Latest update October 2019
The city council has set a new date for the fee to come into effect. The fee will come into effect July 2020. They have also announced that the methods for payments will be published after the new year. Payments will be possible in multiple ways including credit cards and paypal. If you are planning to visit Venice the second half of next year the best thing you can do is contact your hotel or lodging provider after the new year. Hopefully by that point the rules will be clearer for everyone. Unfortunately I can’t promise that.
Italian news story on the new start date
Venice Italy entrance fee updated
Venice city council has published their proposed entrance fee. If you haven’t been following the news the last Italian government budget gave Venice the right to impose an entrance fee on daytrippers. At the time the proposal was short on facts. The city’s proposal fills in those facts. The Venice Italy entrance fee will start at €3 per day in 2019. May 1st is the announced start date.
After this year the exact amount to be paid will depend on how busy the season is. Extreme high season will have a fee of €10. The rest of high season €8. Something the city calls ordinary days €6 and low season €3. The €10 fee will only apply to a very small number of days. Likely the period of Carnevale.
Starting in 2022 you will be required to pay the fee before arriving in the city. The council mentions cruise lines and train companies collecting the fee.
The entrance fee only applies to day trippers. If you’ve booked a hotel that is already collecting the tassa soggiorno the fee won’t apply to you. If on the other hand you had hoped to save money by staying outside of the city you will have to add the cost of the entrance ticket onto the transport costs.
The city police will be empowered to check if visitors have paid the fee. Persons found without a valid entrance will face a fine ranging from €100 to €400.
Budget conscious Venice entrance
If the already high cost of visiting Venice is an issue the added fee should push you towards visiting during the offseason. You’ll save not only on the lower entrance fee but hotels are generally much cheaper in Venice that time of year.