I am going to Venice next week and will be arriving by train. Does anyone know the best and mot economical way to get to our hotel which is just behind St. Mark's square? I have heard that a private water taxi is very expensive. I will have my rolling suitcase and carry on bag with me. I could use some advice! Thanks, Carol
Carol, Just received an update from RS about upcoming tour which begins in Venice. The #82 that Kent mentioned has been changed to #2. Reading my info Sheet:
"from there (St Lucia train station) it is a scenic cruise on a vaporetto (bus-boat)to the hotel. Walk straight out of the station to the canal and head to the vaporetto docks to your left. Take vaporetto #2 to the San Zacarria stop (E6.50,6/hr,takes 45 minutes). Buy a vaporetto ticket "un biglietto per San Zaccaria?" at the ticket window. Be sure to validate your ticket in the yellow machines before you leave. Confirm with conductor "San Zaccaria?" as you board."
Our beginning hotel is near St. Marks square. If you'll search this website for the 2008 guidebook updates, you may find information more specific to your hotel. Hope this helps.
"just behind St. Mark's square" can mean a lot of things. Check with your hotel's website for arrival directions. With the way the Grand Canal snakes around, you may be better served to get off at someplace along the way rather than San Marco.
Most hotels post fairly good directions from the three main arrival pointsof the airport, train and car park.
Carol, Ron is correct. Do you have a website for your hotel? We can be more helpful if you do. Note that the #1 vaporetto is the local. It stops at every stop along the Grand Canal before heading off to Lido. The #82 is an express in that it stops at fewer stops. Your hotel should be able to tell you which vaporetto stop is the one you want. You can easily take your luggage on the vaporetto.
Consider buying a vaporetto pass for your stay in Venice. You can buy it at any ticket booth. I always use the vaporetto frequently when in Venice and find that, at EUR 6,50 per single ride on the Grand Canal, the pass pays for itself quickly. Trips to Murano and Burano are covered by the pass too. Note that the clock starts ticking when you validate it - if stamped at noon on day 1, a 24 hour pass expires at noon on day 2. That's a better deal than some cities' daily passes that expire at midnight.