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I will be arriving in Venice on Tuesday at 11am. I am travelling with my elderly mother and my sister. I have been to Venice before but have always arrived by train, my mother and sister; this is their first visit. They want to arrive in Venice taking the grand entrance down the grand canal.
Should we book a water taxi in advance or can we negotiate at the pier?

I understand, from the website that there is a shuttle bus to the pier - is this correct?

Thank you , as I have said I have never arrived in Venice from the airport.

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