Airport transportation into Venice

Sep 20th, 2013, 10:41 AM
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Airport transportation into Venice

My DH and I are in shock at the price (app. E100!) of private transportation from the airport to our hotel in Venice (near La Fenice) and wonder if the following combination of bus and taxi would reduce the cost: take the bus from airport to Piazzale Roma, then get a taxi from that point on to hotel. Has anyone done this? Does this reduce the cost? Are taxis available at PZ? If not, any othe suggestions for lowering cost? We don't want to lug our bags over the bridges so all public transportation and walking won't work for us. Thanks a lot for your help.
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Sep 20th, 2013, 11:32 AM
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I don't know whether water taxis can go up to the Fenice theatre. But there is a stop of the public city boat (line 1) very close: Sta Maria di Giglio. The San Marco boat's pier isn't far away neither.
But I don't understand why you don't take the alilaguna boat (red line) from Marco Polo airport up to San Marco
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Sep 20th, 2013, 11:40 AM
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pcooper - your hotel should be able to recommend the best route by vaporetto to the hotel. there is a vaporetto stop by the ACTV ticket office at the P. Roma, so no need to negotiate bridges to get there.

if you get the alilaguna, you could then get the No 1 up to the vaporetto stop mentioned by neckervd if you don't want to walk up from San Marco. I think that there is also an Alilaguna to the Rialto at certain times of the day - you could pick up the no 1 from there too.
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Sep 20th, 2013, 11:41 AM
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Well, best laid plans....

We intended to take the water taxi when we arrived in Venice several years ago and the water taxis were on strike.

The regular taxi was very reasonable. Once we got over to Venice proper, we found two young boys with a long flats boat who was raking it in doing "private" taxi ferrying since the licensed water taxis were on strike.

Always have a plan B!
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Sep 20th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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One reason for not taking the Linea Rossa might be that it doesn't run for half the year. Another might be that there are bridges between La Fenice and its only stop in central Venice.

Have you looked at sharing a motoscafo? Just €20 each.

I honestly can't see the point of paying through the nose for Venice hotels, then getting a bus to Piazzale Roma. Can't you see enough dismal multistorey carparks from the comfort of your own home?
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Sep 20th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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Agree with Annhig - ask your hotel, either call or write. (some hotels have directions posted on their website)

After that, plan your arrival as if all goes well - and have plan B in case it does not.
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If you take the alilaguna boat to San Marco its a 10 min walk though you do have to cross two bridges its very doable. Exit vaporetto walk past Harry's Bar to dead end turn left, cross bridge at campo San Moise, and you can either take the first ally to your right or the second. For the first turn left at dead end walk past Hotel Kette turn right, cross bridge and there you are or walk further down where street curves to left you take right walk right up to bridge over and your there. Of course how easy it will be depends on how much luggage you have.
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Sep 22nd, 2013, 02:06 PM
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Thanks for all your suggestions. We've decided to do as some of you suggested and find out what the hotel suggests.
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Sep 22nd, 2013, 06:53 PM
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Just came back from Venice 2 weeks ago, Didn't stay at any hotel in Venice. Instead, stayed at hotel by the airport. Took the #5 bus to Piazza Roma which is only 20-25 minutes away. Never had to wait for than 10 minutres for a bus. Return trip the same way.

Left the hotel after breakfast and head back to the hotel after Dinner and a bit more walk around. If you are interested, it's called the Titian Inn. They have free shuttle service to the Venice Airport.

Venice is such a small place that we walked everywhere. Of course, you can save some walking by taking the vaporetto. If you intend to hop around a bit, buy a daily pass for multi-use. We just pay-as-you-go.

