Welcome to this guide that looks at the best airports near Venice.
It goes without saying that Venice is one of the most popular and beautiful city destinations in the world and millions of visitors land in Italy solely to visit it.
If it’s your first time visiting Venice, know that there are 5 airports near Venice and 2 of the closest to arrive at are: Venice Marco Polo airport and Treviso airport.
Depending on your departure city, travel plans for Italy and flight affordability, it might be more convenient to arrive in one of the other 3 close by airports.
Airports near Venice
In this guide, I’ll provide useful information on how to reach Venice city centre from each airport, so you are aware of your options and can make an informed decision.
Many travellers not only want to spend a few days in Venice, but make the most of their time by visiting other places around the Veneto region such the Lake Garda, the Dolomites and more off-the-beaten path sites such as the Prosecco hills.
Venice airports map
Before we have a look at the best airports near Venice to fly to (based on your budget and the amount of time in Venice you have) here are some things to know:
Things to know when arriving in Venice for the first time
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Let’s start by looking at the most popular and most convenient airport near Venice:
Venice Airport (Marco Polo)
Name: Venice Marco Polo Airport
Airport code: VCE
Venice Marco Polo airport is the closest airport to Venice centre. It’s 14 kilometres away from Venice and it takes 20 minutes to get there by car and 25/30 minutes by bus. The international airport is based in Tessera, a village in the province of Venice.
There are tens of domestic and international flights landing at this airport every single day. The airlines operating at Venice airport guarantee great intercontinental connections and for whoever is travelling within Europe, a good number of low-cost flights are available throughout the day. Before and after security, there are several shops and cafés and eateries to grab a bite and coffee.
Here’s the map of the airport. This is the best airport you can arrive to, if you want to visit Venice. From the airport, you can walk to the water bus Alilaguna and water taxis docks and at the departures you can find the car rental offices.
How to get to Venice from Marco Polo Airport
Getting from Venice Marco Polo airport to Venice city centre or Mestre:
By bus: you can get the ACTV bus line 5 to get to Venice or 15 to get to Mestre or the ATVO express bus number 35 to get to Piazzale Roma. You can book in advance your transfer from the airport to Mestre or Venice.
By Alilaguna water bus: on the first floor of the airport, proceed till the end of the walkaway to get to the water bus docks. All the lines go to Venice historic centre, but the red line is only available throughout the summer. You can check stops and timetables here to see which will connect with the arrival of your flight.
By train: first get a bus from Marco Polo airport to Mestre railway station (ATVO bus lines 4, 10, 25 and 25) and from Mestre, a train to Venice Santa Lucia station.
By water taxi: the water taxi is a motorboat that you can share with your travel companions or other travellers. It’s the most comfortable way to get there as it will take you to your hotel straight away, but more expensive. You can pre-book your water taxi transfer and share the ride.
By taxi: you can book a taxi ride as it’ll take you to either Mestre or Venice Piazzale Roma. The fare is 35/40 euros, valid for up to 4 people with one luggage each.
By private transfer (chauffeur): you can also hire a chauffeur that by private motorboat will take you to Venice city centre or Mestre. This is a perfect solution as it guarantees 24/7 availability.
For more detailed information about each option and useful Marco Polo airport transportation travel tips, check out my dedicated post on how to get from Marco Polo airport to Venice.
Name: Treviso Airport Antonio Canova
Airport code: TSF
The Treviso airport is a much smaller airport compared to Venice Marco Polo, but equally well-organized and with modern infrastructures. This airport is 40 kilometres north of Venice. There are only low-cost airlines operating at this airport that are Ryanair and Wizz Air.
Treviso airport is the second-best airport to arrive to get to Venice. The departures are on the first floor, there are toilettes, a restaurant/bar next to the check-in desks.
After security, there’s a shopping area where you can get some souvenirs and then a self-service bar area and another bar.
During high-season, in particular summer, it turns into a very busy airport and it can be difficult to find a seat to wait for the gate to open. The bus stops are just outside the airport and 20 meters walk from the entrance, on the other side of the road.
How to get to Venice from Treviso Airport
Based on your budget, arrival time and preferred means of transport, you can either choose to travel from the airport to Venice by getting:
ATVO or Barzi shuttle bus: the ATVO bus takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to Venice Piazzale Roma whilst the Barzi shuttle bus, 40 minutes. You can book the ATVO bus transfer ticket in advance and hop on it as soon as you arrive in Treviso.
Bus and train: since there’s no direct train from Treviso airport to Venice city centre, you need to first get the Treviso Airlink bus to Treviso Centrale railway station. Then, from the station, a train to Venice Santa Lucia railway station. The train journey lasts 30/40 minutes.
Car: hiring a car from Treviso airport to Venice is a good alternative. There are several car hire counters you can choose from, on the airport’s ground floor but it is usually cheaper to book online before arriving. It takes 35 minutes to get from Treviso airport to Venice by car, depending on traffic. Remember to pre-book your car parking space near Piazzale Roma or in the Tronchetto car park island.
Private transfer: for an hassle-free and direct arrival in the city of Venice, there’s also the option to book in advance a private transfer.
Explore each option listed above even further and get to know the best wat to travel to Venice, by reading my blog post getting from Treviso airport to Venice.
