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If you’re arriving at Marco Polo airport, there are several ways to scoot across to the historic centre.
Firstly, you can take a taxi or the bus to Venezia Mestre railway station. If you plump for the bus, you’ll need the ACTV urban bus line 15 or the ATVO Fly Bus service.
From here, you can board a train to Venezia Santa Lucia on a narrow causeway over the lagoon, with staggering views on all sides.
Alternatively, skip the drama and take the ATVO Air Terminal bus straight to Santa Lucia, a journey that takes around 35 minutes.
Throw yourself straight into Venice with style by grabbing an airport water taxi and zipping across the lagoon like an A-list film star. It’s by far the most glamorous way to hit the town.
However, glamour comes at a price and water taxis from Marco Polo begin at around 100 euros for a single journey. Ease the burden by sharing the glamour with friends, perhaps even new ones from baggage reclaim who are as keen as you to arrive in style (without the A-list price tag).
A handy compromise is the public water ferry, which departs from the airport every 15 minutes.
The Alilaguna boat makes several stops en route to San Marco, which tends to slow things down, but treat it as your first sightseeing tour and simply enjoy the ride.
A return ticket will set you back €27, though kids under six travel at no charge.
The trickiest part of the process is finding your way to the pier, which is a bit of a trek from arrivals. Follow signs for the ‘Vaporetto Water Bus’.
From Venice Treviso Airport, the journey is slightly longer. Combine the bus and train to Venezia Santa Lucia, which is smack bang in the historical centre: hop on bus ACTT Line 6 to Treviso train station and grab the next service to Santa Lucia.
Alternatively, splash out on a luxury transfer by private car and water taxi that will deliver you straight to your hotel door. With prices starting at around €160, the service doesn’t come cheap, but you’ll feel like a million bucks.
The best way to explore each island is on foot, so bring comfortable shoes and prepare to pound some cobbled pavements.
Around every corner, you’ll find something gorgeous that stops you in your tracks. Don’t be afraid to duck down shadowy side streets and narrow alleyways as these are usually the best places to stumble across hidden gems.
Hop between the islands by vaporetto, or public water bus. There are all kinds of cheap and frequent routes, making it easy to get out on the lagoon.
If you’re after something more exclusive, try travelling by private water taxi, just be prepared to pay a premium for the privilege.
Whatever you do, grab a gondola from a pier at least once. High on novelty factor and romance, it’s a must-do in Venice.
You don’t need to rent a car if you’re staying solely in the city for a night or two. For exploration beyond the city, you’ll need your own wheels. Discover your options on our Venice car hire page.