Alilaguna or water taxi

I will be staying a B&B3c in Venice soon The 4 of us with 3 luggages are thinking of taking the Alilaguna Line Blu from the airport to San Zaccaria/Jolanda stop. The Website of our B&B tells us that. The price is 15 a person which is fine but someone suggested the Shared Shuttle offered at the airport. I would have to purchase the tickets online to book the shuttle
price is a little higher. I don't know if I should get a private water taxi and pay the 100 or the Alilaguna or the Shared Shuttle. Do they all take the same amount of time to get to Venice I know the price is different for all 3 Any advice?

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8757 posts

I'd never heard of the shared shuttle until it was mentioned the other day. I'm not saying it isn't good but before I chose that I'd want to look very carefully at recent reviews. I haven't done that but that's what I'd do if it were me. I like vaporettos and if I were flying into Venice I'd probably take the bus to P Roma and then the vaporetto. But that's me. What do your fellow travelers want to do?

Posted by mina
guelph, ontario, canada
58 posts

Thanks Nigel that sounds fine but I thought with 3 medium size luggages the Alilaguna
line Blu is what my B&B suggests. I too never heard of the shuttle until recently but I don't think I will go that route. Im guessing the Alilaguna is the most convenient way there a little more $$ though

Posted by herman
white rock, b.c., canada
9 posts

For an easy way tale the Alliguna. No better way to get to Venice than by water.

Posted by Frank
Oxford, MS, United States
26 posts

The Alilaguna water bus has the potential to be a disaster. I put my family on this thing. We got our tickets at the airport, but there was such a line that we didn't get on the next bus. Italians do not believe in an orderly queue, so we had to push and shove constantly to stay near the entrance to the next boat. This was on a floating dock that caused us all to be terribly seasick. There is no way they would set it up so people could form an orderly queue on dry land. Oh, no! Years ago we took a land bus to Piazzia Roma, then took a vaparetto. This is the best option.

Posted by mina
guelph, ontario, canada
58 posts

Gee I don't know if I should laugh or cry. Lol I guess I should just pick one way and go with it I appreciate all the input but I haven't been to Venice in 20years
and it was an organized tour then so who remembers.

Posted by Rose
NYC
922 posts

The Alilaguna water bus has the potential to be a disaster. LOL!!! I remember thinking the same, though for different reasons. There was no pushing or shoving in my experience, and I don't recall standing on a moving platform on the dock. I do remember the walk from the airport terminal to the dock being longer than I anticipated, and then they packed so many passengers inside the boat that it felt very loaded down. Space was very tight and everyone was really warm and perspiring. I remember thinking I might end up capsized and drowned at the bottom of the Venetian lagoon. I can think of worse places to end my days, and it all turned out well in the end - I made it to Zattere in Dorsoduro. But the next time I will definitely be trying to team up with others for a private water taxi, even if it means being dropped at a less convenient spot and having to walk a bit further to my hotel. I wouldn't even consider a land approach; that first sight of the Bacino di San Marco is thrilling beyond words.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8757 posts

If it is a proper licensed water taxi they should be able to take you to the water gate of your hotel or B&B. I've never investigated B&B3c other than to look at their webpages where they suggest the aililaguna and also, if you read a bit further, the bus to P Roma and vaporetto combination. If the facility doesn't have a water gate they will drop you at the nearest landing or the nearest ACTV stop or the nearest traghetto dock.

Posted by Ashley
Rocky Mount, USA
82 posts

Mina, My husband and I were in Venice last June. We took the Alilaguna. It is extremely slow. I recommend the water taxi which is what we used for the return to the airport. It is expensive, but the trip is around 20 minutes, give or take. You might find someone at the dock who would like want to share the taxi with you which would reduce the cost.

Posted by mina
guelph, ontario, canada
58 posts

Thanks My family of 4 will most likely to the water taxi unless I change my mind again