Once you arrive at the airport in Venice, you can take a complimentary bus to the dock with water taxis and a public boat that will take you to Venice. Hiring the water taxi is the fastest way to get to Venice. The trip takes about 25 minutes, but plan on spending around $100 to get to St. Mark's Square. It is a good idea to try to can split the fare with other visitors who are also looking to go to Venice.
If you decide on public transport, the boat makes stops along the way and takes considerably longer to reach St. Mark's Square than the water taxi.
The fastest way to get around Venice is by water taxi. When it rains, taxis are especially convenient since they have a closed cabin. You can get a taxi at one of the water taxi ranks, or have the hotel call it for you. Often you'll be able to pay for the taxi at the hotel. Extra is charged for luggage, night service as well as waiting time. Italian taxi drivers do not expect a tip.
Getting Around the City on the Water
In Venice you have two options - get around on foot or by boat. To get to your hotel from the Venice airport or the train stationyou will have to take a water taxi, or public transport.
If you are staying in the San Marco district, once you get to your hotel you will be able to reach most of the the major attractions in Venice on foot. Walking in Venice is fun and an essential part of the Venetian experience. You will cross numerous bridges, boutique shops selling glass souvenirs, and squares with outdoor restaurants and cafes.
While it's easy to get lost in the narrow streets, you can always find your way back to St. Mark's Square and Rialto by following frequent signs attached to buildings.