A gondola ride is on the bucket list of most travellers who come to Venice. However, with Venice being one of the most expensive cities to visit in the world – is the dream gondola ride for so many affordable?
I didn’t come to Venice wanting to ride a gondola (shock horror I know!). However, it’s hard to maintain this mentality when you’re here. Gondola’s are everywhere, and to be honest, they weren’t quite as expensive as I’d anticipated prior to the trip. Which made the idea of getting on one and riding around some of the 150 canals here even more appealing.
So, how much does a gondola ride cost? Well, it depends on one factor and one factor only. The time of day in which you’d like to ride.
If you’d like to go on a gondola ride during the day time (between the hours of 8am and 7pm) then it will cost you ?80. This is for the entire gondola which holds up to six people, so if six people go in one gondola together, that makes it just ?13.33 each.
If you’d like to go on an evening gondola ride (between the hours of 7pm and 8am) then the cost of a gondola ride increases to ?100. Again, this is based on one gondola which holds up to six people.
During the day the gondola ride will last around 35 minutes (give or take a couple of minutes depending on traffic) during the evening you’re looking at closer to 30 minutes.
Based on our previous experiences travelling around Europe I expected there’d be ‘scamming’ fake gondola riders offering discounted trips, hustling you on the side of the street but to be honest, we didn’t see anything of the kind.
Everyone here was very genuine, the signs across the canals on the main island of Venice are points in which you can catch the gondola. The whole process was simple and straight forward.
Remember that when you go out on a Gondola ride you’ll be taken around the district you’re in. So, if you want to ride around on a gondola on the main canal you’ll want to go to one of the gondola stops there, otherwise, you’ll want to walk to a canal in some of the other neighbourhoods within Venice. San Polo and Campo San Barnaba areas are both great options if you’re looking for somewhere a little less crowded.