At the jaw-dropping price of €7.50 for a single ride, water ferries (vaporettos) in Venice are awfully expensive for a visitor. While locals benefit from reduced fares and monthly and yearly passes, visitors who don’t want to pay the escalated single-use fares,will have to elbow their way around the city. The Venezia Unica City Pass card is a cheaper solution that ACTV (the company that runs the public transportation in Venice) offers for the purchase of multiple-day passes with other city discounts and skip-the-line perks included. The Venezia Unica City Pass is a good option for travelers visiting Venice for 3 days or more and planning to explore the lagoon every day by vaporetto, and/or visit several museums.
Venezia Unica sells options for discounted passes according to the length of your stay. Just visit the website of Venezia Unica to have an idea of what you can buy in advance. But! The process is not straightforward. Firstly, you have to create a card with your name and secondly you can pick the services you want to buy and add it to your card. Once you’ve finished, you can also buy an insurance that covers cancellation of your purchases on the card. After filling a form with your details and paying the amount due, you’ll receive an email with a code to be used once in Venice: for the transportation, present the code at a sale point and you’ll receive your pass. The passes also include the benefit of many discounts for Venice museums and tours, just show your card at the entrance.
The advantages of buying beforehand consist of reduced rates and/or skipping the lines to enter major monuments and museums, therefore jumping the sometimes long queues. The services are plentiful. ACTV tickets or passes (under the section “Time-limited tickets”) allow unrestricted use of the public transport in the city that includes “vaporetti” (water-buses in Venice, Lido and the lagoon islands), buses in Mestre, Marghera, the mainland and those departing and arriving in Piazzale Roma. The bus from and to Marco Polo Airport is a special service and you have to add it specifically. Depending on where you’re going to stay in Venice, if you arrive by plane, the Alilaguna service could be more practical: it links the airport with Murano and Venice by boat. See our tips for how to get from the airport to Venice here.
Having a Prontopia Local assist you with orienting yourself to the city and walking or taking the vaporetto will cost much less than a water taxi and overall are is an economical and enjoyable option as it takes the stress out of finding your way, and you get to chat with a knowledgeable local about life in Venice or tips for your stay. We can help you make the most out of your Venezia Unica card!
Your Venezia Unica card can be loaded also with the tickets of various museums. The options are abundant: from the Doge’s Palace to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, from the Naval to the Jewish Museums, there’s something for everybody. Sixteen of among the most beautiful churches charge a ticket for the visit so it can be worth buying the Chorus Pass as an extra for your Venezia Unica Pass. Finally, on sale are also walking, bike and boat tours and some extravagances like the Tee Times at the Golf Club at the Lido.
Three pre-set combinations for the discount card are already set up for the undecided. They can be found under the section “Our best deals” and are named Silver, Gold and Platinum City Pass.
Save time and money getting where you need to go in Venice easily, with in-person help when you need it from a Local using the Prontopia app. We hope to welcome you to Venice very soon.