Most visitors to Venice arrive at Venice-Marco Polo (Tessera) airport, but many also fly to Treviso Antonio Canova, about 35m from the Venetian lagoon. Note, however, that Treviso airport is closed from June-September 2011 for an upgrade and maintenance work; Ryanair flights will be diverted to Venice Marco Polo. Verona-Villafranca airport (Verona Valerio Catullo Airport) is further afield, but is very handy if you're planning to divide your holiday break between Venice and the Veneto region's historic towns and Palladian villas.
Venice's main airport (www.veniceairport.it) is situated on the mainland in Tessera, just north of the city, and is used by a large number of airlines, including British Airways, easyJet, Iberia, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Delta, Alitalia, Air France and BMI but not Ryanair.
The airport is very well connected with the city.
- ATVO (www.atvo.it) buses run throughout the day between the airport and the central transport hub at Piazzale Roma with departures in both directions every half hour. Tickets (3 euros single, 5.50 euros return) can be bought in dispensers in the arrivals hall, at Piazzale Roma or online. The journey takes around 20 minutes.
- ACTV’s (www.actv.it) bus number five between the airport and Piazzale Roma leaves from both ends every half hour through the day; the journey takes around half an hour.
- Alilaguna (www.alilaguna.it) runs a number of ferry services over various routes between city and airport. Each service – many of which call at some of the same stops – leaves hourly through the day. Tickets cost from 13-15 euros single, depending on your route, and 25 euros return. A direct service (Linea Oro) from the airport to St Mark’s leaves from both ends at 30 minutes past each hour and costs 25 euros one way. Pre-booked through Venezia Unica a fully discounted one-way ticket costs 11.50 euros, and a return 22.50 euros.
- Consorzio Motoscafi (http://www.motoscafivenezia.it/eng/; +39 041 5222303) water taxis can be pre-booked via the 24-hour phoneline to pick you up on arrival or get you to your plane on time. The trip between the airport and St Mark’s or Lido costs 88 euros for up to six people, and 110 euros for 7-10 people; there’s a 10 euros surcharge between 10pm and 7am.
- Heliair (www.heliairvenice.com; +39 041 5260215) will fly up to three people plus two small suitcases between Nicelli airport on the Lido and Marco Polo airport. The helicopter flight takes about six minutes and costs 429 euros.
Treviso Antonio Canova Airport
NOTE that Treviso airport is closed from June-September 2011 for an upgrade and essential maintenance work; flights will be diverted to Venice Marco Polo airport.
Treviso airport (www.trevisoairport.it) is 35km from Venice, and is used by Ryanair, Wizz and a handful of other low cost carriers. It has good connections to Venice's Piazzale Roma transport hub. But it's also convenient for skiers heading up into the Dolomites, to resorts such as Cortina d'Ampezzo (www.infodolomiti.it).
- ATVO’s (www.atvo.it) Eurobus service runs throughout the day between the airport and Venice's Piazzale Roma with departures timed for incoming and outgoing flights. Tickets (5 euros single, 9 euros return, valid seven days) can be bought in dispensers in the arrivals hall, at Piazzale Roma or online. The journey takes one hour and ten minutes.
- A taxi ride from Treviso airport to Piazzale Roma in Venice with Radio Taxi Treviso (www.taxitreviso.it; +39 0422 431515) costs 70 euros.
- Heliair (www.heliairvenice.com; +39 041 5260215) will fly up to three people plus two small suitcases between Nicelli airport on the Lido and Treviso airport. The helicopter flight takes about 20 minutes and costs 682 euros.
Verona airport (www.aeroportoverona.it) is situated in Villafranca,12km west of Verona but 130km from Venice...and therefore not the handiest place for accessing the city itself. However, if you're combining a visit to La Serenissima with, for example, a night at the opera in Verona's Roman Arena (www.arena.it) or a drive around the historical towns and spectacular Palladian villas (www.palladiocard.it) of the Veneto region's countryside, then Verona might prove a good option, especially at times when demand is high and pressure for tickets elsewhere means lower prices for this destination. Airlines using this airport include British Airways, Ryanair, Air France, Alitalia and Lufthansa.
If you're travelling on a budget, you will need to get to Verona in order to take the train on to Venice. Frequent Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.it) services run between Verona and Venice-Santa Lucia station, taking anything between two and a half hours on a slow train (6.15 euros) and one hour ten minutes on a fast one (19 euros).
- The Aerobus shuttle service runs between the airport and Verona railway station every 20 minutes through the day. Tickets can be bought at stops or on board and cost 5 euros.
- A Verona/Venice taxi trip with Taxi e Autoblu (www.taxiautoblu.it; +39 045 8581403) costs around 180 euros.
- Heliair (www.heliairvenice.com; +39 041 5260215) will fly up to three people plus two small suitcases between Nicelli airport on the Lido and Verona airport. The helicopter flight takes about 45 minutes and costs 1331 euros.