step 3:

water taxi photoAfter 7 minutes or so, you'll reach the "Water Taxi to Venice" pier. If an attendant is on hand, say that you want a water taxi; otherwise, go to the pier and negotiate directly with a boat driver. The fare to Venice can easily be €110 or more, depending on the location of your hotel and how many people are traveling with you.

For more information on hiring water taxis, see our Venice Water Taxis article.

If you want to take the much less expensive Alilaguna airport boat to Venice, continue to Step 4:

Alilaguna ticket office photo

Step 4:

Continue past the Water Taxi piers to the "Alilaguna Lines" ticket kiosk, where you can buy a one-way or roundtrip ticket to Venice (assuming that you haven't already done so). If the ticket booth is closed, you can buy your ticket on the boat for a small surcharge.

Please note:

  • Alilaguna has several routes, so you'll need to know your destination. See our Venice Airport Boat article for more information and consult the timetables at Alilaguna's Web site.

  • You won't need to buy a ticket if you've pre-purchased a Venice Connected pass with Alilaguna transportation included; see our Venice Connected article for details.

  • Most Alilaguna water buses run at one-hour intervals, so you may have to wait a while for a boat. If you're hungry, tired, or cold, buy a coffee or snack in the café just beyond the boat pier.

Venice airport pier photo

Step 5:

When your boat arrives, wait for the passengers to get off, then board when instructed to do so. (Be sure that you're boarding the right boat; look for the color-coded route sign.)

Alilaguna pier photo

Step 6:

As you board the boat, the Alilaguna crew may take your suitcases,  which you can collect when you disembark. Otherwise, stow your luggage in the boat's embarkation area behind the pilot.

Some Alilaguna boats have two cabins. The aft cabin is larger and has better views; the forward cabin is narrower and tapers toward the bow.

During the trip to Venice, you'll catch glimpses of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, passing water taxis, and--if you're lucky--an occasional fishing boat, rowboat, or barge.

Fondamente Nove photo

ABOVE: An Alilaguna Linea Blu boat collects passengers at the Fondamente Nove.

Step 7 - Returning from Venice:

If you took the Alilaguna boat from the airport to Venice, getting back to the airport will be easy: Just retrace your steps and catch a boat at the platform where you disembarked.

Otherwise, check our Venice Airport Boat article and the Alilaguna timetable and find the boat landing closest to your hotel, apartment, hostel, etc. Allow plenty of time to reach the boat landing.

If you need a ticket, look for a ticket booth at or near the boat landing. (Some stops have Alilaguna booths; at others, you can buy an Alilaguna ticket to the aeroporto at the Actv public-transit ticket kiosk. If the booth is closed, you can pay the ticket collector on the boat for a small surcharge.)

Related articles:
Venice Airport Boat (Alilaguna water bus)
Venice Water Taxis
Venice Marco Polo Airport


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