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Vaporetto
Vaporetto

Vaporetto

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Transportation, Ferry
Ranked #12 in Venice things to do
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The Vaporetto is a Venetian water bus that serves the whole city along various routes. It's expensive but economical if you buy a pass and infinitely cheaper than what you might ... Read more
pay for a gondola ride. My wife and I didn't take any gondolas because of the vaporetto. Our rides up the Grand Canal or out to Murano and Lido were thrilling enough and provided excellent photo ops.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Water bus to get around Venice. This is the most budget friendly way of getting around Venice (besides walking). I would suggest getting an all day ticket which costs €20. This all day tickets also gives you unlimited rides on the tram for the day.

As long as you plan your day out properly you can get to see a lot of the sites and get value for your money.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Aside from walking, the Vaporetto is the main mode of transportation in Venice. The city is easily walkable and if you simply need to cross the canal, often times, it's faster to find the closest of the four bridges that span across and just walk. However, in order to island hop around the lagoon, you'll need to take the Vaporetto across the canals. Tickets can be bought as single use or in multi-day passes and must be validated before use. I've noticed that conductors don't generally check tickets on the boats and things tend to work on the honor system, but have been told that it's not worth the fine if you get caught without one.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Essentially a public bus on the water, the Venice Vaporetto is the only way to get around town quickly. Shove on with locals and tourists alike and ride around. The tickets aren't cheap $7.50 euros per per per ride), but the transportation is fast, efficient and mostly runs on time. This is a great alternative to hiring a ridiculously overpriced private gondola; just buy a ticket on the main line (the slow boat vaporetto line #1) and you'll sail right down the Grand Canal. This is a great route for first timers, serious photographers or sight see-ers because you can really get an overall view of Venice from the water. Try to score one of the coveted seats in the front of the boat for sweeping views. Note that the seats are completely exposed to the elements and are uncovered, making a cold, rainy or windy day even more unpleasant. You must purchase a ticket at a local Tabachi shop and validate it before boarding or get ready to get hit with a steep fine. We saw it happen to lots of dumb tourists on our most recent trip to Venice.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

If you want to ride on the Grand Canal but not have to spring for a more expensive gondola ride, this is the way to do it. This is the equivalent of a city bus line that operates on the Grand Canal and can get you around the city of Venice a lot quicker than walking.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Gondolas are for tourists! The vaporetto is the real deal, getting passengers around venice in its busy waterways.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

This is definitely the most convenient way to get around Venice, and after walking everywhere it's probably also the least expensive.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA
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The Vaporetto is a Venetian water bus that serves the whole city along various routes. It's expensive but economical if you buy a pass and infinitely cheaper than what you might pay for a gondola ride. My wife and I didn't take any gondolas because of the vaporetto. Our rides up the Grand Canal or out to Murano and Lido were thrilling enough and provided excellent photo ops.

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Mount Dandenong, Australia

For a few euro, get up early and take the grand canal vaporetto (I think it's number 1 or 7) and travel from the station to san marco or vice versa. So much cheaper than the water taxis and if you stand outside you get the view with the locals rather than the tourists. Bliss!

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Redmond, Washington, USA

The Vaporetto gets very crowded and it makes it difficult to find spots for photos.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The best way to get around Venice. Quick, easy, and the cheapest way. You don't have to wait long for the most part also.

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Widnes, United Kingdom

Its quiet expensive, but far cheaper then any other transport of the canals!! Use it more like a boat ride/trip out. Get a ticket and just ride on the canals, its a great way to see the area!

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Pittsford (town), New York

We arrived in Venice via Vaporetto...Joining us were business men and women carrying briefcases, shoppers with their shopping carts, and students going to school....There are no cars here, so boats are the required mode of transportation. There are no taxis, firetrucks, ambulances, or police cars on the island...Instead, there are boats....everywhere.

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Alpharetta

A convenient and easy way to commute to and around Venice. The line through Grand Canal is a must-take with a Rick Steve's audio guide.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

These are the local busses of Venice. As in any large cit, certain number boats run a set route with major stops. Other, smaller ferries are more specialized as to their destinations. Some are sea-going that go all the way across the bay of Venice to the Lido and others visit more obscure island stops. You are supposed to find the conductor the moment you board, to pay your fare. If ou're going to use public transport here, it's easiest to get a day or week pass. No one cheks or ticket except rarely when the have a sweep and if you're caught without a valid ticket it is a big fine. Mostly people stand but there are seats inside the main cabin. These boats are usually on time and well-run. Your da-pass will also cover the various Traghetti that are actually big public gondolas that take you across the grand Canal where the old paths are interrupted by water. It is traditional for passengers to remain standing as the novice gondolier dodges down-river traffic with the ungainly truck-sized gondola. Neverthaless, a great experience and a fun alternative to the many bridges.

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Tarzana

A very convenient and cheap way to see and move around Venice

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the cheapest way to travel and see the city

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Public transport the best way to explore Venice

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Madrid, España

Un bonito trayecto

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