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Many tourists are unaware of these two-man gondola ferries that cross the Grand Canal at or near many gondola stations. At €0.50, they're the cheapest and shortest gondola ride in Venice—and can also save a lot of walking. Look for "Traghetto" signs and hand your fare to the gondolier when you board; they're marked on many maps. Stand up in these gondolas, straddling the width to keep your balance, unless the gondolier tells you otherwise. Most traghetti operate only in the morning.
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A motoscafo isn't cheap: you'll spend about €50 for a short trip in town, €70 to the Lido, and €90 per hour to visit the outer islands. It is strongly suggested to book through the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia (041 522 2303 www.motoscafivenezia.it) to avoid having to argue with the driver over prices. A water taxi can carry up to 10 passengers, with an additional charge of €10/person over 5 people, so if you're traveling in a group, it may not be that much more expensive than a vaporetto.
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