Venice-taking the Vaporetto

Old Nov 17th, 2012, 02:43 PM
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Venice-taking the Vaporetto

I will be arriving in Venice by train. To get to my hotel I will take Vaporetto 1 to the Ca d'Oro stop. How will I know when we reach that stop. Is there a large sign marking it? Does the driver announce the stop?
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Old Nov 17th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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It is well marked, and there are route maps posted in the vaporettos. Not to worry.
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Old Nov 17th, 2012, 05:33 PM
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I'm pretty sure that vaporetti don't have drivers. Not sure if they are called "captains", although they are boats. Perhaps they are "boatmen"? Or?

Just be ready to depart immediately - with your luggage - when it gets to the dock - so you don;t have to fight your way through the people boarding
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San Stae is the stop before Ca d'Oro, be ready to get off after that. Every stop is clearly signposted. You will not worry after you have done it once.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 01:07 AM
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When you walk out of the station, the Grand Canal is in front of you. You need to take a ferry that comes from your right, and goes to your left. You need a No 1 line ferry. Stations in turn are:
Riva di Basio, San Macuola, San Stae, and then Ca d' Oro. Ca d' Oro is on the same side of the Grand Canal as the side that you got on to the ferry.

It is not that complicated. Enjoy Venice!
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All good advice. One other thing:
If you're purchasing individual tickets, the vaporetto (IMHO) is a fairly expensive way to get around Venice. Before you board, try to consider how often and how much you'll be using it during your stay, and buy a multi-use ticket at a discount.

Or you can just eat the cost of one ticket for your first use, and then decide later whether to buy a multi-use.
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I was surprised at the cost of vaporetto. ( the locals pay a fraction).and the crowds
on board.. said , you have to be prepared to get off if you have a lot of luggage.
Worry about savings later....
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Some of the number 1 vaporetti have recorded announcements of the next stops - but not all, so Peter's advice is perfect. The only thing I can add is that from Ferrovia to Ca' D'Oro should take 10 minutes, but sometimes it takes a bit longer if it's a very busy time with lots of tourists getting on & off.

All the ticket options are listed on the ACTV website, English version here -

RE "the locals pay a fraction", you don't have to be a local to acquire an IMOB (aka Cartavenezia) card - we bought them when still living in Scotland & visiting on holiday - but you'd want to know you'll get enough use out of it over its previously 3 / now 5 year validity to justify the upfront E40 for non-Veneto residents. Since we were by then visiting for 2 weeks every year, it was worth it for us - but isn't for most visitors. As well as reduced vaporetto tickets it also gets you reduced Alilaguna & traghetto fares.
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