It’s one of the most asked questions by visitors preparing for a trip to Venice: do I have to pay admission?
The confusion around the topic is understandable. Venice city council repeatedly confirmed the introduction of a ticket, only to announce a postponement weeks later.
The scheme was first mooted several years ago, but the shortage of visitors during the pandemic has naturally made the fee redundant.
But since then, tourist numbers have skyrocketed to pre-covid levels and the city has revived the ticket proposition. So will Venice implement the entry fee in 2023?
Why is Venice introducing an entrance fee?
The introduction of an entrance fee has been proposed to alleviate the problems of over-tourism that plague Venice.
Before the pandemic, the number of day trippers to the visitor hotspot was often double the resident population.
Thus, the paid ticket was proposed for visitors who do not stay overnight in the historic center (those who sleep in accommodation on the island already pay a tourist tax).
Proceeds from the entrance fee would go towards services that benefit Venice residents, including maintenance, cleaning and lowering living costs.
Who has to pay the entrance fee to visit Venice?
Under the proposed system, all visitors to Venice will need to register their visit. However, only those taking a day trip to the Floating City will need to pay the entrance fee.
Travelers arriving by public transport or private methods must pre-book their visit.
Some daily visitors are not required to pay, including residents of the Veneto region, students and visiting family members residing in the city.
The entrance ticket will cost between €3 to €10, depending on the season.
When will you have to pay to visit Venice?
Last year, Venice authorities announced that the introduction of the entry fee was scheduled for January 16, 2023.
However, the city council has already said that the scheme will be postponed again.
It did not give a timetable for introducing the fee, but it seems likely that tourists will not have to pay in 2023.
Travelers will have to pay a fee to depart Venice airport next year
While the introduction of the entry ticket to Venice remains uncertain, the council has announced a fee for passengers boarding planes at the city’s airport.
Travelers departing from Marco Polo di Tessera, the closest airport to Venice, will incur a surcharge of €2.50.
The fee will go into effect on April 1, 2024.