I arrived in Venice in Italy from the U.K, by plane for £60 a return ticket, it took 2 hour flight time.

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. A part of the city is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.

Venice is a beautiful place with lots of architectural buildings, small winding canals, and narrow alleys.

I wouldn’t say Venice is a budget place however it’s not overly expensive, one thing you can be sure of is Venice is a perfect romantic retreat.

Venice is a city packed with things to do from exciting museums to chilled out gondola rides.

The food is fair priced however to be aware of the city tax that’s added to the bill, as well as 12% and a cover charge. You should expect to find lots of meat dishes, especially pizza and pasta.

Venice has enough to keep you entertained for a couple days and you should allow at least 3 days to see the best of Venice.

Getting from Venice airport to the centre of Venice

Venice Airport

Venice’s Airport is approximately 7 km from the city centre.

A water boat is available from Venice airport boathouse, connecting you  to Venice and the main Venetian islands (Murano, Burano, Lido). A single ticket cost 15 (£12) euros one way or a return for 27 (£21) euros and can be bought at the Public Transport ticket office in Venice airport arrivals hall or at the ticket office at the dock. To get to Venice water boat service, from the Arrivals hall exit and look to the left for the covered walkway and follow the walkway for 10 minutes until you reach the dock. Venice water service will take around 40 minutes.

There are other options such as bus: for a single is 8 euros (£6) and a return is 15 euros (£12) and should take around 25 minutes, however, this will drop you at the very top of Venice, due to no public transport within Venice apart from water boats.

If you’re buying a Venice travel pass, look into the ticket that includes airport transfer.

Travelling Around Venice

For travel within the city of Venice, the Venice Travel pass gives unlimited free travel, on the water buses and the Vaporetta.

A weekly travel pass costs 60 euros (£48)

A 72 hour travel pass costs 40 euros (£32)

A 48 hour travel pass costs 30 euros (£24)

A 24 hour travel pass costs 20 euros (£16)

A single ticket costs 7.50 euros (£2.50)

Do not forget to activate your travel card on the first journey or face a big fine.

Click the image for further details on the Venice card

Italy’s, Venice Card

Venice Tourist Card is a city card with a number of benefits that will help you to discover and experience Venice, plus save you money.

The Venice card has a lot included, depending on which card type you take. There are a large number of different options available, depending on what you like to do. Some include transport, churches, restaurant discounts, museums and even an option that includes a toilet pass.

If you’re in Venice for a few days I really would suggest getting the Venice card, one that suits the sights you wish to see.

For the endless options on the Venice card, click the Venice card picture on the left.

Accommodation, Eating and Drinking in Venice, Italy

Hotels and hostels budget for most price ranges with:

Hostel’s in the centre of Venice can be found for around 35 euros (£28) per person.

3- star hotels with 2 sharing a double room with breakfast can be found from around 75 euros (£60).

4- star hotels with 2 sharing a double room with breakfast can be found for around 126 euros (£100).


If you’d rather, you could find a 5- star hotel for 1206 euros (£950).

Restaurants are all over Venice with plenty of choices.

If you were looking for a 3- course meal in a mid- range restaurant you could expect to pay 35 euros (£27) and a beer for 4 euros (£3).

If you were looking for a single course meal in an inexpensive restaurant you could expect to pay 15 euros (£11).


Venice has a few extra charges that you may want to make note of which is kind of confusing.

You must pay city tax per person, per night, and the price is based on the star of the hotel (charge not included in room rate).

Pane e coperto is very common at all restaurants in most of Italy and is a fixed seating charge, usually 1.50 – 3.00 euros per person.

 A service charge (“servizio”) which is a percentage (10%- 12%- 15%- 20%??? applied to the total bill).

Unless your not fussed about your budget I really recommend you study the menu before ordering , so there is not surprise when you receive you bill with a 3 euro cover charge and 20% service charge and a note saying “tips not included”.

Museums worth a visit In Venice, Italy

 The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best- known examples of Italo- Byzantine architecture.

The Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice.

The Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro is an intimate art museum located in the picturesque Ca’ d’Oro on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

Ca’ Rezzonico is a palazzo on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. Today, it is a public museum dedicated to 18th- century Venice and one of the 11 venues managed by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Things to do and must see’s whilst in Venice, Italy

No trip to Venice is complete with a Gondola ride.

St Mark’s Campanile is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognisable symbols of the city.

The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge located in Venice, northern Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars.

San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th-century Benedictine church on the island of the same name in Venice.

The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo.

Most of all you must just go wander the narrow alleyways of Venice, get lost and enjoy this incredible place.

Free things to do Whilst in Venice, Italy

San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the islands of Venice and offers stunning views looking out over the Doges Palace and the Grand Canal.

The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a small palazzo in Venice, Italy, best known for its external multi- arch spiral staircase known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

The church of Santa Maria Assunta, known as I Gesuiti, is a religious building in Venice, northern Italy. It is located in the sestiere of Cannaregio.

Santa Maria della Salute, commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice.

Wonder the streets of Burano, an island in Venice, and enjoy the colourful building, which looks like kids have been let lose and decided to paint everything with bright colours.