Methods to get round Venice by foot, gondola or vaporetto

As Venice is exclusive so is its transportation system and getting across the metropolis. In any case, there are sure to be some modifications to what one considers “frequent” methods of public transport when the streets are literally waterways.

It takes some getting used to, in addition to adaptability and the information that shifting round Venice and the islands of the Lagoon doesn’t come low-cost, however our high ideas are right here to assist make all of it simpler. Here’s what it is advisable find out about Venice’s vaporettos, buses, tickets and the whole lot in between.

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Strolling most likely stays the easiest way to get across the six sestieri of Venice. Town on the Lagoon is comparatively small (going from the Santa Lucia railway station to Saint Mark’s Sq. will take you round thirty minutes on foot, for instance). And its principal sights are often well-marked and simple to search out – though it is best to most likely arm your self with a superb GPS and a pleasant map.

Strolling alongside the canals is certainly a novel expertise in itself and can assist you to uncover hidden corners and squares you would possibly in any other case miss. There’s no want to fret about acqua alta – the town deploys walkways in case the streets get flooded, however it’s finest if in case you have some rain boots able to go if you happen to plan to go to in autumn.


Vaporettos are one of many staples of the Lagoon. The place “regular” cities have buses (Venice included – in its mainland space), the Serenissima has what are basically water buses. The vaporetto service is run by Venice’s municipal public transport system, ACTV, and it connects all details of curiosity in each the six sestieri and the opposite islands of the Lagoon. There are a number of traces of vaporettos divided into 4 principal classes, essentially the most related to vacationers being the “metropolis heart traces” 1 and a couple of which sail alongside the Grand Canal. 

Vaporettos are fairly costly (and it’s higher to purchase your ticket beforehand and validate it while you come on board to keep away from the extra payment for buying onboard) – a single ticket, legitimate for 75 minutes, comes up at €7.50. It’s also possible to purchase 24-hour passes for a single day, two days, three days or seven days for, respectively, €20, €30, €40 and €60.

Grand Canal with woman traveler in hat on Academia bridge in Venice


It’s not broadly identified, however there’s a traghetto (ferry) service that enables individuals to cross from one facet to the opposite of the Grand Canal – it’s less expensive than a vaporetto and broadly utilized by Venetians. The ticket prices €2 and there are a number of spots alongside the Canal the place you’ll be able to board the ferry to get to the opposite facet – Santa Sofia, Riva del Carbon, San Tomà, Santa Maria del Giglio and Punta della Dogana. The service is energetic from round 9am to 6pm (it varies barely from boarding spot to boarding spot) and is closed on holidays and metropolis festivals.

Water taxi

Identical to another metropolis, Venice has its personal taxi service too – on water, after all. Water taxis are positively a good selection if you wish to attain your vacation spot shortly, however take into account that they’re most likely the most costly technique of transportation out there (and costs go up much more at night time). Water taxis can transport as much as round ten individuals, so if there’s sufficient of you in your group splitting the fare is perhaps an reasonably priced resolution.

View of canal in Venice Italy at night with gondolas
Extra a quintessential Venice expertise,  gondolas are one other key mode of transport © f11photo / Shutterstock


Greater than a correct means of getting across the metropolis, the gondola is an expertise and a vacationer attraction in its personal proper. Routes and costs differ and are often agreed upon on the spot with every gondoliere, however you’ll be able to count on to pay about €80 for a half-hour tour by day and about €100 for a similar time by night time. Sharing a gondola is, after all, at all times a superb resolution to decrease the costs – although they will’t carry as many individuals as a water taxi.


The ferry service consists of two principal traces, 17 and 11, which join Venice to the broader Lagoon space, beginning with the Lido, shifting south to Pellestrina (on Linea 11) and the seashore space of Cavallino to the north (on Linea 17). The ferry is a superb alternative if you wish to carry your individual trip with you – costs begin at €8 (plus the motive force ticket) for automobiles and motorbikes.

View of the entrance to the city of Venice, Piazzale Roma
The doorway to the town of Venice, Piazzale Roma is a serious hub for trams, boats and buses © Petr Jilek / Shutterstock


Buses don’t flow into on the Lagoon, after all, and their principal perform is to attach Venice to Mestre on the mainland after which transfer round Mestre itself. Some traces, although, do attain into Venice and cease at Piazzale Roma, not too distant from the Santa Lucia railway station. Single tickets are €1.50, and you should buy a ten-ticket carnet for €14.


Venice has solely two tram traces, that are a fantastic possibility if you happen to’re really staying in Mestre moderately than on the Lagoon. Considered one of them, T2, strikes solely on the mainland, whereas the opposite reaches Piazzale Roma – similar to the bus service. And similar to the bus service, a single ticket is €1,50 whereas a ten ticket carnet for €14.

Accessible transportation in Venice

Vacationers with entry wants won’t instantly consider Venice as a really user-friendly vacation spot exactly due to what makes it Venice – canals, slim streets, no buses. And but the Serenissima is sort of attentive to dismantling architectural boundaries, even when there’s at all times room for enchancment.

For individuals who want to discover the town on their very own with out public transport a pool of consultants, together with individuals with disabilities who reside in Venice, have put collectively a set of barrier-free routes that may be discovered on the town’s official web site. 

As for vaporettos, all needs to be outfitted in a means that enables everybody to board – despite the fact that some points could also be attributable to a very excessive tide. Most vaporettos can transport as much as 4 wheelchairs, and tickets are €1.50 (whereas a companion travels freed from cost).

Arriving in Venice

Marco Polo Airport Water shuttles and water taxis depart from the airport ferry dock. Buses run each half-hour (5.20am to 12.50am) to Piazzale Roma.

Treviso Airport Buses run to Piazzale Roma, or Tronchetto (for the monorail to Piazzale Roma). Buses run to Treviso prepare station for trains to Santa Lucia station.

Piazzale Roma (automotive parks and bus station) Vaporetti (small passenger ferries) to metropolis locations depart Piazzale Roma docks.

Venezia Santa Lucia prepare station Vaporetti depart from Ferrovia (Station) docks.

Venezia Mestre prepare station Switch by prepare to Venezia Santa Lucia.

Venezia Terminal Passeggeri Docking cruise liners often shuttle passengers into Venice; in any other case, taxis and vaporetti depart from the waterfront.

Gondolas are again in Venice