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Venice Vaporetto (Water Bus) Map

The 2024 vaporetto network map for Venice shows all the city’s public ACTV water-bus routes and stops, as well as the Alilaguna lines from Marco Polo Airport, and lines to the Lido and other islands. You can open and save the pdf map to your phone or download and print it. The map is updated frequently, so beware of older versions!

Map of Venice vaporetto (water-bus) network 2024

For a precise location of each vaporetto stop , take a look at the street map of Venice .  For timetables and passes , see below.

How do I get from Marco Polo airport to my accommodation in Venice?

An easy way to work out the best public transport route from Marco Polo Airport to your hotel or apartment is to use our route finder . Enter your destination in the box and you’ll see details of public transport options by land and water as well as links to privately run airport shuttle buses.

An alternative to land and water buses is a water taxi all the way to – or close to – your destination in the city. Water taxis are expensive unless you’re travelling in a group, but a shared water taxi works out much cheaper. Shared water taxis need to be arranged in advance.

Timetables and further information

Here’s a link to vaporetto timetables . Further information about public transport on water and land in and near Venice is on the websites of actv.it and veneziaunica.it.

Public transport passes

Vaporetto tickets are very expensive for non-residents of Venice (9.50 Euros for a one-way ride in 2023). So a transport pass may save money if you plan to use water-buses a lot.

Advice and reviews

If you have questions about public transport or any aspect of travel to or in Venice, we recommend Tripadvisor’s Venice Travel Forum , which supplies answers from experienced travelers and local residents – usually within hours ! It’s well worth consulting their reviews of hotels and restaurants too.

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I’ve been spending days trying to figure out a step-by-step guide (for me) to get from the airport to St. Marks Square. Here is what I have. Please let me know if you disagree with any of this. Thank you.

(1) Airport to Piazzale Roma via land bus: Venice Marco Polo International Airport is on the Italian mainland at Tessera, just north of Venice. Piazzale Roma is the main automotive point of entry into Venice’s historic center. At the airport, purchase your ticket from the blue machines inside the airport near the baggage claim area, or just near there outside of the Arrivals Hall near the pickup point at the end of the walkway. Look for the bus marked “P.le Roma”. *You will need Euro bills to purchase your ticket. *Remember to validate your ticket in the yellow machine near the bus stop. Two different bus routes are available, and both are inexpensive: -ATVO bus to Piazzale Roma city terminal leaves from the platforms outside the arrival hall. ATVO, a regional bus company, has comfortable coaches with room for your luggage beneath the passenger compartment. Buses run nonstop between the airport and Piazzale Roma. The drive takes approx. 20 min. ***It is also possible to purchase a one way Bus+Vaporetto ticket for the bus to Piazzale Roma and a one way vaporetto trip within a total of 90 minutes at a cost of €12.00.*** -ACTV bus n5 to Piazzale Roma city terminal leaves from the platforms outside the arrival hall. ACTV, the Venice public-transit agency, operates the Linea 5 “Aerobus” to Piazzale Roma, with local stops along the two-lane road from Mestre. The drive takes approx. 25 minutes. *NOTE* Taking the ATVO bus back to the airport from the Piazzale Roma is somewhat trickier, only because so many buses arrive at any given time and finding the one marked for the airport is not always easy. We had to ask several drivers before we found the ATVO bus (I think it is painted green). (Area Bay D2.) Tickets may be purchased at the ATVO Terminal office across from the Piazzale Roma or from machine outside of the office.

(1-A) Piazzale Roma to San Marco Giardinetti stop via Vaporetti (water bus #1?): After arriving at the Piazzale Roma, look for the Hellovenezia office, which is a tile-roofed building near the tree-lined side of the square and the modern Calatrava Bridge. It sells tickets for public water buses (vaporetti) and land buses, along with Tourist Travel Cards (12 hours to 7 days) for longer visits. If the lines at the Hellovenezia office are long, bypass them by purchasing your transit tickets at the newsstand in the middle of the square. This is also a good place to buy tickets for ATVO airport buses.

