Venice Airport Boat
Alilaguna Water Bus
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 motoscafi from Venice's Marco Polo International Airport, you can heed the novelist's advice for the cost of a local boat ticket.
During the daytime, anywhere from two to five Alilaguna lines may be in operation, depending on the season and Alilaguna's current scheduling whims. The main routes are:
Linea Blu or Blue Line (Airport-San Marco-Stazione Marittima), with intermediate stops at Murano Colonna, Fondamenta Nove, Ospedale, Bacini, Lido, Arsenale, San Zaccaria, San Marco, Zattere, and Giudecca (Hilton Molino Stucky) before reaching the Marittima cruise terminal.
Linea Arancio or Orange Line (Airport-San Marco) with intermediate stops at Fondamenta Nove, Madonna Dell-Orto, Guglie, San Stae, Rialto, and Sant'Angelo.
Linea Rossa or Red Line (Airport-Lido), with stops at Murano Museo and the main Lido station (S.M.E.) on its way to Lido Casino.
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.
For up-to-date airport-boat timetables, fares, and a route map, click the Alilaguna link on page 3 of this article.