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Venice Water Buses

How to use public transportation in Venice

In Venice's centro storico or historic center, which is made up of more than 100 islands, water buses are the equivalent of buses and subways on dry land. ACTV, the public-transportation authority in Venice, operates vaporetti and other water buses around the clock, with a fleet of 150 boats and routes that extend into the far corners of the Venetian Lagoon.

Motoscafo and Vaporetto on Grand Canal

ABOVE: A motoscafo (foreground) and a vaporetto on the Grand Canal.

Ferrovia vaporetto platformVenice is a small city, and you can walk nearly to nearly any street, square, monument, or hotel within the historic center in 30 minutes or less. Still, there are times when you'll want to take a water bus, such as:

Vaporetto bowIn this article, we'll describe the different types of vaporetti, motoscafi, and motonavi in Venice's ACTV fleet. We'll also tell you how to board and use the boats, how to avoid crowds during high season and holiday weekends, and what you need to know before boarding a water bus with luggage.

For even more information (including routes, fares, and tourist passes), please click the links in the "Related articles" menu at the bottom of each page.

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Venice Vaporetto Water Buses
Types of Water Buses
Traveling by Vaporetto
More Tips and Warnings

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