Venice Water Taxis
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ABOVE: Maggie, the star of
Maggie in Venice, poses inside a Venice
water taxi with a member of her posse.
How to hire a water taxi
Venice's Marco Polo Airport, you'll find a
water-taxi ticket booth near the end of a covered walkway from the arrivals
hall. See our illustrated
step-by-step directions to the Alilaguna
airport boat and water taxi piers. (Another option is a shared
Airport Link water taxi, which is considerably cheaper than a private water
taxi but double the price of the Alilaguna boat.)
At the Venice Santa Lucia Railway Station,
the Piazzale Roma, and the
Trochetto parking island, water
taxis are down by the water.
Venice, you can summon a water taxi by phoning the
Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia at 041
522 2303 (24 hours a day) or e-mailing [email protected] Ask for a fare
quotation before booking. (The Consorzio is a cooperative of water-taxi
operators, with a fleet of more than 100 boats at its disposal.)
If you hire a water taxi through your hotel concierge or a
travel agent, ask for a fare quotation before booking. Mark-ups can be
outrageous. (We've heard of American travel agents charging US $150 per
for an airport transfer by water.)
Licensed water taxis have a yellow stripe with a license
number. Be cautious in dealing with unlicensed taxi operators (especially on
the parking island of Tronchetto, where crooks posing as "official"
water-taxi drivers prey on unsuspecting tourists).
If you're getting a bit creaky or aren't used to small
boats, be aware that boarding or disembarking from a water taxi at high or
low tide can be tricky. See "A
Warning about Water Taxis" in our
Venice Travel Blog for more details.
For a virtual trip by taxi acqueo, see our Venice
Travel blog video post, "A
Water Taxi Ride to Venice Airport."
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