Getting around in Venice: info, costs and advice

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Getting lost in the calli of the lagoon e stroll on foot through its narrow streets, and then come out at a panoramic point or near a bridge it is the best way to visit Venice and appreciate it at 360 °. In any case, going from one place of interest to another, although the distances are not very large, is quite tiring and therefore you can use the comfortable vaporetti and ferries.
Generally speaking, if you don't want to get "plucked" during your trip, put on comfortable shoes and walk as much as you can! Use the means to reach some more distant point, both in the city and to the islands like Burano and Murano, or if you are really tired.
Driving around is clearly not recommended, both for the scarce parking spaces and for their high cost. If you arrive by car in Venice, the suggestion is to leave it in Mestre and take the train or bus that will take you straight in front of the Grand Canal.


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Venice
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Getting around Venice is simple and there is no shortage of means, the only problem is the slightly high costs. Regardless of this, the advice is to move on foot since the distances, often large, are still pleasant to travel and will make you fully experience the city.
Consider use the ferry or vaporetto only for excursions to the islets or if your hotel is particularly far away.
If you have to spend more days in Venice it is useful to get the ACTV pass for vaporetto and bus, or the ACTV booklet which includes water buses and buses to use for the city and the islands (3-day ticket € 40,00, 7 days € 60,00 , ). Alternatively, the Venezia City Pass includes both attractions and transport.
Finally, it may be helpful to download theOfficial Transport App from Play Store or App Store, with which you can buy travel tickets, pay for parking on the blue lines, calculate routes and see timetables.

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, vaporetto, water taxi (comfortable but expensive)
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: ACTV PASS (from € 10,50 -), ACTV waterbus and bus carnet (from € 20,00 for 1 day up to € 60,00 for 7 days), Venezia City Pass (attractions + transport, from € 51,00 )

How to get from the airport to the center of Venice

Venice is served by the Marco Polo airport, which is located on the mainland about 10 km from the city. There are several ways to get to the center, both expensive and cheap. THE water taxi they are the most expensive and best choice if you have a lot of suitcases, while the cheapest way is the normal one city ​​bus, but it takes longer due to stops on the way. A good value for money is represented by the Bus Express. I remember that the buses stop in Piazzale Roma at the terminus and, from here, you can take a vaporetto or walk to reach your hotel.
Another airport is the Valerio Catullo of Verona, about 129 km, 1 hour 20 minutes by car from Venice connected by Trenitalia in 2 hours or by Flixbus bus that leaves from the Porta Nuova bus station (accessible from the airport with the Aerobus line, € 6,00).

From "Marco Polo" to the center

  • Distance from the center: 15 km / Average travel time 25 minutes;
  • Private water taxis: ticket cost € 110,00 / Average travel time: 25 minutes;
  • Alilaguna steamboats: ticket cost € 15,00 / Average travel time: 60 - 90 minutes;
  • By taxi: average cost € 35,00 - 40,00 / Average travel time: 25 minutes;
  • By bus: Bus Express ATVO line 35 - Average cost € 8,00 - Average travel time: 20 minutes / ACTV city bus line 5 - Average cost € 8,00 - Average travel time: 35 minutes;
  • Private transfer: private transfer from Venice airport to Piazzale Roma.

From Verona Valerio Catullo Airport to Venice

  • Distance from the center: 129 km / Average travel time 1 hour 21 min;
  • By taxi: average cost € 70,00 - € 90,00 / Average travel time 1 hour 21 min;
  • By train: average cost € 15,45 / average travel time 2 hours;
  • By bus: Flixbus from the Porta Nuova bus station in Mestre 1 hour and 20 min / average cost € 18,00.

How to get around on foot

Getting around on foot in Venice is easy, because there is the crowd of tourists that marks the path to follow (unknowingly) and there are many and clear indications for pedestrians. Nonetheless, walking through the narrow streets and crossing the canals can be disorienting at first glance, so we recommend a guided walking tour for a first approach that will allow you to visit the most important places in the city and begin to know the key points as well to continue your journey independently.

It is pleasant and beautiful to see every corner of the most romantic city in Italy, but taking into account the distance from one attraction to another. To go, for example, from the S. Lucia railway station in Piazza S. Marco it is about 30 minutes on foot. Consider that the channels are many and points that seem close on the map, can be very distant to reach in reality. If there is high water, don't worry, because the city can still be visited thanks to the walkways present in the main routes, which will make you enjoy an even more particular and beautiful Venice.

Con i mezzi pubblici

As for public transport, Venice offers various solutions ... by sea of ​​course! On the mainland (i.e. the non-lagoon part of Venice which includes Mestre, Marghera, Favaro Veneto and Chirignago-Zelarino) buses and trams circulate, which may be useful if your hotel is located in this area.

There are two companies that deal with public transport, ACTV and Alilaguna, And vaporetti are the ones you can't do without if you want to visit the nearby islands and move to the various most characteristic places.

Water taxis, on the other hand, certainly fast and comfortable, are the most expensive. There are also the ferries that are the least expensive and used by the Venetians themselves: they cross the Grand Canal carrying people from one bank to the other.

