Air passengers to Venice have the choice of flying into one of two destinations: Marco Polo Airport a few miles outside the city or Treviso Airport 20 miles to the north. Of these, Marco Polo Airport is the one most international travellers will use, although Treviso also plays an important role in catering to several budget airlines. Both generally involve a journey by bus or taxi after landing, although with Marco Polo Airport, there's the option of travelling by water too.
Marco Polo Airport is Venice's main destination for international flights. It's five miles from the city, or a 20 minute ride on the Line 5 Autobus, which departs from in front of the arrivals hall to Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia railway station. From here, passengers can board trains to Rome, Milan, Florence, Paris, Dijon, Vienna, Munich, Zurich, Geneva, Salzburg and Innsbruck. From Venice Treviso, the Line 6 ACTV bus goes to Treviso railway station for connections to Santa Lucia and Mestre.
British Airways, easyJet and Brussels airlines fly to Marco Polo airport from several locations around the UK, while Luxair, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti and Ukraine Airlines are some of the other companies offering routes to this destination. By contrast, Treviso airport serves only three airlines, Ryanair, Wizz Air and Laudamotion, with regular flights from Frankfurt, Bordeaux and Warsaw.
It's a testament to the popularity of the city that Venice's main airport is served by over 30 different airlines from around the world, from 76 different points of departure including places as diverse as Kiev, Istanbul and Doha. UK flights depart from Heathrow, Gatwick, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, making air travel to Venice a convenient option for most parts of the country. With plenty of budget airlines offering services to the city, a trip by plane to this destination can be affordable as well as easy to plan.
Marco Polo Airport is separated from Venice by a stretch of lagoon. Instead of taking the bus, passengers can stroll to the dock to catch the Alilaguna ferry (it's about an hour to the Lido and the Rialto and 70 minutes to San Marco). Before flying to Venice, it's a good idea to load up your smartphone with the MyPass app offering reductions on museum entries, transport, dining and other attractions, available from most app stores.