Venice Water Taxis
Unfortunately, you won't forget the price in a hurry, either: The fare between Marco Polo Airport and a hotel in central Venice averages €110 or more, depending on location. A trip within the historic center can easily cost €40 to €70, depending on distance, time of day, and whether you've hired the water taxi at a pier or requested an aquatic cab by telephone.
Still, water taxis can hold up to 10 people, depending on the size of the boat, and the cost per person can be reasonable if you're splitting the fare with family or friends.
Water taxis are also faster than public airport transportation, since you don't have to transfer to a vaporetto or walk a long way to your hotel when you arrive in the city. (Figure 25 to 30 minutes for the trip between Venice Marco Polo Airport and a waterside hotel in the city center.)
How to hire a water taxi
At 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. For a complete list of the city's 14 water-taxi stations (with PDF fare tables), see the City of Venice's Tariffe taxi acqueo page.
In 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.)
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