A good and detailed map for Venice is a must. The "streets" are poorly marked and the best map point locators are the various green spaces, churches and squares. We use them as check points to make sure we don't get lost, which isn't hard to do.
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Sep 23rd, 2013, 08:57 AM
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You asked about taking the bus to Piazzale Roma and then getting a taxi. You do realize that the only taxis in Venice are water taxis? If you can afford it, taking the water taxi from the airport is sooooo much more convenient. Bus then water taxi will mean you have to get your luggage yourself on and off a bus then transfer it to a water taxi. I don't travel light either but realize that there are costs associated with that.
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Sep 23rd, 2013, 09:39 AM
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You are going to have to drag luggage no matter what because the docks at Marco Polo are a 10-minute walk from the entrance of the airport.

This means dragging luggage if using private water taxi or alilaguna.

Unless your hotel has a private dock, you will also have to carry your luggage to hotel at dropoff point if using water taxi.

Your best bet is to take #5 Airport bus from entrance of MP to Piazzale Roma, then transfer to Vaporetto #1 to Giglio Stop. It will be short walk from Giglio to La Fenice.

Invest in roller bags. Do not over pack.

It ain't that hard, sweetie darling.

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Sep 23rd, 2013, 01:07 PM
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You are going to have to drag luggage no matter what because the docks at Marco Polo are a 10-minute walk from the entrance of the airport.

This means dragging luggage if using private water taxi or alilaguna.>>

whilst this is correct of course, it's a flat walk to the alilaguna landing station along a covered walkway which is easy so long as you've got a roller bag and aren't otherwise encumbered by too much luggage. arriving by water is a delightful way to arrive in Venice.
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Sep 23rd, 2013, 02:16 PM
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Did the OP ever mention the name of their hotel? That would make a difference.
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Sep 25th, 2013, 02:47 AM
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If I recall correctly on my "research" before we settled on what we did (staying at a hotel by the airport rather than Venice), the cost of Water taxi from the Airport to San Marcos is almost 100 euros and took about 20-25 minutes. Alilaguna (ferry) cost 15 euros and runs on a fixed schedule and took over an hour. There is also a limit of 1 piece of luggage and extra fee for extra luggage.

The distance from the airport to the dock is about half mile. Once you are in Venice, you are then at the mercy of the bridges and steps although some bridges have "ramps" to make it easier. The streets are narrow and crowded. It is never easy to navigate the streets of Venices with luggage, even the type with wheels. Almost all hotels in Venice offer porter service. The problem is you call them and then you wait, and then you pay.

quick note: no back packs allowed inside the San Marcos Basilica. Check your back pack at the desiganted location (one block away) before lining up or just don't carry one.

Taking the bus is relatively painless as we took the #5 bus daily and stayed at a hotel along the route. We saw people with luggage all the time and it is only one step to get on/off the bus.

There shouldn't be any issues at Piazza Roma getting around to the vaporetto station and go to your destination.

Fair warning: the bus could be crowded at peak time and the same hold true for the vaporetto.

Here is another option. There is a "shared transfer" offered through VeniceLink. The link is below.
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Sep 25th, 2013, 06:44 AM
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>>You are going to have to drag luggage no matter what because the docks at Marco Polo are a 10-minute walk from the entrance of the airport.<<

Not exactly, if memory serves. The airport has baggage carts you can roll down to the dock. As long as you're not traveling with several bags, you should be OK with a cart, or two if there are two of you.

I think the carts cost something like 1 or 2 euros and then you can get your money back if you return the cart to an auto-kiosk. I don't remember if I returned ours; I'm betting a lot of people don't bother.
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Sep 25th, 2013, 06:51 AM
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JUst take the bus to Piazzale Roma---why all of this talk about the walk to the docks---why do that?
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Sep 25th, 2013, 01:39 PM
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I certainly don't remember the walk to the dock being so much of a problem, and we did it with our two kids in tow, and all our accompanying luggage.

if you decide on the bus IMO the ATVO bus is rather nicer than the ACTV one as it has luggage compartments underneath and it has fewer stops on the way to Venice.
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Sep 25th, 2013, 06:08 PM
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ACTV buses have luggage shelves inside
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Yes, you want the ATVO bus---quite simple.
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