Arrive in Venice by waterbus if you can
Most visitors to Venice Island arrive at the bus station at Piazzale Roma, having caught the connecting bus from either Marco Polo or TrevisoAirports. However, if you are flying into Marco Polo on your city break and you have a little time to spare, a ride on the Alilaguna waterbus from the jetty just outside the airport across the lagoon to Venice Island will start your holiday off on a truly magical note. The Venetian skyscape unfolds in front of you as you get closer to the waterbus stop at San Marco. (Direct routes are also possible to Rialto and Fundamenta Nove. Check http://www.alilaguna.it/en/lines/line-timetables for details. ) You can get off the waterbus here and continue the short distance on foot to many hotels. For others you can change onto one of the waterbuses run by ACTV and continue to a stop nearer your accommodation.
For a cheap gondola ride – take a traghetto
If you’re looking longingly at the beautiful gondolas for which Venice is so famous, but you can’t afford the very high fares, take a traghetto ride instead. Traghetto (plural: traghetti) means “ferry” in Italian. Traghetti are the passenger boats that cross the Grand Canal at seven points between the railway station and St. Mark’s Basin. The boats are large gondolas without bow decorations, brocaded chairs, and other luxury trimmings. They are rowed by two oarsmen and as a tourist you’ll be expected to pay 2 Euros for this very short ride – but at least you can claim you’ve ridden in a gondola!
Make the most of a Tourist Travel Card – don’t buy individual waterbus tickets
Don’t waste money paying €6,50 for a single waterbus journey. Instead, consider buying a 28 or 72 hour Tourist Travel Card. With this, you can hop on and off the ACTV waterbuses along the Grand Canal and other canals in and around Venice Island and you can also visit the cemetery island of San Michele, the glassmaking island of Murano, the beaches on the Lido and the islands of Burano and Torcello in the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon.
And finally ……
And finally, when you’re in Venice make a point of turning off the busy tourist route and discover the hidden Venice of quiet canals, working barges and reasonably priced cafés and bars frequented mainly by locals. You’re sure to spot something interesting to add to your memories of this fascinating city.