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
Look for signs that point you toward the boat piers.
water buses and private water taxis are at the
same location, so follow the same signs for both.
In this context, the word "vaporetto" refers to
Alilaguna airport boats, not the ACTV public water buses that operate
within the city of Venice.
Pick up a free luggage trolley if you need one. (Look for
them as you leave the terminal.)
Follow the covered walkways to the Alilaguna and
water-taxi piers. (In the future, when the airport's improvements are
completed, a moving sidewalk will make the trip even easier.)
After seven minutes or so, you'll reach an Alilaguna
ticket office, where you can buy an airport waterbus ticket to Venice from the
ticket office or a vending machine. (Tickets are also available at counters
inside the terminal or from the Alilaguna
Step 5 (water taxis):
If you're going to Venice by private
water taxi, continue past the Alilaguna ticket
office to the row of numbered water-taxi piers.
Go to the pier indicated on the voucher that you received
from the water-taxi counter inside the arrivals terminal. (A boat should be
waiting for you.)
You'll need to hand your luggage to the driver, who'll stow
it in the water taxi and help you board.
Step 5 (Alilaguna airport boats):
If you're traveling to Venice by Alilaguna water bus,
continue past the water-taxi piers to the floating platform for
Linea Arancio, or
(summer only) Linea Rossa.
When the water bus arrives, let disembarking
passengers get off and wait for an Alilaguna employee to let you on the
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 timetables to
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 dedicated Alilaguna ticket windows; at others,
you can buy Alilaguna tickets from ACTV ticket clerks or nearby tobacco shops or
newsstands. If you're unable to buy a ticket, you can pay the ticket collector on the boat for a small
Updated April, 2016