I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The other night, on the way back from a review of every varitel, DOC and DOCG in Lazio, Abruzzo and Campania (can you actually get a degree in wine?), I walked passed the vap stop at the train station. For some reason, something caught my eye from behind the ticket booth. I wandered toward it, and there it was, the long-overdue prodigal of the Automatic Ticket Machine sitting just inside the station: a ticket machine that issues vaporetto tickets! And iMob passes! And Alilaguna tickets! And Venicecards! And event tickets! And that allows you to both apply for long term pass and print it immediately! It’s a miracle!
I don’t even know if it works. I haven’t seen a press release, or maybe I missed it. I’ve only seen this one machine, and have to say that I immediately started to imagine lines forming around it in summer heat. Will there be more machines, here at the train station, or placed at other stops like Piazzale Roma, San Zaccaria, Rialto, etc.? Does it even work yet?
Stay tuned…Maybe I’ll try it out the next time I top up my imob card. Or, try it out yourself, and let me know what happens (thought maybe I’d get in on the whole crowd-sourcing approach to things).
Updated August, 2019.
Here’s a brief summary of the public transit fares for navigation (i.e., the vaporetto) posted by the ACTV.
€7,50 – Single water bus fare may be purchased in advance or on board. This ticket is good for one 60-minute journey on the Venice network (does not include Alilaguna airport transport or the Fusina or Clodia lines). It can be purchased at any ticket booth or on board. Do let the attendent know you need one as you board, to avoid the possibility of a hefty fine.
Unlimited-Use Travel Passes includes one item of luggage per passenger. These passes are valid for a specified number of hours from the time it’s stamped. Good for land, lagoon, and Lido public transport as well.
- €20 – 24 hours
- €30 – 48 hours
- €40 – 72 hours
- €72 – 1 week
- €20 – Three-day Youth card, issued only upon presentation of the Rolling Venice Card (€4, ages 14 – 29), for purchase once you arrive from any HelloVenezia vendor.
Conference Card, Student, and organized groups – special requests.
Discounts for groups of various types. Reserved in advance through the offices of HelloVenezia, +39 041 2424. Valid from 1 to 8 days.
VeneziaUnica City Pass
If you are a frequent visitor to Venice, you might consider the Venezia Unica City Pass. It’s a significant investment if you’re not a resident of Venice or the Veneto (€50), but you can save money in the long term. See the ACTV site for complete information (scroll down to VeneziaUnica City Pass).
For complete info on transportation and events, see this post, or contact Venezia Unica at +39 041 2424 from 8a to 8p daily (English spoken).
What a fuss there was when vaporetto Line 3 (for season ticket holders only) began plowing the waters of the Grand Canal last January. One article in a British newspaper referred to the “poor tourist” who was restricted to only those vaporetti that were more numerous, more frequent, and made faster progress up and down the canal. Since most tourists had no idea they couldn’t get on any boat they chose, as would be the case anywhere else in the world, you can imagine the casino that resulted, and on a regular basis. Ma.