vaporetto getting around in venice

Traveling to and from Venezia (Venice) and getting around the city is just like traveling in any major tourist area. There are less expensive ways and very expensive ways to get over to the city, so you have plenty options based on your budget, how long you want to wait, and how many bags you plan on lugging around. To plan your trip you just need to understand your options and then make your plan.


Venice (Marco Polo)Airport is located just 12km (seven miles) from Venice, Marco Polo airport is the main hub of European and national flights to the Veneto region. It is easily accessible by land or water, and when occasionally blighted by fog, planes land at nearby airports in Treviso or Verona. Marco Polo is one of the busiest airports in Italy.


Treviso Airport the divert airport for Venice in case of bad weather conditions is Treviso, also there are some national airlines that utilize the Treviso Airport, but fares are posted as Venice, so look at your ticket well or you could exit the airport wondering where you ended up at. The most convenient way to get from Treviso airport (S. Guiseppe) to Venice (Pzzle. Roma) is to take the ATVO bus which has a time schedule organized to accommodate flights arriving and departing. You will arrive in Venice at Piazzale Roma, from where you can walk or take a water-bus into the heart of the city.


The most romantic way to arrive in Venice (weather permitting) is by boat, and there are plenty of motor boats (motoscafo) in Venice. From the airport Alaguna offers a water-bus service for (€17 standard fare), and the ride takes about 1 hour, this no longer than the bus or taxi, and the approach to St Mark’s Square, from the water, is fantastic. The Alilaguna water bus service (telephone number: (041) 523 5775; fax number: (041) 522 939; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) departs hourly 0615-0010 and takes one hour, tickets can be bought in the arrival area just to the left of the gate area as you exit. Water taxis (telephone number: (041) 541 5084) are quicker and cost effective if you have a group, costs start around €120 for up to 4 persons with 1 bag each (surcharge for additional bags will be charged), be sure and confirm the cost prior to boarding and they should give you a receipt, if not do not give a tip (see tipping below)

A cheaper alternative is by land, on the ATVO airbus, these are generally the blue colored buses (telephone number: (041) 541 5180) to Piazzale Roma, which departs every 20 minutes 0835-2330 and costs €3 (journey time is approx 20 minutes).

Cheaper still is the ACTV orange colored public buses (telephone number: (041) 528 7886) public bus 5 should be the bus number you are looking for, which costs just €1 and departs every 30 minutes 0525-2125 (journey time is approx 30 minutes to Piazzale Roma).

Car taxis to Piazzale Roma wait outside the arrivals hall and cost approximately €30-40 a car not persons, again confirm cost prior to getting in and they should give you a receipt. (telephone number: (041) 936 222).


Venice is visited by strolling·through the streets, over the bridges, and sitting in small piazzas having a caffe or wine while·figuring out where to go next.  But if you want to see a lot and have little time, you can use the water buses called vaporetti and operated by Azienda Consorziale Transporti Venezia– ACTV (telephone number: (041) 528 7886).· Tickets cost €7.50 for trips that include the Grand Canal and €3.50 for those that do not. There is also a 24-hour pass which is available for €17.50 and a good value three-day ticket priced at €32, both passes allow the visitor to travel on all vaporetto lines including the Grand Canal and islands. Tickets and passes are available for purchase at most landing stations and selected news paper stands and should be punched in the yellow machine before boarding. Failure to provide a valid stamped ticket when requested results in a €50 fine, plus the full value of the ticket. Tickets are also valid for ACTV road buses, which operate to Piazzale Roma from Mestre and the airport. ACTV operates a 24-hour service but not on all routes.

Traghetti (public ferries) are traditionally used by locals to cross the Grand Canal because there are only three main bridges that cross the Grand Canal, the fourth by the Train station is the newest and does not really count. The traghetti is an open hull gondola, that you stand up in and are rolled across the canal. A quick journey and not always a calm ride (if you are a nervous type and have poor swimming abilities this may not be the best option for you). The trip costs you 50 cents euro for locals and 2 euro for tourist, the ride is over in about 4 minutes.

Water taxis in Venice are perhaps the most expensive taxi service in Europe, and there is a minimum set charge of around €30, a brief trip along the Grand Canal will cost in the region of €70-80 and on top of this there are surcharges for extra passengers, (over the standard four), luggage and travelling by night. Water Taxis (telephone number: (041) 541 5084) can be ordered by telephone but will have a minimum of €20 on the clock when they arrive. Co-operative San Marco (telephone number: (041) 523 5775) also operates a water taxi service. Stands are located at the train station, Piazzale Roma, Rialto, San Marco and the Lido. Official water taxis have a black registration number on a yellow background. Visitors are advised to stay away from illegal operators.

Car Taxis operate between Piazzale Roma and the mainland only. Since hailing a taxi can prove difficult, visitors find it easier to call for a pickup from a reputable company, such as Radio Taxi (telephone number: (041) 523 7774), which around 15 euro for short trips, like from Piazzale Roma to Mestre Train Station. Visitors should beware of unlicensed taxis without the usual sign or meter.

Tipping has become expected for both land and water taxis, but not necessary, I advise only to tip if the people actually help you with the bags, are friendly, and give you a receipt. Do not be foolish and give a big tip for nothing, Italians and most Europeans do not tip at all and if they do it is only to round up to the nearest 5 euro.


The Venetian equivalent of the limousine is the gondola. For the ultimate travelling experience, there is nothing like gliding under the Bridge of Sighs, leaning back in plush red velvet seats and listening to the gentle slap of water against the crumbling palazzi walls. Gondola Rides in Venice


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