1 - Bus

As mentioned, the buses (managed by ACTV) only move on the mainland (i.e. the non-lagoon part of Venice which includes Mestre, Marghera, Favaro Veneto and Chirignago-Zelarino) and some lines go as far as Venice, for example the line 2, 4 or 5 and stop at the terminus Piazzale Roma and Santa Chiara. The single ticket and passes do not include connections with the airport which, as seen, have a higher cost (€ 8,00).

  • Downloadable map: venice-transport-map
  • from 5:30 to 1:00 approximately
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: carnet 10 tickets € 14,00 / 24 hour subscription € 20,00 / 48 hours € 30,00 / 72 hours € 40,00 / Weekly € 60,00

2 - Tram

Quiet, green and punctual: the tram, as well as the bus, moves on the mainland and it has only two lines (T1 and T2), one of which arrives in Piazzale Roma in Venice (T1). Season tickets and tickets are the same as for the bus and are therefore valid on both vehicles.

  • Downloadable map: tram- Mestre -Venice
  • by 6: 00 23 to: 40
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: carnet 10 tickets € 14,00 / 24 hour subscription € 20,00 / 48 hours € 30,00 / 72 hours € 40,00 / Weekly € 60,00

3 - Vaporetto

On your trip to Venice, a boat ride is a must! The service is administered by ACTV e water buses connect all points of the city and those of access to Venice with its monuments and museums. In particular two lines interest tourists: 1 and 2, called "city center", which pass from the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal. Tickets, which must be stamped before boarding, should be purchased in time at newsstands, tobacconists and bars as there is a surcharge on the vaporetto.

  • Downloadable map: navigation-lines-venice
  • from 5:00 to 00:30, then 3 night lines come into operation from 23:30 to 5:30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 7,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 24 hours subscription € 20,00 / 48 hours € 30,00 / 72 hours € 40,00 / Weekly € 60,00

4 - Ferry

Il ferry, so called by the Venetians, or collective taxi in gondola, is a means of navigation on which you have to stand, used by the inhabitants and often ignored by tourists (perhaps because little known) who allows you to go from one bank of the Grand Canal to the other.
The points from which you can take it are San Tomà, Santa Maria del Giglio, Carbon, Santa Sofia, San Marcuola and San Barnaba and the service hours change according to the departure station.

  • San Tomà 7: 30-20: 00 (holidays 8: 30-19: 30) / Santa Maria del Giglio 9:00 -18: 00 (both weekdays and holidays) / Carbon 8: 00-13: 00 / Santa Sofia 7 : 30-20: 00 (holidays 8: 45-19: 00) / San Marcuola 9: 00-13: 00 / San Barnaba 8: 30-13: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,00

5 - Water taxi

As with "normal" cities, Venice also has its own water taxis, efficient and faster than other means. If you know the cost of the typical taxi, think about how much the Venetian water taxi can cost! To get an idea, going to Murano during the day will cost you about € 60,00, then at midnight the night supplement starts about € 10,00 (until 6:00 in the morning).
If you are many, in any case, you could try it considering that it can carry a maximum of 10 people and you can share the expense.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: fixed fee € 15,00 + € 2,00 every minute. Find all the rates on the website of the municipality of Venice

6 - Gondola

Literally stormed by tourists, the Gondola was a means of luxury transportation for high-ranking people. Today it is an attraction that, despite the very high costs, few give up: the romanticism it transmits and the moments spent in the canals of Venice led by the gondolier, is a dream of millions of people.
Sometimes, the amount bargains with the gondolier, but you will hardly be able to snatch a sum under € 80,00 for 30 minutes and, every 40 minutes more, € 40,00 will be added. Also consider that at night the prices rise even more (starting from € 100,00 with an addition of € 50,00 every 20 minutes). A good way to save is to share the gondola (30-minute shared gondola ride from € 32,00 per person).

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Cost: starting from € 80,00 by day / starting from € 100,00 by night

By car

It is the most not recommended way, also because once you arrive you can at most reach Piazzale Roma, and here it is necessary to park the car. Indeed it is not allowed to move around the historic center by car, motorbike or bicycle.
The advice is to arrive in Mestre, leave the car in one of the car parks near the train station or at the entrance to Ponte Libertà and reach Venice by public transport (ACTV bus € 1,50; train € 1,35).


For ZTL (acronym for Limited Traffic Zone) we mean an area within the urban center in which it is not possible to access and circulate.
Venice is not accessible by car or motorbike because there are no roads, the only way is on foot or by vaporetto. It is possible to reach Mestre and from there to reach the lagoon city by public transport. However the center of Mestre is ZTL, every day from 00:00 to 24:00.

Stops and parking

If you arrive by car, the best solution is to leave the vehicle in a guarded parking lot on the mainland and then move easily to Venice by public transport.
Finding a parking space is not very easy and it is not convenient if you decide to spend several days in the city.

To Venice you will find 4 parking lots: Municipal garage (the largest), S. Andrea parking, S. Giuliano parking and the Caravan Park. However, the rates are very high (starting from € 26,00) and places are limited, especially during large events.
To save a little something you can park at the Mestre station (€ 10,00 per day which becomes € 15,00 if, Saturday-Sunday or holiday). Certainly more uncomfortable but definitely cheaper are the parking lots in the suburbs (from € 0,80 per hour).
However, the advice is to book parking in advance on the official website.

It's possible stop on the blue stripes, with a time of 30/90 min free and a rate ranging from € 0,80 to € 4,00 per hour depending on the area.

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