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    Daypasses - the best deal

    by christine.j Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Public transport in Venice is done by waterbus, the vaporetto. There are several passes for tourists, we chose the 72 hour pass. For 30 Euro each this is a very good deal.
    Even though this pass is dated, you still have to stamp it before you use it for the first time. From this minute on it's valid for 72 hours, on all vaporetto lines.
    Together with the pass we were given a map for the lines. The basics were really easy to see, but the fine print on some of the lines was impossible to read without a magnifying glass.( I hadn't packed one, so we guessed)

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    Vaporetti

    by newsphotogirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In Venice we used the vaporetti to get to our hotel from the train station and to get around the city.

    It's funny. For our trips to Rome and Florence we researched extensively how to get to our hotels and around the two cities. But for some reason we thought it would be easy to hop on the vaporetto...without a map...and get to our hotel. Not so. First there are some stops with two docks depending on the direction you are headed. When we bought our ticket we asked the cashier which boat we needed for our stop, she told us the name of the line we wanted and pointed to the correct dock. We got on the boat along with everyone else from our train. Simple enough right? No, it was still confusing. But fortunately someone on the boat offered to let us look at her map. We found our stop on the map and it looked good and everything was fine. Or so we thought. Well at some point we realized we must have passed the stop so we asked someone if we were close. To make a long story short we were supposed to switch lines somewhere but it wouldn't have mattered because the second line wasn't running that day. We had to get back on the boat. Go back the way we came. Get off on a different stop and walk a littler farther than we expected to get to our hotel.

    So my biggest piece of advice is to make sure you have a map of the line before you arrive. It's not like some subways where you can sort of make your way as you go along.

    Once you figure it out though it's simple enough. However we noticed that some boats would ignore some stops or simply stop before the end of the line. You really have to pay attention.

    Our second day in Venice the boats went on strike.

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    Vaporetto - Easy and cheap way of exploring.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Relinde enjoying the sun in the Vaporetto.
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    Whenever you arrive in Venice it's definately clear to you that the best way to see and explore Venice is just hiking your way around. But (of course) the best way to see the Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and the lagoon of Venice is by boat. While you can hire a water taxi, the slower but much cheaper vaporetto is a very good choice.

    Ever since 1881 there a organized ways of public transport over the water. But it still lasted a long period untill it was trully a professional orgaisation. Because of the building of important roads (such as the Marghera flyover and the San Giuliano junction) obliged the city to increase its services and the resources used. The "Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano" (A.C.T.V.) - the Venice Public Transport Company - was founded and began operating on 1 October 1978.

    Travelling by vaporetto is very easy. In every map of the city you can buy the lines (and therefore routes) of the vaporetto are shown. Besides that we saw maps depicting the directions all boats were heading at the boat stops. Finally we can tell that once you're inside the vaporetto there are also maps of the slops that particular boat you're on is making. It can't be easier!

    We used the famous line number one a lot. One reason for this was the fact that our B&B was close to the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) and therefore near the vaporetto stop right there. But another reason was that the vaporetto is an easy way to admire all the amazing mansions, olsd palazzo's (Palaces) and other beautiful buildings that overlook the Canal Grande.

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    Vaporetto - ACTV tickets.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The ticket we used.
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    This is probably one of the huge advantages of the internet. At home we surfed to the ACTV homepage (see below) and could read all about the sorts of tickets that were available and how to get a hold of it. We decided to buy a ACTV ticket for public transport for one week for about €30.- per person. But we were not able to do it via the internet as we read that we needed to order such a ticket at least 48 hours in advance, and we were only 12 hours in advance ...

    It wasn't a huge problem as we found out in Venice that we were able to buy the ticket at the ticket booths at the docks, main boat stations and one of the many authorized sellers like tabacconists', newspaper stores and some cafés. But do remeber to stamp the ticket in the yellow machine before getting on the vaporetto. Tickets are not sold on board of boats and some tourists learned that the hard way. If you find yourself on board without a ticket, inform the ACTV crew immediately so as to avoid paying a fine and receiving some hars words!

    Tickets available:
    * One way ticket;
    * Return ticket;
    * 24-hours ticket;
    * 72-hours-ticket;
    * One week ticket.

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    Vaporetto - The lines we took to get around.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Vaporetto stop near the Ponte di Rialto
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    Currently the ACTV owns 120 waterborne vessels, every year carrying approximately 180 million passengers and producing 500,000 navigation "movement hours". We were also part of their statistics as we used the vaporetto quite often. Especially to get to the islands in the lagoon. We ended up at the glassmaking island of Murano, the island of Burano with its painted houses, the long stretching island of Lido with the awe inspiring Excelsior Hotel and finally the historical Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore with its overwhelming chiesa (church).

    There are 20 vaporetto lines, but do keep in mind that some of these lines only operate during the summer time. Like we told earlier ... do buy an ACTV ticket in advance. This card is designed to save money and time, because we could avoid the queu in front of the ticket offices. For only €22.- per person we made it past all those places! And we seldom had to wait more than a few minutes for one to come along.

