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.
ABOVE: Vaporetti, or public water buses,
call at the Ferrovia ACTV stop next to
Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station.
(Scroll down for full fare
- Adult or child aged 6 or older
- 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
network that serves car-friendly districts on the mainland and the
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.
|ACTV Waterbus Tickets
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
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.
|Multi-Day Passes and Tickets (boats and land buses)
Venezia Daily Pass
|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
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 €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
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
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.
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.
be using land-based public transportation, see:
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written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
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