Here are the best ways to get around the city of Venice:
Take a romantic trip along the canals in a gondola boat. It is advisable to ride a gondola along a quiet side canal to have a better experience as the Grand Canal can be rather busy, and who wants to sit in a traffic jam, even if you are in the water! Gondola trips are usually taken for scenic purposes rather than simply getting from A to B. Rides take 40 minutes and prices are officially set at a minimum price of around €80, however customers can barter for a lower price for a shorter ride. A gondola can hold up to 6 people and the number of passengers will not affect the set price. Booking through a hotel will increase the cost, so it’s more cost effective to simply hire a gondola at a local stop.
Water buses or vaporetti are by far the cheapest way to travel around Venice. A single ticket is valid for 1 hour once stamped and costs around €7. For visitors planning to use the vaporetto service for the duration of their stay, it is wise to purchase a travelcard, which ranges in price from €18 for 12 hours to €50 for 7 days. Passes can be purchased from local booths or via the Venice Connected official website. The main vaporetto route is in both directions along the Grand Canal.
A water taxi provides a much more luxurious, speedy and convenient method of travelling around the city, however it’s considerably more expensive than catching one of the many water buses. Many say it’s well worth taking a water taxi from the airport to your Venetian hotel; a grand city requires a grand entrance, right? A typical one-way transfer takes around 25 minutes and will cost €110. A handy tip is to make this journey a pre-paid round trip, which adds only €75 to the total cost.
A traghetto, or ferry to you and me, shuttles from one bank of the many canals to another within minutes all day and into the night. A quick ride on the gondola-style boat costs around 50 euro cents and gives visitors the opportunity to ride on the iconic boat and get a quick pic while you’re there. Crossings are clearly marked on visitor maps with straight lines over the water. Yellow street signs also help to indicate where nearby landings are located.