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Venice Vaporetto Fares

What you'll pay to ride Venice's water buses this year, and what you need to do before boarding the boats.

ACTV water buses on the Grand Canal.

ABOVE: Two ACTV water buses pass each other on the Grand Canal. (See our article on the Line 1 vaporetto, which is the best tour bargain in Venice.)

  • Adult or child aged 6 or older
  • Child under 6
  • Disabled w/wheelchair (companion travels free)

The ticket prices listed in the fare tables below are for Venice's water transit network, which includes the historic center and islands such as Murano, Burano, and the Lido di Venezia. (Venice also has a land bus network that serves car-friendly districts on the mainland and the Lido.)

For tips on where and how to obtain tickets on Venice's public transportation, see our articles about Buying Vaporetto Tickets and ACTV Ticket Machines.

Venice Fare Tables

ACTV Waterbus Tickets
Adult one-way fare
Biglietto di corsa semplice
Good for 75 minutes after validation on all routes of the Venice transportation network except the Alilaguna, Fusina, and Clodia lines. You can use more than one line to reach your destination, but return trips during the 75 minutes are not allowed.

Children's one-way fares: Under 6 free, full adult price for children 6 and older.

Limited non-resident's ferry or "traghetto ordinario" ticket
Valid only for traveling between certain stops: Lido S.M.E.-Sant'Elena-Giardini, San Marco-San-Zaccaria-San Servolo, San Marco-San Zaccaria-San-Giorgio, Zattere-Palanca, Murano Colonna-Cimetero-Fondamente Nove.
€10 roundtrip
Disabled fare
Valid for 75 minutes; limited to passengers in wheelchairs. A companion may travel free.
Roundtrip beach ticket (Lido di Venezia)
This return ticket is valid on Line 14. You can take the motonave (a large multi-deck waterbus) to the Lido SME station from either Venice San Zaccaria (above the Piazza San Marco) or Punta Sabbioni. Once you're on the Lido, you can use the ticket to ride local buses.
Multi-Day Passes and Tickets (boats and land buses)
One-Day Venezia Daily Pass €25 *
Two-Day  Ticket €35 *
Three-Day Ticket €45 *
Seven-Day Ticket €65 *
Three-day Young Person's Ticket
Valid 72 hours after swiping; to buy this card, you'll need a Rolling Venice Card for travelers between the ages of 6 and 29, which you can purchase at any ACTV ticket counter or branch of the Venice Tourist Office for €6,--.
Venezia Unica Tourist Pass
This pass (formerly the Venice Connected card) offers an a la carte package of transportation, admissions, and other tourist services with a frustratingly byzantine pricing scheme.
See Venezia Unica Tourist Pass article
Venezia Unica Card for Regular Users
This stored-value card costs €100 for non-residents, but it's valid for five years and lets you buy vaporetto tickets at cheap residents' rates. (It also gives you a big discount on Alilaguna airport-boat fares.)
See Venezia Unica for Regular Users article
* For an additional €7 (one-way) or €13 (roundtrip), you can travel between Venice's Piazzale Roma and Marco Polo Airport on the ACTV's No. 5 Aerobus. (This bus is less comfortable than the ATVO airport coach on the same route.)

Important things to know:

  • You must validate tickets before use. Look for the white electronic card reader near the walkway that leads to the floating vaporetto platform. (Some stations also have green card readers that cannot be used to validate tickets.)

    Hold your ticket within 6 cm (about 2.5 inches) of the circular panel for three seconds, or until you see a green light and hear a beep. At some stops, a gate or turnstile will open when you validate your ticket.

  • If you're at a vaporetto stop without a ticket counter or machine, buy a ticket from the boat conductor as you board to avoid a fine. On land, purchase bus/tram/People Mover tickets at ticket machines, Hellovenezia/ACTV offices, newsstands, or tobacco shops (look for a blue sign with a white "T").

    Warning: We've had reports of ticket inspectors ignoring the ACTV's published policy and fining tourists who tried to buy tickets upon boarding, so we strongly recommend going out of your way to buy a ticket on land to avoid ripoffs.

  • An ordinary single waterbus ticket is good for 75 minutes in one direction, which means you can transfer as long as you aren't headed back toward your starting point.

  • On water buses, you're allowed to carry one piece of luggage with a combined length, width, and height of 150 cm (60 inches) or less, plus a smaller backpack, purse, or other personal item.

    For more luggage, or for a bigger bag, you may need to pay a supplement. Ask the agent in the ticket booth or the boat conductor as you board.

Our best money-saving tip:

  • Venice is a compact and walkable city, and you shouldn't need to use the vaporetto often unless you have trouble walking, are pressed for time, or are going to an island (such as the Lido or Murano) outside the historic center. Our advice: Walk when you can, and organize your schedule to make the most efficient use of a tourist travel card.

For more fare information--including conference cards, football tickets, and other special fares--please see the English-language pages at the Web site of ACTV, Venice's transit authority.

If you'll be using land-based public transportation, see:

Also see:
How (and where) to buy vaporetto tickets
Venice vaporetto routes
Vaporetto Line 1 (Grand Canal)
ACTV ticket machines
24-hour to 7-day travel tickets
"Which Venice transportation pass do I need?"
Directory of ACTV and Alilaguna waterbus stops
Venice land bus & tram fares: Mestre, Marghera, Lido di Venezia, & Chioggia

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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