Updated: May 21, 2015
Transportation from Marco Polo Airport to Venice:When you fly into Marco Polo Airport (VCE) the views are simply amazing of Venice. I was lucky enough to take my wife to Venice a few years ago and we had an incredible time. The first thing you need to understand is that no cars are allowed on the small island of Venice, Italy. You can take a bus or train all the way out along the SR11 (Ponte della Liberta) waterway, but eventually you need to get onto a water boat or private water taxi if you want to get anywhere. With luggage, walking is probably not the best option, although it can be quite the adventure as you wind through small corridors and try to locate your hotel or lodging accommodations. I decided to surprise my wife with a private water taxi from Marco Polo airport into Venice. The private boat was roughly $150 (US) and it took about 35 minutes total to get from the Venice airport to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Colombina which has a water entrance so the water taxi was able to drop us off right at the front door - not something you see everyday.
When you arrive into Marco Polo airport you will have to walk about 1/4 mile to the water transport area - or the water taxi docks. I recall it took us less than 10 minutes to get there after we got out luggage. Per the Marco Polo airport map below, you can see the terminal location and what direction you need to walk in order to get to the water docks. If you don't already have a water taxi ticket, be sure to buy one in the airport before leaving to the boat docks. The Venice Alilaguna hydrofoil runs daily service from the airport into the city centre until midnight. The total time is about 1 hour, but the scenery is unbelieveable. There is a bus service that takes you from the airport and to the nearby railway stations.
Venice water taxi rates are expensive, at least if you plan on taking a private transfer into the city of Venice. Taking a Venice water taxi from the airport is your fastest choice when it comes to not wasting any time. The boats can cruise along the water and there are various drop-off points if you are on one of the public boats. We have supplied another map below showing the water taxi routes from VCE to Venice. The most popular stop is at Piazza San Marco and then you can walk to your hotel. We had a prepaid ticket with a water taxi company so they were waiting at the docks for us and we climbed onboard and headed over to the majestic city. The ride was smooth and the driver - speaking broken English - told us about the island of Murano as we passed and then a few things as we headed into the heart of Venice. The waterways are amazing as you barely have room to maneuver with other boats and gondolas trying to fit into very thin canals. The sleek, water taxis (called motoscafo) are expensive but worth the experience in my opinion.