How is the transportation in Venice?

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You arrived finally in the city of romance and water. But, how is the transportation in Venice organized?

Well, for me it is all familiar. But, if you are here for the first time you'll undoubtedly wondering how it’s done.

Do I have to do everything with the gondola? These are frequently asked questions. I will give you the best tips about getting around in Venice.

Money-saving tip: Venice is compact and walkable. Often I prefer not to use a vaporetto. Of course when you are going to a nearby island you need a boat. My advice is to walk as many as possible. You will discover small alleys and bridges that make the city really romantic. In order not to get lost, get a guidebook with a good map of Venice...

Vaporetto Venice

In Venice you use the vaporetto boat (public transport on water). These boats are going on the Grand Canal and take you to Lido, Murano, Burano and Torcello. Vaporetto line 1 is the service on the Canal Grande, and stops at every station. This liner is ideal for exploring Venice. 

Strolling: Make Venice an adventure! Do differently than most tourists. Find the unknown streets and explore Venice. The best way to get lost!

You'll always find your way back if you follow the Grand Canal. The architecture, the buildings and the super cozy traditional restaurants are great if you encounter unexpectedly!

Gondola costs during daytime about EUR 80, - for a ride of 40 minutes. A maximum of 6 passengers. In the evening and at night it costs EUR 100, -. This does not include a serenade or a tip!

A Traghetto is a public gondola crossing the Grand Canal. A small pound to crossover. For tourists it costs approximately EUR 2.00 each time. The Traghetto boarding places are found along the Grand Canal 7 times.

A water taxi costs EUR 9, - + EUR 1.80 per minute. They charge EUR 6, - extra if they have to pick you up at your hotel at night and luggage. TIP! Before you get in a water taxi  you have to negotiate the price.

The Venice Conncected Card? Is the "Venice Connected Card" convenient ? Read all about this Card at my page Venice Connected Card >

Moving in VeniceTraghetto Gondela Canal Grande Venice

Transportation in Venice by Vaporetto

The vaporetto is the public transport inside Venice. The water buses are going up and down on the Grand Canal and to the surrounding islands.

A perfect transportation in Venice if you need to go from one point to another. Vaporetto no. 1 stops at every station on the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is the main waterway that runs through Venice.

Taking the vaporetto from Piazzale Roma to Piazza San Marco is about 45 minutes. A total of 20 lines serve you in and out Venice. A single water bus ticket cost € 7.50, including the price of luggage up to 150cm. The ticket is good for 75 minutes. During this time, you can change vaporetto lines.

The popular Venice TravelCards are the best solution if you want to explore Venice and the surrounding areas. This ACTV services allows unlimited travel, with the exception of the routes Alilaguna and the ACTV routes 16, 19, 21 and Casino route.


To use public transport in Venice you can purchase these tickets. 

Tourist Travel Card: 

Price of 1 ticket € 7.50.

  • 20,00 € - 1 DAY TRAVELCARD
  • 30,00 € - 2 DAYS TRAVELCARD
  • 40,00 € - 3 DAYS TRAVELCARD
  • 60,00 € - 7 DAYS TRAVELCARD

Click  here for more information ACTV service >

Station San Marco Venice

You can buy the tickets at the Hello Venezia ticket agencies, and various self-service ticket machines at e.g.:

Piazzale Roma, Rialto, Venice Marco Polo Airport and Punta Sabbioni.

Getting on board? Slide the tickets along the white reader on the platform and hump in. But, if you do not have a ticket, buy a ticket from the conductor to avoid a fine.

Getting on the Gondola

Moving in Venice

It is an ideal picture of transportation in Venice. A romantic gondola ride… TIP! If possible, find a quiet area to take on a gondola. These rides are mostly longer and less expensive. A ride costs easily between € 70 and € 100 for 50 minutes, depending on where you start and how busy it is.

I don’t like it when it is too busy in Venice and you collide with another gondola. The canals are narrow. If there is a lot of traffic, your gondola ride goes slowly and the  50 minutes are over before you know it.

Transportation in Venice by Taxi 

Taxi in Venice

Luxury... But great if you need to be somewhere fast and comfortable. Especially, on hot days and with small children, a taxi is super. Often you can order a taxi at your hotel reception desk.

Surprisingly, a lot of people fit in a luxury taxi boat. A group of eight people is possible. But, don’t forget this kind of transport is quite expensive.

A water taxi from;

  • Piazza San Marco - Piazzale Roma will cost you between € 75 - € 100;
  • Piazza San Marco – San Marco Airport will cost you around € 120 (30 minutes).

The Venice Connected Card

The Venice Connected Card (formerly the Venice Card) offers an a la carte package of transport and other services. However, it is a frustrating pricing scheme that is bound to a certain time. You can purchase it in advance. Get your Venice Connected Card >

This means that you need to plan all sights in advance. I prefer when I’m in Venice to purchase a Venice Travel Card. The entrance to a museum I pay separately.


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Be smart and get a cheap parking place when you are visiting Venice Italy ! Here is an overview and mostly they have a shuttle services to Venice... Check it out! 

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To the airport. 

For an extra € 4 (one way) or € 8 (return) you can travel between Piazzale Roma and Marco Polo airport with the ACTV's No. 5 Aerobus.

(This bus is cheaper but less comfortable than the ATVO airport coach on the same route.)

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