11 Venice Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips
Wheelchair Accessible Travel in Venice – Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world, and also one of the most challenging for disabled tourists to figure out how to get around. These 11 Venice wheelchair accessible travel tips should make it a little easier for you.
1. Don’t buy the vaparetto pass – Most tourists buy the vaparetto daily or multi-day passes, but disabled tourists should stick with the one-way tickets. Disabled travelers get a discount and only have to pay 60 cents for a one-way trip. One person traveling with them also gets this discount. You can buy them from the ticket machines on the docks, the ticket window in front of the train station, or from a staff member onboard the boat.
3. Use the vaparetto as much as possible to save money – There are two options for wheelchair accessible travel in Venice: the vaparetto water buses or the accessible water taxis. When possible use the vaparetto boats instead of the taxis. You’ll save a significant amount of money that can go towards great shopping or dining experiences!
5. First on, last off – When a vaparetto boat stops at the dock, the boatmen will let everyone who wants to get off disembark the boat before they let people get on. During this process the boat will be floating highest in the water when some people have gotten off but no one has gotten on yet. Get yourself to the front of the line to be the first one to get on the boat (shown in the video below). When you want to get off the boat, let everyone else get off the boat before you disembark. Make sure the boatmen know that you want to get off so that can tell the people getting on to wait for you to get off.
6. Stick with the large accessible neighborhoods – Minimize the number of times that you need to use handicap accessible travel in Venezia by sticking with the big neighborhoods. The largest neighborhoods have over 20 accessible restaurants to choose from and a dozen accessible shops to visit. The smaller neighborhoods will have no accessible restaurants or shops.