Venice Marco Polo Airport
Departures from VCE
If 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.)
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:
Once 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.)
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
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