Name: Verona Valerio Catullo Airport or Verona Villafranca Airport
Airport code: VRN
The Valerio Catullo airport is the third closest airport to Venice. It’s 13 kilometres away from Verona city centre and 130 kilometres from Venice historic centre.
This is an alternative airport to arrive at instead of Marco Polo and Treviso airports, if you’re planning to visit the Verona and Lake Garda area.
In fact, if you’re around here, you can easily get by public transport from Verona to Venice in less than an hour and a half.
Some airlines connecting Verona to many other European cities and operating at this airport are: EasyJet, Transavia, Ryanair and Volotea.
There are some shops and eateries before and after security, car rental counters in the arrivals terminal as well as ticket offices for public transport and ATMs.
How to get to Venice from Verona Airport
You can either use public transport or book a private transfer if you want to get from Verona airport to Venice or Mestre. See a list of the transportation options below.
By bus and train: first get the ATV bus 199 (Airlink) from Verona airport to Verona Porta Nuova railway station in 15 minutes every day and every 20 minutes.
You can buy the ticket online, on board or at the ticket machines at the arrivals. Once you get to Verona Porta Nuova station, the best train options are: the ‘regionale veloce’ train or high-speed Trenitalia or Italo train.
The regionale veloce takes 1 hour and 28 minutes and has a set price, whilst the high-speed train 1 hour and 12 minutes and it’s usually more expensive.
By car: you can rent a car from Verona airport and get to Mestre in 1 hour and 15 minutes or Venice in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remember to book in advance your car park space in Venice, near Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto island.
By private transfer: you can book in advance this private transfer by Mercedes minivan from Verona airport to Venice, cruise terminal or Marco Polo airport.
Name: Trieste Airport-Ronchi dei Legionari
Airport code: TRS
The Trieste airport is based in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and it’s 41 kilometres away from Trieste city centre and 129 kilometres from Venice centre.
Compared to Marco Polo, Treviso and Verona airports, this is not that popular, but it’s worth taking it into consideration as the train connections between the airport and Venice are good and direct.
There are only 4 airlines operating at this airport: Ita Airways, Lufthansa, Ryanair and WizzAir. Trieste airport is small but has everything it needs: cafes, a restaurant, a duty-free retail shop, ATM machines and vending machines for snacks and drinks.
Unlike the other 3 airports already listed, this one has a train station from where you can get fast and trains to Venice city centre.
How to get to Venice from Trieste Airport
There are a couple of options to get from Trieste airport to Venice or Mestre. Depending on your budget and travel preferences, you can either get there:
By train: you can get the ‘regionale veloce’ train, which is a direct fast train connecting the airport to Mestre or Venice Santa Lucia railway station. You can purchase the ticket online or at the ticket offices or machines at the airport’s station. There are also trains to Mestre, from where you can change and get a bus or train to Venice historic centre.
By bus: you can get the direct Flixbus from the airport to Mestre or Venice. It takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to get from Trieste airport to Venice Tronchetto.
By car: you can hire a car at the airport and drive all the way down to Mestre or Venice. Remember to book in advance your car park space near Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto in Venice.
Name: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Airport code: BLQ
Bologna is the airport furthest of all from Venice, but it makes sense to arrive here if Venice is not the only place you’re visiting in Italy. The airport is less than 10 kilometres away from Bologna city centre and 156 kilometres from Venice.
There are both flag carriers and low-cost airlines operating at this airport and tens of flights leaving (and arriving) every single day from all over Europe and beyond.
The airport counts on several services such as ATM machines, pharmacy, book shops, cafes and restaurants and much more!
On top of the car rental counters and car hire service, you can get the direct monorail Marconi Express to Bologna central station. Check out the interactive airport map to see all its shops and available services.
How to get to Venice from Bologna Airport
Even from Bologna airport you can easily reach Mestre or Venice city centre, see below your options:
By monorail and train: you’ll first have to hop on the Marconi Express monorail connecting Bologna airport to the train station.
Once here, get a ticket or book it online in advance to save money for high-speed Trenitalia or Italo train to Mestre or Venice Santa Lucia railway station.
By car: rent a car at Bologna airport and drive to Mestre or Venice city centre in more or less 1 hour and 50 minutes, and get in advance a car park space in Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto.
By private transfer: you can hire your private driver that will take you directly to Venice. This is the most comfortable and fast way to get to Venice.
To recap, see the best way to get to Venice + the distance from each Airport:
|Airport name||Distance from Venice||Best way to get to Venice|
|Venice Marco Polo||14 kilometres||Water bus or water taxi|
|Treviso Antonio Canova||40 kilometres||Bus|
|Verona Valerio Catullo||130 kilometres||Private transfer|
|Bologna Guglielmo Marconi||156 kilometres||Monorail and train|
Closest airports to Venice FAQs
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Airports near Venice
Now you have a better idea of where the best airports near Venice are, and how long it can take to get to the city of water as well as the transport options you have.
Venice Marco Polo is the best airport to arrive at, but Treviso, Verona, Trieste and Bologna airports are valid options based on your travel plans for Venice and Italy.
If you’re looking for ideas on things to do in Venice, be sure to read all my guides.
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