Taxis in Venice
As you probably already know, there are two types of taxis in Venice, water taxis and land taxis. Although they are more expensive than their land-dwelling counterpart, the easiest option is to take a water taxi for your journeys around the city as most areas on the island of Venice are pedestrian-only. The closest you will be able to get to the historical centre in a land Venice taxi is Piazzale Roma. You can easily spot an official Venice water taxi by looking for the yellow stripe along the side and a clear license number. The taxis can be found at set docks around the city or can be called for by phone.
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Venice taxi prices
Average journey price in the city – 40€
Although Venice water taxis are convenient, they aren’t cheap. Most captains will charge a set price for your journey based on your pickup location and destination. It’s advisable to ask your driver for the price before beginning your journey to avoid being overcharged. As a general rule, you can expect to pay around €40 to €70 for most journeys within the historic centre in a Venice taxi and around €120 from Marco Polo Airport.
The price of your taxi in Venice may increase for things such as travelling at night, calling for a water taxi, heavy luggage and travelling during public holidays.
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How to get a taxi in Venice
Unlike most other cities, you can’t simply stick out your hand and hail a Venice taxi as they need to find a viable place to dock. The easiest way to take a taxi in Venice is to head to one of the designated docks. These can be found at all the major tourist spots, Venice Santa Lucia Railway Station, Piazzale Roma and Trochetto parking island.
If it’s late at night or you don’t want to get lost walking the winding streets of Venice, you can call for a water taxi from the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia on +41 522 2303. They are available 24 hours a day but do add on an additional charge for this service. If you’re travelling to the airport or are staying on the mainland of Venice and would like to book a land taxi, you can do so by calling +39 041 5964.
Book your Venice water taxi in advance
As transport in Venice is a little more on the expensive side, it’s nice to be able to budget and book your Venice taxi transfers in advance. Not only will it take some stress off planning whilst on your trip, but it will also give you peace of mind that all your transport needs are taken care of. There are multiple Venice taxi companies to choose from, but many have high booking fees and hidden extra costs. To secure a fair set-rate fee that you can trust, we suggest booking your taxi transfers in advance with Welcome Pickups.
Venice taxi tips
- Take care when getting in and out of Venice water taxis as they can be slightly slippy.
- You can check for your nearest Venice taxi dock on GoogleMaps.
- Tipping your Venice taxi driver is optional, but always appreciated if you think they did a great job.
- Be sure to agree on a price before starting your journey.
Wheelchair accessible water taxis in Venice
Although most taxis in Venice aren’t wheelchair accessible, there is a company called Sage Travelling that specialise in these transfers. Their water taxis are fully equipped with a hydraulic lift and fully trained drivers that are able to assist you. Up to 6 people and one wheelchair can fit on these boats. To book your wheelchair accessible Venice taxi, contact them on +1 281 547 7744 from the USA or +44 20 3540 6155 from the UK.
Venice taxi safety and complaints
Although it’s rare, you may come across some problems during your Venice taxi ride. If you find your driver has been rude, has overcharged you or that you rode in an unlicensed water taxi, you can report them to the local tourist police by calling +39 041 520 4777 or heading to the station at Calle San Zaccaria, Castello, 4693/A, 30122 Venice. If you do need to make a report, try to have your receipt, time and direction of your journey and your driver’s licence number.