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Dear Ms Sterne,

We will be in Venice just after Easter, staying at the Hotel Ala, and wanted to know if booking Motoscavi from the U.S. to take us to the airport from the hotel is a wise idea.  The hotel has told us the charge would be E150 if we booked through them, but only E100 if I booked directly myself.  Also, how long of a boat ride is it and how long of a walk from the dock to the airport?  In the U.S. we are told to be at the airport 2 hours before scheduled flight.  Is this true in Italy as well?

Thank you so much.
Dorothy Bianchi

Hello Dorothy,

Spring is the perfect time to visit Venezia!  The taxi from the airport will take a little over an hour to reach your hotel and it is a wonderful way to enter Venice and see the entire lagoon!

To answer your questions: Yes, it is safe to book the Motoscafi water taxi online before you go.  They are reliable and the standard price is 100 Euro.  There is also a Motoscafi information desk inside the airport where you can confirm your taxi. The walk to the dock will take about 15 minutes from inside the terminal.

Was your hotel offering to arrange the taxi in one direction for 150 euros?  Or would that be for a round-trip transfer?  You may want to check on that with the hotel.  If it is round-trip you would be better off to book through them.  Although you will also want to ask them if that is for a private taxi, or if you would be sharing with other guests.

And finally, yes, you should arrive at the airport two hours before an international flight, or one hour before a flight within the EU.  

I hope this information helps and that you'll have a wonderful time in Venezia!


Marjorie Sterne


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I can answer many types of questions about travel in Venice Italy including questions on the topics of transportation, wireless communications, restaurants and/or shopping for food, bars and nightlife, shopping for locally produced souvenirs, where to acquire personal necessities, how to do laundry, the Lido di Venezia, excursions to the outlying islands, and how to rent apartments for short terms stays. Unfortunately I am unable to answer questions about hotels in Venice and I do not hold myself forth as an expert on the historical sites of the city. But I can, of course, recommend my personal favorite museums!


My first visit was in the summer of the year 2000, when I stumbled off a train at Santa Lucia Station with absolutely no idea of the wonders that awaited me outdoors. I have since been visiting Venice at least twice a year, usually spending at least three weeks at a stretch. Yes! I am one of those people who fell in love with the city at first site. In the winter of 2010 I authored and published the OG Venice Travel Guide which is a top ten guide to Venice on the iTunes App Store and is now also available through,, the Google eBookstore and the Apple iBookstore. OG Venice Travel Guide focuses primarily on providing detailed practical information about life in Venice such as how to get around town, where to eat good food at a reasonable price, where to buy genuine locally produced goods and how to do normal things like wash clothing or buy outlet converters. Originally imagined as a guide primarily for students and long term visitors, OG Venice Travel Guide has proved popular with a much larger audience and has gained a reputation locally in Venice as the guide that introduces the "real Venice" to visitors.

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