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The pros and cons of Venice water taxis

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Water taxis are a great way to travel between Marco Polo Airport and the city of Venice--or are they? Let's look at the pros and cons:


  • They're fun. (See our video of a water taxi ride from Venice's city center to the airport.)
  • Sometimes they can get you directly from the airport to your destination, without the need for a long walk after you disembark.


  • Water taxis are expensive: Expect to pay 100 euros or more for a ride between the airport and the city, which is steep unless you're splitting the fare with friends.
  • Sometimes they can't get you directly from the airport to your destination, because most hotels and apartments don't have private water gates and smaller canals may not be accessible by water taxi.
  • Getting in and out of a water taxi can be awkward, especially if you're traveling with heavy luggage. (See "A warning about water taxis.")

For more information about water taxis, please read our Venice Water Taxis article at


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