Where to stay in Venice, Italy
Venice-Lido Car Ferries
ACTV No. 17 ferry boats from Tronchetto to San Nicolò
The Lido di Venezia, the resort island that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, is one of the few places in the Comune di Venezia (other than the mainland) that allows car traffic.
If you're touring Italy by car and staying on the Lido for more than a few days, it may be cheaper to take your car with you instead of parking at Tronchetto or one of Venice's other public garages and open-air lots.
ACTV Line 17, officially titled "Servizio trasporto automezzi e passeggeri con nave traghetto Tronchetto-Lido," is a car and passenger ferry that connects Venice's Tronchetto parking island with the Lido. (It also carries bicycles, which are a great way to travel on the long, narrow island.)
The No. 17 ferry lands at San Nicolò, a few blocks above the Lido's central business district. You'll need to turn right after you leave the ferry and drive through the central area to reach most of the Lido's hotels.
The ferry timetable is subject to change, and you may find a hand-lettered list of more frequent departures pasted to the window of the Tronchetto ticket office (as we did when we researched this article).
The cost of transport depends on the vehicle's size and type. (Bicycles and mopeds are cheap.)
The driver and passengers pay normal ACTV vaporetto fares.
Round-trip (return) rates are double the one-way prices.
You can buy tickets at any ACTV office or ticket agency.
From the mainland, take the causeway toward Venice. Stay in the right lane. Just before you reach the city, you'll see an exit labeled "Tronchetto."
Follow this exit road to Tronchetto, then watch the signs for the ferry. As you near the end of the island, you'll reach the toll booth where you buy your ticket before lining up for the boat.
For more information, visit the English-language Ferry Boat page on the ACTV Web site.
Copyright © 1996-2022 Durant & Cheryl Imboden.