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Who flies nonstop from Heathrow to Venice?

I am planning a trip that starts in Venice and then I fly home to Seattle from London. I would really like to take the British Airways nonstops through London and just add on a one way flight to Venice on the outbound. But I cannot find many nonstops from Heathrow. British Airways has one a day leaving at 10am but my flight from Seattle does not land until noon. All other flights I can find leave out of Gatwick and I really do not want to change terminals. Are there airlines that fly this route that I missed? Thank you!

Posted by
3313 posts

As someone who flies from SeaTac, I feel your pain. The transfer from Heathrow to Gatwick isn't bad, but I can understand you might want to avoid the hassle.

According to Heathrow's timetable, there is only the one BA flight from Heathrow to Venice. Another option would be to fly to Milan in the afternoon and take the train to Venice. You'd take a bus from the airport to the central Milan train station and get onto a train. Then, you'll be in the middle of Venice.

Posted by
6302 posts

Keep in mind that if you are booking the legs separately, or changing Airports, BA is no longer responsible for your connecting flight. This means you will recover your bags (if you check bags) in London; and if there are delays and you miss your connecting flight, you are left to purchase another ticket.

You might consider another carrier, making an extra stop in the US or flying direct to another European city then onto Venice.

If you go the Round Trip to London and One way to Venice route, then a night in London may be prudent as a buffer to any delays; for that matter, the 22 hour layover on your original itinerary may not be a bad deal.

Posted by
13541 posts

Valerie, we have faced this dilemma several times, as we live in Seattle and like to fly BA. The vast majority of their flights to Italy (not just to Venice) seem to depart from Gatwick.; the ones that leave from Heathrow seem to depart in the morning so they are an impossible connection if you are on flight 48 from Seattle, arriving at noon.

When we went to Venice we just booked the through connection and made the transfer to Gatwick by bus. No problems, but we did get to Venice rather late, by the time we took the vaporetto to our hotel. Nevertheless, flying into Venice at sunset was magical---you see the whole lagoon and islands spread out below you, and the "fish" shape is very recognizable.

For our next trip to Italy (from whech we just returned), we avoided the transfer to Gatwick by flying into Zürich--- but then we had to take a train to Milan the next day. My husband says he would have preferred the Gatwick transfer to gain same-day arrival in Milan and the train trip.

I'm now trying to decide what to do for our next trip. Actually, I've already booked the Seattle to Heathrow portion, so wherever we go it will be booked separately, and I can decide later about the transfer. Maybe we'll go to Spain instead of Italy and then it is not an issue.

I was not able to find direct flights to Venice from Heathrow on any airline other than BA. Others, like Lufthansa, KLM, alitalia, etc., make a stop on the way.

So it appears there is no good solution. If you are determined to avoid the bus transfer to Gatwick, you could stay overnight near Heathrow (it appears that close hotels are not too expensive), and then take the morning flight to Venice the next day. But that may be more inconvenient (and expensive) than the transfer to Gatwick.

Whatever you do, don't miss out on flying into Venice---it is really a treat to see it out the window of the plane.

Posted by
2250 posts

Thanks for the replies. I guess I was just dreaming that there might be an easier way, but it's helpful to get the confirmation that I have not missed anything. I think we'll try the Heathrow - Gatwick transfer because it buys us the London - Seattle non-stop on the way home!

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333 posts

According to Airninja.com it doesn't look like anyone does the LHR-Venice route. There doesn't even seem to be a LHR-Milan route either.

Air Berlin
London - Stansted (STN) to Venice (VCE)
Air Baltic
London - Gatwick (LGW) to Venice (VCE)
CityJet
London - London City (LCY) to Venice (VCE)
easyJet
London - Gatwick (LGW) to Venice (VCE)
Flybaboo
London - London City (LCY) to Venice (VCE)
ThomsonFly
London - Gatwick (LGW) to Venice (VCE)
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RyanAir
London - Stansted (STN) to Treviso (TSF)

Posted by
3313 posts

No, there's a direct flight from Heathrow to Venice. Once a day on BA. Flight 578.

Posted by
13541 posts

Yes, once a day, and it leaves too early for anyone coming from Seattle to connect.