Flying from London to Venice
Gentle, charming, romantic: Venice has long had a reputation as something of a couple's retreat, but don't forget it's also a bustling modern city as well as one of the world's great heritage sites.
Heathrow: British Airways
Gatwick: British Airways, easyJet, Thomson Airways
Venice tends to connote luxury and expense, but the budget carriers do facilitate flights from London at a fairly reasonable cost. It's long been said that the downside of discount flights is that they have an unfortunate habit of abruptly dumping you a few miles outside your preferred destination - and this is disappointingly true in the case of Venice.
Fly with British Airways and your drop off point will be the Marco Polo Airport, just a few miles north of the city - this means you don't waste any precious holiday time stuck in a coach or trying to navigate the busy traffic. easyJet and RyanAir will take you to Treviso Airport, which is roughly three times further away (around 20 miles in total). Although there is a bus link to the city, it's far from ideal.
Marco Polo is one of Italy's busiest airports, so navigating the terminals at touch down (and take off) can be a little hectic. In order to cut costs, your best bet is getting the train from Venice Mestre into the city centre (there's also a bus service and a generous taxi fleet on standby, but fares in Venice are not cheap).
If you land at Treviso you will likely have to use the bus service unless you're renting directly from the aiport. The drive to Venice usually takes around 45 minutes - traffic permitting.
Must see places in Venice
- Visit San Marco - this is a famous Basilica and the third church that was built on Piaza San Marco. The entrance fee is quite affordable - 3 euros.
- Walk across Rialto bridge - this is the oldest bridge and for many years it was the only way to cross the Canal. It is usally very crowded so if you'd like to avoid the crowd you must be an early morning bird.
- The Doge's Palace is another good place to visit - great architecture and affordable entrance fee of 20 euros.
- Visit the islands nearby - Burano, Murano. Burano is known for its colourful buildings, while Murano is where the famous glass blowers are.
When it comes to dining and accommodation, Venice is one of Europe's most expensive cities, so saving some pennies on the cost of your flight is an absolute must.
Skyscanner reported a cheapest fare of £20 for 2020 - this kind of rate is usually associated with discount carriers around the winter months. Venice is a city best experienced in the sunshine but tickets hit their peak price in July and August (it can cost you as much as £150 for a one-way flight).
A good tip is to try to find a package deal for travel and accommodation if you're planning on staying for more than a week. Although the flight itself will be more expensive you may end up making some savings on your holiday as a whole (trust us, Venice will not be kind on your credit card). For weekend trips, you're better off booking independently.