We're starting off our three week Croatia vacation with three days in Venice where we've rented an apartment. There are three senior citizens in our party.
We'll each have one large suitcase and a smaller carry on.
We're debating whether to hire a water taxi and take our luggage with us, or check the large bags into storage at the airport and just take the carry ons via a Vaparetto.
Which is the better option?
It's not really a matter of which is the 'better' option so much as which suits you best.
If you're happy to only have your carry-ons for three days then there is luggage storage at the airport. It's run by Trasbagagli. Info here:
Do allow plenty of extra time to collect your bags when you fly onwards. There may be queues.
A water taxi from the airport will be very expensive (you can bank on it costing well over 100 euro). I'd prefer to take the excellent, frequent and reliable ATVO bus service from the airport to Piazzale Roma in Venice (where all land traffic stops). The buses are long-distance type, comfortable and safe. There are no intermediate stops and your large bags, if you don't leave them at the airport, will just go in the hold. Info here:
Once at Piazzale Roma you can either a) take a water taxi or walk to your apartment or b) leave your large bags at the Trasbagagli luggage storage facility in P. Roma. Info on the Trasbagagli link above. Personally, I wouldn't want to struggle with large bags on a vaporetto (they're often very busy)....and you'll anyway have to pay extra if you have more than one bag per person.
Alternatively, and depending on where your apartment is sited, you might find that one of the Alilaguna boat lines from and to the airport will drop you near enough to walk to your apartment. A ticket includes one suitcase and one hand luggage per person, with a charge of 3 euro for extra bags:
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