Is Venice Expensive for Solo Travel? | Visit Venice on a Budget
Venice can be relatively expensive, especially for solo travellers. While it’s true that Venice can be expensive, there are plenty of ways you can save money and have a great time in the city. All you have to do is plan your trip and budget it well.
To help you do so, I have curated this blog post with some of the best tips to visit Venice on a budget.
1. How to get to Venice on a budget
The best way to budget your trip is to budget it right from the start. So first of all, you should consider the cost of travelling to Venice.
If you’re coming from within Europe, several budget-friendly airlines fly to Marco Polo Airport, about a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Ryanair and easyJet are two popular options that often offer discounted fares.
If you’re coming from further away, book your tickets months in advance to find a good deal on a long-haul flight to one of the major airports in Italy (such as Rome or Milan), and then you can take a train or a bus to Venice.
The estimated cost of a flight to Venice is between €130–1300 for a round ticket.
Tip: The cheapest month to fly to Venice is February.
2. Where to stay in Venice on a budget
Another major factor in your budget is the cost of accommodation. Being a solo female traveller, I know accommodation can make or break your experience in a place.
Although Venice is not known for having a wide range of budget-friendly accommodation options, there are a few ways to save on this front. Airbnb is a good option, as you can often find a private room in an apartment for a lower price than a traditional hotel.
But that said, I always recommend opting for hostels in Venice. While they may not be as luxurious as a hotel, they can be a great way for solo travellers to meet fellow travellers. Above all, it saves a lot on costs. You will get a dorm bed for €20-50 a night.
Stay in a less touristy area.
As you are on a tight budget, I would say it is best to avoid staying in the popular areas like San Marco and Dorsoduro districts. These areas are known for their high prices.
Instead, consider staying in a less touristy area, such as Cannaregio or Castello. These neighbourhoods are not far from the major attractions of the city. You also get to stay in a less-touristy area, isn’t that a real bonus in a city like Venice?
3. What to eat and drink in Venice on a budget
Now, let’s talk about one of my favourite parts of travel – food. Like everything else in Venice, food is also a bit expensive. But do not worry. There are places where you can eat cheap food in Venice.
One option is to go shopping at a local market and prepare some meals. This can be especially convenient if you’re staying in a vacation rental or Airbnb with a kitchen.
Another way to eat cheaply in Venice is to look for restaurants offering a “menu Turistico,” a set meal at a fixed price. This can be a good way to try local dishes without breaking the bank.
Apart from these, you can also hog on street food. And I am pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. The street foods in Venice are delicious and cheap! Make sure to taste the Venice special gelato as you walk around the city. It is perfect for a sweet craving. You can also visit a baraco to try cheap Cichetti (€2-4), Panini, Spritz, and good wine (€5-10).
4. How to get around the city on a budget
Another point to look at when preparing a budget for Venice is the mode of transportation in the city. You should purchase a travel card to visit many of the city’s main attractions. It includes unlimited rides on the Vaporetto (water buses) and discounts on other attractions.
The pass cost will depend on how long you’re staying and how much you plan to use it (€20-65). Another option is to walk (the best) or take a water taxi. The latter can be expensive, but it is a scenic and enjoyable way to get around the city.
5. Things to do in Venice on a budget
Venice is known for its many tourist attractions, and it’s important to remember that many of the city’s most charming features are free to enjoy. Take a quick look at all the things you can do in Venice that won’t cost you a penny.
Explore the streets and canals.
One of the best things about Venice is simply wandering around and exploring the winding streets and canals. It is a great way to get a feel of the city and discover hidden corners and charming bridges.
Venice is home to many beautiful churches, many of which are free to enter. Some popular options include the Basilica di San Marco, the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo, and the Church of San Zaccaria.
Take a free walking tour.
Several companies offer free walking tours of Venice. You get to learn about the city’s history and culture. The tours are usually led by local guides and are a good way to explore the city.
Go to the beach.
If you’re looking for more laid-back activity, consider taking a water taxi or Vaporetto to one of the nearby beaches. The Lido di Venezia is a popular option, and it is a great way to relax and enjoy the sun.
Go to the islands.
You can take a day trip to the nearby islands. Murano is famous for its glass-blowing, while Burano is known for its colourful houses and lace-making.
Visit local markets.
Venice has several local markets to find fresh produce, seafood, and other goods. The Rialto Market and the Fondamenta della Misericordia are two popular options.
Watch a performance.
Venice is home to many outdoor performances, from musicians and street artists to theatre groups. Keep an eye out for these performances as you wander through the city, and you may be able to enjoy some free entertainment.
If you want to visit some of the city’s paid attractions, such as the Doge’s Palace or the Glass Museum, it is worth purchasing a city pass (costs approximately €40). This pass often offers discounts on various attractions and can save you money in the long run. It is also worth considering purchasing tickets in advance, as this can often result in a discounted price.
6. The average cost for an individual per day in the city
It will cost you around €60-90 daily if you strictly stick to the budget. This means you will have to spend around €250 for a trip of three nights in Venice, excluding the air ticket.
7. Avoid peak season
It is best to avoid the peak season to manage your overall budget in Venice. Venice is busiest during the summer and around major holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. If possible, try to visit during the shoulder season (April-May or September-October) when the crowds and prices are lower.
When are you travelling to Venice on a budget?
So, stay in a less touristy area, roam and eat like a local, and take advantage of free activities, and you’ll have a memorable trip to Venice. Now that you know it is possible to travel to Venice on a budget, when are you planning to visit the city? Check out my ultimate guide to Venice to plan your time in the city.
Until next time, happy travelling!
An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.