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Address: Isola Nova del Tronchetto 32, 30135 Venice, Italy
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Far more affordable than a traditional gondola—and traveling the same...

Far more affordable than a traditional gondola—and traveling the same scenic canals—is a ride via motorized Venice vaporetto. Think of it as public city bus on wheels, but with a far better view.

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Not cheap, but necessary and easy, often crowdy

Because I stayed at Lido, the obvious choice was to take the Vaporetto to visit Venice and all other surrounding isles. To give an idea the journey is from Lido to Piazzale Roma... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Brussels, Belgium
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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A complex set of fares. But do remember to pay. Used to be that tourists would hop on then hop off, but don't try that option. Strict checks take place. This is the public transportation system of Venice, use it wisely and you can get everywhere at the fraction of the cost. Sometimes the noise and shuddering will make you... More 

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West Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went to Venice mid November so avoided the worst of the tourist hordes but, it was still reasonably busy so there is no way that we would want to go in the summer anyway! Only used the Vaporetto once during our 5 day trip - to go to Murano. We were planing to go to Burano as well but spent... More 

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great experience and wonderful way to get around Venice. It is Venice's version of the Hop on, Hop Off buses of other cities. I suggest you get a day or multiple day pass, depending on how long you will be in Venice. They run frequently and stop all over the city. They are not the most comfortable ride... More 

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Grayling, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is the best way to get around Venice except for aimlessly wondering on foot! It's cool to see how the water taxi system works!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

With no roads, these are the most economical way around Venice and the close islands. They run every few minutes and are on time and are not expensive.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is Venices' form of bus travel and an essential way to travel around if you have no time to walk / cannot reach the destination another way. Its quite the experience in that I don't think I've ever been so jostled in my life! If not seated, I recommend holding on tight as when the boat pulls up to... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice traveller´s must do experience, easy to find out where to go and how to plan your tours, A little overpriced for single rides but excellent if your choice goes for day passes (one or several days).

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are tight on $ and can’t fathom spending $80 on a 30 minute Gondola ride, ride the Vaporetti #1 to see the same sights for less. (disclaimer: less romance, too…)

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Because I stayed at Lido, the obvious choice was to take the Vaporetto to visit Venice and all other surrounding isles. To give an idea the journey is from Lido to Piazzale Roma costs 7.50€. So if you plan to use the boat several times a day, do buy one of the multiple days card. If you know for sure... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hop on and off the waterbus. Great way to see Venice and adjoining Islands. Only 20 Euro for 24 hours of continuous travels.

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Santa Croce
Santa Croce gained importance as a sestiere (district) when Piazzale Roma was created in the 1930s to bring cars and buses close to the center of Venice. Constitution Bridge spans the Grand Canal linking Piazzale Roma to the train station. This area buzzes with energy from travelers and students. Historic palaces and former industrial buildings house some departments of Ca' Foscari and IUAV Architecture universities. On the Fondaco dei Turchi, Venice's Museum of Natural History offers Venetians prehistoric thrills, plus an overview of lagoon fish and wildlife. The Grand Canal, northern boundary of Santa Croce, is lined with palaces and decorated by the tall green dome of San Simeon Piccolo. Ca' Pesaro attracts Venetians to its contemporary art exhibitions. The Grand Canal exposes only one face of these buildings. On the opposite side, the palace often interacts with a square or a busy street to represent its neighbourhood identity.
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