Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I leave luggage at Marco Polo airport - and how is best to reach central Venice?
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Q. Can I leave my baggage at Venice's Marco Polo airport for the day - and how can I get from the airport to the city itself? What is the best option: water bus, train, or local bus?
A. First, at the airport just look out for signs marked 'deposito bagagli'. The left-luggage office is in the arrivals hall, near the post office. The storage service is available daily from 5am to 9pm at a cost of €6 per piece of luggage for each 24 hour period.
Next, the most exciting way to reach the city is by water bus. The Alilaguna service serves three routes from the airport, and for €15 (or €14 if you book online at alilaguna.it) you can make a grand entrance to the city.
Returning to the airport, sample the causeway that runs from Venice across to the mainland. Non-stop ATVO buses run every half-hour from the Piazzale Roma close to Santa Lucia railway station (atvo.it for times). The fare is €6, and you must buy the ticket in advance from either the ATVO ticket office or one of the machines.
Additional research by Beren Cross
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