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Water Taxi Recommendation from Venice airport to hotel

Water Taxi Recommendation from Venice airport to hotel

Aug 13th, 2019, 07:45 AM
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Water Taxi Recommendation from Venice airport to hotel

Hello, I'm looking for any recommendations for a private water taxi from Marco Polo to the Danieli Hotel in Venice. Thank you.
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Aug 13th, 2019, 08:24 AM
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We used Venicelink last summer and were happy with it. It was a wonderful way to enter the city. We also added the meet and greet option where they meet you after you exit immigration at the airport and drive you to the dock. Enjoy your time there! We love Venice and look forward to returning.

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Aug 13th, 2019, 12:24 PM
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You can also rent one through Viator.com I would compare prices before reserving as Viator may be more expensive.
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Aug 13th, 2019, 06:49 PM
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I am also interested in a water taxi from Marco Polo Airport to our hotel. Have you used the Alilaguna service? The ride is 14 Euro so it would be much cheaper.
Just weighing all the options.
Thank you,
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Aug 14th, 2019, 04:47 AM
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Pam, I have arrived in Venice via water taxi, Ailaguna, and land bus. Each has it's benefits and deficits.

The choice of private water taxi versus Alilaguna may depend on a few of your group's particulars.

How many are in your group?
Alilaguna is 14 euro per person. A private taxi may be 70-100 euro or more--but that is for the entire boat, which can hold 6-8 people. You do the math.

Where is your hotel?
  • Ease of Arrival: If an Alilaguna stop is near your hotel, this could be convenient and less expensive. If opting for private water taxi, verify how close a taxi can get to your hotel--may be right to the door, may be a bit of a walk. If your hotel is close to Piazzale Roma or the train station, it might be easiest and fastest to take a land bus to Piazzale Roma and walk or vaporetto from there.
  • Length of transfer: A private water taxi travels from the airport directly to your hotel, or a close as possible, in the shortest amount of time. The Alilaguna travels a set route, making stops along the way. Depending on the location of your hotel, it might take an hour or more. Check the schedules.
Everyone who opts for arrival by boat must travel from the arrivals terminal to the dock. It is a 5-7 minute walk in an corridor connecting the terminal and dock, with some moving walkways. As mentioned, you might arrange for meet-and-greet at extra cost to drive you from the terminal to the dock.

Upon arrival, you can simply just head to the dock and make your decision for Alilaguna or water taxi then, based on the schedule, cost, or whatever. A walk-up fare for a water taxi will be closer to 100 euro. The VeniceLink water taxi offers a good savings for smaller groups.
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Aug 14th, 2019, 07:18 PM
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Thanks for the information,Ellenem! There are only 2 of us and our hotel is in San Marco. Is there an advantage to buying the tickets in advance? I would like to have everything arranged but not sure if the tickets would still work if we had a flight delay. Are tickets available at the same price if you walk up to buy the tickets?
Thanks again for your help,
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Aug 14th, 2019, 11:46 PM
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It's been a year since I used that service, so please wait for others to confirm or correct:

1. You cannot buy tickets in advance. What you buy in advance are vouchers that need to be exchanged at the Alilaguna ticket office. In your case: The staffed ticket office at the airport dock.
You save an euro or two if you get those vouchers in advance.
But you don't save time as you need to see a ticket office and cannot walk straight onto the boat.

2. You must check the map with the stops of the three different lines from the airport against your hotel location. Does "San Marco" mean that your hotel is very close to the waterbus stop "San Marco" or close to Piazza S. Marco, or somewhere else in the district or sestiere San Marco? As a district, San Marco has several waterbus stops. The one named San Marco must not necessarily be the closest one to your hotel.

3. Probably the least relevant item, but if making a scenic, romantic entrance to Venice is a reason for you to consider the boat: Not all Alilaguna fleet has boats with panoramic windows. Some have a pretty low floor and rather small windows. You obviously can see something, but it's not exactly the same as making an entrance with your personal water taxi.
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Aug 15th, 2019, 04:36 AM
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Venice hotels provide detailed directions about the closest transport stops and arrival tips on their websites. "San Marco" has a few different stops so it would be important to know exactly where you are going. You won't want extra walking dragging luggage over bridges.
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