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Buying Vaporetto Tickets

ACTV ticket machine, Venice, Italy.

ABOVE: ACTV workers service a ticket machine at Fondamente Nove.

Venice's vaporetti or water buses are operated by ACTV, the local transit authority. To ride them, you'll need a single-fare ticket, an ACTV all-day or multi-day ticket, a VeneziaUnica tourist pass, or--for extended stays--the VeneziaUnica stored-value pass for frequent users.

Most visitors buy ACTV single-fare tickets  or multi-day passes (which offer better value than the standard ticket, if you plan  your boat trips to maximize your savings during the 24-hour to 7-day validity of your travel card).

Here are several ways to buy tickets and passes:

Fermata ACTV - S Zaccaria

From an ACTV or Hellovenezia ticket outlet. You'll find a biglietteria or "ticket point" at most larger vaporetto stations, such as Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia (along the water by the railroad station), Rialto, San Marco Vallaresso, and Zaccaria (on the waterfront above the Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace).

Business hours vary, but if the ticket point is closed, you can use a machine. To avoid lines, you can also buy tickets and passes from many tobacco shops and newsstands.

ACTV ticket machine sign

From a ticket-vending machine. Touch-screen machines are now available in many ACTV locations, either to replace manned booths or to provide backup at busy times or after hours. For illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to use the machines, see our ACTV Ticket Machines article. Also see our Directory of ACTV and Alilaguna Waterbus Stops for information about stops that have ticket booths and/or ticket machines.)

With the AVM Venezia app, which lets you buy and validate tickets with your Android or iOS smartphone. But read our AVM Venezia app article before taking the plunge.

Tip: The old cardboard ACTV tickets have been replaced by rechargeable tickets such as the biglietto ricaricabile shown below. If you pay for two or three tickets at a newsstand or ACTV ticket counter and you're handed only one biglietto, don't worry--several fares are stored on the ticket, and you can present it for recharging when you want to buy more fares.

rechargeable ACTV ticket

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