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It's only a few minutes from the arrivals hall to the boats via moving sidewalks, escalators, and elevators.
Buy your Alilaguna waterbus ticket at the "Public Transportation Tickets" window inside the terminal, near the exit from baggage claim and customs. (If you need a water taxi, look for the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia counter in the arrivals area.)
See our Venice airport boats article for more information on Alilaguna, or--if you're planning to use a water taxi--read our article about Venice water taxis.
Look for signs to ground and water transportation, and follow the moving sidewalk toward the Alilaguna airport-boat and water-taxi piers. The signs claim that can reach the boats in four minutes, but we'd allow a few minutes more.
During your trip by moving sidewalk, you'll need to descend an escalator to the boat piers. (Elevators are available for passengers with wheelchairs, strollers, or bulky luggage.)
As you leave the escalator or elevator, you'll enter a large covered lobby by the piers. Here, you'll find another ticket office where you can buy Alilaguna waterbus tickets or arrange private transportation by water taxi. (You can also buy Alilaguna tickets from a vending machine.)
Follow the Alilaguna Linea Blu (Blue Line), Linea Rossa (Red Line), or Linea Arancio (Orange Line) sign to your boat's pier. See the timetables near the ticket office if you aren't sure which waterbus to board.
Wait inside the building, near the pier entrance, until it's time to board. (Depending on the line and time of year, Alilaguna water buses usually depart at 30- to 60-minute intervals.)
In theory, you're supposed to validate your ticket upon boarding. In practice, the boatman will take your ticket from you, tear it, and hand it back.
The boatman may ask your destination (e.g., "San Marco" or "Rialto"), and if he doesn't, it's a good idea to tell him unless you're getting off at a major stop.
Water taxis arrive and depart at other piers along the hallway. (The pier in this photo is No. 11.)
When you book a water taxi inside the airport, the agent will give you a voucher and tell you the number of the pier where your boat will be waiting.
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