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We used the Vaporetto only once, this was from Piazzale Roma to San Marco....The cost was 5 Euro per person.
We took vaporetto number one because its listed in all the guidebooks as "the" vaporetto to take in all the sights. It does continue on to the Lido.
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Venice is an adventure and fun to navagate by foot. But when you gotta get there the vaporetto or bus boat is the way to go. For E10.50 you can get a 24 hour pass that pays for itself in about 2 uses. Hop on and off anywhere it stops. Depending on which one you get on means you can get anywhere. It's also a great way to see the city. Boat #82 is the boat to take to see the sights as it runs the whole Grand Canal and makes a lot of stops along the way.
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Once you have arrived at San Marco (or the train station) you can take one of the boats that travel up and down the Grand Canal. We purchased a 3 day tourist ticket for 22 euros (ticket booth located right next to the San Marco floating dock). Since they charge for luggage; and you will need to leave the same way you came, we found the price very reasonable. We made several trips and definitely feel that we got our moneys worth. You should know in advance which vaporetto stop your hotel is closest to. The docks are all clearly marked with the stops, and the boats are also marked with a corresponding number. Make sure you get on the boat going in the direction you want to go.
The boats are often very crowded with commuters, strollers, wheelchairs, luggage etc. Be prepared to be a little aggressive to get on.
They don't ask to see your ticket very often; but you better have it when they do, or you will be fined.
There are quite a few ways that you can get around in Venice. Besides walking and gondolas, there are the traghettos and vaporetti. Since there are only three bridges that cross over the Grand Canal, it is often useful to hop onto a traghetto at one of their strategically placed points (a vistor's map of Venice will highlight these points) to get across.
The vaporetti are the "water buses," their form of mass transit. You don't have to wait long for a vaporetti to come by, however, during tourist season, the boats can get rather crowded and you will have to wait for the next one. You can purchase point-to-point tickets, but I found the three day pass to be more useful. Since I was there three days, I purchased a 72-hour pass that provided me with unlimited rides on the vaporetti. This card also allowed for travel to Murano and Burano. You can buy the card at any of the vaporetto offices. However, do remember to validate it at the time stamp machine before you get on. This will save you a hefty fine should they discover you without a validated card.
With as much walking as I did, it was nice to hop onto the vaporetto when I got tired. It was also an easy way to get around from place to place. And one musn't miss the entire Grand Canal ride on the vaporetto!! (Be warned though, the workers are known to strike at any given time...fortunately, it doesn't last extremely long...usually only a couple of hours!
The best tip for any tourist in Venice would be to buy a 3-day-ticket for the vaporetto. It costs 22 euro and it means you can can hop on a boat whenever you want, whereever you want. It's great!
You can take the tour on the Canal Grande or see the other islands like Lido, Burano, Murano or St Michel.
I stayed in Mestre and every morning I took one stop form the railwaystation to the endstation Piazzale Roma. Then I changed boats and that way I always got a good seat at the back or front of the vaporetto 1! If you go on board at the trainstation, those seats are always taken.
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Vaporettos- Water bus
OK, by now u would know there are no motorised vehicles in Venice, only boats and gondolas. So all u gotta do is.. WALK. You can walk to everywhere.. so have good shoes. Or u can take the vaporettos.
Buy the 3-day travel ticket (22 euros) for your travel on water buses. You can use this tickets to get to Murano, Burano & Lido. You can buy it together when u buy the bus ticket to Venice from the airport - I got mine from Treviso.
If you fancy riding the canals then buy a one day ticket (cheaper) and take a vaporetto. They are very quick, as quick as a small boat can be, but it will take you from A to B and C to D. They are fairly regular and easy to understand where they go to. There are route maps on any vaporetto stop.
The vaporettis (water bus) are a great way to get around Venice. If you're going to be there for at least 3 days, get the unlimited 3 day pass. Water taxis are expensive, but not nearly as bad as the gondolas. We were quoted a price of 80 Euro for about a 1 hour trip. They can take a total of 6 people, so if you've got a group or can round up some other people, it's a lot cheaper.
As Venice has no roads, the method of transport to replace buses are water buses, or Vaparettos. There are many 'stations' where you can catch the buses from all along the canal.
If you are there for several days, it is worth buying a pass instead of paying everytime you catch the bus. We bought a three day pass (June '04) for 22 euros each. This includes journeys to and from the islands Murano, Burano and Torcello as well. There is a ticket booth off St Mark's Square.
The waterbus of Venice
Great...the waterbus in Venice.
For just 5 euro you travel the whole Canale Grande...from the beginning to the end.
And..it's just fun to travel with the waterbus around Venice.
Photo: the busstop
This is venices answer to a bus, it takes you to and from venice and i think it is called a vaporetta, anyway its a lot cheeper than a gondola
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The easiest way of getting around Venice (besides walking...) is taking a boat. These boats serve as buses both for Venice itself and the surrounding islands.
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