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Venice Vaporetto Fares

What you'll pay to ride Venice's water buses in 2023, 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.

Fare warning: 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 tourist ticket or--better yet--walk. (Venice's historic center is compact, and it's easy to get around on foot.)

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 fare tables.)

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.


  • 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.

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In this article:
Venice vaporetto fares: general advice
Vaporetto and bus fare tables

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