Public transportation in Venice, a city that has hardly any roads and streets and consists of no more than a large number of islands, is of course by water. The vaporetto is therefore the Venetian equivalent of the bus or subway.
It is recommended, unless you are in town for a very short time, to buy multi-day passes for the vaporetti.
The most interesting route to begin your visit to Venice is vaporetto n.1, which runs along the Grand Canal and has stops in all six sestieri. If you have the time you should do this trip twice, because at night all the islands and famous buildings along the canals are brightly lit.
There are no vaporetto lines to and from Venice‘s Marco Polo Airport. However, there are several lines that have docking stops close to Venice‘s central station.
It is generally recommended to purchase a day or multi-day ticket. The price of a 24-hour card is 20 Euro, for 48 hours it is 30 Euro, for 72 hours 40 Euro and for a whole week 60 Euro. The card is called Venezia Unica.
The price of a one-way ticket is 7.50 Euro and the ticket can be used for 75 minutes from the time you validate it. However, it cannot be used as a return ticket. Disabled persons in a wheelchair, with one companion, pay 1.50 Euro.
On some routes, a one-way ticket costs only 5 Euro. These are: Lido S.M.E.-Sant’Elena-Giardini, San Marco-San-Zaccaria-San Servolo, San Marco-San Zaccaria-San Giorgio, Zattere-Palanca, and Murano Colonna-Cimetero-Fondamente Nove.
There is a special return ticket for the island of Lido. From the San Zaccaria or Punta Sabbioni stops, you can take the motonave to the Lido SME station and then continue on the island by bus. A motonave is a large double-decker water bus. The return ticket costs 13 Euro.