Arrival at Marco Polo AirportYou’ll find some ticket machines by the baggage carousels so you can buy your travel tickets while you’re waiting for your bags or you can wait until you get to the arrivals hall. Here you can buy tickets and get information on transport throughout the Veneto (the area around Venice). ACTV, the transport company, has a number of travel passes that can be used for land and water buses but you need to pay a special supplement to use the number 5 bus from the airport to the city. This is a recent change.
Travel passes start at €18 for a 12 hour ticket and there are also 24, 36, 48 and 72 hour tickets. The orange number 5 bus will take you to Piazzale Roma (single fare €6, return €11), which is where all buses and taxis terminate in the city. This is a public bus service with half a dozen stops between the airport and the city and takes about 30 minutes. There isn’t much room for luggage and lots of locals use this bus. There is a bus approximately every 20 minutes. There is also a €12 combined bus and boat ticket that’s valid for 90 minutes which should be enough time to take the number 5 and connect with your vaporetto at Piazzale Roma.
For €6 one-way or €11 for a seven day return, a slightly faster service is the blue ATVO coach (ACTV pass not valid). This takes about 20 minutes, direct to Piazzale Roma and you can store luggage in special compartments. Land taxis are also available for around €45.
For the return journey check the plan at the Piazzale Roma or ask at the Information Desk for the times and departure point of your chosen bus. The taxi rank is signposted. Piazzale Roma has some cafes and kiosks but it’s always busy and can be a little confusing. If you want to arrive in the city by water there are two options. The first and most expensive is the water taxi that will cost at least €110. Make sure you agree the fare before you set off. This is a wonderful way to get to the city and, depending on the location of your hotel, you might be taken right to the doorstep. The journey will be around 25 minutes. There is now an option for water taxi sharing and you can pre-book this through a number of online sites. Just be aware that there might be a bit of hanging-around while you wait for your travelling companions.
On your return, Marco Polo airport has all the usual facilities and good shops airside but the departures hall just doesn’t seem big enough for the number of flights it has to accommodate and the line for security checks can appear daunting.
Arrival at Treviso AirportTo be honest, I’ve only ever used Treviso’s Sant’ Angelo airport a couple of times and it is very small. I understand that it’s been extended recently so it may have much better facilities than I remember from seven years ago! It’s about 19 miles from the Venice but ATVO and Barzi buses meet flights to take passengers to the city. Ticket booths for both companies are in the terminal building and the costs are similar (€7 one way €13 return) but the ATVO bus makes two stops; the Barzi only one.
Arrival at Piazzale RomaFrom Piazzale Roma walk down onto the Grand Canal (Canale Grande) unless you’re going to walk to your hotel or apartment.
The 1 stops at every stop (except San Samuele) and takes about 45 minutes. The 2 is an express service that stops at Santa Lucia Railway Station (Ferrovia), San Marcuola, then is fast to Rialto. Not all services will complete the whole route so you might be decanted earlier than your destination but you should be able to pick up another boat fairly quickly depending on the stop. Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia, Rialto, San Marco Vallaresso, Giardinetti and San Zaccaria stops usually have staff to assist. A one-way ticket will cost €7 and is valid for 60 minutes from the time you get it validated at one of the machines at the stop. (You may not see many ticket inspectors but they do exist and they have the power to levy on-the-spot fines if you don’t have a ticket and have made no effort to buy one from the staff as soon as you get on board). Take some time to make sure you are at the right stop for the direction in which you want to travel as some of the bigger stops have more than one landing stage.
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