Venice Vaporetto Fares
What you'll pay to ride Venice's water buses, and what you
need to do before boarding the boats.
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 a one- to seven-day Tourist
Travel Card, 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.
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
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
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.
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.
- The Venezia Unica city pass for
long-term visitors and residents (formerly imob.venezia) is worth the
steep non-resident fee if you're staying in Venice for a while, since it
offers huge discounts on public-transportation fares.
- 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.
Adult standard one-way
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
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.)
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.
|One-Day Travel Card
Biglietto un giorno
|Two-Day Travel Card
Biglietto due giorni
|Three-Day Travel Card
Biglietto tre giorni
|Seven-Day Travel Card
Biglietto sette giorni
|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
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.
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.)
Venezia Unica for Regular Users article
|* For an
additional €6 (one-way) or €12 (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.)
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.)
if purchased on board)
Standard 10-ticket bus/tram/People Mover
No. 5 "Aerobus" (Marco
Polo Airport - Piazzale Roma)
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.
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
For more fare information--including conference cards, football
tickets, and other special fares--please consult the
English-language pages at the Web site of ACTV, Venice's transit authority.