Venice Airport Buses
Continued from page 2
ABOVE: An ACTV No. 5 "Aerobus" waits for
passengers in Venice's Piazzale Roma. INSET BELOW: An ACTV electronic ticket
reader. (Hold your ticket in the center of the circle until a green light comes
ACTV "Aerobus" to Piazzale Roma
ACTV is the public-transportation agency for Venice and its mainland suburbs.
Its transit routes include the Linea 5 "Aerobus," which runs frequently between
the airport and the city from about 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. and costs €6 one-way or
€11 roundtrip. (See
timetable in PDF format.)
Travel time from Marco Polo Airport to the Piazzale Roma is approximately 20 to
25 minutes, depending on traffic and how often the bus needs to stop for local
Because this bus costs nearly as much as the faster and more comfortable ATVO
bus, it may seem like the lesser value. However, there are two reasons why it
may be worth considering, especially if you don't have much luggage:
The "Aerobus" stops at hotels along the road from Marco Polo
Airport (though you probably won't want to stay at those isolated hotels
unless you have a car), and...
You can buy an "Aerobus + Nave" ticket for €12 that combines
the bus ride and a vaporetto
water bus to or from the Piazzale Roma in Venice. This will save
you a small amount of money, and--more important--it will save you from
having to stand in line for a vaporetto ticket if you're arriving at the
Piazzale Roma from the airport. (The ticket is good for 90 minutes, so
transfer to a water bus promptly after arriving in the city.)
Warning: You'll need to
carry your luggage into the bus with you, and the bus may be crowded
with local commuters. (On the plus side, the bus has a low floor and may be
easier to board than the ATVO coach if you have trouble climbing steps.)
Where to buy tickets at the airport:
You can buy ACTV single-fare tickets at the
public-transportation booth in the arrivals terminal, which also sells 12-hour
to 7-day ACTV Tourist Travel Cards, ATVO coach tickets, etc.
Tip: If you purchase an
ACTV Tourist Travel Card, you
can buy No. 5 "Aerobus" tickets for use in combination with the card
at a discounted price of €4 one-way or €8 roundtrip.
(This is a good deal only if you want to validate and use the Tourist Travel
Card on your day of arrival, and if you're returning to the airport before
the Tourist Travel Card's validity period has expired.)
Once you have your ticket, head for the sidewalk in front of the
terminal and look for the ACTV stop. Wait for the No. 5 bus. (The route number
and destination are shown on an LED display on the front of the bus.)
after boarding the bus,
validate your ticket. (If you have the new
card-shaped ACTV/Hellovenezia ticket, hold it up to the electronic card reader
on the bus and wait for a green light; if you have a small old-style cardboard
ticket, insert it in the yellow stamping machine.)
The No. 5 bus will stop a number of times on the 20-minute trip
into Venice, so stay on board until you've crossed the causeway and reached the
end of the line. For more information, visit the
ACTV Web site.
Note: To take the No. 5 bus from Venice
to the airport, buy a ticket at the tile-roofed Hellovenezia building
in the Piazzale Roma or at a ticket machine.
Alternatively, you can buy ACTV bus tickets ahead of time at at tobacco
shops and many newssstands. (Be sure to validate your ticket before or
immediately after boarding the bus, which is usually parked along the front
of the square near a newsstand.)
Venice Airport Buses - Introduction
The premier travel-planning site
for Venice, Italy since 1997
Too many bridges, too little time?
Choose from handpicked Venice hotels (in all
price ranges) within 0,
1, or 2 bridges of airport buses, taxis, trains, cruise piers, and
airport-boat stops. We show maps, directions, booking
links, and hotel Web sites.
» Click for
Venice for Cruisers:
Need a car in Europe?
guarantees the lowest rental
rates for standard cars, sports cars, SUVs, luxury cars,
chauffered sedans, and RVs. Its Web site also has driving information
for 38 countries.
you live outside the EU, a
Peugeot tourist lease can be cheaper than renting.
Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include
Short-term car leasing.