An enchanting canal city, Venice is a gondola ride back in time.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 15 minutes (total distance 791 miles)
Number of flights per week: 2
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com
Airports in Venice: Venice Marco Polo & Venice Treviso
Seasons: High = June - August; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Whether you prefer to spend the time before your flight eating, shopping or relaxing, Birmingham Airport caters to you. We have a fantastic selection of restaurants, shops and amenities to keep you entertained before you board your flight to Venice.
If you’d like to spend your time browsing the shops, we’ve got plenty to choose from. Ladies can head to Kurt Geiger for killer shoes and Victoria’s Secret for lingerie and beauty products. For accessories, Pandora and Accessorize have a great selection, while Aerospa offers beauty treatments in 15 minutes!
If you’ve forgotten any health and beauty essentials, you can head to Boots. If you’re after a book to read on the plane, we’ve got WHSmith Books and Pocket Shop. For great savings on all your favourite brands, head to World Duty Free.
Rather spend your time in one of our cafés, bars and restaurants? We’ve got some great restaurants like All Bar One, Giraffe, and even a Wetherspoon. To celebrate your trip to Venice in style, you could head to the Bottega Prosecco Bar for a glass of fizz. Or, if you just fancy a coffee, you have a choice of Costa, Pret a Manger and Caffé Nero.
We have five fantastic airport lounges where you can relax for a small fee. Enjoy comfortable seating, unlimited and fast WiFi, runway views and complimentary refreshments.
Getting to the airport is easy. You will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes. If you prefer to travel by taxi, they can drop you right outside departures.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the free shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 50% off.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page. If you’re heading to Venice on holiday, make the most of your time at the airport with our tips for the leisurely traveller.
Arriving at Venice Airport
If you fly from Birmingham Airport, you will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport, which is well connected by public and private transport.
One of the best ways to travel to the centre of Venice is via water taxi. You will find the boat departure point signposted through a covered walkway close to arrivals; it’s about a 10-minute walk to the dock. If you’d prefer to travel by bus, the number 5 travels from the airport to Piazzale Roma just outside the city centre.
If you’re staying elsewhere, you will find buses travelling all over the city and to its surrounding towns. You can also take the number 15 bus to the Mestre Railway Station, if your onward travel requires the train. Of course, you will find a taxi rank outside arrivals if you prefer a more direct route.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Venice
A floating city exhibiting the glories of Venetian architecture, Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, made up of over 100 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Instead of roads, the city has canals; instead of cars, it has boats.
Italian is the official and most widely spoken language in Venice. However, as Venice is a large tourist destination, English is spoken in most of the major tourist areas. You could still learn some basic phrases to impress the locals though – si (yes), no (no), per favore (please), prego (you’re welcome), mi scusi (excuse me).
Venice enjoys a Mediterranean climate but can be rather wet throughout the year. Summer is often very hot but winter is cold, with frequent fogs.
Culture in Venice
Since the Middle Ages, Venice has been a major centre of art. The city is famous for its Venetian Gothic architectural style, dating back to the 14th century. Doge's Palace and the Ca' d'Oro are some of the famous building sporting this style.
Carnival (or “Carnevale”) is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy—and from Venetian masks to masquerade balls, no place does it like Venice! It takes place in the days leading up to Lent and as well as invite-only events, the carnival also puts on free entertainment like a candle-lit parade of boats, concerts, and street performances.
Although pasta and pizza are world famous, there is so much more to local food in Venice. With its unique lagoon location and proximity to the gardens of Sant’Erasmo, genuine Venetian cuisine consists of some truly flavourful and refined dishes relying heavily on fish and vegetables.