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