Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Venice
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I have been lucky enough to grow up in a city only a couple of hours from the amazing city of Venice (if you are curious about it, check out Trieste).
So I have been there many times and in every season (as you will surely see in all the pictures on my travel guide of Venice).
Venice is an unmissable city to visit, honestly. Yes, it is very famous and therefore can be crazily crowded during the high season, but if you will listen to all my tips & info, you will plan the best Venice travel you could ever imagine to have.
Here down below you will find a guide on how to plan your trip, for more detailed information, check out "The Most Complete Guide of Venice" and all the articles I wrote about it, from when to visit, where to stay for every budget, where and what to eat and much more.
Tips: As soon as you book your next adventure, make sure to buy good travel insurance in case you need to “unfortunately” delay, extend or cancel your trip. I recommend SafetyWing. A great insurance company to cover everything about your travel.
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Italy is in the Central European Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).
During summer, Italy observes daylight-saving, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour, so it becomes 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). In winter the time in Italy is moved back by 1 hour to Central European Time.
These changes always happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.
The official currency of Italy is the euro, even though the country is still somewhat a cash-based economy. You won't be paying cash all of the time, as there are shops and merchants in Italy that are well equipped to accept card payments – Visa and Mastercard are more common than American Express. Check here the actual currency change
You should ask your family doctor before travelling to Italy and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. Just make sure you’re up to date on recommended vaccinations for your home country and have a look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.
Voltage and Adaptors
The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties. I recommend you buy a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor to use other appliances.
Do you want to know more about Venice?
Check out all my articles in the "Most Complete Guide of Venice" and get all the information you need to make your next travel a success.
Going from Venice Airport to your accommodation
I think it is always wise to check how to go from the airport to your accommodation.
There are many ways to get to Venice from Venice Marco Polo Airport.
There are two passengers airports in Venice:
The Marco Polo Airport in Venice (Tessera) Airport code: VCE
The Antonio Canova Airport in Treviso is also called Treviso Airport. Airport code: TSF.
The Marco Polo airport is the most famous, bigger and closest to Venice. It has 57 airlines companies that fly there. It is distant 6km by boat and 13 km by car from Venice.
The Treviso Airport (outside the city of Treviso) is smaller and more distant and has 5 airlines companies that fly there. It is distant 26 km by bus/car.
VENICE MARCO POLO AIRPORT (VCE): From there you can take the bus n. 5 operated by Actv. You can buy the tickets at the automatic machines placed at the airport or at the Alilaguna water transport office located at Venice Airport Arrivals.
Bus n. 5 to Venice costs 8€ one-way from Venice Marco Polo Airport. When buying a return journey, the ticket price is 15€. Bus n.5 leaves from the bus terminal located just outside Arrivals Hall between Exits 1 and 2. You will see the bus to Venice as you exit the airport terminal.
The bus goes straight to the Piazzale Roma terminal (the only area of Venice you can reach by car) in the city centre of Venice. Buses leave the airport every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sundays. The journey duration is 25 minutes.
Tip: Make sure to board the bus direction Venezia Piazzale Roma and not Venezia Mestre.
To continue your trip to the rest of the Lagoon, you need to take the ferry (Vaporetto) or a water taxi.
The ferry fare is 7.50€, and the private taxi fare depends on where you are going.
You can board the water taxi at the cruise terminal next to Piazzale Roma.
TREVISO AIRPORT (TSF): From there, you can reach Venice Piazzale Roma by bus in around 1 hour. You can purchase tickets at the ticket office in the arrival hall (the ticket office is on your right end side after the coffee shop). The bus stop is outside the airport, right on the main road.
By Shuttle Bus
From the VENICE MARCO POLO AIRPORT, there is also the shuttle bus line.
The line operates 24/7 during the high season, and from 5.20 am to 12.50 am during the low season.
The shuttle bus leaves every 20 minutes, and the journey duration to Piazzale Roma in the centre of Venice is 20 minutes under normal traffic conditions. A single shuttle bus ticket costs 8€ and a return journey is 15€.
From TREVISO AIRPORT you can also catch the shuttle bus to reach Venezia Piazzale Roma. The bus stop is right outside the airport.
By Public Ferry
Available ONLY FROM VENEZIA MARCO POLO AIRPORT:
For a more scenic entrance to Venice, there is the public ferry line blue or orange.
Tickets from the airport of Venice to the city centre using the public ferry are 15€ per person for a single journey, and the duration is 40 minutes.
Ferries leave the airport dock every 30 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes after 10 pm. At the airport follow the sign Water Transport.
By Private Water Taxi
Available ONLY FROM VENEZIA MARCO POLO AIRPORT:
There is this luxury option to get to your Hotel. The price from the Airport to Piazzale Roma is 160 Euro for up to 6 people.
The maximum capacity for a water taxi is ten people. For groups over ten people, it is necessary to book one or more additional motorboats.
By Private Car or Minivan
You can reach Venice from both airports by private taxi.
How to Move around Venice
There are many ways to visit Venice and explore this beautiful city.
I recommend checking my article on "The Most Complete Guide of Where to Stay in Venice" and booking a room in the city centre so you won't need to catch a bus or a train to get to the main island every day.
Tip: A good option to explore Venice is by using Google Maps or my favourite CityMapper (the most brilliant navigation app for cities). Use the voice instruction to explore. In this way, you will keep your phone inside your pocket and only need to follow the voice to move around.
Venice is easy to explore, and bridges connect all the islands that form the city centre.
But in case you need to go from one side to another (it may take a 1-hour walk) down below I wrote the options available.
There are many Ferry Lines available to help you move around without walking kilometres and save some time.
Remember to validate your ticket by passing it in front of the appropriate electronic ticket printers.
Purchase the right travel ticket for the Vaporetto.
A single Vaporetto ride costs € 7.50 and gives access to the service for a total of 75 minutes. It is good to know that there are alternatives for those who think they will often use the public transport service during their stay in the city.
With 20 Euro, you are entitled to take the Vaporetto for 24 hours from the moment of endorsement;
30 Euro for 48 hours and for 72 hours € 40. For a whole week, the cost is 60 Euro.
These tickets are an optimal solution and allow you to move easily in the city reaching all the islands of the lagoon up to Chioggia.
In addition to the trip, the ticket allows you to board with your luggage.
Each person can bring the following things on board: two bags or packages of dimensions not exceeding cm. 120 as the sum of the three dimensions.
If you wish to save some money I advise you to purchase your ticket in advance here.
By Water Taxi
The water taxi is a great way to move in style in Venice and feel like a celebrity. More expensive than a ferry for sure but your pictures will look stunning. You will see many Water taxis along the Grand Canal, so just choose one and ask for the price.