Online Tickets for the main monuments in Venice | All city travellers visiting Venice, Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, London, Barcelona or any other European tourist metropolis should be sure to check out the purchase of online tickets to visit the main attractions before departure.
Venice has always been a classic destination. However, the increase in cruise passengers and other low-cost airlines from Western and Eastern Europe have caused the eternal flow of tourists to Venice to rise considerably. Unfortunately, all the famous buildings, churches and museums can cope less and less satisfactorily with the crowds of visitors.
Access capacities for monuments in St. Mark’s Square, such as St. Mark’s Basilica or the Doge’s Palace with its famous Bridge of Sighs, remain limited. This means that waiting times for admission can be exceptionally long.
In the world-famous lagoon city of Venice, there is an infinite amount to see and great excursion possibilities. So try to avoid unnecessary waiting times for an entrance fee. Here is an exhibition about the purchase of highly recommended – recommended or other online tickets.
Highly recommended online tickets for Venice
The highlight of any visit to Venice is the world-famous St Mark’s Square with its two top sights, St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. When the cruisers leave the ships in the late morning, the day guests have arrived and the hotel guests start their sightseeing tours, the place is teeming with people. All this also applies to the ascent of the St Mark’s Tower.
Waiting for hours to get into the Basilica di San Marco, the St. Mark’s Tower and the Palazzo Ducale is not uncommon now. Often a day is lost here if you have to wait endlessly for an entrance.
My tips in advance:
✅ Here you can buy tickets for the Doge’s Palace and the museums in St Mark’s Square, with and without a guided tour:
|33,00 €||Buy online ticket|
|Skip the Line Ticket|
with Guide Book
|39,90 €||Buy online ticket|
|Skip the Line Ticket|
with Audio Guide
|39,90 €||Buy online ticket|
|Guided tour||59,00 €||Buy online ticket|
✅ Access to the Basilica of St. Marco is free, but to avoid long waits you can also buy this special ticket with some extras, such as access to the terrace and Pala D’Oro:
|St Mark's Basilica||Price*||Ticket|
|Only fast entry|
+ Terrace + Pala D'Oro
|25,00 €||Buy online ticket|
|Only fast entry |
Last-Minute Entry Tickets
|20,50 €||Buy online ticket|
|✅ Bestseller Venice|
St. Mark's Basilica + Doge's Palace
|59,00 €||Buy online ticket|
The visit to St Mark’s Basilica is, as already mentioned, free of charge. Nevertheless, there are always many people waiting at the entrance and immediate access without queuing is only possible with the above-mentioned tickets to skip the queue or as part of guided tours:
|Basilica di San Marco||Duration||Price*||Tickets|
|Basilica Tour with|
|1 - 2 hours||39,00 €||Buy online ticket|
|Guides tour +|
|1 - 2.5 hours||70,00 €||Buy online ticket|
✅ If you don’t want to risk any waiting times and want to see everything in 2 hours, you can also join a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. All queues are bypassed here as well.
|St Marks Basilica|
+ Doge's Palace
|Visit in english|
|2-4 hours||74,00 €||Buy online ticket|
|Visit in english|
with Terrace Access
|2-3 hours||80,00 €||Buy online ticket|
Or book the Venice classic with a gondola ride, with guided tours in German and no queuing.
|St Mark's Basilica|
+ Doge's Palace
|The classic in Venice||3 hours||123,00 €||Buy online ticket|
Tickets for the St Mark’s Tower are available on-site or directly here to avoid waiting times. Likewise in conjunction with the tour of the Doge’s Palace.
|Bell Tower||Price*||Online Tickets|
|Reserved Entrance||16,00 €||Book online|
|Children 0 - 5 years||free|
|Reserved Entrance +|
|51,00 €||Book online|
This is just a selection of tickets (without queues) for visiting St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Everything you need to know about sightseeing, entrance fees and opening hours of these fantastic sights can be found in the sections St Mark’s Basilica, Bell Tower and the Doge’s Palace in this blog.
Recommended Online Tickets for Venice
At the top sights of this fabulous lagoon city, I strongly recommend for the reasons mentioned above to buy tickets online in advance. Venice is teeming with tourists all year round. Also in a supposed low season, the planning for the city sightseeing can quickly get mixed up with surprising waiting times.
