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Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

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Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

We were told by friends we must approach Venice from the water and pre-paid (£95) a water taxi for four of us to travel from the airport to Venice.

Two days before leaving we received our documentation from Octopus travel which said the transfer would usually be by water taxi from the airport but the taxi firm could alter this to a car transfer to P Roma and water taxi from there to hotel.

We raised this with our travel agent who checked and said they thought the car transfer would only be in exceptional circumstances, but they were sure we would be transferred by water taxi all the way. It was too late to make alternative arrangements and we let it be.

On arrival, sure enough, we were told ther was a car waiting for us to take us to P Roma. We said this was unacceptable, but despite prolonged arguments with the agent and their head office by phone, they refused to put us on a water taxi at the airport. They told us they no longer did water taxi transfers from the airport as the walk to the taxi terminal was too long (800m), and also it might rain. So despite us booking and paying for a water taxi transfer from the airport, and receiving a confirmation that this would normally be provided, there was never any prospect of this happening.

We were then transferred in a glorified van to P Roma, had a 10 min water taxi ride on the back canal, and were then dumped some distance from our hotel and we had to walk at least 800m to the hotel!

Our return to the airport was arranged by the hotel - water taxi arrived on time at back entrance of hotel and transferred to airport. Walk to terminal building perfectly easy - under covered walkway in event of rain - cost £66 instead of the £95 we were conned out of by pre-booking.

DON'T PRE BOOK WATER TAXIS- LOADS AT AIRPORT, MUCH CHEAPER AND YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

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1. Re: Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

There is quite a on going thread on this subject at this moment(Private Water Taxi's offical rates) this is how people pay over the offical out of pure innocence, it is so wrong, a bus to the Piazzale Roma is €3 not so romantic but the same end result, really makes me cringe what people get charged,

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3. Re: Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

Given that one can take an inexpensive shuttle ride from Marco Polo airport to P. Roma, what should be the cost of a water taxi from there to the San Marco area?

Our hotel is a bit out of the way from the Giglio vaporetto stop, and I don't want to lug my bags, if I can avoid it. (Sorry, we're at the beginning of a two-week trip, and I won't be able to pack as lightly as I should.) So I want to see whether there is a significant different in price for the water taxi from P. Roma as opposed to Marco Polo.

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It would be quite expensive. Maybe in the range of 60 euros. Maybe someone else will comment on this.

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Hiroshige,

If you want a water route to San Marco, then take the Alilaguna Blue Line from Marco Polo for 13 Euros. It takes you around the Lido and Murano, lasts about an hour and a quarter and is very pleasant in good weather. It's more expensive than the bus/vaporetto option but gets you to the city with little fuss.

There is a more expensive route(called the Gold Line, I think) which is more direct but costs about 10 Euros more. I don't know how long it takes but would assume less than an hour.

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6. Re: Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

Thank you for that recommendation, but it does not answer the question that I asked. Putting the question another way, is it possible to make a significant saving on a water taxi fare by going to P. Roma rather than taking the taxi from the airport?

The San Marco stop of the Aliliguna ferry from the airport is much further from my hotel than San Marco Giglio, so I'd have to transfer to a vaporetto at San Marco anyway for a short ride, adding 6 or so Euros to the cost. Perhaps one could do that short hop by water taxi? What would that cost?

Any first hand experience out there?

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7. Re: Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

Hiroshige.. I forgot to address my above post to you. The water taxi from Piazzale Roma would be quite expensive maybe 60 euros.

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Well that does firm up my resolve to pack as lightly as I can and wrestle my (wheeled) bags from the vaporetto stop to the hotel.

The bus from Marco Polo to P. Roma plus a vaporetto should come to about ten Euros or so. The eighty Euros that I save (each way) looks to be worth the effort. A couple of very fine dinners, at least.

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9. Re: Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

I know it sounds strange, but all transfers are arranged with car+watertaxi....it is easier for the Companies, the Agencies and the Hotels....In fact it is difficult to arrange just a watertaxi...you might find them now but not during the high season..believe me, we cannot trust them. We always inform our clients how it owrks and that they can laso walk for about 200/300 meters to the pier at the airport.

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10. Re: Venice Water Taxi Rip Off

Venice Concierge that might be how you organise transfers in your hotel but I beg to differ with you . - The original post ( 3 years ago ) was a pre booked transfer from a non Venice based agency. You can easily pre book if you wish a water taxi from a taxi company from the airport to the hotel ( or the nearest point) and it is extremely simple. some foreign agencies book a transfer and use a local agent to co ordinate the transfer - they might send a hostess to meet and escort you or they might give you instructions on where to go on arrival .

A car and taxi transfer is more complicated as from the car drop off point guests have to walk to the taxi point and there are fewer taxis at Piazzale Roma plus there is nobody there co ordinating them who can advise / assist the guests.

As you are aware there are many more taxis now operating in the lagoon and certainly for me the busiest time of the year is the Mostra di Cinema and last September there was certainly no shortage at Tessera and very little doubling up.

I also think that every agency in Venice is capable of providing what the client wants - also there is not much difference in the price now either