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irisr Apr 10th, 2007 06:22 AM

venice transportation
What is the best way to get from the venice train station to the concordia hotel on Calle Larga San Marco for 4 people. Seems like a taxi could cost nearly a hundred dollars..Is that possibly true...I dont want to do a lot of walking and we will have luggage.

Jake1 Apr 10th, 2007 06:53 AM

Take the vaporetto (water bus) number 82 from the train station to P. San Marco. The hotel is a short walk from the vaporetto stop.

Rd Apr 10th, 2007 06:57 AM

Water taxi's are expensive so do as we do, use the Vaporetto's (water busses) they are cheap but it may be awkward managing the luggage.Taxi's may be able to get you closer to your hotel though. Irisr you say you do not want to do a lot of walking in Venice? oh dear!

ira Apr 10th, 2007 07:10 AM

Hi ir,

A water taxi from the train station is about 55E for the boat, not per person.

However, I suggest you ask your hotel, since they don't all have a landing spot for the taxis.


GeoffHamer Apr 10th, 2007 07:12 AM

You might consider leaving your luggage at the station, then buying ACTV passes and going to the hotel to check in. Once you have found the hotel and worked out the easiest route to it, you can go back to the station at a convenient time to get your luggage. It is very easy to get lost in Venezia, which is fun if you have no luggage, but not recommended if you're carrying or dragging cases. The best time for carrying luggage around the city is in the early evening after the day trippers have gone and before it gets dark.

Jake1 Apr 10th, 2007 07:19 AM

The hotel is right on P. San Marco, so it's very easy to find.

NeoPatrick Apr 10th, 2007 07:19 AM

Do people still "carry luggage" in this day and age. I've never seen any difficulty in pulling a rolling suitcase even in a crowd. If you arrived in Venice by train or by bus and you managed to get your luggage on and off the train or bus, getting in on and off a vaparetto which is level to the dock is a piece of cake.

I'll agree if you don't know where you're going and there are a number of bridges between your vaparetto stop and your hotel, the luggage could be a bit of a problem, but looking at a map and finding out how far the hotel is, which direction, and whether or not there are bridges shouldn't be a major difficult task.

Rd Apr 10th, 2007 11:59 PM

Neopatrick I may agree with you that getting on and off a vaporetto with luggage may be easy at times BUT have you tried doing it with hundreds of people on the landing and on the vaporetto? Fellow passengers do not tend to have too much sympathy when it comes to storming off at the stop.

Girlspytravel Apr 11th, 2007 01:39 AM

Yes, I have done it, with a packed 26 inch suitcase, by myself, and a carry-on and a purse, walked over numerous bridges, many, many times. So no, it's not all that difficult.

Iris, to get to your hotel couldn't be easier-it's right on the Piazza San Marco. You can get there on the number #1 (Valloresso-San Marco)or the #82, (San Zaccaria-San Marco) both stop before or just after the Piazza San Marco. I would take #1, get off, go to your right, walk right through the Piazza San Marco, and you will see the lovely restored blue painted Clock Tower, with the golden winged lion of St. Mark on top. Looking straight at the Clock Tower, two buildings to the right of it is the Hotel Concordia. It should take you all of 5 minutes to get there from the vaporetto stop. You'll have no problem whatsoever.

Jake1 Apr 11th, 2007 03:06 AM

I agree. Getting on and off a vaporetto with a suitcase or two isn't a life altering experience.

Certainly if there is a massive crowd it becomes a bit more difficult to get things arranged, but we're talking about a minute or two to sort things out, not anything that will later require psychoanalytical assistance.

NeoPatrick Apr 11th, 2007 07:48 AM

So true, Jake. I question the idea of making such a deal about luggage that one would specifically check it somewhere and then have to return to make another whole production of bringing it back to the hotel at a later time to avoid "problems". Unless someone is traveling ala 19th Century with three steamer trunks and 4 hat boxes, I can't imagine the issue.

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