Online tickets for the main monuments in Venice – Tips & Info

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 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

Online tickets for the main monuments in 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:

Doge's Palace
Price*Tickets
Fast track
admission ticket
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 tour59,00 €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:

Skip The LinePrice*Ticket
Only fast entry + Terrace
+ Pala D´Oro
25,00 €Buy online ticket
Only fast entry
Last-Minute Entry Tickets
19,50 €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
DurationPrice*Tickets
Basilica Tour with
Terrace acces
1 - 2 hours39,00 €Buy online ticket
Guides tour +
Gondola ride
1 - 2.5 hours70,00 €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
DurationPrice*Tickets
Visit in english
Skip-the-line
2-4 hours74,00 €Buy online ticket
Visit in english
with Terrace Access
2-3 hours80,00 €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
+ Gondola
DurationPrice*Tickets
The classic in Venice3 hours123,00 €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 TowerPrice*Online Tickets
Reserved Entrance15,00 €Book online
Children 0 - 5 yearsfree
Reserved Entrance +
Doge's Palace
47,50 €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

Online tickets for the main monuments in 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.

AttractionsInfosPrice*Tickets
La FeniceInfos12,65 €Buy online ticket
Peggy GuggenheimInfos18,50 €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.

Lagoon IslandsDurationTickets
Murano + Burano4,0 HBuy online ticket
Murano + Burano + Torcello5,0 HBuy online ticket
3 Islands Tour6,0 HBuy 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 The 3 islands of the lagoon or in the respective articles to 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 on the respective island pages.

Other online tickets for Venice

Online tickets for the main monuments in Venice

Mainly at museums, the purchase of an online ticket in advance offers a practical and easy way to plan a city tour to 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 VeniceInfosPrice*Tickets
Ca' RezzonicoInfos11,00 €Buy online ticket
Ca' d'Oro GalleryInfos18,85 €Buy online ticket
Accademia GalleryInfos17,00 €Buy online ticket

Here are two suggestions for visiting two museums that are less well known but no less interesting.

MuseumsPrice*Tickets
Musée Da Vinci8,00 €Buy online ticket
Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo8,00 €Buy online ticket

Tip: Book an excursion to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with a visit and guided tour of the basilica with 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

Online tickets for the main monuments in Venice

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

Online tickets for the main monuments in Venice

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 with 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.

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