After you’ve bought your tickets, walk down the steps on either side of the small garden near the ACTV office to reach the landings for water buses and water taxis. (Vaporetti or water buses are far less expensive than water taxis, although the latter may be convenient if your hotel is on a side canal and you can split the fare with other members of a group). **Once you’ve bought your ticket, don’t forget to validate it in the machines available at each vaporetto station just before you walk the plank toward the canal and the vaporetto.**

(2) Airport to Piazzale Roma via WATER bus (Note that the waterbus services that run to and from the airport are operated by a different company (Alilaguna) than the other public waterbus services in Venice, so separate tickets will be required): When you’ve claimed your baggage and obtained a free luggage cart, go to the money-exchange window and buy euros. Better yet, use the Bancomat (ATM), where you’re likely to get a better exchange rate. Next, follow the signs outside the terminal doors to the Alilaguna water bus (perhaps, also in the arrivals area). Purchase a Venice airport boat ticket to the Piazza San Marco Giardinetti. Alilaguna fares for the ‘normal’ ferries, which take about 1 hour 20 minutes to reach San Marco via Murano Colonna and the Lido on the Blu line, or slightly less time on the “Arancio” (Orange) line via the Grand Canal are – Murano – € 7 or – All Venice stops/Lido/Stazione Marittima – € 15. Turn left on leaving the terminal and walk 10 minutes along the covered walkway to the boat jetty (A direct waterbus from the airport may be more convenient than taking the bus to the bus station and then changing to the local waterbus). Take the water taxi or water bus to San Marco Giardinetti boat platforms (Alilaguna airport boats use this stop). Alilaguna water-bus costs €15 for a leisurely 75 minute boat trip. Take the A (orange) or O (gold) lines to get to the San Marco Giardinetti stop. • Alilaguna water Bus to Venice city centre (St. Mark’s Square). The boats leave from the pier (darsena). The ride takes approx. 1h.15m.

(2-A) AirportLink: This is a recently introduced service provided by Alilaguna. It is NOT a private water taxi. It is an exclusive shared boat service from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the major point of interests in Venice centre. The price is €27 per person. This is a shared launch and not an exclusive water taxi so a minimum of 2 passengers are required and the launch may wait for as much as 40 minutes to fill up. Nevertheless you can enjoy a water transfer across the lagoon to near to your hotel. But the launch may well be making stops at other traveler’s destinations as it is a shared service. It is faster than the normal Alilaguna ferry once you have finally departed at a little more than the Alilaguna public lines’ price. You reach central Venice in just 30 minutes! Airport Link service is not a private water taxi, so it usually stops nearby to the hotels, one by one, depending on the ultimate destinations of your fellow travellers. If you need to reach the private pier of your hotel without intermediate stops, do consider a transfer by private water taxi.

(3) Walking Around: Be aware that addresses in Venice are of the form DISTRICT NUMBER (The Venetian word for district is “Sestriere”), not STREET NUMBER. To find a specific place using a map, make sure you know which district it is in. The numbers are assigned at the start of the district and increase as they move farther away from the Grand Canal. Finding your way back to your hotel is easy. Simply look for the street sighs that say the name of your final destination (They have arrows pointing the way you should follow).

Michel, your research is a good summary of the options for getting from Marco Polo Airport to San Marco. Just a couple of corrections/clarifications: Your paragraph 1A: – Vaporetto line 1 currently stops at San Marco Valarresso, which is very close (50 metres) to San Marco Giardinetti. Line 2 goes to the latter. So you could get either 1 or 2. Routes change occasionally so check the map at the stop before you get on. Another caveat: at Piazzale Roma, make sure you get on the vaporetto going in the right direction i.e. coming from your left and heading right along the canal. Line 2 goes in both directions. Your paragraph 2 should read “Airport to San Marco via water bus” – The airport waterbuses run by Alilaguna go to San Marco, but NOT via P.Roma. I can’t see anything else that’s wrong. Prices can change of course. Enjoy your stay in Venice. There is no place like it on Earth.

Admin, Thank you so much. I have updated my information on my computer. I was really hoping somebody would correct anything that was incorrect. Now, I won’t do the wroing thing and end up in some other Country. Hahaa. Thank you. Michel

Thank you both Michel and Admin, I am visiting Venice next month and this is truely invaluable!!!

Hi, we are arriving at the airport, and staying near the Accademia & Salute ferry stops, can you suggest the best line to use?

