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A water taxi ride to Venice Airport

Cheryl Imboden in Venice water taxi

ABOVE: Cheryl has a bad hair day in the back of a water taxi on the Venetian Lagoon.

In the video below, you'll see snippets from a 25-minute ride in a water taxi from the center of Venice to Marco Polo Airport.

The video begins with several still photos of the water taxi being loaded with luggage in the Ca' Foscari canal and heading toward the Grand Canal.

In the Grand Canal, you'll see a traghetto, tourists in a gondola, video clips of other boat traffic, and the water taxi cruising under the Rialto Bridge.

As the boat passes the vaporetto stop at the Pescheria, or Fish Market, it turns right and travels through a narrow side canal to the Fondamente Nova and the Venetian Lagoon

Once the boat is on the open water, the taxi acqueo becomes a speedboat as it heads for the airport (passing water buses and an Alilaguna airport boat along the way).

The video concludes with the three of us (Durant, Cheryl, and our dog Maggie of Maggieinvenice.com) arriving at the airport and heading for the check-in desk in the departures terminal.

Note: Lighting conditions were a challenge when this video was taken on a sunny spring day, but if you don't mind a bit of glare, the video is worth watching to see what it's like to ride a water taxi between Venice's historic center and Venice Marco Polo Airport:


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Karen Harris

I was looking take a middle path and book a shared shuttle water taxi for 2 people.
On-line booking is 25 euros per person.
My hotel is very close to Rialto and has it's own landing stage.
Will the water taxi drop me off at the hotel .....or at Rialto?

Thank you

Durant and Cheryl Imboden

Ms. Harris: A shared water taxi will drop you off at a designated point, not at the hotel of your choice.

Why not simply take the Alilaguna Linea Arancio (Orange Line) airport boat? It's cheaper and will drop you off at Rialto.

Blake Clough

We are staying in Burano and have an early morning flight back home to the US at 6:30 am. Working backwards, it looks like we need to leave the island by 4:00 am to catch a bus that will arrive at the airport in time for us to check into an international flight.

My Italian is limited, but it looks like the ACTV vaporetto doesn't run that early. What is our best option to get to the airport by 5:00 am from our AirBnB in Burano?

Durant and Cheryl Imboden

Burano is pretty close to the airport as the seagull flies, but getting there isn't easy by public transporation (especially at such an early hour). I suspect that your best bet would be to either hire a water taxi or see if your landlord/landlady knows someone locally who can get you to VCE by boat. See our "Venice Water Taxis" article at:


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