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"Public transports in Venice" Venice Transportation Tip by csordila

Venice Transportation: 670 reviews and 940 photos

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Venice is easy to get around, there are no cars or trains in the historic city center. Most sights are easily accessible on foot, though.
Far distances can be covered with the very popular vaporetto (little vapor). The name dates from when the boats were run by steam.
There are three types of boat:
the "vaporetto," a flat-decked boat used on routes inside the city;
the "motoscafo" used for routes into the Lagoon. It is smaller and able to pass under low bridges and in narrow canals;
the "motonave" is large double-decked ship used for commuter service to the Lido.

Line No.1 zigzags between 20 stations on its way from the Piazzale Roma to the Lido;
the No.2 express line, formerly numbered 82, runs from San Zaccaria (above the Piazza San Marco) through the Giudecca Canal to the Piazzale Roma, and the railway station.
No.3 line for Venice residents and for those in possession of a CartaVenezia or Tessera di Abbonamento only. Depart every 20 minutes from Piazzale Roma, covers the same stops as Line 1, and end at San Marco.

If you have any questions about the vaporetto, lines, tickets, and ACTV during your visit, you can call HelloVenezia at +39 041 2424.

At the front of every stops there is a counter, where you can purchase your ticket.
A single ticket is quite expensive: it costs € 6.50. Be sure to validate your ticket before boarding the boat. Simply insert it in the yellow ticket machine which stamps your ticket automatically.
It is more better if you might want to buy a 24-hour ticket ("biglietto ventiquattro ore") for € 12.00 right away. It gives you access to Venice for a whole day. If you board at a stop that doesn't have a ticket office, after boarding immediately ask for a biglietto. Otherwise, you could be fined heavily for traveling without a ticket.

Another but more expensive option is the Venice Card, which is available in 3 or 7 days version (€70.00 and €90.00 )includes benefits such as admission to city-owned museums and free use of public toilets.

Warning: Private water taxis are expensive. You need a mortgage to afford them, if you make it a habit. The fare from Marco Polo Airport to a hotel in central location may reach €100; a trip within the historic center costs €30 at least. Water taxis run under the collective name of "motoscafi" (not ACTV motoscafo!!)

Phone: +39 041 2424
Type: Ship/Boat

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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