Venice Marco Polo Airport (Tessera): buses, ferries, information and flights. Information about the smaller airport Venice Treviso (Ryan Air)

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Parking in Venice: You should reserve a parking space in the parking garage online in advance. Especially now at Corona time many people come to Venice by car. There is a great website for reserving parking spaces: Click Here

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Travel comfortably without queues, buy tickets online beforehand:


The 3 airports of Venice

Venice has three airports. The largest airport of the city is called Venice-Tessera Marco Polo and is located about 10 northeast of Venice, not far from the Adriatic coast. Another airport has the name Venice Treviso and is mainly used by airlines like Ryanair. It's about 25 kilometers northwest of Venice towards the Alps. Today, the third, old airport on the island of Lido is hardly used for scheduled flights. This is where hobby pilots, business people and millionaires take off and land with private aircraft. The following article is mainly about Venice's large airport, the airport near the village of Tessera.

The big airport Tessera Marco Polo

Like many airports of this size, Marco Polo Airport (Tessera) has two floors. Arrival is on the lower floor and departure on the upper floor. Currently (2017 and 2018) the airport is being rebuilt and expanded. Among other things, the terminal will be enlarged. A modern treadmill is built to the port, where the ferries and taxi boats between the airport and Venice depart. 

>>>  Our article about ferries from the airport to Venice and other islands in the lagoon

>>>  Our article about buses from the airport to Venice

The toilets in the airport are ok and for free. From the airport there are huge parking lots and multi-storey car parks, which are divided into areas for long-term and short-term parking. Several car rental companies offer their services at Venice Marco Polo Airport..

Reserve a parking space: Parking spaces are rare in Venice, multi-storey car parks are often full. It is therefore advisable to reserve your parking space. On this website you can book parking spaces in Venice (including the big car parks in the Old Town of Venice, in Meste and at the airport).

Gastronomy at Venice Airport

As in all airports, there are several restaurants and cafes in the "Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera". The prices are, as in many airports, not exactly low. For a full meal with a starter, e paid more than 25 euros. Even sandwiches that look good are not cheap. You saw prices around 6 euros. A bottle of 0.5 litre Coke or Fanta we found for 3.70 euros. Water is a little cheaper. Like often in Italy coffee is inexpensive. You can get a great italian espresso for not much more than one euro.

Better buy tickets for Venice online

In Venice, the queues are often long, some sellers do not speak English. Ticket machines are difficult to use for foreigners. Therefore, we recommend to buy some tickets in advance on the Internet e.g. on the well-known website Getyourguide:

1. Tickets for the local ferries (water buses, vaporetto): daily tickets, weekly tickets, etc.: Click here

2. Tickets for the airport bus: Venice Marco Polo Airport: Click here    

3. Doge's Palace and St. Mark's church (the main sights): Click here

4. Great und cheap trip to 3 islands around Venice: Click here

How to get to Venice airport by bus

A ticket to and from Venice or Mestre costs 8 Euro. For just 10 kilometers this is not exactly cheap, especially since otherwise in Venice the buses are quite cheap. A normal single ticket in Venice without going to the airport costs only 1.50 Euro.

Buses to Venice are quite frequent (several lines, several times an hour during the day). IBuses to Mestre they stop at the train station. In Venice there is only one bus stop. It is located on Piazzale Roma, not far from the three-kilometre road bridge that connects Venice with the mainland. From the bus station you have very good access to the public water buses.

Our tip: Buy tickets for the airport bus beforehand

Buying an online-ticket for the Airport Shuttle Bus has advantages. You do not have to look for the ticket-counter, you have no problems with the foreign language and you do not have to wait in long queues. We always buy the tickets for the airport bus at home on the Internet before the trip. This online-tickets cost just as much as at the ticket-counter in the airport (8 euros one way, 15 euros return in the year 2019). With an online tickets you are not bound to a certain bus, the tickets can be canceled up to one day before the journey free of charge. Express Buses to Venice and Mestre run several times an hour during the day. In Venice these buses to and from the airport are called "Airport Shuttle Buses".

