Public transportation in Venice takes place mainly on water, the vaporetto being an equivalent of a city bus. For those tourists visiting the city for more than a couple of days, it is recommended to buy a multi-day public transport ticket. These Tourist Travel Cards have different time frames and can save the traveller quite a bit of money.
Public transportation Venice
For single tickets, tourists in Venice pay as much as 6 times more than residents of the city itself.
The Tourist Travel Cards are valid on all public transport in Venice (including buses in Mestre and on the island of Lido), except for buses to and from the Marco Polo Airport and the ACTV routes by water n.16, 19, 21 and Casinò as well as the Alilaguna routes.
The duration of the Tourist Travel Card can be from 24 hours to a whole week and the prices are between 18 and 50 Euro. They do not take effect at the time of purchase, but at the time they are stamped or scanned for the first time. One piece of luggage, of which the length plus width plus depth may not exceed 1.50 meters, can be taken free of charge.
Prices tourist travel cards Venice
- The rate of a 12 hour Tourist Travel card is 18 Euro.
- The rate of an 18 hour Tourist Travel card is20 Euro.
- The rate of a 36 hour Tourist Travel card is 25 Euro.
- The rate of an 48 hour Tourist Travel card is 30 Euro.
- The rate of a 72 hour Tourist Travel card is 35 Euro.
- And finally, the rate of a 7 day Tourist Travel card is 50 Euro.
For a surcharge of 4 Euro a one-way trip to or from Marco Polo Airport is also included in the price. For a surcharge of 8 Euro a return trip to this airport is included.
Tourist Travel Cards can be bought at Hellovenezia ticket offices and at ticket machines at the city’s main attractions. Many (but not all) newspaper vendors and tobacco stores also sell tickets. Near the major stops there are also ticket offices.
The tickets need to be validated before boarding.
Santa Lucia railway station
The main railway station is called Santa Lucia and it is located in the centre of the city. The Venezia Mestre station is useful for people staying in the suburb of that name. From Santa Lucia there are quick connections to nearby towns such as Padua and Verona, both worth (at least) a day trip. Even Rome can be reached in more or less 3 1/2 hours.