TARIFFS & the Imob TRAVEL CARD
The Venice ACTV public transit uses what’s known as the iMob smart card system for ticketing and tariffs. No matter what sort of fare you purchase, single or pass, you’ll be issued a smart card that you’ll swipe each time you board, across the meter-like electronic machines perched just outside the landings (if your forget, just ask the attendent, he’ll swipe it on board). The machine will beep with a green light to let you know you’re legal, or growl with a lower tone and a red light if your card has expired.
Worth Noting: If you buy a travel pass once in town, your time will start from the first time you use it. If you purchase the pass through VeniceConnected, your time will start from the time you pick it up, from the machine or a booth.
ATTENZIONE: You are responsible for having a valid pass or ticket upon boarding. They may be purchased in advance of your arrival or at ticket booths located at principal vaporetto stops (see MAIN STOPS: Fermate Principali). To avoid the possibility of a substantial fine if you board without a valid transit card, tell the attendant immediately and purchase a single ticket.
The 60-minute and On-Board single fare is €6,50
- You may change lines, but not reverse direction.
- Includes one normal sized bag per person. Additional bags may incur addional cost.
- Not valid for Alilaguna, Clodia, Fusina.
Buying a pass (referred to as a Travel Card) for a pre-determined length of time as opposed to an individual ticket will afford you unlimited travel on all ACTV lagoon and land transport (excluding only Alilaguna, Clodia, and Fusina lines). Validity starts from the first time you use the card. Keep your card handy to swipe each time you board, and to show anytime it’s requested. Travel Card fares are as follows:
- 12 hours: €16
- 24 hours: €18
- 36 hours: €23
- 48 hours: €28
- 72 hours: €33
- 7 days: €50
Discounted fares are available up to four days in advance VeniceConnected.com, and also for groups of students, seniors, and convention participants. See the HelloVenezia website, or call them at +39 041 2424 for details.
Worth Noting: Many people first purchase a full-fare ticket on arrival to get to their lodging, only to then buy a Travel Card in addition to it. It’s almost always more economical to buy the Travel Card instead of any full-fare ticket, as it will be good during your entire stay.
Attenzione: Buy it…then use it. It’s natural to say, oh, we’ll just walk; what this usually leads to is walkus-interruptus once you realize you have to retrace your adventurous steps back to your lodging on stone pavement and already-aching feet; or not being adventurous at all to avoid the aches in the first place. Buy the pass, walk to your heart’s content, then hop the vap when your feet start to complain.
ATTENZIONE: VeniceConnected.com offers significant discounts on a variety of services including Travel Cards. You may book up to four days in advance. With your purchase you’ll receive a PNR that you’ll present to claim each service you’ve reserved.
With the advent of VeniceConnected, the VeniceCard suddenly became less of a deal. It has been recently revamped, however, and so may be worth a look to see if you can take advantage of all it offers.
The Venicecard integrates a wide variety of discounts on venues and services throughout the city. It is available in two versions: Senior (age 30 and up), €39; and Junior, ages 6 – 29, €29. Both include
- FREE ACCESS to the Doge’s Palace and 10 civic museums along with the Chorus churches, the Querini Stampalia
- a welcome kit, map, toilet and nursery access along with
- reduced entrance fares on a number of services, venues, and events, including the Biennale, the Fortuny, and the Guggenheim
- additional savings wherever you spot the Venicecard decal.
Venicecards are good for 7 days. Cards can be purchased online, and at tourist offices, HelloVenezia booths throughout the city: just look for the big VENICEcard sign.
Attenzione: If you’re at least 14 and under 30 years-old, The ROLLING VENICE card is available for €4, and entitles the holder to all the benefits of the VeniceCard Junior, and more. Although it doesn’t include transport, it does allow the holder to purchase the 72-hour travel pass for €18 instead of €33. Pick it up on arrival in Venice from any HelloVenezia ticket point.
MORE INFO: Venice Card at hellovenezia.com
Alilaguna is not part of Venice public transport, but a private company specializing in transfers to and from the airport. Tickets must be purchased separately (better in advance, on board in a pinch, maybe…). Alilaguna service is not affected by public transit strikes. The fares are €15, €13 with advance online purchase:
- Airport – Lido – S.Marco – Staz. Marittima, Linea BLU
- Airport – Murano – Lido, Lina Rosso [this line is SEASONAL]
- Airport – Train station – Rialto – S.Marco, Linea Arancio
MORE INFO: www.alilaguna.com
» POINTERS & PASSENGER ETIQUETTE
- Ferrovia and Piazzale Roma are up, Lido is down. To stay oriented, remember that Tronchetto, P.le Roma and the rail station (Ferrovia) are at the top of the Grand Canal, and Lido (and thus San Marco) is heading down the Canal, in the opposite direction.
- Pause before boarding. Let other passengers disembark before attempting to board a water bus.
- Let others pass who may need to board a bus heading in one direction, while you’re waiting for the one heading in the opposite direction to arrive.
- Avanti in cabina: Move forward into the cabin. The outdoor area can become incredibly crowded on main routes, so heed the attendant calls and move forward into the cabin to make room for additional passengers.
- Do not place luggage on the seats. Keep it out of the way, in center stand behind the captains cabin, along external walls, in the space provided in the interior cabin.
- Keep passageways clear. Don’t block the paths to the boarding gates, either from inside the cabin or anywhere else. Even if it’s not your stop, you may even disembark temporarily to let others off, and then re-board. If you hear the word permesso, it means someone behind you needs to get by…now.
- Remove your backpack before you board to keep from inadvertently annihilating nearby passengers.
- Pickpockets. Water buses can become extremely crowded, and thus a target for pickpockets. Make sure all cash and valuables are stored in something that closes or zips; nothing that someone might reach into easily. Keep purses and day packs in front of you or under an arm.
- Offer your seat to any passenger older than you.If you don’t, you may be stared down intently until you realize your thoughtlessness.
- a richiesta - on request
- aeroporto - airport
- alle ore – to the hours of
- arrivo - arrival
- avanti in cabina - keep moving into the cabin
- biglietto – ticket
- corso limitato – limited route
- dalle ore – from the hours of
- direzione – direction
- (si) effettua – is in effect, operates
- farli passare – please let people pass
- feriali – weekdays
- ferma - it stops
- fermata – a boat stop
- giorni feriali – workdays (Mon – Sat)
- imbarco – boarding
- linea – line
- lmmgvsd – mtwtfss
- motoscafo – waterbus
- non ferma - (it) does not stop
- orario – schedule
- ordinario – ordinary (full) fare
- partenza – departure
- passeggero – passenger
- percorso – route
- permesso - permission (to pass)
- pontile – landing
- scendere – get off
- sciopero – strike
- tariffa – fare, tariff
- timbrare - stamp
- valida – valid