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Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

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21. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

Agree with CannuckinIreland that the family don't really need a three day vaporetto pass, especially as the family are staying near the Rialto which is so central. I suggest buying a 24 hour pass at 20 euros each and use it during the last 24 hours of the visit, thus this could include a trip out to the islands on the Sunday afternoon, a ride down the Grand Canal that night and the necessary boat ride on Monday morning to the station for departure.

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22. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

That's what I was thinking as well, but can we walk from the train terminal to the Rialto Mercado stop. Because if not then we are at 27 euro pp - single ride from station plus 24 hour pass at the end.

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23. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

The walk from the station to the Rialto Mercato stop is do-able but not if you have rolling luggage. The route is very crowded and there are many bridges with lots of steps up and down (though some now have roll-over steps). How old are your children? Under 6s travel free on the vaporetto and from age 14 -29 there are concessions via the Rolling Venice Card.

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24. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

My kids are 11 and 13, so over 6, under 14. So that is where my math ended 20 euro for last 24 hrs and 7 euro from train station, so would probably get the 72 hr one for another 7 euro and have the convenience of another trip. But again a break even proposition, not a great deal, and definitely more expensive for tourists than other major European city public transportation. Normally if you can navigate the foreign language website, manage some rudimentary communication or figure out their ticket boxes, you can avoid the higher priced option.

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25. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

"you can avoid the higher priced option" ... also maybe find someplace that uses wheel based or track based public transportation which is considerably less expensive to run than the water based public transportation that Venice is stuck with would do the trick.

Between the train station and the Rialto Market area it is walkable in around 20 minutes, as I used to do it frequently, though only with an old computer bag (this was back in in the 90's, so quite heavy).

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26. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

Agree with CanuckinIreland that the fact there are no public transport discounts for non-resident children between the ages of 6 and 14 is very arbitrary and weird. Surely the authorities could offer some kind of child pass (similar to the Rolling Venice Card available at age 14) which would offer discounts on public transport and other activities - for example the Natural History Museum which could benefit from more visitors? The pass could be offered from age say four.

On the other hand, with regard to public transport in general in Venice, it's important to remember that the city is pedestrianised and small so that it is relatively easy to get around the whole city on foot. Unless people are unable to walk easily there is no need to use public transport apart from arrival and departure. Use of public transport within the city is from choice, a choice made to enhance the tourist experience.

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27. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

<<The fact there are no public transport discounts for non-resident children between the ages of 6 and 14 is very arbitrary and weird.>>

On the contrary, they offer a discount for high school and university student aged visitors. It all depends on how you look at it.

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28. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

You can get an Imob card for about 40 euros. That allows you to get vap tickets for 1.30 euro, and to use the traghettos for 70 cents instead of 2 euro. An Imob card pays for itself in seven or eight vaporetto trips.

People complain that vaporetto tickets are expensive, but are not willing to take the steps to make them cheaper.

The natural history museum offers no explanation of the exhibits in languages other than Italian, so might not be so attractive for visiting children.

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29. Re: Don't get ripped off at the airport! Shuttle bs trick

Lynne B - I appreciate that 14 is the age for upper senior school in Italy, but really what is the difference between a 13 year-old and a 14 year-old for the purposes of public transport? Both take up the same space and both will be travelling under adult guidance. If the authorities are happy to give discounts to 14 year-olds, why not younger visitors?

Peter - an Imob card costing 40 euros is more expensive than a vaporetto pass to cover a short visit. it's not the economical option for short visits. Re the Natural History Museum - I don't think children are too bothered about reading the information at museums, but with more visitors and a higher profile, then perhaps the museum could improve the quality of its exhibits? This was partly my point - the tourist authorities needing to think of the bigger picture. Just a thought.

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