Getting Around

As travellers might expect from a city famous for its canals, water is the main medium of transport in Venice. Water buses, known as vaporetti, ply the Grand Canal and make scheduled stops. The vaporetti are a far cheaper way to get around Venice than the famous gondolas, which are piloted by stripe-shirted gondoliers who for an extra fee will serenade passengers. Travelling down the Grand Canal is obligatory but the vaporetti are well-suited for this purpose. Once ashore, the only way to explore is on foot, through the narrow alleys and lively squares; there are no cars or bicycles in Venice. Visitors should make sure they have a good map as the city can become a confusing labyrinth. An ACTV Tourist Travel Card is a great option for tourists that want to use the city's public transport system on a regular basis. One, two, three and seven-day travel cards can be purchased in advance at venicelink.com/en, and at many convenience stores in the city. Tickets can also be boughts in advance for the Alilaguna service to and from the airport.