Transfers & transports
How to move around in town & airport transfer options
There are several options to get to the city center from Marco Polo airport, and the ones we prefer are:
The fastest option:
The journey in the Venice Express is about 20-30 minutes one-way and the cost of a ticket is €8 one way (€15 if you’ll be making the round-trip). It goes straight from the airport to Piazzale Roma.
The door-to-door and fun but a little bit more expensive option:
The Water taxis let you start enjoying the essence of Venice as soon as you leave the airport. Ride in a taxi-boat across the lagoon to get to your hotel in the center of the city. It costs around € 32 per person.
The fun and a little bit cheaper option:
The Water bus is operated by Alilunga company and you can get a one-way ticket from the airport to the city center– or vice versa – for €14 and a roundtrip for €25. There are 3 different lines so you should check which one is better for you depending on where you are staying in the city. It takes over 1 hour.
The distances in Venice are not far and almost every corner is beautiful, so I would suggest walking as much as you can and leave the boats or buses for longer distances.
One of the most romantic things to do in Venice is the Gondola ride. The price is standard: € 80 and it is per gondola, which means you can find someone who wants to share it and you could split the price.
The most common lines are: 1 (from Piazzale Roma to Lido), 3 (Piazzale Roma to Murano), 7 (Piazza San Marco to Murano), 10 (from San Marcos to Lido), all with intermediate stops.
As for the tickets, the ACTV (the transport company) offers 24, 48 and 72 hrs cards.
If you only intend to move to the next stop or cross the Grand Canal using line 1, you can buy a ticket for 4 euros but, to do the latter, it is more advisable to use a traghetto.
The traghettos are gondolas that are used to cross the Grand Canal. They are an economical alternative that Venetians use to cross when there are no bridges.
The most comfy & Panoramic way: Hop On- Hop Off Boat Bus
Perfect option for those who like to relax while traveling from one spot to the other. I recommend the City Sightseeing company, they offer tickets for 24 or 48 hours after its first use.
Have you just started to plan your trip? Too many things to decide? Too long do it all by yourself? Special needs or wishes? Then, you should plan your trip with a local to get tailored travel plans & advices.