Venice Airport Boats
Alilaguna water buses run from
Marco Polo Airport to Venice's historic center, the island of Murano, the Lido
di Venezia, and the Santa Lucia railroad station.
ABOVE: Passengers board an Alilaguna water bus at Venice
Marco Polo Airport.
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.
During the daytime, two or 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.)
Linea Blu or Blue Line,
with stops at
San Marco Giardinetti,
Stucky before reaching the end of the line at the
Venezia Santa Lucia train station.
Linea Arancio or Orange Line,
stops at Fondamente Nove (night only),
Guglie, San Stae,
Ca' Rezzonico, and
the end station of
Santa Maria del Giglio. (This is
the line to use if you're staying along the Grand Canal.)
Linea Rossa or Red Line,
a seasonal route with
that connects the airport with the glassmaking island of
Venice's Lido beach
resort, and the Piazza San Marco
district in central Venice.
Tip: If all of the above seems confusing, just go to
the Alilaguna ticket booth, show the location
of your hotel on a map, and let the ticket clerk decide which boat you need
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
The fare includes transportation of one suitcase and
one piece of hand luggage. Extra bags cost 3 euros each.
If you have a VeneziaUnica
stored-value card for residents and long-term visitors,
show it when buying your ticket for a 50 percent discount.
Some versions of the
VeneziaUnica tourist pass (formerly
VeniceConnected) include Alilaguna airport
transportation, but you may find it simpler just to buy a boat ticket.
Alilaguna is a separate company from ACTV, the transit
authority that runs Venice's public water and land buses.
ACTV one- to seven-day travel
not cover transportation on Alilaguna airport boats.
For up-to-date airport-boat timetables, fares, and a route map,
click the Alilaguna link below.
ABOVE: A couple enjoys a snuggle during the
Alilaguna boat ride to Marco Polo Airport.
Buying Alilaguna tickets and boarding boats
Click the Alilaguna link below for
current timetables. (Most routes operate at one-hour intervals, but you
can kill time in the café by the pier if you've
got a long wait for the next boat.)
you buy your tickets at the Alilaguna booth by the pier. (The
public-transportation counter in the arrivals terminal also sells Alilaguna
tickets.) If the ticket booth is closed, or if there's a line, use the 24/7
Remember to validate your ticket before boarding the boat. For more
information, see Alilaguna's
conditons of carriage.
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
Check the airport boat's site for current timetables, fares, a route
map, and other
information. (Please note that Alilaguna also operates a variety of non-airport
boats, so just focus your attention on the Blue, Orange, and Red lines.)
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.)
ABOVE: An Alilaguna Linea Blu airport boat arrives at
the Zattere stop on Venice's Giudecca Canal.
Directory of ACTV and
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.
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
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.
How to Reach
the Alilaguna Waterbus and Water-Taxi Piers
Our step-by-step directions
for arriving airline passengers
include photos and useful tips.
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.
About the author:
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He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
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Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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