Mestre Airport Bus
From: Mestre, Italy
From Venice Marco Polo Airport, the easiest way to reach downtown Mestre is on the , which runs between the airport and the Mestre railroad station.
The buses from early in the morning until late evening, with several departures every hour during most of the day. Travel time is only 17 minutes, and the cost is modest: 5 euros for an adult, with discounts for online booking or return travel within a week.
For a current schedule, see the "Venice Marco Polo Airport - Mestre (Fly Bus - express service)" timetable on the ATVO Web site's Bus Service Venice Marco Polo Airport page.
You'll save money if you order tickets from the ATVO Web site. Alternatively, you can buy tickets from vending machines in the airport's baggage hall or on the curb near the bus stops. A counter in the arrivals hall also sells tickets for ATVO coaches.
If you buy tickets online, you'll receive an electronic code by e-mail. Take the e-mail with the code to the ATVO counter in the airport to receive your tickets.
Finding the bus
Exit the arrivals hall at door C or D and cross to the center sidewalk. Look for a magenta sign for ATVO Bus No. 2 to the Mestre FS (railroad station).
ATVO also runs buses to Venice's Piazzale Roma and to other towns in the region, so be sure to board the "Mestre Railway" bus, which loads and unloads passengers next to the electronic sign in the top photo on this page.
Arriving in Mestre
The ATVO Fly Bus arrives at at a small, ugly cul-de-sac about 50 meters from the Mestre railway station's entrance.
If you're staying at our recommended hotels by the train station, head for the station's main entrance and cross the street at the light.
If you're staying elsewhere, get a free city map at the tourist office inside the railroad station. (Look for the tourist office on your right when you reach Platform 1).
Departing from Mestre
Buses for the airport leave from the same place where they arrive in Mestre: about 50 meters to the left of the station entrance. If you don't have a ticket, you can buy one from a machine or at the ATVO ticket booth.
Again, be sure to validate your ticket before or immediately after boarding the coach.
City buses to Mestre
ACTV, Venice's public-transit authority, runs a No. 15 city bus between Venice Marco Polo Airport and the Panorama shopping center in Marghera that stops at various points in Mestre. It's a good alternative to the ATVO bus if you're staying at a hotel on the city's outskirts. You'll need to buy an ACTV bus ticket in the airport before catching the bus. (Go to the "Public Transportation" counter or look for a ticket machine.)
The No. 15 bus runs only twice an hour, and because it's a local commuter bus, it isn't geared to travelers with luggage.
Look for the bus stop outside the arrivals hall. The bus will be orange or white with green trim, depending on the age of the vehicle. (Be sure to validate your ticket by swiping it against the electronic card reader immediately after boarding. The card reader's light will flash green when the fare is deducted from the ticket.)