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From: Venice Waterbus Stops

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ABOVE: An ACTV inspector checks a passenger's ticket.

ACTV ticket readerACTV really wants you to have a ticket that you've swiped against an electronic reader before you board. It's now illegal to be on a waterbus platform without a validated ticket, and stations are gradually being upgraded with paddle-style gates to encourage compliance.

ACTV ticket machinesOn a busy boat, the sailors who let passengers on and off don't have time to deal with fares and tickets, so you should always buy a ticket or Tourist Travel Card ahead of time if you can.

tabacchi sign in VeniceIf a vaporetto station doesn't have a ticket booth or machine, look for a nearby tabacchi shop (marked with a white "T" on a blue background) or a newsstand that sells ACTV tickets.

Still, there may be emergencies when you can't buy a ticket before boarding. When that's the case, here's what to do:

  • Immediately upon boarding the water bus, approach the sailor who handles the boat's boarding gates and mooring lines. Ask for a "biglietto" (plural "biglietti"). If necessary, hold up your fingers to indicate how many tickets. Be prepared to pay in cash.

  • Do not wait until an inspector asks for your ticket, or you'll be hit with the full fare plus a 60-euro fine.

For more information on ACTV tickets and fares, see our Vaporetto Fares article.

  • Note: If you're boarding an Alilaguna airport boat, pay the boat attendant if you don't have a valid ticket. (You'll pay a small surcharge for this convenience.)

Back to: Index of Venice ACTV and Alilaguna waterbus stops


Also see:
Introduction to ACTV & Alilaguna boat stops
Types of Venice waterbus stations
What to do if you don't have a ticket

Related articles:
Venice water buses (what you need to know)
Vaporetto routes
Vaporetto fares
ACTV ticket machines
ACTV Tourist Travel Cards (unlimited travel for 24 hours to 7 days)
ACTV maps and timetables
Alilaguna airport boats
More Venice transportation articles

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