Marco Polo Airport in Venice — the third busiest airport in Italy — connects more than 13 million travelers a year to Venice's iconic canals and Byzantine-influenced architecture. It not only links the city with other major European capitals like Frankfurt, Paris, Istanbul, and Amsterdam, it also welcomes daily arrivals from the United Kingdom, as well as long-haul flights from destinations in North America and the Middle East.
A new terminal was inaugurated in 2017, and its contemporary design features a dramatic grid shell roof that allows sunlight to filter down into the halls. The terminal is not only architecturally stunning, but it's also equipped with a state-of-the-art security system too.
In order to make your arrival and departure from Venice stress-free, we've put together a handy guide to Marco Polo Airport with information about how to get around, where to eat and drink, where to shop, and how to get to and from the city's historic center. Know what to expect before you arrive at Marco Polo Airport and ensure a great start to your Venice holiday.
Marco Polo Airport Fast Facts:
- Airport Code: VCE
- Location: Viale Galileo Galilei, 30173 Venice
- Phone: (+39) 041 260 9260
- Terminals: One
- Major commercial airlines include Alitalia, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar, and United Airlines.
- Low-cost carriers include Ryan Air, EasyJet, and Vueling
- Website: https://www.veniceairport.it/en/
- Flight information
- Airport map
Know Before You Go
Marco Polo Airport consists of one single terminal on three levels, making it a fairly easy place to navigate. The arrivals area is on the ground floor and departure gates are on the first floor (what Americans would consider the second floor). There are separate departure gates for EU and non-EU flights. Baggage claim and ground transportation can be found on the ground floor, while the second floor houses the VIP lounges and a business center.
At the Airport: Marco Polo Airport has a range of parking lots (short term covered, long term uncovered) that are in close proximity to the airport terminal (between a one-minute and five-minutes' walk. See the Parking Map.
In Venice: Cars are not permitted in Venice. The closest parking lot to the city is at Piazzale Roma. The other alternative is to leave your car on the Tronchetto (a man-made island in the Venetian Lagoon). Although this car park is farther away from the city center, it's conveniently connected to Venice by vaporetto or bus. For an even a cheaper option, you can park your car at Fusina or San Giuliano near mainland Mestre.
Marco Polo Airport, located about 8 miles (10 kilometers) from Venice, provides a number of ways to get into the city to fit most travelers' budget. Here are the key transport options available:
Bus: The ATVO bus to Piazzale Roma may not be the most exciting way to get into Venice, but it's by far the most affordable. Another wallet-friendly alternative is to catch the ACTV public bus No. 5. Coaches depart approximately every 30 minutes.
Vaporetto (waterbus): Alilaguna operates the water transfer service to Venice, as well as to Murano, and the Lido. A really fun way to travel, boats depart regularly from around 6 am until midnight, seven days a week. The journey takes about an hour, stopping at various landing points, including Piazza San Marco.
Water taxis: Although water taxis take about half the time as a vaporetto, they cost almost ten times as much. Be aware that some pilots are notorious for overcharging, but do expect to pay a surcharge at night. If you want to defray some of the cost, you can ask to share a ride with other passengers.
Land taxis: In Italy, cabs cannot be hailed but must be hired at official taxi stands. You'll find the rank out in front of the arrivals area. The trip into town takes approximately 15 minutes and drops you off at Piazzale Roma.
Standard facilities and services in Marco Polo Airport include a tourist information kiosk, a post office, a currency exchange, rental car and hotel reservation counters, luggage deposit, and a smoking lounge. ATM cash machines (called bancomats in Italy) are scattering around the passenger terminal — most accept international bank cards, however, we recommend you check with your financial institution before departure.
Here are some other amenities and features within Marco Polo Airport's terminal:
Eat & drink: There is a great selection of restaurants, cafes, and wine bars where you can grab a quick snack, a cocktail, or enjoy a leisurely sit-down meal.
Shopping: The airport houses more than 30 retail stores — from luxury international brands like Max Mara and Bulgari to trendy chains stores such as Diesel and Pandora. There is a large Duty-Free store and an even larger souvenir store — in case you need a last-minute trinket from Venice to take home with you.
Airport lounges: Marco Polo Club VIP lounge is on the second level, airside and is open 5-11 pm daily. Alitalia's Tintoretto Lounge, located at Boarding Area for Schengen flights is open 4:30-8 p.m. Entrance is free for priority club members; all others pay a one-time fee to access a lounge.
Wi-Fi & charging stations: Free Wi-Fi is available anywhere in the passenger terminal, with charging stations placed strategically so you'll always be able to juice up your smartphone or other mobile devices.
Tips & Facts
- Arriving international passengers must go through customs and passport control. Visitors arriving from within the EU (European Union) needn't pass through customs.
- The new terminal consists of 11,000 square meters (118,000 square feet) of space, with another phase of expansion slated to add 100,000 square meters to accommodate the anticipated increase in tourism over the next 1o years.
- Sleeping inside the airport is strictly prohibited.
- Showers are available inside the Marco Polo VIP Lounge for a surcharge.