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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Marco Polo Airport Venice on the map
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 Booking.com.
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.
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.