Buying Vaporetto Tickets
How (and where) to buy tickets and passes for ACTV public water buses in Venice, Italy.
Venice's vaporetti or water buses are operated by , 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. (The latter 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:
ACTV or Hellovenezia ticket outlets
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).
ACTV ticket vending machines
Touch-screen machines are available in many ACTV stations, 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.
Tobacconists and newsstands
Tobacco shops, called tabaccherie, are small stores that sell lottery tickets, phone cards, candy, small toys, and other items--including ACTV tickets. Waterbus tickets and passes are also available at many newsstands.
Chat & Go (WhatsApp)
AVM Venezia app
This official app lets you buy and validate tickets with your Android or iOS smartphone. But read our AVM Venezia app article before taking the plunge.
For more information about riding Venice's water buses, please see:
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