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“It all depends (alilaguna vs bus)” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Alilaguna Tours

Alilaguna Tours
Isola nuova del Tronchetto, 24/a, 30135 Venice, Italy
+39 041 2401701
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Waterville, ME
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“It all depends (alilaguna vs bus)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Although I have been to Venice about 15 times, last week was the first time I used Alilaguna. Since it was December and there are few tourists, it was not crowded. Here are the pros and cons
PROS
If it is not high season it is much nicer to arrive in Venice by boat than on the ACTV express bus that goes by the awful industrial site of Marghera en route to Piazzale Roma.
If your hotel is directly at one of the stops (mine was this time) in Venice, it can mean not having to carry luggage over bridges
CONS
It is over double the price (@ 27euros RT) of the express bus (11), though you'd probably have to buy a vaporetto ticket a P.le Roma anyway
It takes much longer -- an hour -- and only runs twice an hour
You have a much longer walk (5-10 minutes) to the boat stop/airport than with the bus, which is right across from the entrance

In the future, I'll stick with the bus.

Visited December 2014
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Mundelein, Illinois
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“Murano, Burano, Torcello tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I missed the 11:00 tour, and they were gracious enough to let me catch the 2:00 instead. There were a great deal of us with all different languages. The boat ride had a loud motor and the linguist said everything in 4 to 5 languages, but it was difficult to hear and she spoke so fast that you didn't always catch when she switched to English. You didn't get a great overview of whatever you were going to see. She did her best, but the motor was loud and she had so many languages she couldn't probably get it all in.
Murano was a disappointment, I came there to see glass, and there was a little demonstration and then an expensive showroom to look at. If you're interested in glass-blowing, it isn't worth it. There really wasn't another place to show that was less expensive unless you got off the island. Plus you had no time.
Torcello was interesting to see. Went to the original cathedral, but other than being old and interesting to see, sort of, nothing to see there.
Burano was amazing. All the houses are painted in different colors. The lace making was so-so, but the beauty and the shopping was more interesting. I ended up going back on my own by water taxi and had a great time. Skip the tour, go to Burano by water taxi and enjoy the time. It was originally a fishing village and the shopping is a cheaper for some Murano glass work (they say they work on Murano but live on Burano) and the pictures you can take of the town are wonderful.

Visited November 2014
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England
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“Bad service, maybe because they have a monoploy”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

You have no choice if you want to get to the airport by boat. I would get a bus next time. The first boat past did not stop - the driver (?) said they were full. Got on next one but were forced to be crammed into the front cabin. People were had to sit on the floor to make room! The captain then let four new passengers into rear cabin which could hold ten. This proved we didn't have to be in the front cabin. He then did not let people on at the next stop even though there was room in the rear cabin. Not stopping seemed quite common then.

The journey to the airport by boat is not really worth it either as you are inside with no view.

Visited October 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“The easiest affordable way to and from the airport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The return fare was E27, which was pretty good value for a journey that took an hour each way to / from St Marks Square and was combined getting from A to B with a scenic cruise and lots of photo opportunities.

Visited November 2014
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Peoria, IL
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“Best way to get to your hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

After landing at the Marco Polo Airport, we caught the Alilaguna to San Marco Plaza which was close to our hotel. Be prepared for a long ride with several stops. The redeeming factor is that this is the most economical transportation from the airport to most hotels. The drivers were very helpful with our luggage. We sat inside the boat as it was cool. I felt I needed to stand to be able to see the views out of the windows. Our fare for two of us was $79 which seems pricey, but from what we have read, this was our best choice. We did not use this transportation again while in Venice as we had to use a private water taxi to the train station for our departure. This was much more expensive but took only 15 minutes compared to the hour and one half on the Alilaguna when we arrived.

Visited October 2014
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