The validity of ACTV Travel Cards starts from the exact moment of the first validation.
A Tourist Travel Card ACTV entitles you to unlimited use of the waterbuses (vaporetti) serving Venice and the islands of the lagoon, and to unlimited use of ACTV Mestre land bus and tram service to and from Venice and in Mestre itself—and land buses on Lido. (A single one-way trip on a vaporetto without the card would cost you €7.50.)
ACTV Tourist Travel Cards, which can be purchased either on line, at the airport, in Mestre, or in Venice, are a tremendous bargain that will pay for themselves many times over during your visit to Venice. The link below will provide information about cost and card selection, regardless of where you plan to make your purchase.
€20: 1 day (24 hours).
€30: 2 days (48 hours).
€40: 3 days (72 hours).
€60: 7 days (168 hours).
ACTV buses taken from the Marco Polo Airport will cost €6 if purchased with the ACTV Tourist Travel Card and €12 on return trips.
The Rolling Venice discount card is for young people between 6 and 29 years of age. The cost of the card itself is €6, plus:
€22 instead of €40: ACTV “3 days Youth pass” to get unlimited use of public transport on all urban lines (bus and waterbus)--except bus lines to and from Marco Polo Airport.
€28 instead of €46: ACTV “3 days Youth pass” + Transfer Marco Polo Airport (one way).
€34 instead of €52: ACTV “3 days Youth pass” + Transfer Marco POLO Airport (return ticket).
You must validate your ticket before you get on the vaporetto. If you do not validate the ticket you can be fined. To validate the ticket, pass the card in front of the sensor in the center of the validation machine before entering the boarding area; a green light and a beep will confirm that the validation has been successful. A red light and buzz indicates that there is a problem and the ticket has not been correctly validated or has expired. And you must also pass the card in front of the sensor in the center of the validation machine before entering the boarding area for every subsequent trip.
The ATVO bus is faster because the ACTV bus makes more stops.
If you purchase the discounted (€6 instead of €8) airport bus ticket, then the time for the airport bus is included in the time period of the pass (24 or 48 hours) and the validation is the moment you activate it boarding the airport bus. If you purchase it separately (€8) then the time of the airport bus is separate from that of the 24/48 Tourist Travel Card pass.
There is no longer any 12h or 36h pass available, due to "simplification" of the fare structure (they basically took out the mid-priced passes and raised the costs of all the rest...).
The ATVO bus is only slightly faster than the ACTV bus, as the most important factor involved on the route to/from the airport is traffic.
But it really depends where you are heading to in Venice. If your destination is near the bus station, say Santa Croce, the bus is fine because generally you can walk to your hotel. If you are going elsewhere in the city you will have to get the water bus from the bus station and thus you may find that Alilaguna is more convenient and the time difference tends to even out. If you have to buy a bus single plus a water bus single, then the difference in cost is not great. You can make further savings by buying a return at the Alilaguna kiosk at the airport or on line in advance.
If you have a vaporetto travel pass, then going from the airport by bus and vaporetto will work out a bit cheaper than Alilaguna. It also tends to be a bit quicker (depending on exactly where you are staying).
Great info. Thanks.
My wife and I (age 73) will turn in a rental car at Mestre Rail station (there is a 50 Euro park fee if turned into Venice parking lot. Does the bus or tram from Mestre rail station accept having 2 medium sized bags with us? Which is easier? I expect to turn car in about 8:30am on a Thursday.
We will get the 3 day travel pass and stay near Academia.
Any other suggestions. thank you.
"Does the bus or tram from Mestre rail station accept having 2 medium sized bags with us? Which is easier?"
Yes, you can have the bags with you.
I would recommend you take the train from the Mestre train station to the Santa Lucia train station in Venice. (There is no tram at the rail station.)
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