>>>>>>   On this link you get more information and you can buy the tickets

In addition to Mestre and Venice, buses depart from Venice Tessera Airport (Marco Polo Airport) to the tourist resort of Lido di Jesolo (at least once an hour a day). There are also direct bus connections to San Dona di Piave, Latisana, Bibone, Eraclea Mare, Torre di Fine, Cavallino and Punta Sabbioni.

Marco Polo Airport Venice on the map

The big airport of Venice is on the mainland some kilometers north of the famous old town.

Travel from and to the airport to Venice by ferry

The direct ferry from the airport to Venice is great. The port is a good 10 minutes walk from the terminal. With the new treadmill you are a little faster.


The passenger ships to the airport are operated by Alilguna. The main destination is the old town of Venice like San Marco, but there are also for example stops on the island of Murano.

There is a ticket office at the ferry port. The prices for the tickets are not chreap, as many other means of transport in Venice. A single ticket to Venice costs about 15 Euro per person, return ticket around 27 Euro. There are also day tickets (24 hour ticket, 30 euros) and tickets for 72 hours (65 euros) including to and from the Marco Polo airport. The trip to the nearer island Murano is cheaper (only about 8 Euro)

Caution: Tickets must be stamped by the passenger at the ticket validators at the port.

Water taxi ride from the airport to the hotel

With the public ferries you can not go directly to your hotel in Venice. It may be necessary to walk a long distance after your arrival in the old town. In addition, you often have to queue at the ferry port at the airport for a long time. Also the public ferries (water buses) are totally overcrowded. Taxi boats, also known as water taxis, are the much better option. You can book a complete taxi boat or, much cheaper, share it with other people. They usually can bring their passengers much closer to the booked hotel.

>>>   On this website you can book a place in a water cab, which you share with other passengers

>>>  On this website you can book a complete water taxi for yourself


Our recommendation to and from Venice airport:

Sharing a water taxi with other people

Water buses are much cheaper in Venice than water taxis. But they have disadvantages. They only go to certain piers in Venice. Your hotel can be very far from there. Above all, they are often very crowded. A narrow standing space (travel time often over 1 hour) on a ship after a long time in the queue at the port of the airport is not a great holiday start. On the other hand, a private water taxi with much more comfort can cost 100 euros or more.

There is a great alternative. You can only book seats in a water taxi, so you share the comfortable water taxi with other passengers. This service you can book between the airport and Venice. You buy the ticket in advance on the Internet. You walk 800 meters from the airport to the port.  You get more information on the following English-language website. You can book the service on this webpage.

Marco Polo Airport Venice on the map

The big airport of Venice is on the mainland some kilometers north of the famous old town.

Hotels at Venice Airport

There are several hotels around the airport. These include the Courtyrad Venice Airport, the Best Western Titian Inn or the Hotel Gronda Lagunare. More information about hotels around Venezia Marco Polo Airport you find on


The smaller airport Venice Treviso

This airport is a little further, just under 30 kilometres from Venice. Treviso is a larger city with about 90,000 inhabitants. The majority of flights to and from Treviso airport are operated by the low-cost airline Ryanair. But there are also other flights e.g. of the airline Wizz Air, especially to Eastern Europe.

There is a bus services between Treviso airport and Venice. About every hour there is a bus to Venice via Mestre. The journey takes just over an hour, the fare is 12 euros one way or 22 euros return.

>>>  Here you get tickets for the Airport Shuttle Bus from Treviso to Venice and Mestre

There are also buses to downtown Treviso, where you can change to the train. If you want to get to Lido di Jesolo from Treviso Airport, you might have to change in winter in Mestre. In summer are, as far as we now, some direct buses.

Our tip: Buy Bus Tickets from the Airport to Venice in advance online

The public bus is the only really cheap way in Venice to get from the two airports to the centre of Venice and to Mestre. The modern buses often run in both directions.

For airport buses, we recommend the uncomplicated purchase of tickets in advance on the Internet. This avoids long searches for the right ticket counter, queues and language problems. On the 3 links below you will find both simple tickets and cheaper return tickets.

Tickets from the big airport Marco Polo to the center of Venice: Click here

Tickets from the big airport Marco Polo to the station Mestre: Click here

Those who arrive at the smaller airport Treviso can also buy the bus tickets in advance. These buses stop both in Mestre and downtown Venice: Click here

Important: This article was translated by a non-native English speaking person. We apologize for mistakes.






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