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 ACTV vaporetto fare for a single trip has
climbed to an outrageous €9,50 for visitors
of 6 years and older. To ease the pain, buy a one- to seven-day
(Venice's historic center is compact, and it's easy to get around on
The fares listed in this
article are for visitors to Venice and its suburbs. (Although we're focusing on
waterbus fares, we also list mainland bus
fares in the accompanying
Prices for single vaporetto trips are shockingly (some might
say "obscenely") high, so consider buying an
ACTV 24-hour to 7-day travel ticket, 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
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.
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.
Vaporetto and bus fare