Walk around Venice – traffic tips

' The Vaporetto'

In this amazing world, the best way to travel in the water wonder city [if you don't want to go all day] is "Vaporetto".

Vaporetto is a ship similar to a bus, but it stops at the dock to pick up passengers.

The fare for a one-way ticket is EUR 6.50 per person per way [2008 price] and applies to any route along the Grand Canal, valid for 60 minutes.

Before boarding ' Vaporetto' you must post the ticket in a small yellow box on either side of the platform. If you forget to do so, please tell the boat owner to stamp you. In this way, if you are checked by the ticketing staff on board, you will be able to avoid a fine of EUR30. If this happens, make sure the conductor gives you a receipt for the payment of the fine you paid. You will not have to present your ticket on board unless you have a ticketer boarding up and ask you to show your ticket, but make sure it is stamped.

If you plan to use ' Vaporetto' usually, you may want to consider purchasing a pass, which will ultimately save you money.

Depending on your travel arrangements, when you arrive in Venice, you have different options:

Take the train to St. Lucia Station, then take the steam engine

When you get off at the Santa Lucia train station, walk outside and follow the long stairs to the dock. There are two main lines of "Vaporetti".

You can choose to take the 1st or 2nd line to San Marco. Both lines have stopped several stops including Rialto Bridge, but Line 2 is a faster and more popular route.

Using a taxi in Venice

Water taxis are fun and suitable for large gatherings of 5 to 8 people. This method is fast and fun, but it can be a bit expensive [about 100-150 Euros, depending on the number of passengers and the number of suitcases, and the time to travel to most parts of the city is 20/30 minutes]. If you use the taxi service in the morning or evening, you will need to pay an additional €10.

Arrive at Treviso Airport [Ryanair]

The best and cheapest way to get from Treviso Airport to Venice is by the Ryanair shuttle service, which costs EUR 5 per person to reach the Roman Forum in Venice. From there, you can get a public "Vaporetti" along the Grand Canal. Note: Take the bus only to the Roman Forum.

Arriving in Venice by car

If you are driving or renting a car, ask your car rental company to allow you to get on and off at Venice's Piazzale Roma. Do not park your vehicle at the airport. From the airport, commuting to the city takes longer and costs more.