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Current going price for a gondola ride in Venice?

Current going price for a gondola ride in Venice?

Apr 26th, 2007, 09:49 AM
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Maybe we should open a jet-ski rental stand there.....think how well that would do!
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Apr 26th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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I was in Venice last month ( March 2007) and we did a gondola ride. It was not on the Grand Canal but it did take us there for a bit. There were 5 of us, and we were quoted 80 euro so each of us paid 20 euro and he got a decent tip.. it was around 6pm and it lasted 45 minutes. I thought it was worth it.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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In real estate we define "value" and whatever someone is willing to pay. I think a gondola ride in one of the world's unique cities is worth the price for those wanting a once in a lifetime experience. Venice, in general, is an expensive city to visit, so prices for various activities will be relative.
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Aug 31st, 2007, 04:08 AM
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ttt for updates. I'm leaving today.

Interested in whether there's a place that's good to look for a gondolier, and why one would know if someone is reliable, etc.

I see that Hotel Bauer was mentioned.
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Aug 31st, 2007, 04:49 AM
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Actually Jake, gondola rides go on all year, except in bad weather, and I wouldn't feel too sorry for those gondoliers-they have the most powerful association/lobbying group in Venice, they make more than college professors, as it is extremely lucrative, and they have regularly excluded women from their ranks, by sistematically disqualifying any women on their test runs.

They charge too much, that's a fact. But there are set gondola rates, if you go to one of the gondola stations around Ca d'Oro vaporetto stop-or around Chiesa dei Miracoli, right by the Bar dei Miracoli, for example, you might be able to bargain for a better deal. However, the City of Venice has set official tariffs for the gondola rides here:

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Aug 31st, 2007, 07:05 AM
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Any gondoliers plying canals around Dorsoduro?
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Sep 1st, 2007, 07:27 AM
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In June 2005, we paid Euro 150 for a night-time gondola ride. (A day ride was quoted at Euro 100). There were 6 of us and it lasted only 20-30 minutes. We were glad to do it once, but don't plan to again. Venice, and all of Italy, are a unique experience in themselves...so much to enjoy - with, or without the gondola ride.
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Sep 4th, 2007, 05:51 AM
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GirlSpy--yes, they go on all year, but they make their big money in the summer. Demand is much more limited in February than in July.
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Sep 4th, 2007, 05:56 AM
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Yes a lot of money but difficult to leave Venice without a gondola ride. (first and only time).

When 100€ is too much, there's always the traghetti, at €0.50 pp ... at least you get your 90 seconds on the water !
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Sep 4th, 2007, 06:33 AM
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We took a gondola ride from near the opera house in August; chatted with the guy, ended up spending about 80e for a wonderful nearly hour long ride both in the back smaller canals and for a while on the grand canal. Well worth it for the one time....would not want to return and have people ask, did you take a gondola ride and say , no. we spent $xxx dollars but didn't want to part with 80e for something so much a part of Venice!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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Yes, as I like to say, the further you move away from San Marco and the gondola stations there, the more likely you will be to bargain with the gondoliers, and get a better rate than the official published fares. It sounds like Cmeyer got a great deal. Travelnut, to answer your question, yes, there are a number of gondolier stations in Dorsoduro, one by San Trovaso-if you go down Calle Lunga di San Barnaba, right there at vaporetto stop Ca' Rezzonico, and just keep going straight, there is one off that calle, which is near the Squero, or gondola yard, of San Trovaso-among other areas in Dorsoduro where you can pick up a gondola.
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Sep 4th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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Thank you - it will be nice to find one closer to the hotel, to take after dinner one night.
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Sep 10th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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I just came back from Venice.

I made the mistake of trying to piggyback off a Trafalgar tour. In the end the tour director was no help, so I paid 80 euros for about 35 minutes.

This left from San Marco near the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop.

Perfunctory and the guy was on his cellphone the whole time.

So to me not really worth the money even though I concede it's a quintessential Venice experience.

I also did a traghetto crossing at San Toma (0.50 euro).

I think I should have chosen another option I found which supposedly would have taken me to Rialto. But the guy wanted 80 euros for half hour. Official rate is I guess 80 euros for 40 minutes.

I also bought a glass in Pauly & Co. for 104 euros. Also had dinner at Da Fiore and lunch at Al Covo and Alla Madonna.
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Sep 10th, 2007, 01:41 PM
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We were in Venice in May and I think we paid 90 Euros for an hour at sunset.

I'm not usually one to get crazy over money when on vacation, but I found Venice over-the-top in terms of prices for just about everything - the weak dollar doesn't help. I kept reminding myself to just get over it and have a good time. Am I glad now that we had the gondola ride? Yes - it doesn't seem as expensive now as it did then...who knows if I'll ever be back again. Also, we scrimped on dinner the last night, and took a water taxi to the airport the last day so we could spend more time at St. Mark's. It was a beautiful day and my daughter and I loved that water taxi ride. We loved St. Mark's too and it was a good decision for us.

Enjoy Venice!! The bills are with us a few months the memories are forever...
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Sep 11th, 2007, 12:30 PM
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we were in venice last week; the rate we heard quoted just off St Marks (near hotel bauer) was 80e at night; was not around to hear them during the day
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Sep 11th, 2007, 12:35 PM
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80 Euro is the official tariff set by the City of Venice which is on the link above.
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