Nov 22nd, 2015, 10:36 PM
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I will be staying at the Hotel Palazzo Vitturi in Venice. What is the best way to get from the airport to my hotel? I would like to keep the costs down. Also, any good day trips from Venice to Florence? Is it worth it to buy the Venice Card? I will be in Venice 4 days.
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Nov 22nd, 2015, 11:57 PM
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Florence really isn't a good day trip from Venice as it would be at least a 6 hour round trip train ride.

You can ask your hotel about the best route from the airport. They should be able to give you good directions and know what options are available and the approximate cost.

We enjoyed a day trip to Murano and Burano islands.
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Hotel Palazzo Vitturi's website should tell you which vaporetto stop works best. I'd take the bus from the airport into Venice, buy a day pass for the vaps and catch one from the main terminus.

If you search under " vaporetto map venice" you'll see what the options are

If you have the dosh take a taxi from the airport

From the website

Get off a water taxi almost in front of the hotel with no bridges to cross!

Our nearest public ferry stops (ALILAGUNA and Vaporetto) are the main ones in Venice: RIALTO and SAN ZACCARIA / SAN MARCO (5 min. walk!)

Be surprised on how close we are from to the embarkments to the islands Murano, Burano and Torcello.
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Nov 23rd, 2015, 04:29 AM
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Of course, it depends om what you mean by "best." The ones recommended above are fine.

The options have a range in convenience and price:

Alilaguna: Ferry from the airport to various stops in Venice. Slow. Cost about 15 euros. See the website to determine the closest stop to your hotel.

Bus (as noted earlier) into the city, then vaporetto to a stop closest to your hotel.

Water taxi -- fastest, easiest and most expensive, at about 100 euros. If you are traveling in a group of, say, four people, it's a consideration because your total cost isn't much worse than buying tickets individually for some of the other way.

Group water taxi offered by various charter companies. They'll put you on a water taxi with a few other people and stop as close to your hotel as possible. Cost about 30-35 euros.
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The Alilaguna boat from the airport to Rialto is the cheapest option (9 € p.p.), but it is a long walk from the stop to the hotel and you have to negotiate several bridges (much longer than the 5 minutes the hotel's website says).

A water taxi stops right in front of the hotel but the cheapest company charges 100 € up to five persons (Motoscafi).
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Nov 23rd, 2015, 08:32 AM
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Florence is not doable as a daytrip (3:30 by car, 4:20 by train one direction). But Venice has enough to offer to keep occupied for 4 days. If you want to do a daytrip, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua is outstanding (reservation required - online or by your hotel concierge). Can be combined with Brenta Canal.
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Nov 23rd, 2015, 10:04 AM
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>>> any good day trips from Venice to Florence? <<<

Of course, you can "do" Florence as a day trip from Venice. The relevant questions not asked are: what does it take to do it, what can be accomplished, and do you really want to do this at expense of taking a day away from Venice?

You can find out about all train transportation timing at train site such as The earliest you can get to Florence is around 7:30am by taking 5:15am train out of Venice with change in Mestre. The latest you can come back from Florence is around 21:30 train back to Venice arriving around 23:35. Less stressful train schedule mean less time in Florence. Only you can answer the question: how badly do you want to visit Florence?

>>> Is it worth it to buy the Venice Card? <<<

The Venice Card's value depends on your unstated usage model. You can find different takes on these cards, such as
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Nov 23rd, 2015, 10:05 AM
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While I agree that Florence is really too far from Venice for a day trip - 4:20 one way by train is a complete nonsense. The fast train from Venice to Florence is 2:05 - but you do need to allow time to get to and fro the train stations - so would be a total of 5 hours transit time for both directions together.
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The Alilaguna will indeed be the least expensive method of getting into the city at 15 euros pp, but traveler1959 is right, its not exactly in the easiest location especially if you have never been in Venice before. Definitely pack light, or spring for the water taxi.
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