Venice Vaporetto Routes
Venice's waterbus routes change from time to time. This means that published map and guidebook descriptions of boat lines, which are operated by the transit agency ACTV, are frequently out of date. The route tables on the next page will be more useful.
Please note that routes are subject to change and seasonal variation. When in doubt, check the timetables at the vaporetto stops.
Things to know:
1. At smaller stops, boats will come from both directions. Pay attention so you'll board the right waterbus!
2. Occasionally, a boat will ignore certain stops or will terminate its run before the end of the line. The placard or electronic signboard on the boat will indicate any such deviations. (Either that, or the conductor will shoo you off.)
3. Some lines are defined as "summer only," but "summer" usually means April through October on the Venice tourist calendar.
5. If you board at a stop that doesn't have a ticket office, approach the conductor immediately after boarding and ask for a biglietto. Otherwise, you could be fined heavily for traveling without a ticket.
6. Be sure to validate your ticket before boarding the boat. If your ticket has a magnetic stripe, hold it up to the electronic reader (see inset photo) and wait for a "beep." If you've given an old-style paper ticket, insert it in the yellow stamping machine and listen for a "thunk."
7. You can save money on public transportation by purchasing a 12- to 72-hour ACTV Tourist Travel Card from any vaporetto ticket booth. A more expensive option is the tourist office's Venice Connected pass (formerly the Venice Card) which has a complicated pricing scheme but offers services beyond transportation. We recommend the ACTV Tourist Travel Cards, which are easier to buy and are a better value for most visitors.
8. If you're staying in Venice for an extended period or plan to visit several times within a three-year period, consider buying an imob.venezia card, which will let you buy vaporetto tickets at cheap residents' rates.
9. For convenience, "vaporetto" is often used as a generic synonym for "water bus," but technically there are three types of boat: the "vaporetto," a flat-decked boat used on routes such as No. 1 (Grand Canal) and No. 2; the "motoscafo" (used for routes that go into the Lagoon; see photo at top of page); and the "motonave" (a larger vessel, sometimes with two decks, that is used for commuter service to locations such as Burano, the Lido, Punta Sabioni, and Treporti).
10. Most ACTV boats are now wheelchair-accessible. Vaporetti on the most popular routes (1 and 2) are flat-decked boats where wheelchairs, strollers, and baby carriages can roll on or off easily, with a hand from the boat conductor if necessary. In recent years, motoscafi (which have cabins inside the hull) have been redesigned with wheelchair areas on the entry decks.
For more information on specific boat lines, see our ACTV waterbus route table on page 2.
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