Sleeping in Airports

Venice Marco Polo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Venice Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The police woke me from my half sleep no fewer than three times to check my passport and tickets. I should add that two of the times I was woken was by the same pair of policemen. -Damo

VCE Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

What to Expect

  • Venice Airport (code: VCE) consists of a small relatively modern terminal building.
  • Airport staff are generally tolerant of overnight travellers, but you should expect to be woken by police or security so they can check your passport and tickets.
  • Many travellers report very crowded conditions, and some of the people trying to spend the night there appeared homeless or otherwise not travellers.
  • WiFi is available to help pass the time.
  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass to relax in two airport lounges; showers are available in one. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Venice Airport

  • venice marco polo airport guideThere are few benches, and most are wooden and not very comfortable.
  • The airport can be very cold, so bring layers and a blanket.
  • Explore our guide to sleeping in Venice Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Venice Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Venice Airport Hotels

Quick Facts

Nearest Hotel:  Within 10 minutes from the airport
Sleep Cabins or Pods: No
Day Rooms: No
Nearby Hotels with Shuttles: Yes (free and paid)

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Venice Airport in comfort.   A number of nearby hotels are located within a 10 minute drive from the airport and provide airport shuttles.

  • Annia Park Hotel – (3 minutes from the airport) Located 800m from the airport. Shuttle Hours: the shuttle bus departs the hotel every 30 minutes starting 4:30AM until 12:00AM. Travel time is approx. 3 minutes. If you are arriving at the airport, call +39 041 5415200 to request a pick-up. Airport pick-up location: wait inside Parking P2, near the white water tower.  » Check Rates
  • Bella Onda – (3 minutes from the airport) Shuttle Info: a free shuttle is available when requested 24 hours in advance. Shuttle runs from 11:30AM – 8:00PM (November – February) or 10:00PM (March – October).  » Check Rates
  • Courtyard Venice Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Shuttle Hours: 5:00AM – 1:30PM, every 30 minutes. Pick up location at the airport is on the Departures Level, first lane, between gate G and H. In the afternoon, the frequency and pick-up location changes to 3:00PM to 11:30PM, departs every hour. The pick up is on the Arrivals Level, second lane, in front of gate B. Shuttle fee is € 2.50 per person each way.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Venice Airport – (3 minutes from the airport) Shuttle Hours: the shuttle operates between the hours: 5:00AM – 11:00AM and 3:00PM – 11:00PM. Reservations must be made 24-hours in advance. Shuttle fee is € 3.50 per person each way.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Venice Marco Polo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Casa Alitalia Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, Level 2, next to the Marco Polo Lounge. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Alitalia flight.

Passes  Marco Polo Club – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Exact Change Business Centre – Location: Landside, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at the airport for up to 6 hours. Connect to the “Venice Airport Free WiFi” network. Venice Marco Polo Airport’s official websites are accessible for free via WiFi or any of the airport’s internet terminals, which are located throughout the terminal.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside. on the ground floor • Airside, on the 1st floor.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available throughout the terminal, located near restrooms. Dedicated breastfeeding rooms can also be found in the following locations: Landside, Ground Floor (2 locations) • Landside, First Floor (2 locations).

Business Center – Travelex Business Centre Location: 2nd Floor (landside) Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Chapel – Location: Airside, 2nd floor

Currency Exchange – You can change your money in these four locations:
» Landside, ground floor: MC Exact Change has 2 locations (1 location is open 9:00AM – 6:00PM and the 2nd location is open 8:00AM – 11:00PM)
» Airside: MC Exact Change, ground floor (Hours: 8:00AM – 10:00PM) • MC Exact Change, 1st floor (Hours: 5:30AM – 11:30PM)

Duty Free & Shopping – Aelia Duty Free shop is located airside on the 1st floor of the terminal. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM. A good variety of retail shops are also available including a few magazine/convenience type shops, most of which can be found airside on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules with many open as early as 5:00AM and closed as late as 11:00PM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Bricco Bar & Pizza • Cocktail Dream • Culto Cafe • Decanto Wine Bar • Gelato Di Natura • L’Orto • Pilsner Urquell Beer Lounge • Rustichelli & Mangione. Vending machines are available on the ground floor of the terminal.

Information Desk – It is not known if there is a dedicated information desk however; landside, you will find a tourist desk that may be of assistance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Yes, available outside the Terminal, near entrance E on the ground floor. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM (Summer Hours) or 5:00AM – 9:00PM (Winter Hours). Fees: Not known.

Luggage Wrapping – Safe Bag luggage wrapping is available landside on the 1st floor. Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM Rate: unknown.

Medical Services – The First Aid station is located airside, on the ground floor.

Mobile Charging – There are multiple charging locations available on every floor of the airport.

Observation Decks – On the north side of the terminal (2nd Floor-airside) is the North Terrace, with views of the apron, parking area, hangar and cargo terminal. Access to the North Terrace is free, and open to all passengers. The best view is from the South Terrace, where you can watch planes land and take off against the backdrop of the Venice skyline. The South Terrace is accessible only from the Marco Polo VIP lounge on the 2nd floor (airside), and open only to guests of the lounge.

Pharmacy – Available. Locations: Beneserre (Airside, 1st Floor. Hours: 6:00AM – 9:30PM) • Pytho Garda (Landside, Ground Floor. Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM).

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Landside, Ground Floor, Baggage Claim.

Prayer Room – A shared prayer room is available. Location: Airside, Floor 1, next to the Pharmacy.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are available in the Marco Polo Club lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking – There is a dedicated smoking room located on the 2nd Floor, airside.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Venice and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Blitz Exclusive S.A.S., Bucintoro, KSC Tour & Travels and KV Group are all located Landside.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 4:00AM – 12:00AM. Overnight stays are permitted in the airport, but you must arrive before the building is locked for the night, and you should check-in with airport security before bedding down for the night.


Venice Marco Polo airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean AirlinesAer LingusAeroflotAir Arabia • Air Baltic • Air Canada • Air Dolomiti • Air Europa • Air France • Air Italy • Air Malta • Air Moldova • Air Serbia • Air Transat • Albawings • AlitaliaAmerican Airlines • Asiana • Austrian Airlines • Blue Panorama • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Croatia Airlines • CSA Czech Airlines • Delta Air LinesEasyJet • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ernest Airlines • Eurowings • Finnair • HOP! • Iberia • Jet2 • KLM • LEVEL • LOT • Lufthansa • Luxair • Norwegian • Pegasus • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • SAS • Silver Air • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Transavia • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • Ural Airlines • Volotea • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Marco Polo Airport is served by several local bus lines. Bus tickets are sold at the Public Transport ticket office (in Arrivals), at automated vending machines near baggage carousels 3 and 5, on ATVO buses and on FS Busitalia buses (surcharge applies). For route information, visit the Venice Marco Polo Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite at the ground floor of the Arrivals area: AutoEuropa, Autovia, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Locauto Rent, Maggiore, Noleggiare, Sixt and WinRent.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Bella Onda   •   Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Venice Airport   •   Courtyard Venice Airport   •   Park Hotel Annia.

See Airport Hotels above.


A water transport service is available from the Venice airport boathouse, connecting to Venice and the main Venetian islands (Murano, Burano, Lido). For more information, visit the Venice Marco Polo Airport website.


Because most of the city is off limits to automobiles, vaporettos (water taxis) are the more expensive, but preferred way to travel around Venice. However, land taxis can be taken into the city as far as Piazzale Roma, where you can walk or take a vaporetto to your hotel or cruise terminal.

Last updated: 2020-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.