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Ultimate Guide to Visiting Venice on a Budget

Don’t miss out on this Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget if you are looking to marry in the ethereal city of Venice without spending a fortune!

Venice has an incredibly broad selection of art-city tours, and joining one of them is a MUST-HAVE experience that everyone should have at least once in a lifetime.

Venice is crossed overall by picturesque bridges, which usually offer great views of canals; its characteristic narrow streets are chock-full of kiosks, souvenirs, artisanal, clothing shops, restaurants, and of course tourists popping out everywhere.

You shouldn’t skip a boat tour of the Grand Canal with its aristocratic Palaces playing such a key role in making Venice a rare example of art and history.

Take a break at one of Venice’s panoramic outdoor terraces with breath-taking views over the canals where an aperitive is a must-experience.

Despite Venice’s idyllic charm, consider the other side of the coin as well. Venice is a pretty much expensive city and on top of that, along with Rome, Venice holds the national record for tourist traps success rate.

So be selective when it comes to choosing a restaurant, lodging, and a way to commuting.

First and foremost, if you get lost in Venice, and don’t plan a little ahead of time where to sleep and where to eat, you will end up overspending on low-quality, but overpriced restaurants, in exchange for a low-profile room. Art-cities-tours likewise can also be costly so better focusing your search on best-value for money touring solutions.

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Venice with flooding Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget
Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget

THE BEST TIME TO VISITING VENICE

The best time to visit Venice is spring (May – June) for three main reasons:

Temperatures are milder. The weather starts to get hotter, but it’s not yet unbearably hot (25℃-27℃).

• The city is not yet overcrowded with tourists.

May and June are considered off-season months, resulting in cheaper accommodation and flight rates.

Fall (October – November) is a valid alternative, with a downside to consider: water flooding.

It’s proven that fall is the rainiest season. In fact every year Venetians and tourists have to deal with flooding temporarily resulting in public attractions closure.

Usually overflowing doesn’t affect every part of the city and doesn’t last long. If you don’t mind wearing a pair of rain boots and rolling your trousers up when it needs, you’ll be fine.

Winter season (November – mid-December and from mid-January – February except the Carnival week) is also a good time to visit Venice, as the city empties a bit out, and accommodation + flight fares get lower.

The downside is that it can be freezing cold especially in January, but if -7℃ of temperature doesn’t affect you so much, you should definitely pick this time of the year.

Most highlights in Venice can be seen in 3-4 days thus you’ll be most likely not to freeze.

I’d skip Venice in the hottest season (July-Augusts) as weather can turns to be unbearably damp and it is usually chock-full of tourists, as well as accommodation and flight fares are more pricey on summertime.

Check out on the website of Civitatis’ the complete list of all public holidays in Venice.

Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget

HOW TO SAVE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Venice, after all, is a small and compact city compared to many other capital cities in Italy and beyond this, it’s a joy to wander off and get lost into its countless tiny streets and romantic bridges. Using bike is prohibited in Venice.

Inside the city of Venice one can move around using the transport means outlined below:

Vaporetti or Ferries are a sort of public floating buses that most people use for longer water transit. Tourists have plenty of choices when it comes to ferry tickets in Venice. Consider that a 75-minute one-way cost €7.50. It is therefore recommendable choosing a ticket rate based on your stay length.

ACTV is the local bus company owning and ruling mainland bus lines and Venice waterbus lines timetable and cost. Through them you can buy travel cards for unlimited Venice travel throughout the entire card duration:

 

75 minutes of water services: €7.50

 

• 1-day: €20
• 2-day: €30
• 3-day: €40
• 7-day: €60

 

Note that the card gets activated when you scan it for the first time at a ferry station (inside specific white ticket machines), or inside a bus if you get on a bus in the mainland. Indeed this card gives access to a discount on every bus you get, up to 75 minutes on any bus line of the region.
Remember to validate the ticket once on the bus in the electronic card reader if you don’t want to risk a fine!

For standard Vaporetto fares and office, check out ACTVO official site.

For information about other transport (tram, bus, car parking lots…) in and out Venice, check the dedicated page of ACTVO.

Besides discounted travel cards, Venice offers a wide array of travel cards tailor-made for personal needs and age.

If you are aged between 6 and 29: you can buy a Rolling Venice Card + Venezia Unica City Pass.