    The lines we used:
    * Number 1: Explore the Canal Grande;
    * Number 6: To get to Murano and Burano;
    * Number 11: To get to Lido;
    * Number 82: To get to Isola di Giorgio Maggiore.

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    THE VAPORETTO

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A WATER BUS AND BUS STOP (ACCADEMIA)
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    They are ugly long and fat, but the Vaporettos (or Water Bus) does the job. Venice is a confusing city full of twisty narrow passages and every walk is a long one. The Vaporetto to the rescue! You can go all the way from the Train Station to the other side of Venice in 20 minutes and the views are fantastic! In fact I would recommend a photo safari and just go for a ride on the back.

    Tickets can be purchased for 24 hours or more and are well worth the price. You can explore the outer islands and be back in 2 hours.

    A couple of things to remember:

    • You must validate tickets before use. Look for a yellow stamping machine near the walkway that leads to the floating platform.

    • If you're at a Vaporetto stop without a ticket counter, buy a ticket from the conductor as soon as you board to avoid a fine!

    *** Please feel free to add this to your "Custom Travel Guide" and print it off before you go! ***

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    Vaporetti

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Buying a vaporetti ticket at Plaza Roma
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    Once you get to Plaza Roma (near the train station) you can buy tickets for the vaporetti. The vaporetti is actually the 'bus' in Venice and the schedule is quite full (about every 7 minutes). A ticket costs 3,50 euro but with luggage it costs 5 euro. However, a 24 hr ticket (including luggage) it costs 10,50 euro.

    ^ ^ ^ Don't forget: 4 more useful photo's to see in this tip!

    For schedules, click on the link below.
    And for a vaporetti city map, click here

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    Take the vaporetti -- public boat transportation

    by jessicadf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vaporetti seen from our hotel balcony

    While you can hire private water taxis or gondolas, it makes the most sense to take the public boats around the city if you need something faster than your feet. Even this is not inexpensive, but it's certainly less expensive than taxis or gondolas and it is very convenient.

    You can purchase one way tickets for 3.50 Euro or 24 hour passes for 22 Euro or other various periods for different amounts.

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    Vaporetti Pass

    by royalempress Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Vaporetti

    Upon arriving in Venice you will need to arrange your transportation. There are basic two types of public transportation. One the Vaporetti, sort of like a bus on the water, and two the water taxis. The vaporetti is very inexpensive and has stops through out Venice and the surrounding Islands. The Vaporetti's circle Venice in opposite directions. When you get to the loading station for the Vaporetti there is a diagram above with the directions of the boats and the stops they stop at.
    In the busy summer it is advisable that you buy your Vaporetti tickets ahead, on-line. There are numerous passes available at different reduced prices. Once you get to Venice you pick up your pass at the ticket office that you designate.

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    Vaporettos

    by Callavetta Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vaporetto or Water Bus in the Grand Canal

    Vaporettos are the cheapest way to get around Venice. These big noisy water buses navigate the main lagoons and Grand Canal on regular schedules. They also take you to the islands outside of old Venice; Lido, Murano, Burano, etc.

    Buy your ticket from the offices located near the Vaporetto stops. On all my trips, I've never been asked for a ticket, but buy one anyway because it's the right thing to do! You can also purchase day passes and week long passes.

    When your feet wear out and you need a break, just hop on one of the vaporettos for a tour of some of the parts of Venice you might not normally see. At night, a trip down the Grand Canal, looking in the lit up windows of the grand villas is a very "other worldly" experience!

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    Vaporetto system

    by oriettaIT Written Jan 6, 2011

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    Vaporetto in Cannareggio

    Venice is really a city to explore walking, everything is close enaugh. But in case you get really tired or you want to go to some island such Lido, Burano, Murano or Torcello you need to use a Vaporetto, they are boat that works like bus in a normal city where the streets are not water.
    One ticket cost 6.5 euros and will be good for 75 minutes. In this amount of time you can change boat several times. You can buy the tickets at the booths by almost every vaporetto stop.
    As the tickets are quite expensice, in case you are staying in Venice several days and you are planning to use the vaporetto a lot, you should consider to buy a tourist travel card, check here for more info http://www.actv.it/en/movinginvenice/movinginvenice.
    In case you are a residente of Veneto or are a foreign but plan to visit here frequently, there is a better option for you, you can apply for a Carta Venezia, it will cost you 20 euros if you are from Veneto, 40 in all other case and it will grant you 5 years of cheap vaporetto tickets, one ticket will cost you 1,20 euros instead of 6,5 WORTH IT!
    The vaporetto ride daytime and nighttime (usually the night time ones have different names!!) you can check the timetables here http://www.hellovenezia.com/jsp/en/index/index.jsp, be aware that the time you are ask to write is not the time you want to start your journey but the time you want to be at the destination.

