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Venice Marco Polo Airport (2020)

What you need to know before arriving or departing at VCE, including advice on reaching the city by boat, bus, or taxi.

By Durant Imboden


ABOVE: An aerial view of Venice's international airport, which is built on the edge of the Venetian Lagoon. INSET BELOW: An Emirates jet arrives in Venice, and a ticket counter for Venice's public bus and boat services.

For many foreign visitors, flying to Italy means booking a ticket to Milan or Rome. And that's a shame, because Venice's Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) is often a more convenient gateway. Why? Distance to the city center is one reason. The Piazzale Roma is just 20 minutes away by land taxi or airport bus, and the Lido, the Piazza San Marco, and other locations in the historic center are easy to reach via the Alilaguna airport boat.

Venice airport landingMarco Polo Airport is also more manageable in size than its counterparts in Milan and Rome, although it can feel like a Third-World airport if you're departing on a weekend or on a day when thousands of passengers have been disgorged by cruise ships.

Consider yourself fortunate if you arrive or depart on a clear day, when views from the air can be breathtaking. You'll see the Dolomites, the Adriatic, and the Venetian Lagoon. You'll see land that's submerged at high tide, suggesting a Northern Italian version of Atlantis. And if you're on the right side of the plane, you'll see the city itself, with instantly recognizable landmarks like the Campanile di San Marco and the Grand Canal.

Arriving at VCE

ACTV and ATVO ticket officeIf you're renting a car, you'll find rental counters in the arrivals lounge. Other services include free luggage carts, public telephones, baggage storage, toilets, tourist information, hotel bookings, currency exchange, and tickets for local and regional transportation. (See the link to the Marco Polo airport's Web site below if you have questions about passenger services.)

For information on ground transportation, see our articles on airport buses, land taxis, Alilaguna water buses, and water taxis. (If you're going into the city by water, don't miss our illustrated directions to the boat piers.)

Departures from VCE

If you take the water bus or a water taxi to the airport, leave the pier and take the moving walkway to the terminal building. (Free luggage carts are near the boats.)


ABOVE: A large screen behind the information desk in the departures terminal tells where to check in for your flight.

Inside the departures lobby, you'll find limited seating and long rows of check-in desks to the left and right of the information counter and security gates. Each counter is assigned to a specific flight (shown on an electronic sign above the counter). If you don't see a counter for your flight, don't panic--it simply hasn't opened yet. (Check-in counters normally open two hours before departure.)

More tips:

photoOnce you get through security, Marco Polo's departures area is quite nice. You'll find bars and cafés, a good assortment of shops, and plenty of seating in an airy, modern, well-lit terminal. (To get away from crowds, take the escalator to the mezzanine, which has more shops, a large cafeteria, uncrowded lavatories, and tables that are handy for eating or using your laptop.)

Baggage storage

Look for the deposito bagagli, or left-luggage office, in the arrivals hall.

Airport Web site

Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo
Click the Union Jack for English-language information at the Venice airport's official Web site. If you have questions, see the airport's "Contact us" page.

Next page: Marco Polo Airport aerial photo map

In this article:
Introduction, arriving at VCE
Marco Polo Airport Aerial Photo Map

Also see:
Venice Airport Hotels
Venice Airport Boat (Alilaguna)
Directions to the Alilaguna and water-taxi piers
Venice Airport Buses
Mestre Airport Buses
Water Taxis
Land Taxis
Early-Morning Departures from Venice  Airport
Marco Polo Airport to Railroad Station
Railroad Station to Marco Polo Airport

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