Lonely Planet Writer

City authorities give disgruntled locals priority over tourists for water buses in Venice

Starting this summer, local residents will have priority over tourists when boarding vaporettos (water buses) in Venice , Italian media reports.

A vaporetto on the water in Venice.
A vaporetto on the water in Venice. Image by Gregoire Fossemalle / CC BY 2.0

The city authorities want to make the heavily touristed city more liveable, so only those with a ‘Venezia Unica Oro’ (gold card) which proves they are local residents will get priority boarding while others including tourists will have to wait in a different queue. Locals in possession of a gold card already pay €6 less than other passengers for a vaporetto ride. The trial system will apply at eight vaporetto stops from June including Canal Grande, San Marco, Santa Chiara, Santa Lucia e Rialto train station and the islands of Burano, Murano and Lido. Venice’s historic centre has around 55,000 residents who have long been unhappy about having to share their public transport with a large number of tourists daily. Venice gets around 20 million visitors annually, and the city’s water buses transported around 70 million passengers in 2015.

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