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Mistake 5: Paying too much for transportation

From: Top 11 Tourist Mistakes

water taxi on a foggy Venice day

ABOVE: Water taxis are a luxury, not a necessity.

ACTV Tourist Travel CardIn an effort to save money, visitors sometimes buy Venezia Unica tourist passes online before they leave home, or they stand in line to purchase ACTV Tourist Travel Cards at vaporetto ticket booths the minute they arrive in Venice.

Crowded vaporettoWorse yet, out-of-towners frequently pay €7,50 for a one-way ride on a crowded vaporetto that may be slower and less comfortable than walking--or they may waste an expensive vaporetto ticket to cross the Grand Canal, when crossing by traghetto gondola ferry would be far cheaper.

Our advice: Before buying a transit pass, give some thought to how you'll use it--and plan your sightseeing to make the most efficient use of the time you're paying for.

We can't emphasize too strongly that Venice is a compact city which is designed for pedestrians:

Important: Remember to validate ACTV tickets!

Another tip: Don't overspend on airport transportation.

Venice Marco Polo Airport is only 12 km (8 miles) from the city center by road, or about 10 km (just over 6 miles) by boat.

Water taxiTo cover that distance by land taxi will cost €30 or more, and if you take a water taxi to your hotel or cruise ship, you can expect to pay at least €100. We've even had e-mails from readers who were charged marked-up rates of €150 by sleazy hotel concierges or clueless travel agents.

Alilaguna boat at airport pierFortunately, there are much cheaper alternatives, such as the Alilaguna airport boats (which serve a number of locations around the city) and airport buses (which offer frequent service to the Piazzale Roma).

ATVO Treviso Airport buses operate between the Piazzale Roma and Treviso's Antonio Canova Airport, which is used by Ryanair and several other budget airlines.

For more articles on reaching Venice and getting around the city, see our smartphone-friendly Venice Transportation Index.

Next page: Taking unnecessary tours

Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Venice, Italy:
1. Hit-and-run visits
2. Staying in the wrong location
3. Commuting from the mainland
4. Following the crowd
5. Paying too much for transportation
6. Taking unnecessary tours
7. Overpacking
8. Buying useless souvenirs
9. Being careless with valuables
10. Annoying the locals
11. Not coming back

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