Venice is, perhaps, the archetypal fairy tale city.
This city of marble palaces built on a lagoon has beguiled visitors for centuries. Along the banks of the Grand Canal the finest Venetian architecture parades and preens, but it’s the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco that dominate the popular imagination.
Yet, take a little more time here exploring the narrow backstreets and you’ll discover a treasure trove of neighbourhood churches built from priceless marbles, beautiful frescoes and basilicas displaying masterpieces of art.
And all of these cultural riches can be reached with the cheapest of flights.
Let’s show you how.
We all want to be in Venice for the Carnival – but you’ll need to book your flight early and pay a high price for the fare if you want to join the fray. August’s Venice International Film Festival will also inflate prices.
As a general rule of thumb flight prices rise between April and October. This means that the cheapest flights, with the best weather, can be found in early spring.
The cheapest month for flights is November, but booking here does run the risk of rain marring many of the city’s fine views.
Whenever you are looking to visit Venice it’s usually possible to secure a lower air fare with just a few tricks up your sleeve.
Here’s how to find those cheap flights to Venice.
Here are some of the most popular departure locations:
Airlines offering direct flights to Venice include:
Two airports serve Venice. Venice Marco Polo is the main airport, located around four miles north of the city, perched on the edge of the lagoon. Venice’s second airport is Treviso. It’s situated 26 miles from the action and is favoured by the budget airlines.
For those landing at Marco Polo you can choose between arriving by road, rail or water. Buses or taxis can either take you all the way or drop you at Venezia Mestre railway station for a train journey you’ll never forget. Your train to Venezia Santa Lucia takes you on a narrow causeway over the lagoon, with breathtaking views surrounding you.
If you want to arrive in Venice like a movie star you can splash out on a water taxi from the airport. If the €100 price tag for the glamour is too much there’s always the public water ferry departing from the airport every 15 minutes.
From Treviso your choices are rather more humdrum. There’s the waiting taxis to take you the 26 miles or there’s a bus and train ride to Venezia Santa Lucia. You’ll need bus ACTT Line 6 to Treviso train station and from here a train to Santa Lucia.
In the city built on water it is actually best to explore on foot. Pack some comfy footwear, though, for all those cobbled streets.
Of course, you’ll need to take to the water at some time. You can easily hop between the islands by vaporetto, or public water bus. And of course, private water taxi drivers and gondoliers will always be on hand should you need them.
Once you’ve ticked off all the major sights and experiences here are three things to make sure you don’t miss.