we are staying at a hotel in venice on the grand canal. there is a water taxi stop near the front of the hotel. what is the most practical way to get from our hotel to the cruise ship dock with our luggage?
We did it a couple of years ago and we dont travel light - but it was FINE.
Took the water BUS (cheapest) to the Roma stop. I think its called Roma - its the main stop for the ordinary bus terminal. And from there onto a bus and its about one stop away. Ask the driver. Alternatively take a taxi from the bus terminal if you like but if the ship is where our Celebrity one was - its at the entrance to the harbour and we had virtually no distance to cover form the bus stop.
The water busses are so easy to maneuvre with luggage becuase of their ramps!
If you told us where on the Grand Canal your hotel is, it would be a bit easier, but yes, you're never too far from a waterbus (vaporetto) stop if you're on the Grand Canal. The vaps pretty much criss-cross the canal, making frequent stops on both sides.
You can do it by vaporetto and bus, or vaporetto and taxi like gillian says. The absolutely easiest way is to simply take a water taxi. The hotel can call one just like calling a cab. This could cost you a few bucks (which you should ascertain ahead of time), but it's by far the easiest way to go, especially with luggage.
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thanks for your reply. we are staying by the sant angelo vap stop.
from your response, i deduce its ok to take the vaps with luggage.....is that correct?
also, do you know the vap stop closest to the cruise ship docks? there seems to be two areas named statzione maritima - one by the san basilio stop and one by the santa marta stop. the address of our cruise ship dock is 18 marittima place, but i cannot find it on the venice map.
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You can definitely take luggage on the vaps, but try to avoid rush hour for obvious reasons.
I forget the stop closest to the dock (never cruised to or from Venice, but have spent considerable time there over the years). They'll surely be able to tell you at the hotel.
Oh, and the fare structure on the vaps is crazy. It costs a fortune for single ride tickets, but one day and three day tourist passes are very economical, and definitely the way to go. Be sure to ride up and down the Grand Canal at night. There's nothing like it.