Follow the yellow "Traghetto" signs to the nearest landing, which will be
a small wooden pier along the edge of the Grand Canal. Boats normally
shuttle back and forth almost continuously, so you shouldn't have to wait
long. (But see our warning about sporadic service on
page 1 of this article.)
When the traghetto arrives from the other side of the canal, board the
boat and find a place to sit or stand. Face backward, because the boat will
turn as it leaves the dock. (Venetians traditionally stand during the
crossing, but you're welcome to use a seat or perch on the gunwales, and an
oarsman may gesture for you to sit down if his last batch of tourists
toppled into the canal.)
Hand your fare to the oarsman as you board or leave the boat. If you
don't have exact change, try to pay with coins instead of banknotes.
If you've applied for and bought the
VeneziaUnica Pass for Frequent Users,
show the card. If you're lucky, you'll be charged the local residents' fare
of 70 cents instead of tourist price of €2.
Don't try to board a traghetto in a wheelchair, with a baby carriage, or
with heavy luggage. Instead, use the No. 1 vaporetto, which has a flat deck
and is fully accessible.
Hours of traghetto service vary by route, season, and day of the week.
Normally the boats are rowed back and forth across the Grand Canal from
early in the morning until 7 or 8 p.m., or possibly a bit later in the
One or more traghetto lines may be shut down for maintenance or
construction at any given time, depending on the season. If you arrive at a
traghetto platform and no boat is in sight, just do as the Venetians do and
either take the vaporetto or save money by walking to the nearest bridge
across the Grand Canal.