Enjoy Venice For Under $25 A Day!

Venice is no doubt one of the most expensive cities in Italy, and in Europe. People often complain that it’s difficult to find a place to eat that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, or that accommodation is really expensive. This is true, but it is possible to experience Venice on a budget! I’d like to share a few suggestions on how to enjoy Venice for under 25$ a day!

If you come to Venice by train from an other Italian city, you’ll get off at Venezia Santa Lucia, right in the middle of the historical city centre. By comparison, if you fly to Venice, you’ll have to pay a bus fare, 6€ if you’re coming from Marco Polo airport and a whopping 10€ if you’re coming from Treviso airport, which is further away and used by Ryanair.

Of course, you can use Venice airport water taxi too!

In spite of the steep prices, there are some good news about visiting Venice: many attractions have no entrance fee. St. Mark’s Basilica, for instance, is free to enter! Inside you’ll find golden mosaics in the Byzantine style that will remind you of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Take in as much as you can of Saint Mark’s Square and Palazzo Ducale. The Bridge of Sighs, the famous clock tower, and the view over the island of San Giorgio Maggiore are all priceless.

Fondamenta dei Mori

The pleasure of visiting Venice comes nevertheless in wandering its streets, and in getting lost on purpose. When you’ve seen San Marco, Rialto and the Accademia Bridge, head for the less crowded areas. Set off to explore less touristic neighboorhoods like Cannaregio or Castello. My favourite areas are Madonna dell’Orto in Cannaregio and Ponte dei Greci in Castello. It’s quieter there, and there are no mask shops to distract you from the beauty of the canals.

Mask stall, also selling aprons of course

For lunch you could grab a couple of tramezzini (triangular sandwiches) at Bar La Toletta, located in the sestiere (neighboorhood) of Dorsoduro, close to the university area. They cost 1,60€ each on the go, with plenty of fillings to choose from. I usually buy 2 of them for a total of €3,20.

Quiet restaurant along the canals of Madonna dell’Orto

There is a fountain nearby where you can refill your water bottle for free. I can personally assure you that the water is good! There are two great places to eat your lunch nearby: one is a patch of green – a rare thing in Venice – in Fondamenta Bonlini, right next to Squero San Trovaso, where they build and repare gondolas. The other one is at Zattere, a spacious street with a beuatiful view of the Giudecca. This is where in summer lots of locals, and some tourists too, love to sunbathe if they don’t feel like going to the beach.

Just a few cicheti, Al Timon

There are lots of things to explore nearby. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is free to visit, for instance, and has a magnificent view over the lagoon. This iconic Venetian church was built in the seventeenth century as a votive offering to the Virgin Mary, because the city was being decimated by the plague. A stroll in the Jewish ghetto, or around the Arsenale – where the ships used to be built – are other areas not to be missed.

Clothes hanging out to dry

For a very cheap dinner, you could go to Taverna del Campiello Remer, close to Campo Santi Apostoli, where from 17.30 to 19.30 you can stuff yourself at the all-you-can-eat buffet for 5€, with a drink included in the price. Oh, and make it a spritz, the local aperitif drink. The place is at the end of a tiny calle (street), so I’ll suggest that you ask a local to find it (try a shop owner)! The location is superb, overlooking the Grand Canal, and with a very nice atmosphere.

This is as busy as it gets in Madonna dell’Orto

To save money on your accommodation you could stay in one of the campsites outside of Venice. If it’s summer you could sleep in a shared tent for as little as €8,50. You’ll need to pay €1,30 for a ten-minute bus ride to Venice itself. The shuttle service offered by the campsite is likely to be more expensive and less straightforward than the local bus so don’t be fooled!

How do you like this idea of spending a day in Venice on the cheap?

Stefania

In today’s post, Stefania of The Italian Backpacker is sharing with us some budget travel tips on how to enjoy Venice for under $25 a day. For those who are not familiar with her blog, Stefania grew up in a small village an hour away from Venice, in Italy. She also studied foreign languages at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where I lived for some years. She has a great passion for traveling, blogging and sharing her expert knowledge on living and traveling in Venice. If you have not heard of her already, make sure to check out her blog.

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  • [St. Mark’s Basilica, for instance, is free to enter!], has it been free all the while?? When I was on my Europe tour, the tour guide told us the entrance fee was €20 and not worth it. Instead he brought us to a glass factory. I’m going to hunt him down and kill him!

    • @Realgunners: The entrance to the basilica itself is free. You need to pay if you want to see other things inside it like the treasury and the pala d’oro (2-3 € each), plus 5€ for the museum upstairs if you want, which is worth more for the view over the square than for what is exposed in my opinion. It’s not 20€ for sure! Maybe she meant the Palazzo Ducale, which is that expensive but absolutely worth it (always in my opinion)!

      • I’m pretty sure he meant St Mark’s Basilica, that’s what Basilica di San Marco meant, right? Actually that’s the only building we were interested in. I only learnt about other buildings like the Palazzo Ducale much later when I came back. Anyway this either makes that tour guide a liar or an imbecile :(
        Nothing much I can do now, guess I’ll just have to go again for a full experience next time.

  • Venice! Awesome. Argh, a few years ago I was offered a contract to go there and I didn’t end up going. So shattered! Love the waters through Venice and will have to take a boat around it. By the way, can you just hire a boat and go yourself? Or does someone have to take you?

