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Prices for Taking a Gondola Around Venice

Dreaming of riding a gondola through the canals of Venice? To get tickets at the best price, read on!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

6 min read

Prices for Taking a Gondola Around Venice

Gondola ride in Venice | ©Chait Goli

Taking a gondola ride in Venice is one of the essential plans that you must do during your trip. However, many visitors think that it is a whim available to very few because rumors circulate that their prices are prohibitive.

To tell the truth, the price of riding a gondola in Venice is not tremendously cheap but there are ways to get the most out of the experience that will compensate you to make that outlay.

If taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice is one of your dreams and you want to know how much budget you might need to fulfill it, don't miss this post.

1. How much does it cost to ride a gondola in Venice?

Money in Euros| ©cottonbro
Money in Euros| ©cottonbro

According to the official prices set by the authorities for gondola rides, a standard trip of about 40 minutes along the canals of Venice is priced at 80 € regardless of the number of passengers (with a maximum of 6 people).

Enjoying the Venetian canals on one of these beautiful traditional boats is not one of the cheapest activities to do in the city but it will be one of the most unforgettable. It is an experience that you have to live at least once in your life!

In the evening, from 7 PM, the price of the service increases and goes up to 100 € per trip. Services to liven up the gondola ride such as singing or music are not included in this rate and have to be paid separately.

These are the official prices to board the gondolas of Venice but, in practice, in periods of special demand or high tourist influx it may happen that the gondoliers ask for more money being difficult to work with the official rates. I recommend this article on the best time to travel to Venice to learn more.

For this reason, a good option to enjoy a gondola ride in Venice without spending a penny is to hire the service in advance of your trip or even combine it with another activity in the "Queen of the Adriatic" to make it more profitable. Let's see it below!

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2. How much does a gondola ride in Venice with walking tour of the city cost?

The Grand Canal| ©Marco Paiano
The Grand Canal| ©Marco Paiano

As I said, to get the best price for a gondola ride in Venice you can combine this plan with another activity in the city such as a walking tour of the historic center.From 46 € you can find very fun options on Hellotickets!

On the one hand, you will live a very special moment gliding over the water of the Grand Canal and other smaller canals discovering many of the architectural gems that have made this city world famous as the Rialto Bridge, the House of Marco Polo, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute or the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, among others.

On the other hand, you can take a walking tour of Venice accompanied by a guide to visit some of its most emblematic sites starting from the imposing St. Mark's Square, where you will hear fascinating stories about the city!

What do these tickets usually include?

  • Gondola ride along the Grand Canal and other canals of Venice.
  • Guided walking tour through the streets of Venice.
  • Professional guide.

What is a better ride in the morning or in the afternoon?

Any time is a good time to take a gondola ride in a city as beautiful as Venice, but depending on the atmosphere you want to enjoy during the activity, it will be better to choose the morning or the afternoon.

For example, taking a gondola ride early in the morning is ideal if you want to contemplate the city in calm, something that at certain times of the day is a bit difficult in Venice and therefore becomes a unique and special moment.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a romantic atmosphere to contemplate the sunset and the monumental buildings of Venice from the canals, the best time to ride a gondola is in the afternoon from 3 PM onwards. Of course, it is also the busiest time on the canals because it is the time most tourists choose.

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3. How much does a gondola ride with walking tour of Venice and entrance to monuments cost?

St. Mark's Basilica and its Campanile| ©Massimo Adami
St. Mark's Basilica and its Campanile| ©Massimo Adami

From 92 € you can make several of the must-do plans in Venice in just one: take a gondola ride through the mythical canals, explore the wonders of the city on foot with a guide and visit some of its most iconic monuments such as the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. As you read!

Besides being a super appealing plan, you will also save money and time since in only 3 or 4 hours you will be able to enjoy the charm of Venice and many of its tourist attractions in one sitting. This leaves you free for the rest of the day to enjoy other experiences in Venice.

It is a perfect plan if you are going to spend only a few days in the "City of Canals" (between 1 day in Venice and 3 days in Venice) but you do not want to miss the opportunity to feel for yourself the essence of Venice.

What do these tickets usually include?

  • Gondola ride on the Grand Canal and other canals of Venice.
  • Guided walking tour through the streets of Venice.
  • Unaccompanied entrance to St. Mark's Basilica and/or Doge's Palace.
  • Professional guide.

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4. How much does a private gondola ride in Venice cost?

Gondolas docked on the canal| ©antonio molinari
Gondolas docked on the canal| ©antonio molinari

Taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice is magical! That's why, if you feel like enjoying this special experience exclusively with your partner or your family, from 372 you can opt for a private gondola ride without sharing it with anyone else.

Just you, the gondolier and the local guide who will show you from this traditional boat all the secrets of Venice so that you will not miss any detail of this beautiful city during your visit and you can take sensational pictures from a unique perspective. It will be one of the most memorable memories of your trip!

What do these tickets usually include?

  • Gondola ride on the Grand Canal and other canals of Venice.
  • Professional guide.

5. Other cheaper ways to enjoy Venice's canals

The Vaporetti on the Grand Canal| ©SBA73
The Vaporetti on the Grand Canal| ©SBA73

If you plan to visit Venice on a low cost and on a tight budget, riding a gondola may be unaffordable as it is one of the most expensive activities to do in the city.

But don't worry! Fortunately there are other alternatives to tour the canals of Venice for less money.

The vaporetti

One of them are the vaporetti, Venice's urban water buses. From 5 € you can get a ticket to cross the Grand Canal (line 1) and enjoy the beautiful views of the city while moving from one place to another because it has stops at certain places of interest such as the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's Square or Ca' Rezzonico.

Another option for riding the vaporetti in Venice is to make use of the Venezia Unica City Pass, as public transportation is included in this tourist card. The price of this pass depends on the number of attractions you add to it.

The traghettis

And the cheapest of all is to use the traghettis to sail the Venetian canals. From 0.50 € you can buy a ticket to ride these inexpensive gondolas that are normally used by Venetian workers to move around the "Queen of the Adriatic".

However, the traghettis do not run every day, nor at all hours of the day, so keep this in mind when planning your route through the city!

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