At the Venice Airport Marco Polo, travelers can rent a car from Auto Europa, Autovia, Europcar, Hertz, Locauto, Maggiore, Noleggiare, Win Rent, or Sixt. Trucks, vans, and cars are available for rent. The company offices are located on the third floor of the airport, which can be accessed from multilevel parking lot P1. Travelers can find the cheapest car rentals from Venice Marco Polo Airport through Skyscanner.
Getting to Venice From the Venice Marco Polo Airport
Once they have their rental cars, travelers exit the airport and get on the SS14 road. The airport is on the mainland, but drivers can reach the Venetian island of Santa Croce by taking SS14 to SR11. Padua is reached by driving east on the A57 highway. Travelers wanting to visit the beautiful city of Treviso can take the SS13 north.
Visitors can take a water bus directly from the airport to Venice with the purchase of a ticket, or they can park their rental car on Santa Croce and visit the other islands using the water bus. The public water buses and private water taxis share the same pier. One can expect a 10-minute walk from the terminal to the pier. It's recommended that tourists double-check that they haven't accidentally boarded (or been ushered onto) a more expensive water taxi. The water buses are large and painted yellow and white. All are operated by the Alilaguna company.
There are also several Alilaguna lines that head out in different directions from the airport. When purchasing a ticket from the airport or from Santa Croce, tourists should make sure it is for the line closest to their destination. Traveling by boat is slow, but it's a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Venice.
Driving in and Around Mainland Venice
Driving in the area is straightforward, with highway A57 being the closest toll road to the Venice airport. The major highways in the area do require toll payment, but drivers can prepay and pick up a magnetic card for the rental car to make traveling easier. Drivers in the area tend to be aggressive, and there are now speed trap cameras on major roads.
Tourists should also be mindful of limited traffic zones if they're venturing into Italy. Florence and Rome, for example, have sections closed to non-resident cars. This is another system monitored by camera — travelers can drive into these areas but will be fined for doing so without a temporary pass from their hotel.
Things to Do in Venice
Some of the top sights in Venice are Piazza San Marco, Doge's Palace, Saint Mark's Basilica, and the Rialto Bridge. A half-day kayak tour is a unique and active way to explore the city, and Il Paradiso Perduto and Boccadoro are two of the area's many highly recommended restaurants.
Return Rental Cars to the Venice Airport
To return their rental car, visitors should head back to the P1 parking lot from the SS14 Triestina road. There are "Rent a Car" signs on the airport property that will guide them along the way. There are several gas stations on SS14 where travelers can fill their tanks if they need to refuel before returning their rentals.