Venice Marco Polo Airport is one of the biggest airports in Italy, at least in summer. Due to the high importance of tourism for Venice, the airport got way more traffic in the summer months than in the winter months. Nevertheless, there are dozens of airlines flying to Venice even in low season. While Venice Marco Polo Airport has no great infrastructure, it’s actually one of the better regional airports.
With eight million passengers a year, Venice Marco Polo Airport is a medium sized airport in Italy. Especially in summer, the airport is one of the most important destinations in Italy.
Through all seasons, there are flights to all major destinations in Europe and also a few long haul flights.
Most important airlines at Venice Marco Polo Airport:
As there is just one terminal at Venice Marco Polo Airport, all shopping and dining facilities are located not far away from each other. There are a few shops in the landside part of the terminal, but by far the most shops can be found airside.
While you can find several premium brands like Bulgari or Polo Ralph Lauren, there are also several shops, which offer goods, souvenirs and clothing for every budget. There are also several cafés and restaurants at Venice Marco Polo Airport.
There are no dedicated sleeping facilities at Venice Marco Polo Airport, but budget travelers may decide to sleep on the benches in the departure hall as the airport is not closing overnight. For a more comfortable stay at Venice Marco Polo Airport, there are three hotels nearby.
The Courtyard Venice Airport and Venice Resort are two four star options. There’s also a Best Western Hotel with three stars just a few hundred meters away from Venice Marco Polo Airport. Sleeping in the city is no real option for a spot-over as it takes a while till you reach the city center.
As Venice Marco Polo Airport is rather small, there are just two lounges at the airport. The Marco Polo Club Lounge may be accessed either by paying cash (28 Euro), using Priority Pass or flying Business Class with Star Alliance and oneworld airlines (except Air Berlin) as well as Emirates.
Frequent flyers also enjoy access to the Marco Polo Club Lounge. The second lounge at the airport is the Alitalia Tintoretto Lounge, which all SkyTeam Business Class flyers and frequent travelers as well as frequent travelers flying Air Berlin have access to.
Lounges at Venice Marco Polo Airport:
Transportation from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the city center is rather complicated. There are bus connections to the city, which are also the cheapest way to get to Venice. Moreover, you may use a bus to get to the next train station, where you have a connection to trains to the city center.
The most interesting and comfortable way to get to the city are the Alilaguna water buses, which take approximately one hour to the city center and offer scenic views of the city. Other options include normal taxis, which may get you to the West of Venice and water taxis, which will get you anywhere you want. However, be aware that transportation by water bus and especially water taxi is extremely expensive in Venice.