✓ The early purchase of tickets is also recommended for other attractions. These include the world-famous opera house La Fenice and the modern art collection Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
|La Fenice||Infos||12,65 €||Buy online ticket|
|Peggy Guggenheim||Infos||18,50 €||Buy online ticket|
Organized excursions to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello with a duration of 4-5 hours always have a high demand. Here are some suggestions for recommended online reservations.
|Murano + Burano||4,0 H||Buy online ticket|
|Murano + Burano + Torcello||5,0 H||Buy online ticket|
|3 Islands Tour||6,0 H||Buy online ticket|
All important information such as prices and departure points can be found on the websites of the respective providers. Further booking possibilities can be found in the overview of The 3 islands of the lagoon or in the respective articles of the individual islands in the category Islands.
Visits to these unique pearls of the lagoon are also possible by public transport, but experience has shown that this takes longer. Information about this is on the respective island pages.
Other online tickets for Venice
Mainly at museums, the purchase of an online ticket in advance offers a practical and easy way to plan a city tour of Venice. Advance bookings are not necessary.
More interesting in this context are the discount cards for museums and churches, which offer direct access as well as discounts on admission. Here are some of the most interesting museums in Venice, with the possibility of early ticket purchase.
|Museums in Venice||Infos||Price*||Tickets|
|Ca' Rezzonico||Infos||11,00 €||Buy online ticket|
|Ca' d'Oro Gallery||Infos||18,85 €||Buy online ticket|
|Accademia Gallery||Infos||17,00 €||Buy online ticket|
Here are two suggestions for visiting two museums that are less well-known but no less interesting.
|Musée Da Vinci||8,00 €||Buy online ticket|
|Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo||8,00 €||Buy online ticket|
Tip: Book an excursion to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with a visit and guided tour of the basilica on your own arrival, Waterbus line 2, stop at San Giorgio. Alternatively, there is a boat tour at fixed times with a visit to the basilica and tower climb. From here you have a postcard view of St. Mark’s Square.
Hints for Venice Online Tickets
Due to the boom in city breaks in recent years, the number of annual visitors to Venice has also risen enormously. Therefore, the growing problem of long queues in front of the important sights of the lagoon city is clearly underestimated. The only way to avoid this problem is to purchase an online ticket in advance for priority access. In almost all cases, tickets purchased online are not more expensive than local tickets.
A further advantage of tickets or vouchers booked online is that one can already put together one’s visit plan for Venice at home in peace. All documents will be provided digitally by email. It is always an advantage to print out the confirmations, even if it is often sufficient to show them on your smartphone. The risk of a loss or an unexpected delay with a postal dispatch is void.
If vouchers need to be redeemed on-site, the vendors’ confirmations will clearly indicate the location and opening hours. Venice is not very large compared to other European cities such as Paris, Rome or London. Everything is within walking distance and the Santa Lucia train station, Piazzale Roma bus station or the Canal Grande are easy landmarks.
Also in the traditional travel guides unfortunately very rarely the increased number of visitors is pointed out in the context of booming city tourism and the associated waiting times with the entrance to the most well-known objects of interest of a city like Venice.
Tips for online travel preparation
You can get to Venice by car, bus, train or plane. A lot of information can be found under Airport Transfer. The last stop, however, is always at the Santa Lucia capital train station or the Piazzale Roma bus station. Venice is completely car-free.
The journey continues through the historic lagoon city only on foot or on the legendary canals with private water taxis or by public transport with its water buses, the Vaporetti. Advance booking of tickets in advance is also possible here. If you want to stay in the city after sunset and are looking for the right thing to do in the evening, check out Venice in the Evening. If you want to stay in the city after sunset and are looking for the right thing to do in the evening, check out Venice in the Evening.
Important: Car drivers should definitely find out about parking in Venice in advance.
Book overnight stays in Venice online
Everything is expensive in Venice. Unfortunately, this also applies to my top 10 hotels in the city centre. Those who are looking for something special will also find some overnight suggestions in the respective articles about the unique lagoon islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, each at the end of the text.
Somewhat cheaper it goes to accommodations in my hotel recommendations outside of the centre of Venice.
*All prices mentioned in this article are subject to change. The current offers of the respective provider always apply. Discounts, such as prices for children and teenagers are also on the site of the provider.