Unmissable tourist sites
Hopping on and off a vaporetto, particularly the two lines that go up and down the Grand Canal, is part of the charm of visiting Venice. The vaporetto network is run by the ACTV (except for the line that links Venice to the airport, which is run by the Alilaguna company).
Fares and discounts
Tickets and passes are purchased from ACTV ticket counters. The main branch is on Piazzale Roma, but tickets can also be bought from the central stations (or on board the vaporetto when the ACTV ticket offices are closed). Tickets must be stamped before boarding.
Single journey: the price is quite exorbitant: €6.50, valid for only 1hr!
Pass: 12hr (€14), 24hr (€16) or 72hr (€31).
The VENICEcard comes in two versions, Culture or Transport and, depending on your age, junior or senior (from 30 years old). The card can be booked up to 48hr prior to arrival: t 041 24 24 - www.venicecard.it (attractive discounts).
Culture: offers unlimited travel on public transport and free entrance to city museums and churches that are part of the “Chorus” network. Validity: 3 days - €59 or 7 days - €77. Add €20 for transport to the airport.
Transport: less expensive, this pass offers unlimited travel on public transport and discounts to museums and churches that are part of the “Chorus” network. Validity: 3 days - €37.50 or 7 days - €58.
Rolling VENICEcard: for young people aged between 14 and 29 years (€4). Offers discounts on some 200 services: hotels, youth hostels, campsites, public transport, restaurants, universities, museums, Biennale and some shops. Make sure you have proof of identity that indicates your age.
Between midnight and 5am, Venice is served by vaporetto N, which goes along the same route as the 82 vaporetto line (departure from Tronchetto, stopping at Grand Canal, San Marco, Lido, San Giorgio Maggiore, Giudecca, Zattere and Tronchetto).
Gondola service available from 8 designated landing jetties along the Grand Canal. The traghetto ferries people from one canal bank to another for €0.60. Queues can be very long.
More than a means of transport, the gondola is a pleasure boat. They are available from various locations around the city. Their fares are fixed by the city and are non-negotiable. A journey costs €80 for the first 40 minutes (6 passengers maximum), after which €40 for each additional 20min period. Outings by moonlight (from 7pm to 8am) cost €100 for the first 40 minutes and then €50 for each additional 20 minute period.
Fares are fixed by law: in addition to a fixed €13 pick-up charge, the price is charged per minute at €1.80/minute. Extra charges for night trips, luggage and additional passengers (over 4 people) are also added.
Look for a yellow sign on the side of the boat that indicates the boat’s number and the city’s black insignia and check that the meter is clearly visible. In case of disagreement about the fare, note down the taxi’s number, time and date and remember to ask for a receipt indicating the trip covered and the amount paid. Do not board cabs that offer “fixed fare” journeys to tourists laden down with luggage, because the rates are often excessive.