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Venice Vaporetto Fares

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

ACTV water buses near Ferrovia, Venice

ABOVE: Vaporetti, or public water buses, call at the Ferrovia ACTV stop next to Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station.

The fares listed in the table below are for visitors to Venice and its suburbs.

Prices for single boat trips are shockingly (some might say "obscenely") high, so consider buying an ACTV 24-hour to 7-day travel pass, a Venezia Unica pass for long-term visitors and residents if you'll be in the city for a while, or--less desirably--a Venezia Unica pass for tourists.

(See "Which Venice transportation pass do I need?" for an objective comparison.)

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


ticket machine

  • 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.

  • Children under 6 ride free, but kids 6 and over must pay the full adult fare.

  • 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.

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.

Venice No 1 vaporetto banner

Water and Land Bus Fare Table

Actv Boat Tickets  
Adult standard 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 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.)
€5, one-way
€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 Travel Passes (boats and buses)  
ACTV Venezia Daily Pass
Biglietto un giorno
€21 *
ACTV Two-Day Ticket
Biglietto due giorni
€30 *
ACTV Three-Day Ticket
Biglietto tre giorni
€40 *
ACTV Seven-Day Ticket
Biglietto sette giorni
€60 *
Three-day Young Person's Travel Card
Biglietto tre giorni giovani
(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
Land Buses (Lido and Mainland), trams, and People Mover
Standard bus, tram, or People Mover ticket
Biglietto di corsa semplice
(Valid for 75 minutes of urban travel in one direction by any number of bus lines. Bus tickets and carnets are also valid on the People Mover and trams.)
(€3 if purchased on board)
Standard 10-ticket bus/tram/People Mover carnet
No. 5 "Aerobus" (Marco Polo Airport - Piazzale Roma) - Valid for 75 minutes in each direction. €8,-- one-way
€15,-- return
Aerobus + Nave
Valid for the ACTV No. 5 "Aerobus" between Marco Polo Airport and the Piazzale Roma, with a connecting ride on an ACTV water bus. Total validity time is 90 minutes.
Local Chioggia bus ticket
Biglietto di corsa semplice
(Valid in and around Chioggia, at the southern end of the Venetian Lagoon)
10-ticket bus carnet for Chioggia

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

Also see:
Venice vaporetto routes
Vaporetto Line 1 (Grand Canal)
ACTV ticket machines
"Which Venice transportation pass do I need?"
Directory of ACTV and Alilaguna waterbus stops