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Venice Water Taxis

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ABOVE: A water taxi passes the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace.

By Durant Imboden

water taxi interior photoWater taxis are the limousines of Venice: With their spacious leather-upholstered cabins, open-air seating in the stern, and private captains to chauffeur you up the Grand Canal or on a high-speed run between the airport and your hotel, they offer an experience that you won't forget in a hurry.

Grand Canal photoUnfortunately, 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.

photoStill, 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.)

Venice water taxi with Maggie the Bearded Collie

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

At Venice's Marco Polo Airport, you'll find water-taxi ticket booths in the arrivals hall, after you've left baggage claim. (Look for the counters labeled "Speed Boat to Venice.") After you've bought your voucher, leave the terminal and take the moving sidewalk to the boat piers. (See our step-by-step directions with photos.)

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.

water taxi driver with luggage at low waterIn 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.)


From our Venice Travel Blog:
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Water Taxi Ride to Venice Airport (video)
Water Taxis on the Grand Canal (video)

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