Venice by Boat

One of the best things about Venice is that there are no cars. None. Zero. All the traffic happens on the water, by boat. This makes visiting Venice a unique experience. It is much quieter and more relaxed than other cities with their cars, congestion, noise, pollution and accidents. – I wish more of the millions of visitors to Venice would take that lesson home with them and get rid of their car.

Mail and all other supplies come by boat:

The DHL and UPS boats were one of my first sightings of boats after I arrived in Venice. I first found it funny or cute that the express companies have boats with their logos instead of the trucks that I had so far seen everywhere else. But after strolling around Venice, one quickly realises that this is of course the only mode of transport that makes sense here. – Even James Bond and Superman have been spotted using the boat in Venice.

Most of the passenger transport happens on boats too, of course. I had the impression that the proportion of public transport was much higher than in street-and-car cities. The following photo is of a vaporetto which make up the main public transport system. There are 19 scheduled routes, (water) bus stops and machine readable pre-paid cards as you may know them from the London Underground or other sophisticated public transport systems around the world.

Some lines also run at night.

The prices for vaporetti are quite steep for tourists: 6.50 € for one trip. Locals get it much cheaper. But the price for the water bus is nothing compared to that for a ride in a gondola, which are therefore hired exclusively by tourists. (I travelled without a female companion, so I was able to forego this experience.)

You don’t need to worry about falling into the water because the ambulance will quickly be there to take you to the hospital:

I first thought that this boat traffic is great because there is no congestion, no traffic jams, none of the car-related problems. It turned out though that Venetians have a problem with parking space, too:

When you are moving house in Venice, it looks like this:

Even the last journey is done by boat:

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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19 Responses to Venice by Boat

  1. Lovely photos!! I would love to visit Venice :)

  2. Great photos and focus on boats!

    Courtney Mara

    • I’ll have another post soon about the buildings of Venice.
      But as a guy who grew up very far away from water (in a village in Bavaria, Germany), I was just fascinated by the boats.

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  4. Kavita Joshi says:

    wow..this is such a beautiful place..I so wanna go there :( And I can just step out of the house and go swimming or swim any time ….so cool

    • I think the water is so dirty that you might lose some limbs when swimming. But it’s really beautiful and special, that’s true. I was in Venice in February when there were not too many tourists and I had a great Couchsurfing host who took a lot of time to show me around the city and explain everything to me.

  5. Venedig ist immer eine Reise wert/Venice is always worthwhile a trip. Vale sempre la pena di andare a Venezia. Saluti

  6. I first found it funny or cute that the express companies have boats with their logos instead of the trucks that I had so far seen everywhere else.

  7. Alok Singhal says:

    Venice is one of my dream spots…i hope to be there some day!

    Awesome pictures…a visual delight!

    • I was there in February when it was not too crowded. Actually, it was quite humid and cold, but it added to the flair of the city because there was some fog in the “streets”.
      Really a unique city!

    • Alok Singhal says:

      I am in Awe of Europe, in general. And, don’t like US that much :)

    • I used to like the USA much more because of its greatness and vastness, but in the last 6 years I traveled around Europe a lot and discovered how interesting, diverse and beautiful it is.

    • Alok Singhal says:

      Grass is greener on the other side 😊

  8. Amazing photos. I love how you’ve got the traditional sense of Venice and some of the real life as well.

    • Yes, the second part was the one I found much more interesting. It’s obvious that people live there and have to go about their daily lives, but in the imagination of Venice, this always disappears behind the tourists and the gondolas.

    • It’s a shame. Venice is a city I’ve always wanted to visit, so thank you for the glimpse.

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  10. Sarita says:

    Gracias!, es lo más hermoso que he leído para mí. 😚💖

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