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Arriving in Venice can be a hectic experience.  Enjoy a stress-free start to your vacation with this one-way, private transfer service. You’ll be picked up by a private water taxi at the Santa Lucia Station, if arriving by train, or the Piazzale Roma bus terminal, and then taken directly to your hotel in Venice or Venice Lido. It’s a convenient, customizable way to start your Venetian visit in comfort and style!


  • Private arrival transfer from Santa Lucia Station or Piazzale Roma to Venice hotels
  • Make use of a drop-off in central Venice or Venice Lido
  • Relax with comfortable, air-conditioned water taxi transport
  • Avoid the hassle of long taxi lines at the start of a vacation
  • Enjoy a private service that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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What You Can Expect

Private Arrival Transfer: Venice Train or Bus Stations to Venice Hotels

Start your Venice vacation with a private water taxi transfer!

When arriving in Venice, skip the stress of taking a public water bus or haggling with boat drivers by pre-booking this private water taxi service. 

Your boat will be waiting at either the Santa Lucia Station or the Piazzale Roma bus terminal, depending on whether you arrive by train or by bus. Your friendly and professional driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel in central Venice or the Venice Lido area. Relax and enjoy the ride across the Venetian Lagoon and through the city’s famed canals.

Please provide hotel and arrival details when booking your transfer. You will receive instant confirmation and a travel voucher to show the driver. You’ll be asked to reconfirm your pickup time and location 24-48 hours before your arrival by contacting the number on your voucher. 

Price is per person, based on six adults per boat.

Please note: Guests staying at Venice’s Hotel Marriott (Isola delle Rose) will need to pay a surcharge of €20 at the time of service due to the hotel’s more distant location.

Customer Reviews

Debra l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Absoutely the way to go. After flying for 20 hours we arrived in Venice tired as soon as we got our luggage a man holding a sign with our name greeted us and brought us to the boat. They loaded our luggage and we had a beautiful boat drive to our hotel going through the grand canal and other canals. What a amazing way to start a vacation.

Joseph B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

They were waiting for us when we got off the train, took care of our luggage and got us quickly to our hotel.

Cliff T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We wanted to leave early due to illness and the operator made it all happen with ease! Job well done!

Leon Lisa United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was waiting for us when we arrived on the train. She escorted us to our boat, which then took us to the door of our hotel. Well worth a few extra euros!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Saves time and frees you up not to worry about getting around.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We ended up driving to the airport to return our car. When I talked to the transfer agent about getting transporation from the airport vs the originally intended train, they were very efficient and changed it immediately to leaving from the airport! We were so pleased. They loaded our luggage on a car and pushed it to the dock and we were off!! Of course, the lightening storm had us a bit nervous, but the boat captain was calm and reassuring. Right to the front door of our hotel, San Sebastiano. Awesome and we will use Viator again.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

There was a representative waiting for us as we got off the train and she took us directly to our water taxi.

Trish J

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Well worth the money as we were guided from our late train into Venice to our hotel. The staff were lovely and helped with everything.

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