Alilaguna and Water Taxis
at Venice Marco Polo Airport
How to reach the boats
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 Lagoon.
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:
For 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 this page.
Finally, if 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
Go outside the Arrivals terminal and turn left. Walk to the end of the terminal's sidewalk and look for the sign for water taxis and the Alilaguna water bus. The walkway to the piers is straight ahead, beyond the brick column in the photo above.
You'll also see a sign for the very expensive porter service outside the terminal. Unless you're desperate, roll your wheeled suitcase behind you or get a luggage trolley. (You'll need a coin to unlock a luggage trolley; see our Venice Airport Luggage Carts article for details.)
Follow the covered walkway to the piers. The sidewalk is flat, so you can easily roll your wheeled suitcase or trolley.
Allow 7 minutes for the walk, or a bit more if you're tired and burdened with heavy luggage.
After 7 minutes or so, you'll reach the "Water Taxi to Venice" pier. If an attendant is on hand, say that you want a water taxi; otherwise, go to the pier and negotiate directly with a boat driver. The fare to Venice can easily be €110 or more, depending on the location of your hotel and how many people are traveling with you.
For more information on hiring water taxis, see our Venice Water Taxis article.
If you want to take the much less expensive Alilaguna airport boat to Venice, continue to Step 4:
Continue past the Water Taxi piers to the "Alilaguna Lines" ticket kiosk, where you can buy a one-way or roundtrip ticket to Venice (assuming that you haven't already done so). If the ticket booth is closed, you can buy your ticket on the boat for a small surcharge.
When your boat arrives, wait for the passengers to get off, then board when instructed to do so. (Be sure that you're boarding the right boat; look for the color-coded route sign.)
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.
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.
If you need a ticket, look for a ticket booth at or near the boat landing. (Some stops have Alilaguna booths; at others, you can buy an Alilaguna ticket to the aeroporto at the Actv public-transit ticket kiosk. If the booth is closed, you can pay the ticket collector on the boat for a small surcharge.)
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