How to visit Venice without spending a fortune
Venice isn’t always top of the list for backpackers or people on a budget as it is pretty expensive. This post will give you some tips on how to save money and what there is to see in Venice.
The best way to save money is to stay in Mestre the mainland town connected by bus or train. Trains run regularly every 10-15 minutes and it takes about 10 minutes to get there on the train. A single ticket costs €1.25.
This is the hotel/hostel I stayed in prices start from £20 a night.
- Cheaper than staying in the centre of Venice
- Great for solo travellers met lots of new people
- Free car parking
- 10 minute walk to station
- Close to supermarket
- Not very modern
- No lockers in room
- Not many showers/toilet so had to wait a while in the morning
- Didn’t feel very safe walking back from train station at night
Another option would be the Generator Hostel, this one is slightly more expensive starting around £30. This hostel looks beautiful inside and I would recommend booking in advance as it sells out fast.
Pack a picnic
There are lots of supermarkets and bakeries to buy fresh produce making it much cheaper than eating at a restaurant.
Chiesa di San Pantalon Church
I was taken here on the walking tour, I hadn’t heard about this church before and was so impressed. It has the most breathtaking painting on the ceiling which took the artist 20 years to create. Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photos inside but you can see a few here on Tripadvisor.
Boat or Gondola ride
A quintessential tourist attraction in Venice is the gondola ride. This was my second visit to Venice I went a few years ago with my mum and we went on a gondola ride. I’m so glad I did this as it had been on my bucket list for ages. It is very expensive so I would recommend saving up for this. If your budget doesn’t allow for this then the lady on the walking tour recommended getting a water bus as its so much cheaper than having a gondola ride.
Free Walking Tour
It’s so easy to get lost in Venice with the maze of canals and small streets so doing a walking tour will help you get your bearings. It is also a great way to lean about Venice’s past and culture. If you are a fan of Indiana Jones there are a few spots in Venice where it was filmed which the tour guide pointed out. I did the free walk in Venice tour and my tour guide was called Lucia, she was really friendly and knowledgeable.
See the Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs was built to connect the old prison to the interrogation rooms the view from its stone barred windows was the last that prisoners saw as they were led to their cells.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Free to get in but the queues can be very long.