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Venice Airport Boat (2017-2018)

Alilaguna Water Bus

Alilaguna airport boat photo

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



By Durant Imboden

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 routes

During the daytime, two to 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.)

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:

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

photo

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

Buying Alilaguna tickets and boarding boats

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.

Related articles

Directory of ACTV and Alilaguna Stops
Our guide has dedicated pages with maps, photos, and other information for 76 waterbus stations in Venice and the Venetian Lagoon--including the Alilaguna and water-taxi piers at Marco Polo Airport.

Hotels near Alilaguna Stops
With this page from our Venice Hotel Directions guide, you can find hotels (with maps and walking directions) for any Alilaguna airport-boat route and stop.

Venice Marco Polo Airport
VCE has a large, modern terminal building and flights to cities on four continents. Best of all, it's just 6 km (4 km) from Venice's historic center by boat, taxi, or bus.

Venice Airport Buses
If you decide against the boat, here's how to take the ACTV city bus or ATVO airport  bus to the Piazzale Roma.

Arriving in Venice
Tips on reaching the city center from the railroad station and mainland highways, together with abridged information on the airport boat.


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