"WATER TAXI OFFICIAL PRICES FROM/TO AIRPORT." Airport - Marco Polo and Treviso Tip by breughel
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In 2006 I wrote here a tip on the Mostoscafi (water taxis) from and to the airport of Marco Polo. The official prices (2010) are now well indicated at the office of the embarkation area. THE OFFICIAL PRICE IS 100 ? TO THE CITY CENTER (1-5 persons, see my photo). Still valid in 2011 it seems.
At the airport exit take a luggage trolley (you need a 1? or 50c coin) turn left following the sign water taxi and walk under a covered lane to the taxi embarkation area.
It takes about 8 minutes.
Leave your trolley (get your money back) in front of the small office of the MOTOSCAFI. An employee will ask what is your hotel and call a skipper to drive you to your hotel. He will tell you to pay the skipper at arrival: 100 ? (no tips).
We never had to wait for a water taxi because there is a permanent movement of taxis coming and going to the centre of Venice.
The first part of crossing the Laguna is at high speed. Good fun when you are crossing the waves left by a taxi coming in the opposite direction (ref my video). Stay inside the cabin if you don't want to take a shower with the water of the Laguna.
Slow speed as soon as you arrive at the Fondamenta Nuove. Here you can stand up and film as you want (mind your head under the low bridges).
The motoscafi take the shortest way through the Canneregio or Castello areas to reach the Grand Canal in the neighbourhood of your hotel. It takes about 15 - 25 minutes to reach your hotel depending from its location.
Of course it has no sense to pay for a water taxi if your hotel is not located on a canal accessible to water taxis. So ask your hotel or a company of motoscafi.
We did the trip with a boat from the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia. On arrival the skipper gave us a 10% discount coupon for the return trip which we had to book by ourselves 24 h in advance. We did so and phoned the company at 0039.0415222303 or 0039.0412406741 reserving a water taxi for the return. We had asked 12.30 H and exactly at that minute the taxi arrived at our hotel. We had to pay for the return only 90 ?.
Shall I mention here that our hotel had asked 140 ? for a water taxi to collect us on arrival at the airport! Avoid consequently reserving water taxis by your hotel or travel agencies, they take big commissions.
In day time there are enough mostoscafi waiting at the airport (most visitors use less expensive but lengthy and tiring means to reach the centre and their hotels).
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