How to get to Venice

Right: Venice from the air – Image courtesy of Chris73/ Wikimedia Commons

Venice from the air

Where is Venice . . .

Venice – a city of 117 islands – sprawls across a marshy lagoon between the entrance of the Po and Piave rivers along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy.

Getting there

The most convenient route is to fly into Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Alternatively by train, Venice’s Stazione Venezia-Santa Lucia receives daily services from Rome, Milan and Florence as well as other locations in Italy and throughout Europe. From immediately outside the station you can easily find a number of vaporetti (public water buses).

From Australia: The most convenient 1-stop daily flights to Venice from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth are on Emirates via Dubai.

From New Zealand: The most convenient 2-stop flights are to Rome on Singapore Airlines via Singapore, Malaysian Airlines via Kuala Lumper and Cathay Pacific via Hongkong, with connecting flights to Venice. Alternatively, you can fly via Vancouver, San Francisco or Los Angeles. The flight time is pretty much the same.

From the UK: Thomson and EasyJet offer direct flights daily to Venice from London Gatwick; British Airways offers direct flights daily from both Gatwick and Heathrow, with connecting flights from major airports in the UK.

From the USA: Delta Air Lines offers a direct flight daily from New York Kennedy. From Los Angeles, there is a choice of Lufthansa via Frankfurt, Air France via Paris and Alitalia via Rome, amoung other European carriers.

Flight time to Venice

Brisbane to Venice is 25 hours 20 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Venice is 24 hours 55 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Venice is 23 hours 15 minutes, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Venice is 21 hours 35 minutes, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Venice is 27 hours 15 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
London to Venice is 2 hours 10 minutes, direct flight
New York to Venice is 8 hours 45 minutes, direct flight
Los Angeles to Rome is 13 hours 25 minutes, with connecting flight

Flying in

Venice Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland around 8km north of Venice. From the airport, you have the choice of either catching the airport shuttle bus to Piazzale Roma (close to Venice's Santa Lucia train station) or hop on the motoscafo shuttle boat with stops at Murano and the Lido before arriving at Piazza San Marco, from which you can catch a vaperetta launch direct to your hotel.

It's best to check with your hotel for the best travel options from the airport. It may be more convenient to hire a private water taxi at the airport docks than catch the shuttle bus or boat.

Venice Treviso Airport is an alternative airport, located 30km from Venice, a one hour shuttle bus drive.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

Getting around Venice

Best on foot and by water taxi; cars are not allowed in Venice
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