The price of a single
vaporetto ticket in Venice is outrageous if you're a casual tourist: You'll pay
a whopping €7,50, which is more than the cost of a pizza margherita in some
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
"frequent users" version of the
stored-value city pass and travel card. This card replaces the imob.venezia
card (shown in the photo below) and its predecessor, the CartaVenezia.
Although this pass is intended primarily for residents
of the Venice region, non-residents can buy it for a fee.
ABOVE: Front and back of an imob.venezia
stored-value travel card, which has been rebranded as "Venezia Unica."
As a non-resident, you'll pay €50 for
the "frequent users" version of 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.
(Technically, the card itself is free, but there's an "ACTV
activation fee" of €40 for the waterbus or "navigation" network and €10 to use
land buses, or €50 overall.)
With this stored-value card, you can save
money in either of two ways:
By purchasing individual paperless
waterbus "tickets" at the resident fare of €1,50, or even less if you buy 10
rides at a time. You can recharge your Venezia Unica card online.
By purchasing a monthly or annual commuter pass, which
offers even bigger savings to students and other visitors who use the
and motoscafi daily.
Note: You can't share a
Venezia Unica card, with one exception: If you and a companion both have
Venezia Unica cards and one of you has run out of stored fares, the other can
pay two fares. (But both of you must have valid imob.venezia cards and present
them to the ticket inspector if asked.)
Other cardholder benefits:
You can 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
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:
Go to the official Venezia
Unica Web site, click "How it works," and select "For regular users."
For a list of Venezia Unica discount fares, go to the ACTV's
Prices page and scroll down to the "Venezia Unica
City Pass" section.