Updated September, 2013
The price of a single vaporetto ticket in Venice is outrageous if you're a casual tourist: You'll pay a whopping €7,--, which is more than the cost of a pizza margherita in some restaurants.
The Venice Connected pass and the local transit authority's Venice Tourist Travel Cards are worth considering if you you're in Venice for a short time and plan to use the boats frequently, but they're expensive overkill for longer stays.
Fortunately, there's another alternative: the stored-value city pass and travel card. This card, which went into service on August 20, 2013, replaces the card (shown in the photo below). Although it's intended primarily for residents of the Venice region, non-residents can buy it for a fee.
As a tourist, you'll pay €40 for Venezia Unica, but your card will be valid for five years, and you'll be able to add stored-value fares to the card whenever you're in Venice.
With Venezia Unica (which many Venetians still refer to as the "Cartevenezia") you can save money in either of two ways:
Other cardholder benefits:
As a tourist, you're entitled to use the Venezia Unica card for public transportation on ACTV water buses (vaporetti) and the People Mover elevated tramway (which connects the Piazzale Roma with the Marittima cruise terminals and the Tronchetto parking island).
Venezia Unica will also offer other services (either in packages or a la carte), such as admission to churches and city-owned museums, municipal parking, and public toilets. For the latest information on availability and prices, see the official Web site (link below).
Where to buy a Venezia Unica card:
You can apply for a Venezia Unica card at larger Hellovenezia ticket offices and licensed agents. We suggest using the main Hellovenezia/ACTV office at the Piazzale Roma, where you'll find a ticket counter inside the building.
On page 2, we provide illustrated step-by-step instructions for buying the Venezia Unica card at the main Hellovenezia office (a.k.a. the ACTV ticket office) in Venice's Piazzale Roma.
If you already have an imob.venezia card:
You can have your imob.venezia card enabled as a "Venezia Unica" card by signing a contract at any licenced Hellovenezia office or ticket point.
For more information:
See the official Venezia Unica Web site.
For a list of Venezia Unica discount fares, go to the ACTV's Moving in Venice page and scroll down to the "Venezia Unica Card Tickets" section, starting with "Single Ticket Waterborne Services."
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