The trick here is that you need to register in advance and score one of the city’s IMOB access cards. The only bummer here is that—at least according to our limited foreign language skills—is that registration must be done in person either at the Venice-Mestre railway station or Venice-Lido. Thankfully the bikes aren’t an option in and around the Grand Canal, so that means you won’t be able to chase down the pigeons over in Piazza San Marco.
Registration will set you back €15 for the year, but if you’re sticking around for a few days that might not be too bad. It doesn’t look like there are any real tourist options, so you’re stuck with paying for 365 days of pedal power. After that you can choose your ride from around 11 different stations, and the first hour is free. After 60 minutes they’ll charge you €1, and if you cruise around for more than two hours it’s going to be €2 for each hour. Keep it in mind for the next time you make Venice your final destination, or at least if you’re looking to bump into some celebrities at the city’s film festival later this year—it takes place on the Lido.