pre-cruise hotel and transport for family in Venice

We are traveling to Venice in September for a cruise and would like advice on hotels and transportation for a family of 6, including my mother and our 3 young children... as well as the luggage. I remember being younger in Venice and dragging my luggage around from the train station to hotel and back again. Are there any reasonably priced hotels not too far out of town to and from which one could take a taxi (not private water taxi which seems very expensive)? Am I just in for a rude awakening in traveling with the large family? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14148 posts

The first problem is that six people and cruise luggage will not fit into one taxi.

Posted by Andrea
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
675 posts

I believe the Alilaguna goes to the cruise terminal.

Posted by Karen
24 posts

You might want to think of Mestre, just. 15 minute ride over the causeway that leads into the port. We are cruising in September and are taking a train into Mestre station and getting a van to take us directly from the train station to the port. The rates are far more reasonable from Mestre.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
4382 posts

Most definitely 6 people plus luggage can fit into a private water taxi. And by the time you buy 6 vaporetto tix you'll probably be very close to the price of a private water taxi. We take small school groups of 14-18 every year and in Venice we split the group between 2 private water taxis...and all of us have luggage. You can see the price of a water taxi here: It definitely is the best way to get to/from your hotel with luggage especially if you are a group. You can put up to 10 people + luggage in a private water taxi. The base price from the Santa Lucia Train station to a hotel in Venice is 60 Euro for 5 persons. Each additional person you add is an additional 10 Euro. This is a reputable website, because I book them every year. Please don't waste your valuable Venetian vacation time staying in Mestre. Mestre is NOT the magical Venice you've come halfway around the world to see.