Venice Vaporetto Fares
What you'll pay to ride Venice's water buses, and what you
need to do before boarding the boats.
ABOVE: An ACTV motoscafo in the Cannaregio Canal.
The fares listed on
page 2 of this article 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.
Better yet, skip the boat and walk, except on special
occasions: Venice is extremely compact, and it's often faster to walk from one
part of town to another than to take a water bus. See our "Walking
in Venice" article for practical advice on finding your way around the city.
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, or at the nearest tobacconist.)
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.
As we point out in the
fare tables, 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.
- 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.
Water and Land Bus Fare Tables on page 2 show what you'll pay for single
tickets, carnets, and Tourist Travel Cards.
Water and land and bus fare