Admittedly, a gondola ride is a tourist trap but still, it's worth the outlay, if only for 30 minutes. Gondoliers only traverse the Grand Canal to get to the smaller canals. During business hours, these smaller canals can get clogged with private and commercial motorboats, so plan a ride for the early morning or late afternoon hours. The cost decreases the further away you are from St Mark's Square, so it's worth the 15 minute walk to one of the other districts, like Dorsoduro or Cannaregio, to find a more motivated gondolier. Rides can cost anywhere from 20 euro to 50 euro per person depending on the area, time of day and length of ride. Visitors should feel free to negotiate a reasonable price. Up to 6 people can generally share a gondola. To avoid negotiations and plan ahead, try booking a gondola tour with a tour operator like Viator. One of the better gondola bargains in town is the little traghetto, offering a 50 cent gondola crossing at various points across the Grand Canal. Not as relaxing, but still fun and easy on the wallet.