Kevin. Personally, I would take a bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma (See Michel’s detailed description above) and then vaporetto line 1 down the Grand Canal, getting off at either of those stops. It’s convenient, quick, cheap, and you get one of the best boat trips on Earth.

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How can I get from the port where the cruise ships dock to st. mark’s square where my hotel is going to be at? Are there daily departures to the murano and burano islands within walking distance from st mark’s square?

We will be arriving at Mestre Train Station and staying in Dorsoduro area. Please advise how to reach our apartment area from the station.

We are out flying from Treviso Airport. Is it possible to take a bus from P. Roma directly to this airport?

Sharon, Beryl and others. This website is not monitored daily. So for a quick answer to your questions, may I recommend that you ask them on the Venice forum at tripadvisor? http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g187870-i57-Venice_Veneto.html This will give you a very quick same-day answer in most cases as the forum is very active with many members on the spot in Venice and happy to answer questions. Enjoy your trip.

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We will be staying on the Lido. The map appears to show two waterbus lines between Marco Polo airport and Lido, the B and R. What is the difference and which one is preferable?

Just two different routes. The red goes via Murano island; the blue goes via the main island. Similar journey times. The blue line is twice hourly, red once. So I’d take whichever one is going next.

Michel certainly laid out the technique very well. Staying at hotel Lato Azzurro, Via Forti 13, on Snt Erasmo. What is the best way, lowest price, from the airport and what would be the approximate price? How is the vaporetta price determined when you make a connection between two routes without going ashore? You certainly provide clear answers.

Hi Donald. You can find details of how to reach Lato Azzurro at http://www.latoazzurro.it/eng/how-to-reach-us.html . By public transport, take the Alilaguna blue line from Marco Polo airport to Fondamente Nove in Venice and then the no. 13 vaporetto from there to Capannone on Sant Erasmo island. These lines are separate companies, so you you’ll need a ticket for each one. Total cost about 20 Euros per person. It’ll be a long trip (2 hrs minimum) with a wait of up to 40 mins at Fondamente Nove. No problem if you have plenty of time. Otherwise consider a direct water taxi. Or a shared water taxi – though check first that they are willing to go to Sant Erasmo, which is not one of the main islands, for the same price.

Hi, I am travelling to Italy with my wife and two dogs in Early April, we both have walking difficulties. We will be trying to stay around Fusina. Could you please advise me if dogs are allowed on the Vaporette’s, and do they travel around Venice or do they just have an A to B route.

Many thanks for any information you can supply.

Best regards Bill

Bill. Dogs can travel free on the vaporetti as long as they wear muzzles. There are various vaporetto lines to different parts of the city and the islands – like bus lines in any other city. See the map. Enjoy your trip.

Dear All, I am travelling to venice on 6 MAY 2015 and I will reach Marco Polo at 10:00 AM. And I have to take the flight from Marco Polo to Lisbon at 5:00 PM on the same day. Kindly suggest me regarding the city trip. Is it possible to take a short city view in between 10 AM and to 5PM. And if yes which will be the best route for me via Vaporette (which line I should take). Mainly I want to cover Grand canal and other stop in between the way of Grand canal. Kindly suggest.

The answer’s Yes . For details, please ask your question on the Travel Forum .

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How To Get Around Venice: A Complete Guide to Using Water Transport in Venice

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How To Get Around Venice: A Complete Guide to Using Water Transport in Venice

Venice is the world’s only pedestrianised city, but with no land transport, the only way to get around is by water.

This may seem complicated for a first-timer to Venice as there are so many different kinds of boats to choose from.

When planning my Venice holiday, I know it became quite confusing which boat to take from the airport, which boat went around the city and how to visit the lagoon islands.

For this reason, I have detailed Venice’s different modes of water transport to help you navigate the city during your trip and decide which one will be right for your requirements. This will take any difficulty away when visiting Venice .

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How to get from Marco Polo airport to your hotel

Private water taxi .

Step aboard your vessel and be dropped off directly at your hotel.  Costs for the privilege can vary, so plan on paying around €150 for the boat per way.  

A private taxi is ok if you are in a group, but if not, then this is an expensive option. You can pre-book, pick up from the airport dock or get your hotel to make prior arrangements for you.

Venice Shuttle / Shared Water Taxi

This is a quick option costing around €30 per person each way. You will share with up to 7 other people who, in turn, will be dropped at their respective hotels.

