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Venice Airport Boats (2017-2018)

Alilaguna water buses run from Marco Polo Airport to Venice's historic center, the island of Murano, the Lido di Venezia, and the Marittima cruise terminals.



Henry James wrote that Venice was best approached by sea. That's still a good rule to follow, even in the airline era--and thanks to the Alilaguna motoscafi from Venice's Marco Polo International Airport, you can heed the novelist's advice for the cost of a local boat ticket.

Alilaguna boat at Venice Marco Polo Airport photo

ABOVE: Passengers board an Alilaguna water bus at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Alilaguna routes

During the daytime, two or three Alilaguna lines may be in operation, depending on the season and Alilaguna's current scheduling whims. The main routes are shown below. (Click the links for station descriptions, photos, and local hotel information.)

(The Alilaguna map also shows a "Linea Verde," or "Green Line," but this is a guided boat tour, not a transportation service.)

  • Tip: If all of the above seems confusing, just go to the Alilaguna ticket booth, show the location of your hotel on a map, and let the ticket clerk decide which boat you need to catch.

Fares

Adult one-way fares range from 8 to 15 euros, depending on distance, with a reduction for roundtrips on some routes. "Time tickets" (24 or 72 hours) are also available.

You'll pay an extra euro if you buy your ticket on board, and you can save a euro or two by booking online.

The fare includes transportation of  one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage. Extra bags cost 3 euros each.

If you have a VeneziaUnica (formerly iMob) stored-value card for residents and long-term visitors, show it when buying your ticket for a 50 percent "Cartavenezia" discount.

Please note:

  • Some versions of the VeneziaUnica tourist pass (formerly VeniceConnected) include Alilaguna airport transportation, but you may find it simpler just to buy a boat ticket.

  • Alilaguna is a separate company from ACTV, the transit authority that runs Venice's public water and land buses. ACTV's Tourist Travel Cards do not cover transportation on Alilaguna airport boats.

For up-to-date airport-boat timetables, fares, and a route map, click the Alilaguna link below.

  • Note: If Alilaguna doesn't stop near your hotel and you aren't on a tight budget, see Viator's Venice Transfers & Ground Transport page for information on shared and private water taxis.

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ABOVE: A couple enjoys a snuggle during the Alilaguna boat ride to Marco Polo Airport.

Buying Alilaguna tickets and boarding boats

  • After you've claimed your baggage, leave the terminal building and take the moving walkway to the boat piers.

  • Click the Alilaguna link below for current timetables. (Most routes operate at one-hour intervals, but you can kill time in the café by the pier if you've got a long wait for the next boat.)

  • Alilaguna ticket office photo at Marco Polo AirportNormally, you buy your tickets at the Alilaguna booth by the pier. (The public-transportation counter in the arrivals terminal also sells Alilaguna tickets.) If the ticket booth is closed, not to worry: Use a ticket machine, or pay the conductor on the boat for a small surcharge.

A note about luggage

When you board the boat, the conductor will take suitcases and stow them for you. At the end of the ride, get off the boat and wait for the Alilaguna staff to unload suitcases onto the pier.

Alilaguna and ACTV boat schedules

Alilaguna
Check the airport boat's site for current timetables, fares, a route map, and other information.

ACTV
Venice's public transportation system offers route maps, timetables, and other water and land bus information online. (Please note that ACTV is a separate operation from Alilaguna, with its own tickets and fares.)

Alilaguna Linea Blu airport boat photo

ABOVE: An Alilaguna Linea Blu airport boat arrives at the Zattere stop on Venice's Giudecca Canal.

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