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Venice Marco Polo Airport

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Departures from VCE

photoIf you take the water bus or a water taxi to the airport, leave the pier and follow the covered walkway to the terminal building. (Free luggage carts are near the boats.) Allow time for walking--the terminal is 7-10 minutes away on foot from the Alilaguna airport boat and water taxi piers. (See our step-by-step directions and aerial photo map.)

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ABOVE: A large screen behind the information desk in the departures terminal tells where to check in for your flight.

Inside the departures lobby, you'll find limited seating and long rows of check-in desks to the left and right of the information counter and security gates. Each counter is assigned to a specific flight (shown on an electronic sign above the counter). If you don't see a counter for your flight, don't panic--it simply hasn't opened yet. (Check-in counters normally open two hours before departure.)

Warning: Like most airport terminals, Marco Polo was designed in an era of less intensive security procedures, and both ticketing and security lines can be horrendously slow during busy periods. On one recent Monday in late October, it took us an hour just to check in. We suggest arriving at least two and a half hours before your flight--or even earlier, if you're departing on a weekend, during high season, or on a transoceanic flight.

Two more tips:

  • Some airlines (such as KLM, Air France, and Delta) require you to check in at an automated kiosk or online before taking your luggage to the counter. We like to check in at a kiosk at least three hours before flight time, which ensures that we're near the head of the line when the counter opens.

  • If you're connecting through another airport and airline to your final destination, you may find that the kiosk will issue a boarding pass only for your first flight. Don't be alarmed: When you take your luggage to the counter, the agent should be able to issue boarding passes for any additional legs of your journey.

photoOnce you get through security, Marco Polo's departures area is quite nice. You'll find bars and cafés, a good assortment of shops, and plenty of seating in an airy, modern, well-lit terminal. (To get away from crowds, take the escalator to the mezzanine, which has more shops, a large cafeteria, uncrowded lavatories, and tables that are handy for eating or using your laptop.)

Baggage storage

Look for the deposito bagagli, or left-luggage office, in the arrivals hall. To check hours and prices ahead of time, phone the Cooperativa Trasbagagli at 0412605043, scroll down to the bottom of this official page, or e-mail [email protected]

Airport Web site

Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo
Click the Union Jack for English-language information at the Venice airport's official Web site. If you have questions, see the airport's "Contact us" page.

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