Murano, the Glass Island
ABOVE: A motoscafo or waterbus of the ACTV.
Getting to Murano
is easy to reach from Venice by public transportation. Here's how to get there
with the ACTV, Venice's transit company:
From S. Zaccaria
(just up the waterfront promenade from the Piazza San Marco and the
Take the ACTV's Line 4.2 waterbus, which will take you to Murano by
way of the Fondamente Nove and the
cemetery island of San
Michele in just over 40 minutes. (Or you can ride the Line 4.1 boat down the
Grand Canal and on to Murano, but the voyage will take nearly an hour.) When
you reach Murano, get off at any stop. (Colonna is handy for glasblowing
demonstrations; Museo is close to the Glass Museum and the Basilica of Santi
Maria e Donato.)
From the Fondamente Nove (on the north side of
the historic center, facing the Lagoon):
Catch the 4.1 or 4.2 waterbus. The 4.1 will get you to the Murano Colonna
stop in only 10 minutes; the Faro, Navagero, and Museo stops take longer.
Alternatively, you could take a boat of Line 10, whose widebodied
vaporetti require only 9 minutes to reach the Murano Faro stop on their
way to the more distant islands of Burano and Torcello.
From the Piazzale Roma or Ferrovia (the bus and
Ride the Line 6 "Diretto Murano" boat, which takes 17 minutes to reach
Murano Colonna from the railroad station. Stay on the boat if you'd rather
get off at Faro, Navagero, Museo, or Venier.
The 4.1 waterbus, which is slower than the 6 with local stops along the
For more information on Actv waterbuses, see our articles on
Vaporetto Routes and
Vaporetto Fares, or use
the station-to-station journey planner on the
Actv Web site.
From Venice Marco Polo Airport:
Blu, Rossa, and Arancio lines serve various stops on Murano; see our
Venice Airport Boat
article for more information.
If you're in a hurry and have money to burn, a
water taxi can take you
directly to Murano from your hotel (or the nearest canal).
Our sightseeing-excursion partner, Viator, sells
escorted tours to Murano and the
Lagoon's outer islands.
Murano glass factories and showrooms offer free boat trips to the island
for tourists who enjoy being subjected to high-pressure salesmanship. (Look
for the touts who frequent busy tourist areas.)
Murano hotels and