Types of Venice Waterbus Stations
From: Venice Waterbus Stops
A operates Venice's public waterbus stations, including many stops that also are used by Alilaguna airport boats. ACTV stations mostly fall into two categories:
Traditional "pontile" (pontoon) stops
In the satellite photo above, you'll see two pontili, or pontoons, at the San Toma station on the Grand Canal. The floating platforms have benches inside where passengers can wait for water buses.
Most ACTV stops are like San Toma, with variations:
Large modern stations
At a few larger stops, such as San Marco Giardinetti, Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta, and the Pietá substation at San Zaccaria (shown here), ACTV has built large new stations with ticket offices, waiting rooms, and either traditional floating platforms or modern boarding piers.
How to board your water bus
Upon arriving at the ACTV stop or station, look for the number of the line you need. (Pontili or floating platforms are clearly marked, and you'll also see route timetables on the pier.) Be aware that:
ook for an electronic ticket reader on the walkway leading to the floating platform or a the entrance to the waiting area.L
Hold your ACTV waterbus ticket or Tourist Travel Card up to the electronic reader and wait for a "beep" and the flash of a green light. Keep your ticket or travel card handy in case inspectors are doing spot checks on the the water bus.
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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