Venice Tourism: Best of Venice
Venice Is Great For
Must-do side trips and city tours
Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Venice
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
The main airport in Venice is Marco Polo International Airport (VCE), which offers service to/from many destinations across the globe on most major airlines. Treviso Airport (TSF) in nearby Treviso is another option for smaller carriers.
Venezia St. Lucia is Venice’s main station, offering domestic and international train service. Venezia Mestre station offers local and regional service.
Omio and Flixbus offer service to Venice from several European cities.
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Do I need a visa?
Since Italy is one of the 26 Shengen Area countries, tourists from those countries do not need a visa for visits less than 90 days, but passports must be valid for at least six months after departure dates. The same goes for Americans.
When is the best time to visit?
Winter: Winter in Venice sees crowds thin, the mercury drop, and “acqua alta” (high water) potentially flood the canals — but it’s also a prime time to snag a deal. Average daily temperatures this time of year are highs of 43 Fahrenheit (6 Celsius) and lows of 32 Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). To experience the city at its most atmospheric, coincide your trip with November's Arte Biennale or March's Carnevale.
While walking is a wonderful way to get around Venice and its 118 islands, ACTV operates the city’s public transportation, Download its daAab app to buy tickets for vaporettos (waterbuses), buses and the airport shuttle here. For more info on ACTV, including schedules, routes, and fares, see here.
There are more than 150 vaporettos and larger vessels (battelli foranei) that travel to dozens of locations along the Grand Canal and islands.
This monorail offers connections to PIazzale Roma transit hub, Marittima cruise ship terminal and Tronchetto parking island.
Two tram lines make 36 stops between mainland Venice and the city center
Buses can be found on mainland Venice as well as some of the smaller city islands.
With many parts of Venice closed to traffic, taxi service is limited to Mestre and Lido. However, water taxis can be hired at several points in the city and can be expensive.
Uber and Lyft do not operate in Venice
Venice’s iconic gondolas are another way to get around, but they can be expensive, even before you tip your gondolier. Additionally, Gondolas 4 All offers service and wheelchair-accessible access for passengers with mobility issues.
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While BicinCitta is the city’s bike-share, and there are several bike rentals companies, biking is prohibited in central Venice, but you can bike around its larger islands.
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Are there local customs I should know?
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Venice:
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Venice between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between September and November.