Pre-book Venice water taxi, or wing it?

Jul 10th, 2007, 02:42 AM
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<Something else I should perhaps mention is that it is a 10-15 minute walk to the dock for both the Alilaguna boat & watertaxis, so take a trolley !>

I'm 57 years old, a little out of shape, have a bad knee and it took us 7 minutes to walk there! The taxi took about 30 minutes to get to La Calcina, maybe slightly less!
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Jul 10th, 2007, 02:46 AM
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good morning DinPA!
Heard back from venicewelcome and 95Euros it is!!
I'll be booking it!
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Jul 10th, 2007, 03:13 AM
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good for you! I'm sure you will enjoy it. Some people prefer to travel the "Rick Steves" way and some prefer to travel "Samantha Brown and Rudy Maxa" way. We like to think we are a mix of all. Not "cheap" and not "over-the-top luxurious" either. Enjoy your trip. You can find my trip report by clicking on my "DinPa" and scroll down to about #26 I believe.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 03:39 AM
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DinPa, got out of bed the wrong side ?

"<The nearest jetty to La Calcina, which is where I think a watertaxi would drop you...>

If you haven't done it, don't give incorrect facts"

But I have stayed at La Calcina, most recently the week before last, and know for a fact that the Alilaguna jetty is practically next door - not 200 yards away. I was just trying to make the point that a watertaxi doesn't save any walking, at either end. And a water taxi wouldn't go up the Grand Canal either - it's not on the way.

"come out of airport, walk a little bit, climb in boat, they handle your luggage on and off boat, it drops you at the door" is exactly what happens if you get the Alilaguna boat to Zattere.

Personally I don't see the point in spending €95 instead of €24 (assuming 2 people), to do exactly the same journey but half an hour quicker; but each to their own.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 03:40 AM
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And the walk does take me at least 10 minutes - you probably have longer legs than I.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 05:44 AM
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<And a water taxi wouldn't go up the Grand Canal either - it's not on the way.>
Since you haven't taken a water taxi to La Calcina, why do you attempt to give info on the subject? AGAIN, YOU ARE INCORRECT. Our water taxi went thru a side canal and then entered the Grand Canal. We went under the Rialto Bridge, under the Accademia Bridge and then turned down a side canal at Rio de San Vio, which took us directly to La Calcina, 15 feet away from the door. Please don't give out anymore misinformation based on what you "think" they will do or the direction you "think" they will go. That is one more reason why we took the water taxi, because we knew they would enter going up the Grand Canal.

<that a watertaxi doesn't save any walking, at either end. > Again, NOT TRUE, 15 feet is much closer than 200 yards. Especially in this hot weather.

<Personally I don't see the point in spending €95 instead of €24 (assuming 2 people),>

If you read my earlier post, I said, "We split our taxi with our friends, a 3 way split, so paying 30 euros for my wife and I didn't seem like a bad deal." So, my 30 euros for 2 people compared to your 24 euros and I got a ride up the Grand Canal and left at the door for 6 more euros. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

I'm a very happy guy and never get out of bed on the wrong side. I just don't like false or incorrect bits of information being put out there, especially when you haven't done it.

Besides, if people want to take a water taxi and pay the price, that is there right. We saw alot of water taxis going up the canal, it wasn't as if we were the only ones who used it. We also took a limo to and from our home airport. Again, split 3 ways.That's what we like, it's easy, convenient, fast and trouble free and when splitting the cost, makes sense. That is why the make many, flavors of gelato. Different strokes.

I find it hard to believe you say <The Zattere stop is one minute's walk from La Calcina where we also stayed.> and then it took you 15 minutes to get from the airport to the water taxi stand. Way more than a mintue's walk from Zattere to La Calcina.
Have a nice day, I'm going golfing now. Yes, it is very hot but that is my preference.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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Not sure why I'm flogging a dead horse, but...

http://www.lacalcina.com/HTML/en/cal...azione_en.html

... click on La Calcina to get the detailed image & the jetty immediately to the left of La Calcina, before the church of the Gesuati, is where the Alilaguna boat stops - *not* the same jetties as the regular vaporetti which are the ones marked "Zattere". I should know, I ate my breakfast at La Calcina 10 days ago & then strolled straight to that jetty to get the boat.

I did also say each to their own.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 09:08 AM
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And the water taxi is so much fun (if you can afford it). It's like getting a fun ride across the lagoon along with transportation to your hotel. I've only used water taxis during the daytime hours, so I don't know what it would look like coming into Venice on one at night.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 11:47 AM
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Question:
We will stay at Locanda San Barnaba, by the Rezzonica stop.
If we want to utilize a water taxi for our trip to Marco Polo Airport, should we:
- ask the hotel to arrange it (do hotels usually upcharge the taxi rate?)
- walk to somewhere (where?) to catch one?
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Jul 10th, 2007, 12:19 PM
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travelnut;
use the website I gave a few posts back. La Calcina said it would arrange a water taxi for 110 Euros, website is 95.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 12:22 PM
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DinPa,
I am going to get out of this thread, and page you on another thread to ask a couple of Venice questions. See you there!
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Jul 10th, 2007, 12:39 PM
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I hate to jump into this fray, but in my experience, your hotel may or may not charge an extra fee for the taxi to the airport. Ask at the hotel if the rate for a taxi is more if they call it for you.

I would not go out looking for one.

Now a question of my own: last time we took a water taxi to the airport (March '06) they dropped us off, and it was a bit of an uphill walk to the airport. There were vans right above the taxi dock, but they wanted a lot of money to take us up to the airport. It was very early in the morning.

This year, we are taking the Alilaguna boat to the airport, at a more reasonable hour. My question: when we arrive at the airport dock, is there public transportation to the airport, or is the boat dock closer to the airport than the taxi dock?

I am not anticipating trouble, but I'm going even if I'm feeling as physically awful as I do right now. And I'm planning to be dragging more back with me than I brought.

I would feel reassured to know that it is either easier to walk up from the Alilaguna dock, or that a free mode of transportation is available.

Sorry to piggyback on this thread.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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The Alilaguna dock is right next to the watertaxi dock. There is currently no free bus (I was there the week before last). There are trollies available, though - you just need a €1 coin.

If you want to avoid the walk & a taxi fare, would it be convenient for you to get the land bus from Piazzale Roma ? It stops directly outside the terminal.
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Jul 11th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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tripicalkerry - thanks for that website - I missed your post before. Since their response to you was timely, hope their followthru on picking us up is timely, too!
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Jul 11th, 2007, 11:50 AM
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caroline_edinburgh

It is way more convenient for us to take the Alilaguna. I guess I missed those trollies last year. This year, I will make a point of looking for them, and having a 1 euro coin. Thanks a lot.
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