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Review of Vaporetto

Ranked #4 of 35 Transportation in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Travel with us by motorized Venice vaporetto. Think of it as public city bus on wheels, but with a far better view. Follow us on social network search for "muoversivenezia"
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We decided to walk everywhere until 24 hours before we left. Buying a 24 hour ticket allowed a full day and lasted to include our travel with luggage to the train station. Also consider that the water buses can be used as a cheaper way to sightsee than water taxi. We found their official App helpful to plan routes and times. Give it a try.

1  Thank MoxiGirl
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

This is the best and cheapest way to see Venice and by far, the greatest value for money. The cheapest ticket has a time limitation of about and hour and a quarter but you can get various multi-day passes and these are great value. You will find the ticket kiosks very helpful and they will advise you if you tell them what you want to see and where you want to go. If you are there for a day, take a short trip only as they can get crowded in the Centre, queues are common and the boats very crowded in the popular areas. You can go everywhere on these water buses and if you choose wisely, you end up on what is effectively a mini-cruise. I love them. One word of warning, like most places in Italy, you have to validate your ticket before you get on, there are plenty of signs everywhere telling you so don’t be dipsy as the fine will be big if you are caught.

Thank TJA950
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

I felt overwhelmed, so I just lined up, showed them on the map where my hotel was and they gave me the right ticket, told us where to go and what stop to get off at! They even Werke sit down for me! Lovely introduction to Venice.

Thank Missmichelle7890
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

So we thought we'd take the 7.50€ circular route #2 around Venice. It looked like value.

Well at eventually 337.50€ for the five of us, including one six-year old, it definitely isn't.

The scam works like this, you buy your tickets from a machine on the landing stage just down from St Marks Square. You walk through the barrier which has been left wide open, not noticing a sign in English at any stage instructing you of the requirement to validate your ticket. Obviously if the underground-style barrier had been closed you would have run your ticket through it to get access.

Halfway around three employees of Activ, the operating company, board and on discovering you haven't validated your ticket crowd around you in a very threatening manner, shouting in broken English that you have failed to validate and now owe the company 60€ per passenger, including the child. This is done at a point well away from the centre, where it would be difficult to get back if you just suggested they p*ss*d off and left the boat. Much mention is made of 'policia' just to make certain you get the point.

The overweight blonde woman was particularly aggressive and unpleasant.

Don't get caught. Doubtless the sign in English informing you of the validation process is on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard". (Acknowledgements to the late Douglas Adams)

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

But a ticket for the number of days of your stay (up to 7). Learn to read the route map showing all the lines and their stops. Keep the receipt for your ticket purchase with you in case the barcode fails—they sometimes check tickets onboard and the fine is stiff.

1  Thank Charon666
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