Venezia Unica travel card for frequent users
For a steep €100, you'll get five years of access to cheap resident fares on public transportation and airport boats in Venice.
The price of a single vaporetto ticket in Venice is outrageous if you're a casual tourist: You'll pay a whopping €9,50, which is more than the cost of a pizza margherita in some restaurants.
The local transit authority's ACTV 24-hour to 7-day travel passes 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 "" (a.k.a. ) version of the stored-value city pass and travel card. Although the card is intended primarily for residents of the Venice region, non-residents can buy it for a fee.
As a non-resident, you'll pay 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.
With this stored-value card, you can save money in either of two ways:
Other cardholder benefits:
You can use the Venezia Unica "frequent user" 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 also entitles you to a discount of about 50 percent on Alilguna airport boats.
Where to buy a Venezia Unica card:
You can purchase a Piazzale Roma, where you'll find a ticket counter inside the building.stored-value card at larger Hellovenezia ticket offices and licensed agents. We suggest using the main Hellovenezia/ACTV office at the
On page 2, we provide illustrated step-by-step instructions for buying the card at the main Hellovenezia office (a.k.a. the ACTV ticket office) in Venice's Piazzale Roma.
Using the card:
Simply swipe the card on the electronic ticket reader at any ACTV waterbus stop and listen for the confirmation "beep."
For more information:
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