It’s no secret that Venice is the most romantic destination in Europe with its endless canals and bridges scattered around making it so unique.
Venice is known for being a maze of narrow streets, public squares, and ‘sestieri’ (neighborhoods) interspersed with thousands of canals.
So, the question you may be asking now is… how to get around in Venice?
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How to get around in Venice?
Easy! On foot or by boat.
There are different options available when traveling in the Venetian lagoon, so let’s take a look at all of them in this guide below.
Can you walk everywhere in Venice?
The simple answer is yes!
You can walk pretty much everywhere in Venice, and this can also be the quickest way to reach your destination without paying any money to boatmen and ‘gondolieri’ (gondola men).
Even if you only have 1 day in Venice, if you want to feel like a local, then the best way to experience the city is by walking around it.
Exploring this city on foot is the best way to not miss some hidden gems that you wouldn’t be able to discover if you were moving only by boat.
We suggest getting to the Venetian landmarks mainly by walking.
Whenever the attractions you have included in your Venice itinerary can not be reached on foot, then it’s time to take a vaporetto or water taxi.
Transport in Venice
Before arriving in Venice, it’s important to know the differences between transport and how to get around in Venice with all of them.
There are two bus options available from Venice Marco Polo airport to get to Venice city center.
The quickest option is the ATVO Express Bus which is the direct shuttle bus with free Wi-Fi on board.
The ride lasts 20 minutes, and you’ll get to Piazzale Roma.
The ticket price is 8 euros (one way) and 15 euros (return). There are 2 buses every hour (one luggage included).
A cheap option is the linea 5 ACTV bus. This is a normal public bus, which means that it will make more stops from the airport to Piazzale Roma.
Expect the ride to last more than 30 minutes. There are 2 rides per hour.
Venice on Foot
Narrow streets are what Venice is known for and like most of the locals and tourists will tell you, the best way to move around Venice is on foot.
By visiting the city on foot, not only will you get the chance to discover incredible secret corners, but it’s good for your health too.
This is the reason why Venetian residents look so good and healthy. Walking around its ‘calli’ (narrow streets) and ‘sestieri’ (neighborhoods) is a way to get a glimpse into the Venetian lifestyle and meet locals.
Additionally, when you walk you can organize your itinerary as you wish and change it last minute, if necessary. This way, you won’t depend on boats’ timetables, queues and long waits in tourist spots.
Taking the Waterbus in Venice
Another good option to see Venice is by water bus also called vaporetto.
The water bus is popular among workers and university students that need to reach their destination efficiently on a daily basis.
This is considered the best option because it’s the cheapest one to get to the main Venetian sights, but also to reach other islands of the lagoon.
This is a public service available 24/7.
The water bus stops in Grand Canal every 10 minutes during the daytime, whilst at night every 20 minutes.
Check the timetables as the waiting time to every destination changes.