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Venice Taxis (2020)

Venice taxis in Piazzale Roma

ABOVE: Taxis in the Piazzale Roma, the automotive gateway to Venice's historic center.

By Durant Imboden  

Venice taxis come in two varieties: water taxis (which are convenient but expensive) and land taxis, the subject of this article.

Land taxis are of limited utility in Venice, because most of the city is off limits to automobiles. The Piazzale Roma is as close as a four-wheeled taxi can get to Venice's historic center. From there, you'll need to reach your hotel, hostel, apartment, etc. on foot or by vaporetto (water bus).

 Venice taxi signStill, a land taxi can be convenient if:

Where to find a taxi

Venice taxi fares

Venice taxi fares

ABOVE: A sign in a Venice taxi window from 2019. The table shows flat rates between majoe points such as the airport, cruise terminals, Piazzale Roma (central Venice), and the Mestre railroad station.

Plan on spending 40 euros for a taxi between Marco Polo Airport and the Piazzale Roma. For other fares, see the photo above.

Add-ons for luggage, late-night trips, and travel on public holidays could push the fare higher, so ask the driver for an estimate if you're watching your euros.

Tipping is optional, but it never hurts to round up the fare or tip 5 to 10 per cent, depending on whether the driver has been helpful, the tipping customs in your country, and your own comfort level. (Americans tend to tip generously; Australians frequently don't tip at all.)

Final note: If you're arriving at the Venice Santa Lucia Railroad Station, you won't be able to get a land taxi. However, you can turn right as you leave the station and reach the taxi stand in the Piazzale Roma by walking across the new Ponte di Calatrava (officially "Ponte della Costituzione") bridge, which has a gentle incline and is fairly easy to cross with rolling suitcases. 

Also see:
Arriving in Venice
Venice Water Taxis
Venice Transportation Index

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