Pre-book a return journey, and prices will be slightly less. I booked a water taxi transfer and found the service to be good, although you may have to wait up to 45 minutes in the airport terminal for the arrival of other passengers before you can leave.

Once aboard, I was taken to my Hotel Nani Mochenigo Palace in a manner akin to a movie star!

Alilaguna Public Waterbus

The waterbus has a service connecting the Marco Polo Airport terminal to the centre of Venice.

It is the cheapest option at €15 each way, but also the busiest and the longest.  You can pre-book your ticket or, for a few euros more, buy a ticket aboard the boat.

You need to know which water bus stop to alight from nearest your hotel.

These methods of water transport all depart from the airport dock. It is a ten-minute walk from the terminal building to the dock by a covered walkway.

Water-taxi signs will show you the way, and remember that while there are luggage trolleys at the airport when you arrive in Venice, there won’t be any.

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How to get around Venice by Water Transport?

Vaporetto / actv water bus.

A Vaporetto is a quick, easy and reliable service costing around €9 for a single journey anywhere around Venice. The ticket is valid for 75 minutes after purchase.  

Buy your ticket from the kiosk at your water stop, validate your ticket before embarking and off you go. You can also buy tickets outside the train station, by Rialto and near St Mark’s Square.

If you plan to use the service more than once, then tickets for one day, two days, three days, and seven days are all available at reasonable prices starting at €25.

For an affordable tour of the Grand Canal using Venice’s water transport, hop aboard the No 1 Vaporetto (Linea Uno) that leaves from the Piazzale Roma every 10 minutes during the day, with a slightly longer wait at night.  

The ticket price of €8.00 takes you along the Grand Canal, passing beneath the Rialto Bridge and enjoying stunning views.

There is only standing room outside, but it’s the place to be to experience Venice’s sights and sounds.

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Should I travel around Venice by gondola?

In Venice, it seems like a gondola ride is on everyone’s bucket list .  Prices are set at €80 a boat for a 40-minute daytime ride and then €100 in the evening.

This might explain one of the interesting facts about Venice – that being a gondolier is one of the best-paid jobs you can have in the city!

You can barter with the gondoliers for lower prices, but it could mean that you will have less time aboard the gondola.

Share with others, and your cost per head will be reduced, but let’s be real here, who wants to share a romantic gondola ride with strangers? If you require a longer journey, then prices will increase accordingly.

Some of your time on Venice’s waterways may be taken up in a “gondola traffic jam” with multiple vessels all lined up trying to get down the narrow canals.

Venice gondolas also travel along the Grand Canal, which is extremely busy with boats of every size and description but is a great place to be for sightseeing.

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How to cross the Grand Canal in Venice

Head to a Traghetto stop, and you will pay around €4 to be ferried across the Grand canal.

Traghettos are ferry gondolas without decoration, rowed by two oarsmen, one at the front and one at the back.

They cross the canal at seven different points between the train station and St. Marks Square and are a great form of cheap and easy water transport in Venice.

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How to travel to the Islands of Murano and Burano?

To get to Burano from Venice, you must catch the number 12 Vaporetto from Fondamenta Nove. A one-way ticket takes around 45 minutes.

Another option is to take a Vaporetto to Murano, where you could join a glass factory tour.

Afterwards, wander along the main street towards the lighthouse and catch the number 12 to Burano. If you want to visit all three islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello, then buy a day ticket.

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How to find water tour operators in Venice?

Sightseeing boats operate around Venice, allowing you to see its magnificence from the water without the crowds associated with the public water buses.

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Venice's Vaporetto Transportation System: A Complete Guide

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  • Tickets & Fares
  • Essential Information

Other Transport Options

  • Accessibility

Tips for Getting Around Venice

In a city with canals in place of roads, it only makes sense that public transportation consists of watercraft. Known as the vaporetti, Venice's water bus system is the city's major form of public transportation. These buses (vaporetto is singular, vaporetti is plural) take visitors along the main canals, to the outer islands, and around the lagoon. Although often crowded, they are by far the least expensive way to get around (other than walking). If you're visiting Venice, sooner or later, you'll find yourself on a vaporetto.

