"Which Venice transportation pass do I need?"
Here's how to pick the right vaporetto pass (if any) for riding public transit in Venice, Italy.
People often ask us whether they should buy Venice transportation passes or city passes. The answer, as with so many things, is "It depends."
Things to consider:
Mestre or Marghera, you'll be traveling into the city by train or public bus, depending on your hotel's location. Railroad and bus tickets are extremely cheap compared to vaporetto (waterbus) tickets.If you're staying on the mainland in
If you do expect to use water buses regularly, here's a guide to choosing the right pass:
"I'm visiting Venice for seven days or less."
For short stays, ACTV (Venice's transit agency) sells Tourist Travel Cards that allow unlimited travel on public water and land buses for periods of one, two, three, or seven days at a cost of 20 to 60 euros. The longer the period of validity, the lower the cost per day. You can buy Tourist Travel Cards from any ACTV vending machine or ticket booth.
"I'm visiting for longer than seven days" or "I plan to come back in the next few years."
If you're staying for a relatively short time (say, two or three weeks), you can simply buy Tourist Travel Cards as you need them. For example, if you're in Venice for two weeks, you might buy a seven-day pass for the first week and a two- or three-day pass toward the end of your trip.
For extended stays, or if you expect to return to Venice from time to time, we suggest investing €100 in the Venezia Unica city pass for Frequent Users. This is a plastic stored-value card (personalized with your name and photo) that lets you ride public transportation at cheap residents' rates. A carnet of 10 fares will cost you only €1,40 per ride, compared to €7,50 per ride at the tourist rate.
The card is valid for five years, and you can add value whenever you wish--either online or at any ACTV ticket machine.
Another option, for longer stays, is to buy a "Rete Unica" monthly commuter pass and have it loaded onto the card. (The commuter passes are sold from day 20 of the preceding month. They're available directly from the ACTV or at many tobacco shops or newsstands.)
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