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To book a cheap flight to Venice (Italy):
Use the flight price comparison tool on the left to compare the airfares of all airlines flying from South Africa to Venice, and then book with the cheapest. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Venice, but this will show you the 1-stop and 2-stop options.
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The quickest flights from Johannesburg to Venice are usually with Swiss Airlines via Zurich. You can also fly from Johannesburg to Venice (VCE) with Emirates (via Dubai), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi & Dusseldorf, codeshare with Air Berlin), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Swiss (via Zurich), South Africa Airways (via Munich, codeshare with Air Dolomiti), British Airways (via London), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), Virgin Atlantic (via London), KLM (via Amsterdam) and Air France (via Paris).
As the crow flies it is 8095km (5030 miles) from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
Reserve Cape Town - Venice flights with Emirates (via Dubai), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), SAA (via Johannesburg & Zurich, codeshare with Swiss Airlines), Virgin Atlantic (via London) or KLM (via Amsterdam).
As the crow flies it is 8824km (5483 miles) from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
The only 1-stop flight from Durban to Venice is with Emirates via Dubai. Alternatively, you can fly with British Airways/Qatar Airways via Johannesburg & Doha, or South African Airways/Qatar Airways via Johannesburg & Doha.
As the crow flies it is 8532km (5302 miles) from King Shaka International Airport (DUR) to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
22 May 2013. Flights to Venice from R5946* from Johannesburg, from R6381* from Cape Town.
*The longer it is since the date of publication, the greater the chance that airfares have changed.
Things you may want to see in Venice include:
The view from the Bell Tower of San Maggiore.
A ride on the Grand Canal - the first time you do this you will be awestruck by the sight of buildings half in the water.
The Doge's Palace - the Doge was the chief magistrate of Venice, elected for life, and they led Venice during its 1000 years as a Republic.
Go on a Gondola Ride - a kiss under the bridge of sighs means eternal love (or so, legend has it!)
Saint Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) - the main meeting spot in the city, and where you will be able to spot the water bubbling up through the ground as the tide rises.
The Rialto Bridge - the most famous in Venice, but be sure to try crossing all the bridges on the Grand Canal.
Saint Mark's Basilica
Murano Island near Venice is famous for its glassworks
Lido Island, if you want to enjoy a bit of beach.
For the best weather visit Venice in May or June. In the middle of summer there's a bit of a smell coming from the canals, it's very hot and mosquitoes make their presence felt (literally!). Avoid going in October, November, December or January; unless you want to experience acqua alta (flooding).
"In the winter, Venice is like an abandoned theatre. The play is finished, but the echoes remain."
From late March to late October South Africa and Venice have the same time (UTC+2). In the rest of the year Venice is at UCT+1, an hour earlier than South Africa.
Navigate to the Venice Marco Polo Airport website to check whether flights are on schedule.
The phone number at Venice Marco Polo Airport is 041-260-9260
The ATVO bus takes 20 minutes to go from the airport to Piazzale Roma (on the western side of Venice).
Alternatively, there's a cheaper bus from Mestre (a town about a kilometre from the airport) to Piazzale Roma
About a ten minute walk from the airport you'll find the boat jetty, from which you can take a water bus to Venice. This water bus is operated by a different company to that operating the water buses in Venice, so 2 tickets will need to be bought.
We recommend staying at Annia Park Hotel Venice Airport in Tessera, if you're looking for an overnight spot near the airport (of course nothing beats staying in Venice proper). Use their shuttle services to save money on transport (the road isn't great for walking).
Think carefully about whether you really want to hire a car from Venice Marco Polo Airport, as most transport in Venice itself is by water taxis. You can hire a vehicle from the airport from Europcar, Avis, Argus Rentals or Nova Car Hire.