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Everything you need to know about the Venice Pass, Venice’s entry ticket for day trippers

After talking about it for years, the city administration of La Serenissima has finally kicked off the sale of the city’s Venice Pass – an entry ticket for day trippers.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Venice Pass

Why is Venice instituting a pass for day trippers?

Long suffering from the effects of overtourism, Venice was recently placed on UNESCO’s endangered list, which signals when sites on the World Heritage List are under threat and indicates that action should be taken to correct the situation.

The Venice Pass is designed to discourage overcrowding on already busy days – in fact, it’s only in effect on certain days of 2024. 

Who has to get a Venice Pass?

Day trippers over the age of 14 visiting on certain days between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm are required to purchase a Venice Pass.

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How much does the Venice Pass cost?

The Venice Pass costs €5. At the moment, there are no reduced fares.

When is the Venice Pass in effect?

As I mentioned above, you’ll only need to purchase a Venice Pass on certain days in 2024:

April: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

May: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

June: 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

July: 6, 7, 13, 14

Aside from the last week of April and the first week of May, both of which contain major public holidays (April 25 is Liberation Day and May 1 is Labor Day), the rest of the days on which visitors will have to buy a Venice Pass are Saturdays and Sundays).

How can I buy a Venice Pass?

You can buy your Venice Pass here (in English). The site is also available in Italian, French, Spanish, and German.

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Who is exempt from buying a Venice Pass?

You do not need to purchase a Venice Pass if:

  1. You’re a resident of Veneto.
  2. You are under age 14.
  3. You are staying overnight.
  4. You work in Venice.
  5. You’re attending a funeral.
  6. You’re participating in a sporting event.
  7. You’re a student or on the temporary population register (for EU exchange students).
  8. You own a property in Venice on which you pay the Italian Municipal Property Tax (IMU) or you rent a property in Venice.
  9. You’ve been invited by a friend who is a resident of Venice.
  10. You’re on a school trip.
  11. Other.

What are the “other” reasons?

The “other” category is for 

  1. People who have a disability and their caregiver.
  2. People who are coming to Venice for medical treatment.
  3. People accompanying someone for medical treatment.
  4. Public administrators or authorities who are coming to Venice for “institutional reasons.”
  5. People who are visiting someone in prison.
  6. Relatives (up to the 3rd degree of kinship – I’m not sure what that means) of someone in a health facility in Venice.
  7. People who are involved in a legal proceedings at the Venice court (litigant or witness).
  8. People who have been “summoned for reasons of justice or other reasons of public interest to public offices.”

You also have to select the “exemption” option if you are coming to Venice to vote.

So, if I’m exempt, do I have to do anything? YES, YOU DO!

Yes, you still have to access the portal and generate a code indicating your exemption.

What information will I have to provide to purchase a Venice Pass?

If you have to buy a Venice Pass, you’ll need to:

  1. Select the day you’re going to visit.
  2. Indicate the number of visitors in your party.
  3. Insert information about each visitor (name, email, telephone number).

Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive a code via email. Done!

What area of Venice does the pass cover?

The Venice Pass is for anyone visiting the city of Venice. If you’re transiting through Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto or Stazione Marittima without entering the city, you don’t have to get the pass.

You also do not need to pay if you’re visiting the minor islands (Lido di Venezia, including Alberoni e Malamocco, Pellestrina, Murano, Burano, Torcello, Sant‘Erasmo, Mazzorbo, Mazzorbetto, Vignole, S. Andrea, La Certosa, S. Servolo, S. Clemente, Poveglia, Sacca Sessola).

It seems pretty straightforward. I’m curious to see how this trial period goes!

Have you purchased a Venice Pass in 2024? Share how it went in the comments!

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