We are staying at the Hotel Stucky on Giudecca. We are wondering what the best mode of transportation is from the Marco Polo airport. We'd like to take a water taxi, however, we would like to avoid the high costs. Any suggestions on the various transportation options? Also, is there a shared water taxi service that we could take advantage of?
There is a shared boat service that you can book in advance at venicelink.com. It s €21 per person, two minimum. However, the Molino Stucky is not on the list of hotels they service. You could email them and ask how much extra it would cost to take you over to the Giudecca. Also, the boat may wait up to 40 minutes for other passengers before departing from the airport.
Take the Alilaguna if you don't want to pay for a water taxi. http://www.alilaguna.it/en/lines/lines-map
Your hotel also suggests, on their webpage, to use the land bus to P. Roma and change to the vaporetto to the stop 5 minutes walk from their hotel, and then to get to the main part of Venice they run a complementary boat over to St Marks.
I can't speak of the airport arrival. We came by car and parked in the Tronchetto area. We then took a water taxi to Hotel Stucky. The dock is a short walk as described by a previous responder. Once at Stucky, they have a water taxi that will take you to a stop by the Piazza San Marco. They do 2 stops actually, I just can't remember the second one. The Hotel itself is very nice. We were upgraded to an apartment unit that had a small kitchenette and seperate living room. I hope that you are packing light. We each had a carry on and I had a backpack. No matter which water taxi you take you will be walking up and over on a footbridge. I felt sorry for the tourist we saw in Venice struggling with large suitcases. The hotel has a rooftop pool and restaurant with a nice view of Venice. Enjoy!
Kaye, we stayed at this hotel on opening day in 2007. My wife will be returning there in a couple of weeks. The best way to get there from the airport is the Alilaguna boat www.alilaguna.it It's the next to last stop on the Linea Blu line. This public boat is the only one that stops at the hotel. 15Euro. You don't need the 100Euro water taxi ride. As a separate note, the hotel may still have their two private shuttle boats that depart the hotel and San Marco plaza at identical times every 30 minutes. These shuttles also used to stop at Zattere where there are some nice restaurants. It does take 1:45 to get there on the Linea Blu. If you want to get there faster, you can take one of the two airporter buses (ACTV and ATVO) (7Euro) to the Piazzale Roma and then take the 4.1 vaporetto to the Palanca stop (7Euro or a vaporetto card). It's a 300' walk from the Palanca stop to the hotel. Two small canal bridges to cross. It's a bit more difficult but it's about 30-40 minutes faster. My wife and daughter will be using this method to get to the hotel.
Thank you for your responses. I think we are going for the Blue Line. Relax and not have to make the various transfers. But being a fickled person I will change my mind a hundred times before we walk out of the terminal!
The Alilaguna is probably the easiest although it will be slow...especially when you see all of the water taxis zipping around you. If you want to make the most of your time and have a very nice blast of a boat ride through Venice Islands then take a water taxi. It's expensive, but it just might be worth it. Personally I've stayed at the Molino on a previous trip, and it is just too far removed for me. It's not convenient to any of the sites like staying on the main island. I won't stay there again.