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Venice Vaporetto Fares


Also see:
Vaporetto Water Buses - Basic Information
Venice Vaporetto Routes

The fares listed on page 2 of this article are for visitors to Venice and its suburbs. Prices for single boat trips are shockingly (some might say "obscenely") high, so consider buying a one- to seven-day Tourist Travel Card, a Venezia Unica city pass (formerly imob.venezia) for longer stays, or--less desirably--a Venice Connected (formerly Venice Card) pass.

Better yet, skip the boat and walk, except on special occasions: Venice is extremely compact, and it's often faster to walk from one part of town to another than to take a water bus. See our "Walking in Venice" article for practical advice on finding your way around the city.

For tips on where and how to obtain tickets, see our articles about Buying Vaporetto Tickets and ACTV Ticket Machines.

Actv photo

ABOVE: An ACTV motoscafo in the Cannaregio Canal.

Important:

  • ticket machineYou must validate tickets before use. Look for the white electronic card reader near the walkway that leads to the floating vaporetto platform. Hold your ticket within 6 cm (about 2.5 inches) of the circular panel for three seconds, or until you see a green light and hear a beep.  (Some stations also have green card readers, which aren't used to validate tickets.)
  • If you're at a vaporetto stop without a ticket counter or machine, buy a ticket from the boat conductor as you board to avoid a fine. (On land, purchase bus tickets at ticket machines, Hellovenezia/ACTV offices, or at the nearest tobacconist.)

  • A single waterbus ticket is good for 60 minutes in one direction, which means you can transfer as long as you aren't headed back toward your starting point.

  • As we point out in the fare tables, children under 6 ride free, but kids 6 and over must pay the full adult fare.

  • On water buses, you're allowed to carry one piece of luggage with a combined length, width, and height of 150 cm (60 inches) or less. For more luggage, or for a bigger bag, you may need to pay a supplement. Ask the agent in the ticket booth or the boat conductor as you board.

  • The Venezia Unica city pass (formerly imob.venezia) is worth the steep non-resident fee if you're staying in Venice for a while, since it offers huge discounts on public-transportation fares. This stored-value card used to be available only for residents and students, but tourists can now buy it at HelloVenezia ticket offices.

Money-saving tip:

  • Venice is a compact and walkable city, and you shouldn't need to use the vaporetto often unless you have trouble walking, are pressed for time, or are going to an island (such as the Lido or Murano) outside the historic center. Our advice: Walk when you can, and organize your schedule to make the most efficient use of a tourist travel card.

Checking fares:

The Water and Land Bus Fare Tables on page 2 show what you'll pay for single tickets, carnets, and Tourist Travel Cards.

Next page: Water and land and bus fare tables


In this article:
Venice Vaporetto Fares - Introduction
Fare Tables - Water and Land Buses

Also see:
Venice Vaporetto Routes
ACTV Ticket Machines
Venice Tourist Travel Cards
Venice Transportation Index

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