I bought a 24 hour travel card from the tourist info office at the airport,should`ve been 10.50 Euros,for me and frre for the kids,( so someone told me later),but with small children distracting me,getting excited about their trip,she charged me 39 Euros...!!!!
I later realised that she had ripped me off.....
But there lies a tale.
Also the 24 our travel card is for the boats around venice itself,NOT for transport to and from the airport,Thats run by a different company.
There are only two ways to get around in Venice: boat or by foot! Both is VERY PLESANT! Wonder around (despite other tips here I`d say: the city is HIGH HEEL COMPATIBLE! Just make sure you have balance on your shoes to climb into shaking boats!) or buy a ticket for "Vaporetto" (the public transportation boats) - you get wonderful views on the city from them and they`re easy & pleasant to use! Enjoy!
The public transportation of Venice consists of vaporetti (water buses). The most famous line is #1 which serves a route along the Grand Canal. Just a note that at night during the summer, everybody stays on the outside of the boat as the mosquitos are attracted by the light inside the boat.
Okay, you're off the train. PANIC! What the heck is a Vaparetto?
Relax -- its a boat-bus. Yes, that's right. Step right up to the ticket booth and confidently state that you are a tourist and want a "Venice Card" for 1, 3, or 7 days -- depending on your stay.
Blue (or Blu) is for unlimited transportation on waterbuses and autobuses. Orange includes admission to the Doge's palace and other places in addition to the transportation. Don't Worry.
Chances are you always want route 41 or 42, which basically circle the area.
You can buy the ACTV tickets at the ticket booths at the docks or the VE.LA. ticket offices.
You can also buy tickets from one of the many authorised sellers (tobacconists’, newspaper stores and some cafés): remember to stamp your ticket in the yellow machine before getting on the vaporetto.
Tickets are not sold on board the boats. If you find yourself on board without a ticket, inform the ACTV crew immediately so as to avoid paying a fine.
At the boat stop there are maps depicting the directions all boats stopping there are going: the vaporetto is an easy way to admire all the mansions and buildings that overlook the Grand Canal and the lagoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travelling by vaporetto(water bus) is the easiest, fastest and also an inexpensive way to get around Venice. There are docking stations located thoughout the city, including a very convenient one right near the train station.
The view from the Vaporetto are spectacular! Have you camera ready. It's a good idea to get nearest to the front or the back of the boat for the best vantage points.