  • Great tips for this amazing city. I loved my time in Venice and found it not as expensive as I expected. If you stay away from the tourist areas when looking for food, walk a lot to avoid transport costs and stay off the main island then I definitely think $25 would be achievable. Especially with that 5€ all-you-can-eat buffet!

  • I had $70/days for 4 days, I so hate it. But just loved the place, so won’t complain much..thanks for tips gal!

  • Venice is a dream destination for many, so ideas and tips to travel there on a budget is valuable. I like the fact that so many places have free entry and you can enjoy the city on foot (most of the time we end up spending too much on transport).

  • We were only in Italy a few days and didn’t make it to Venice. I think I could spend years in Italy and still not be done! The food! Great tip on Venice on the cheap! The fountains is a great tip – we used the free water fountains all over Rome with no problem.

    • I was supposed to stay in Venice for a week last summer, but I’ve chosen to go to Crete instead. I don’t regret it, but I wish I could see Venice as well! Maybe this summer.

  • This was great Stefania and thank you for sharing her with us, Agness! You confirmed what I often suspected in that Venice is expensive. I tell ya though, I would sure love to have some tramezzini at Bar La Toletta. Good post! :)

  • Taking a cruise that’s embarking in Venice in the fall. Staying a couple or so days before the cruise. This is very helpful post. Where is this cheap eats that you’re talking about?

    • Bar La Toletta is in Dorsoduro 1191, near the bookshop of the same name. It is in the university area, between Campo San Barnaba and Ponte dell’Accademia. Taverna del Campiello Remer is in Cannaregio 5701, in a small alley between Campo Santi Apostoli and Rialto.

  • I haven’t been to Venice in years – maybe about five or so – but I remember it being really tricky to budget there. Though, also, it’s the kind of place you only go for a weekend or so, so it’s not the end of the world.

    Some good tips here, and definitely worth catching all the free things around, and doing your own kind of walking tour. We also bought bread, cheese and tomatoes from the market for lunch as it was cheaper than eating out too!

    • Last summer I wanted to fly to Venice, but I was a bit concerned about the prices. Now I know it can be explored with a tight budget.

  • Been there, done that, Venice is a wonderful dream city!
    But I’m not sure about mass tourism in there – I think it might ruin it. All those gigantic cruise ships crossing by…
    With so many people, I had to get up early in the morning to get to see the popular places.
    Still, there are beautiful quiet areas that no-one ever comes across. Just a few streets away from the crowd, you can take a rest in a quiet area that might even feel romantic…
    http://www.escapehunter.com/escapes/italy/main-venice-murano-burano-torcello-010511.php

  • Great tips! We’ve seen very, very little of Europe, because we’ve always been scared off by how expensive most people say it is. It’s great to know it can be done for so much less.

  • Thanks for the tips. Even though I was only in Venice for a day trip, it is the most expensive city I have visited so far. 5 euro for a coffee? No thanks. We ended up eating some cheap sandwiches near the station. Other than that we didn’t spend any money except for souvenirs. But I want to return one day and budget tips are always welcome.

  • Taking a water taxi, instead of a guided tour, to Murano (for glass work)and Burano (for lace work) are nice inexpensive side trips.

  • Hi Agness, Hope you would fine & doing great with your official Blog ! Agness, I appreciate your works because you always come back with unque post & great summary ! Most of peoples are not aware about “Enjoy Venice For Under $25 A Day” But you did nice job to share this great summary & made aware to users :)

    • Hi Maneesha! Yes, I’m doing great. Just came back to Germany for a while. Thank you so much for the kind words. Happy travels and shoot me a message if you need anything!

  • How do I like the idea of spending a day in Venice on the cheap? I freakin LOVE it!!! Europe has scared the bajinkas out of me, it seems sooooo expensive, but its awesome to know I can visit for so much less. I know its cheesy, but I really like the idea of wondering through market places to buy masks for my friends and family back home.

  • How do you like this idea of spending a day in Venice on the cheap? Yes, I certaintly would! Italy is one of my favourite countries and I’ve been to many parts of it but somehow, I never got as far as Venice but I’m thinking of a luxury train journey for my husband’s “0” party in a couple of years!

  • I always thought of Venice as a very expensive destination, but it’s good to know you can survive on $25 a day here too! Good to know that a lot of the attractions are free to enter too :)

  • Who knew Venice could be so affordable?! That’s a great tip about refilling your water bottle from the public fountains. I wouldn’t have considered that, and that kind of savings can really add up!

  • I have often heard how expensive Venice is, so these tips are a great way to visit this beautiful city on a budget. I will definitely check back here if I ever make it.

  • A note for everybody: don’t confuse the vaporetto (water bus) and the water taxi!!! They are two very different things. A water taxi is a VERY VERY expensive way to move around Venice: it costs 50€ or more for a ride and maybe 100€ from the airport to the hotel. A water bus is 7€ for non residents.

  • I’ve not been to Venice and would like to go one day but one of the things I’ve always been wary about is just how costly I have heard it is so it is great to get some tips here about how to eat cheaply and which sights we can see without spending a fortune! Definitely be bookmarking this for a future visit there!

  • That is so cool that you can visit Venice for $25 USD per day. I think I would personally spend a little bit more because I just want to do a lot more activities.

  • I’ve been to Venice over 6 times and the last time I really want to find somewhere to stealth camp. I found it on one of the remote island (maybe Burano). It wasn’t easy to find a place where nobody would find me, but it worked! Very trampy! :D

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