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Venice Public Transport

The first thing you should know about Venice is that it is very small; therefore, if you are staying in the center, you won’t need to take any means of transport to move around the city.  It is possible to get from one end of Venice to the other by foot in just half an hour.

Main means of public transport

  • Vaporetto Taxis, ambulances and police cars in Venice are all waterborne, as are the water buses called vaporetto in Italian. Click here for information on its lines, rates and schedules.
  • Taxi Acuático The fleet of water taxis are made up of large and elegant boats. A taxi can carry up to ten people.
  • Góndola Centuries ago, gondolas were the main means of transport in Venice. Now they have become a very popular tourist attraction.
  • Traghetto Traghetto means “ferry” in Italian. These large gondolas are used by locals and tourists to cross the Grand Canal, since this canal only has four bridges. The traghetti are comfortable and cheap.
  • Autobús Although tourists and locals will not need to take a bus to get around the city centre, they are sometimes necessary to get to other destinations like Mestre.
  • Alilaguna The company Alilaguna owns ferries that connect Marco Polo Airport with the heart of Venice. The ferries also take you to the city’s port.

Travel cards and tickets

For more information on existing discounts to take the public transport system in Venice, check out our article on the best money-saving tips.