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Italy is one of those destinations that can be quite magical, but you must go at the right time. Late spring and early summer are ideal times to fly to Venice, because you can skip the heavy rainfall of winter, and also the tourist-filled city of February’s Carnevale season. Late summer also brings an increase in tourist activity, and the city can be quite uncomfortably hot. Spring temperatures average 4 – 12 degrees Celsius.
Direct international flights to Venice from the UK include British Airways, Monarch, easyJet, Ryanair, Flybe, and Thomson Airways. Other non-direct international flights, including cheap flights into Venice are offered by KLM, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Air France, SAS, Vueling, Brussels Airlines, Swissair, and Czech Airlines.
Make a grand entrance into Venice on the water taxi. A one-way trip is approximately €110 – €125 EUR, and kiosks are in the arrival halls of the airport for ticket purchases. Water taxis take approximately 25 minutes to city centre.
The Alilaguna boat line runs from the airport into Venice. It costs €15 EUR per person for a one-way trip. It is not the fastest, because the boat makes multiple stops to city centre.
The ATVO Express is a privately-operated bus that takes 20 minutes to reach city centre and runs 3 times every hour. The cost is €6 EUR for one-way travel.
Use a private airport transfer through a pre-booked car service. myDriver Airport Venice is the more popular private car service, but any service will be costly in comparison to other public transportation options.
Land taxis are available from the airport terminals and take approximately 25 minutes to reach city centre for an average fare of €35 – €40 EUR.
Venice transportation options are plentiful, and a vast majority of the city is accessible by walking around. Venice itself is not very large, so one could walk the streets and alleys as well as along the canals with ease.
ACTV Public Transport
ACTV provides a full suite of public transportation that includes the Vaporetto, land buses, and airport transfers. A Gold City Pass starts at €58.90 EUR for access to all public transportation visiting museums, churches, and so on. Your pass will be valid for 72 hours.
Vaporetto is a water bus that stops at major Venice attractions.
Water taxis are costly, but very efficient. Prices are typically negotiated before boarding, and some taxi drivers allow travellers to share the costs with others.
Gondolas are the preferred form of public transportation in Venice. Due to demand and popularity, the price will vary depending on the season and tourist events, thus increasing the need for Gondolas in the canals.
UK citizens must have a passport, but no visa is required for up to 90 days. Passport endorsed British Citizens, European Communities, British Dependent Territories Citizens or British Subjects only need a passport.
For foreign nationals, please check the Schengen Visa Info website.
Venice is home to numerous attractions and historical landmarks, so to get the most out of your stay, there are a few attractions you should include on your priority list. Piazza San Marco is one of the finest squares and here you will find the Clock Tower, Basilica di San Marco, and the Procuratie Nuove. The Ghetto has unique living quarters that have historically separated religions and cultures. Walk across the Ponte dei Sospiri, also known as the Bridge of Sighs, and soak up your surroundings. Do not miss visiting one of the most beautiful monuments, the Palazzo Mocenigo.
Visiting Venice is not cheap, but when you know a few insider tricks, it can be much more affordable.
Purchase Ferry Tickets
A one-way ferry ticket is relatively affordable, and it is valid for 60 minutes. When you plan to use ferries and other public transit often, purchase an all-in-one 3-day travel pass.
Book a Centrally-Located Hotel
If you can, book a hotel room close to a water taxi pick up point, and you will be just a few minutes from local transportation as well as the main attractions.
Eat Like a Local
Some eateries cater to tourists, which mean higher prices. Eat like a local instead by visiting eateries that the residents frequent. Not only will you have cheaper prices, but the Italian food there is far more authentic.
Do Not Rely on Phone Apps
Smartphone apps and GPS will get you lost in the alleys and canals of Venice. Therefore, it is best if you purchase a printed map, and save time getting around rather than lose your way and waste time asking for directions.