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  • Easy Travel in Venice

    by DeeMGee Written Sep 28, 2010

    We were in Venice at beginning of September & I had bought online in advance a Venice Connected card for 1 week for each of us, cost €41.50 each if I remember correctly but they are available from 1 day to 1 month, & it was so easy,once you've picked it up, it gives very easy access to all the vapporettos, simply swipe your card as you access the boarding jetty, saves you having to queue to buy a ticket each time. Try & take the trip out to Murano, touristy glass factories & shops but still worth a visit. Tronchetto, complete opposite, beautiful church & peaceful, & also Burano for lace making which is kind of between them, tourist wise I mean, Your Venice Connected card covers all of these trips.
    Have a great time.

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    Do it at least once!

    by Jefie Updated Aug 11, 2010

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    Vaporetto in Venice
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    The vaporetto is Venice's main mode of public transportation; however, at 6.50 Euros per ticket, it's not exactly cheap! During the days we spent in Venice, we preferred to visit the city on foot, but we also wanted to ride the vaporetto at least once. We decided to get on Linea 1, which is the route that goes up the Grand Canal and therefore offers really splendid views of the city. We got on at the Santa Elena station, in the Castello area, and rode the vaporetto all the way to the train station - this took us past Piazza San Marco and underneath the Rialto bridge, among other things. Since we were a bit outside of the city centre when we got on, we were able to get a great spot right at the front of the boat, it was perfect for taking pictures! I'd say that together with riding the cable car in San Francisco, my little vaporetto trip in Venice was my best public transportation experience ever!

    There are multiday passes available for those who plan on traveling by vaporetto several times during their stay in Venice but they are so expensive, I was happy just to ride it once. Besides, it's a city that's definitely best explored on foot. You can buy your vaporetto ticket at a tabaccheria, just don't forget to validate it in the little yellow machine before you get on board.

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    BIGLIETTI TURISTICI A TEMPO/TOURIST TRAVEL CARDS

    by breughel Updated Aug 8, 2010

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    Electronic imob.venezia card validating machine

    We started the day trying to buy a BIGLIETTO 36 ORE at the pontoon Ca' d'Oro. The ticket office/ biglietteria should have been open from 8.10 till 15.00 h according to the information found on the website of the ACTV public transport but it was momentarily closed. Probably that the employee was drinking somewhere an espresso. So we went back on the main street Strada Nova where we got our tickets from a Tabachi authorized reseller. The price was the official one 23 € for 36 hours.

    Before buying such ticket "most economical solution for people who want to get around Venice and its surroundings on Actv’s land and water services. They allow unlimited travel and can be used on all the services - both waterborne (except those of route Alilaguna, Clodia, Fusina) and on land - that provide urban services within the municipality ("Comune") of Venice (land services on the Lido and in Mestre)" calculate the number of hours you will use it.
    Indeed the number of hours start at the moment you validate (obligatory) your ticket.
    A 36 hour ticket is valid from validation on the first day for example at 9.00 h till 21.00 h of the next day.
    Here are the prices. They are expensive but boats are much more expensive to run, at least in Venice, than metros (now compare with London Underground: about 30 £ for 7 days with nothing spectacular to see). In Venice you pay also for the views!
    16,00 € - 12-HOUR TRAVELCARD
    18,00 € - 24-HOUR TRAVELCARD
    23,00 € - 36-HOUR TRAVELCARD
    28,00 € - 48-HOUR TRAVELCARD
    33,00 € - 72-HOUR TRAVELCARD
    50,00 € - 7 DAYS TRAVELCARD

    The validation machines have changed; in addition to the yellow print validating machine there is also an electronic machine (see my photo) on the pontoon in front of which travelers pass their electronic imob.venezia card. One has to hold the card close to the iMob electronic cardreader at the entrance to the vaporetto platform until a beep is heard.

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    Changes in waterborne routes.

    by breughel Written Jul 25, 2010

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    The traffic at the Rialto.

    The first vaporetto navigated on the Grand Canal in 1881 and raised protest from the gondoliers who went on strike for fear of this new competition for them in the public transport sector.
    It's difficult to imagine now that once gondolas were the unopposed public transport.
    Presently vaporetto's and water taxis account for 46% of the total water traffic (gondolas 4%). The main part of this traffic is for the 18 million tourists who provide Venice with 70% of its yearly income.

    Tourists will have seen important changes in the waterborne routes over the last 20 years.
    A number of tips here still refer to Linea 82 which does not exist anymore and is mostly replaced by Linea 2.
    I remember that in the nineties there was a direct connection from Piazzale Roma over the Rio Novo reaching the Grand Canal at the Ca' Foscari and Palazzo Contarini. The boats wakes deteriorated so much the walls of the buildings along the Rio Novo that this direct line was stopped.
    There was another direct line (N° 5 ?) which did join the Fundamenta Nove to San Marco passing through the Darsena of the military Arsenal area. It was impressive to have the Motoscafo pass under the Arsenal portico. This shortcut is not in use anymore and the present lines 41 & 42 make the grand tour around the St. Elena Island.

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