We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

In Venice tomorrow, help.

New York City, New...
Level Contributor
231 posts
11 reviews
Save Topic
In Venice tomorrow, help.

I'm flying early tomorrow morning from Barcelona to Venice. I'm staying right near the Giglio vappretto stop. Can any one tell me How to get there from Marco polo airport? Grazie

Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
1,969 posts
Save Reply
1. Re: In Venice tomorrow, help.

There are 3 ways: 1- water taxi, 2-bus from airport to Piazalle Roma then vaporetto #1 to Guglie stop or 3- the aliguana to San Marco and vaporetto #1 to Guglie stop:

I copied this from the Arriving and Departing topic on the Venice forum page:

Water Route:

Water transfer into the historical center is a ten minute walk from the arrivals hall to the dock areas. Note that there is quite a walk - a little under 500 yards - (with baggage!) from the Arrivals Hall exit outside to your left through the airport grounds to the boat departure point. Yes they do provide, for most of the time, a long shelter covering but you occasionally end up crossing a road. At busy times there are porters who for a fee will load your baggage on a trolley and push it for you. It's certainly doable independently; just be prepared for the hike! If you are disabled, or have heavy luggage you can take a taxi round the airport roads. Sadly the shuttle bus has been discontinued. The luggage trolleys are self-service and require a one euro coin deposit, which can be recouped upon leaving the trolley at the dock area.

The ACTV water bus (vaporetto ferries) do not directly serve Marco Polo airport, but there are the following alternatives:

Alilaguna ferry to Venice: if you need to go to Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) or a limited number of other locations in historic Venice, including the northern areas of Cannaregio, the Cruise ship terminal, or the Lido, you can purchase a Venice airport ferry ticket at the Alilaguna booth in the Arrivals area - www.alilaguna.it. Alilaguna fares for the 'normal' ferries, which take about 1 hour 20 minutes to reach San Marco via Murano Colonna and the Lido on the Blu line, or slightly less on the "Arancio" (Orange) line via the Grand Canal are:

Murano  - € 7

All Venice stops/Lido/Stazione Marittima - € 15. 

Note that Alilaguna is a private company, so ACTV passes cannot be used on Alilaguna boats or vice versa. Also, the routes changed in early 2011 so the "Rosso" (Red) line which previously arrived to Piazza San Marco now only goes as far as Lido, while the "Blu" line has increased its frequency, roughly doubling the number of runs.

It is possible to purchase both one-way and return tickets on line in advance, discounted at www.venicelink.com, if at least one week in advance, at Venice Connected. There are also discounted prices for groups of twenty people or more.

AirportLink: This is a recently introduced service provided by Alilaguna. It is NOT a private water taxi. It is an exclusive shared boat service from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the major point of interests in Venice centre.

The price is €27 per person. This is a shared launch and not an exclusive water taxi so a minimum of 2 passengers are required and the launch may wait for as much as 40 minutes to fill up. Nevertheless you can enjoy a water  transfer across the lagoon to near to your hotel. But the launch may well be making stops at other traveller's destinations as it is a shared service. It is faster than the normal Alilaguna ferry once you have finally departed at a little more than the Alilaguna public lines' price.  You reach central Venice in just 30 minutes!

Airport Link service is not a private water taxi, so it usually stops nearby to the hotels, one by one, depending on the ultimate destinations of your fellow travellers. If you need to reach the private pier of your hotel without intermediate stops, do consider a transfer by private water taxi.


Private Water Taxi  to Venice: If you're loaded with luggage, or if you're traveling in a group, you may want to hire a private water taxi directly to your hotel or, if it does not have canal frontage, to the canal side closest to your hotel. These can be booked on arrival at the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia desk in the Arrivals Hall at Marco Polo. The hire charge includes up to 4 passengers and all their luggage.  Extra passengers up to the limit of the water taxi (12 or 16) carry a very small surcharge - the official rate is €1.60. Official water taxi fares are posted on the Venice City Hall website (Italian page with multilanguage links).

If the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia desk is closed you can walk to the landing stage and hire a private water taxi directly there. There are usually several waiting to be hired. Beware: although all water taxis are metered, many drivers will pretend not to have a meter, and may ask extortionate prices. You should not have to pay more than €80 - 120 for the launch, depending on how far you are travelling.  Note you shouild never be quoted a price per passenger. Be guided accordingly.

If you wish to book a private water taxi in advance of your arrival at Marco Polo, or for any other journey around the Venetian canals or lagoon, you can do so on the Consozio website - www.motoscafivenezia.it . This website states "The Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia was formed by the leading taxi operators in town and now has more than 100 Water Taxis at its disposal. All water taxis are radio linked to the central operations with a sophisticated GPS system, which enabling the fast location of all taxi boats thus reducing waiting times. The Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia consists of several small professional companies, offering a service covering the entire Venice lagoon 24 hours a day."

There is also the VeniceLink service which offers fixed-price transfers by water taxi: €85 one-way to/from Venice; €160 return trip. Transfers are also offered to/from the cruise port. For an additional €45, a "meet-and-greet" package is available, providing assistance with luggage. For further information, see Venice Link


Taxis: Land taxis are available right outside Marco Polo airport, to the left as you exit.

Buses:  There are two very reasonably priced public bus options:  ACTV local buses (www.actv.it), or ATVO direct coaches (www.atvo.it).  Both take you to Piazzale Roma, the end of the road in historic Venice and entrance to the Grand Canal. (For buses to Mestre, see below under Land Route to the Mainland.)

The ACTV n°5 bus runs every quarter hour most of the day, and takes 22-25 minutes to reach Piazzale Roma (or vice versa) with limited stops along the route. It is an easily accessible, low rise bus adapted to travel with baggage, including internal luggage racks and one low step to enter, almost at curb level. If purchased together with a Tourist travel card, the ticket costs an additional €4.00 one way, or €8.00 round trip/return; otherwise if purchased separately, it costs €6.00 one way or €11.00 round trip/return. It is also possible to purchase a one way Bus+Vaporetto ticket for the bus to Piazzale Roma and a one way vaporetto trip within a total of 90 minutes at a cost of €12.00.

The ATVO coach is a typical "Greyhound" style coach, with ample luggage storage out of sight under the raised passenger seating area, which requires four relatively high, steep steps up to the passenger compartment. It runs once every half hour most of the day, takes 20 minutes non-stop to Piazzale Roma, and is €5.00 one way or €9.00 round trip/return.

2. Re: In Venice tomorrow, help.

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 18 September 2013, 10:17