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ACTV Ticket Machines

How to buy vaporetto tickets from vending machines in Venice

ACTV ticket machine on the Zattere

ABOVE: A ticket-vending machine has replaced the manned biglietteria at Venice's Zattere vaporetto stop.

ACTV, Venice's public-transportation authority, has installed multilingual ticket-vending machines at many waterbus stops. Some of the machines are replacing manned ticket booths, while others are being used to supplement human ticket vendors. From a traveler's point of view, the new ticket machines have two benefits:

  • They provide an alternative to standing in line at a crowded ticket window.

  • They operate 24 hours a day.

Although the machines look intimidating, they're fairly simple to use if you know what kind of ticket you want to buy.

On this page, we offer step-by-step instructions on how to use the new machines. To get started, go to Step 1 below.

Note: Some ACTV machines are programmed differently from others, so you may find slight variations in screen options.

Step 1:

ACTV ticket machine close-up

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Before you touch the vending machine's interactive screen, decide what kind of ticket you need. Your options are shown in a table on the machine:

 Types of ACTV tickets

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Unless you've bought the Venezia Unica (formerly imob.venezia) stored-value photo card, which is used mostly by commuters and long-term visitors, you'll be interested in the tickets identified by white or paper-ticket icons. These options include:

  • Single-fare ticket. This ticket is good for 75 minutes in one direction, with a change of boats if necessary. (You're allowed to carry one suitcase of reasonable size, plus a small backpack or tote.)

  • Daily passes or multi-day tickets for unlimited rides over a period of 12 hours to 7 days, depending on which version you choose. (See our Venice ACTV travel passes article).

Note: These tickets are valid only for ACTV transportation. (You can't use them on the Alilaguna airport boat or the ATVO airport coach.)

For more information on travel by ACTV public water bus, see our articles on Venice Vaporetto Routes and Venice Vaporetto Fares.

Step 2:

ACTV ticket machine opening screen

Once you've decided what kind of ACTV ticket to buy, touch the interactive screen to begin your purchase.

  • Note: The image on the screen may be different from the one shown above, depending on what ACTV wants to publicize or promote at any given time.

Step 3:

ACTV ticket machine language screen

Touch the next screen to choose a language: Italian, French, Spanish, English, or German.

Step 4:

ACTV transportation services screen

Using the touch screen, choose "Water services" if you're buying a ticket for a vaporetto or motoscafo water bus.

Step 5:

ACTV ticket types

Tap the menu item for the type of ticket you want to buy.

Step 6:

ACTV ticket machine payment screen

After you've chosen  your ticket type, a screen will show how much you owe.


  • If you're paying by banknote, pay attention to the "Max. Change" amount, or you may find yourself paying a huge sum for an already expensive ticket.

  • If you change your mind about buying a ticket, or if you want to start again, click the "X" in the red box.

Step 7:

ACTV ticket machine payments

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Use a credit card, debit card, euro coins, or euro banknotes to pay for your ticket.

Once you've paid, the machine will print your ticket and deliver it (with a receipt and and any change that's due) in the slot below the touch screen and payment panel.

Note: If you've bought a carnet and the machine dispenses only one ticket such as the one shown here, don't worry: Your "biglietto ricaricabile" (rechargeable ticket) is a stored-value card that holds multiple fares.

Also see:
Venice Local Transportation Index
Vaporetto Water Buses - Basic Information
Vaporetto Line 1 (Grand Canal)
Vaporetto and Bus Fares
Vaporetto Routes
ACTV daily pass and multi-day tickets (24 hours to 7 days)

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001.

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