A car and train bridge links Venice to the mainland, but once you arrive at Tronchetto - Piazzale Roma (the bus and cars terminal) or Railway Station, there are only two ways to travel around Venice: on foot or by boat.
Visiting Venice on foot is a very good idea. Only on foot can you discover all the secret corners of the city, although finding your way around can sometimes be difficult. We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and a good map! Luckily, there are many yellow signs indicating the main sights: Rialto - San Marco - Accademia - Piazzale Roma (car parking) - Ferrovia (Railway Station). All the little islands which form the city are connected by bridges, except Lido, San Giorgio and Giudecca.
Venice is well-served by water buses called vaporetto. Public transport is run by ACTV, it is available 24 hours and provides connections along the Grand Canal and all the main islands of the lagoon. An ordinary ticket is valid for 60 minutes and costs € 7.00, while the Travel Cards are the best solution for those who want to get around Venice and its surroundings and can be used in Venice, Mestre (excluding travel to or from the airport Marco Polo) and the Lido. The current rates are: € 20.00 for 1 Day, € 30.00 for 2 Days, € 40.00 for 3 Days and € 60.00 for 7 Days
The connections by public boat to the airport and the cruise terminal are run by the company ALILAGUNA. A round-trip ticket from Airport to Lido / Venice / Cruise Terminal costs € 27,00, or from the Cruise Terminal to Venice costs € 15,00.
Nonetheless water-taxis are also available (Remember to ask the price first! They can be quite expensive). A couple of reputable taxi companies are: Consorzio Motoscafi tel. +39. 041.522.2303 or Cooperativa Veneziana Motoscafi tel. +39. 041.716.124.
You can hire a typical gondola for a touristic tour or take the traditional traghetto, a wide and unadorned gondola which runs a shuttle service at 5 different points along the Grand Canal crossing backward and forward. It costs € 2,00 per person.