Water Taxi parked in Venice Ultimate Gudie to visiting Venice on a budget
Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget

VENICE WATER TAXI

Water Taxi being a private transport is relatively most costly than a ferry, for this reason, if you aim to save some money on transportation in Venice, you could split the cost with other passengers (consider that water taxi has a max 10-person capacity). More information is available on Venice Water Taxi.

Water taxi transport is managed by private companies. I am unable to give you personal advice as I have never used them. You can smoothly search for a taxi company on the Internet or ask the nearest tourist information office in Venice for advice.

Here is a complete list of tourist information offices in Venice.

Besides discounted travel cards, Venice offers a wide array of travel cards tailor-made for personal needs and age.

If you are aged between 6 and 29: you can buy a Rolling Venice Card + Venezia Unica City Pass.

Gondolas in Venice Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget

Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget

Gondola

ON A GONDOLA

No wonder that Gondola is the most expensive way of moving around Venice. If nothing has changed since my last time in Venice, a 30-minute day ride approximately amounts to €80 and increases to €100 after 7 pm.

In an effort to saving on a gondola ride, you may consider splitting the cost with other passengers; don’t feel embarrassed to ask other people in the queue. More people than you guess are concerned about money. Two couples are enough to pay a decent price of 27 euro/couple, given that a gondola has normally a 6-persons max capacity.

Despite the high cost, a gondola ride is a MUST-HAVE experience.

In the alternative, note that if you want to try a gondola ride at almost no cost (around 1 euro per ride/head), you can take one ride to cross the river. This option is often taken by locals, but on your turn, you can simply jump into there to enjoy the magic feeling of getting transported by a unique boat, and live an authentical local experience.

Venice railway station ultimate guide to visiting Venice on a budget

Ultimate Guide to visiting Venice on a budget

train

BY TRAIN

Venice can be easily reached by a direct train from all the capital cities (Verona, Padova,Treviso, Vicenza, Rovigo). The Railway Station of Venice, Santa Lucia, stands near Piazzale Roma, just in front of all the cruise terminals of ferries heading to a number of destinations. For train reservations, Italia rail and Trenitalia are the most commonly used search tools.

Guide to Visiting Venice on a Budget

How to save on Museums and other Highlights Tickets in Venice

When in Venice, get lost into all of its endless artistic, historic, and cultural treasures. However, without due diligence, you risk to empty out your wallet before you even know it.

Thankfully, Venice offers a variety of tourist passes giving access to significant discounts and promo on transport system (both via mainland and Venice), and attractions.

Rolling Venice Card

This card can be purchased by people aged between 6-29 years.

On this site, you can find detailed information on how to use this card, to what attractions it gives access, and how much it costs. More information is available on the card company official website, Venezia Unica. The sooner you buy the card online (at least one week ahead) the higher the discount/deals you can get. Moreover, I recommend you to keep a regular eye on this site to stay in the loop of the newest deals and discounts.

Venezia Unica

All people aged over 29 years, can buy Venezia Unica card, that gives access to significant discounts on museums and transport system. Prices can vary depending on the weekday and season of booking. The sooner you buy the card through their site (at least one week ahead) the higher the discount/deals you can get. For more detailed info about fares and attractions, you would have access to, you can visit the site of Civitatis. Moreover, I recommend you to keep a regular eye on the site of Venezia Unica to stay in the loop of the newest deals and discounts.

Chorus card

If you are interested in churches, you can buy a Chorus Pass, giving access to 18 historic Churches. I recommend visiting the Civitatis website for more detailed information on all different card rates. The Chorus card can be bought on the site of Venezia Unica. The sooner you buy the card through this site (at least one week ahead) the higher the discount/deals you can get. You can purchase the card at every tourist office, at the church itself or online on these two sites: Chorus Venezia and Venezia Unica.

Guide to Visiting Venice on a Budget

What to see in Venice on a budget

Venice is an open-air museum full of magnificent sights you can walk through without spending a cent. Get lost into its labyrinth of countless tiny streets, chock-full of typical artisanal and souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.

Sometimes hold on and enjoy the splendid view offered by a picturesque bridge over the canals, or simply sit down for a while and listen to the lagoon’s relaxing waves sound at sunset. Take a ride on a ferry along the Grand Canal Canal to contemplate the sensational scenery of bridges and historical Palaces.

A visit to all cost-free outdoor attractions in Venice would be already enough to make your day, but when in Venice it’s natural that you want to enter some beautiful churches and visit some major museums.

Below you can find some personal recommendations about low-cost or free-cost museums and other attractions that are likewise worth visiting.

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