The word vaporetto means "little steamer" after the city's original system of steam-powered motorboats. Today, these famously punctual vessels run on diesel and are wide and flat to ensure the best views from their bows. Smaller, faster versions are called motoscafi, while double-decker boats, or motonavi , are used to ferry riders to outlying islands and to the Lido.

Vaporetto Tickets & Fares

Vaporetto tickets are one price, regardless of the length of the journey. If you want to save money, purchasing flexible travel passes is highly recommended.

  • Fares:  A 75-minute ticket costs 7.50 euros and entitles you to unlimited travel during that period, starting at the validation time. If you plan to use vaporetti a lot, it makes sense to buy a 1-day (20 euros), 2-day (30 euros), or 3-day (40 euros) pass. Weekly passes cost 60 euros each. These budget-friendly tickets allow optimum flexibility and ease of use. Holders of the Rolling Venice Discount Card for youth (ages 6-29) can purchase a 3-day package for 28 euros. Children under six years ride free. Discounts are also available for seniors (65 +). 
  • How to Buy:  You can purchase tickets online or at ticket offices located at Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia, Rialto, and San Marco. You can also buy them at tobacco shops (tabacchi), newsstands (edicole), or wherever the ACTV logo is displayed.
  • How to Use:  Validate your pass by "swiping or tapping" them on machines located at the boarding entrance. Failure to do so could result in a hefty fine. The price includes one piece of luggage not exceeding 150 cm (50 in)—the total of its three dimensions.

Essential Information About Vaporetti

  • Hours of Operation:  Main routes operate from 5 a.m. to midnight, and three nighttime routes run from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the Grand Canal between Piazzale Roma and the Lido. Expect restricted service during times of "acqua alta" (high tide) .
  • ​​​ Key Routes: The leisurely No. 1 on the Grand Canal is the main route, running from one end of the iconic waterway—with its parade of historic palazzos—to the other. The line stops at six neighborhoods ( sestiere ) before going out to the Lido. No. 2 operates in a loop on the Grand Canal, connecting the Tronchetto (parking lot) with Santa Lucia train station, Piazzale Roma, the Lido (summer), and Guidecca. Route N is the night boat, which follows No. 2's path, but skips the Giardini stop. Routes 4.1 and 4.2 go in a circle around the outside of Venice (Giracitta), stopping at the railway station, Piazzale Roma, Guidecca, and then out to Murano . Routes 5.1 and 5.2 are like the other Giracitta, except they go to the Lido instead of Murano. Route 12 takes you to Murano and Burano islands from Fondamente Nuove.
  • Separate tickets must be purchased to and from the Marco Polo Airport (Alilaguna line), from Chioggia to San Zaccaria (No. 19), and from Le Zattere to Fusina (No. 16). For more information about bus routes, timetables, and an interactive map, visit the ACTV website .

Walking is by far the best way to experience Venice's evocative back streets and alleyways, but there are other alternatives for getting around this waterlogged municipality.

  • Water Taxis: If you have a little cash to spare, the fastest means of getting from point A to point B is by water taxi. There are more than a dozen taxi stands sprinkled about, including one at the airport and another on the Lido.
  • Traghettos: Less reliable than vaporetti but still affordable is a traghetto (gondola ferry), which takes riders back and forth across the Grand Canal quickly. Catch one from the eight docking points along the canal marked by bright yellow signs with a gondola symbol. (Note: Venetians stand during crossings, but if you haven't found your sea legs, sitting down is permitted.)
  • Gondolas: On everyone's Venetian bucket list should be a romantic gondola ride piloted by an iconic gondolier in his traditional black-and-white striped shirt. You will pay about 80 euros for a 30-40 minute ride (100 euros after 7 p.m.). Splitting the cost by sharing a boat with other passengers (maximum capacity of six) is a great way to cut costs. Although most gondoliers speak a little English, don't expect them to be super chatty as they will need to focus their attention on expertly maneuvering their flat-bottomed boats through the slimmest of passageways. Also, despite the cliche, most gondoliers do not sing while they row.

Accessibility on Vaporetti

  • Lines 1, 2, and the Giracitta are accessible to wheelchairs and have reserved spaces on board.
  • Patrons in wheelchairs pay 1.50 euros for a 75-minute ticket.
  • Water taxis are not suitable for wheelchairs, and those with mobility issues should try to avoid them.
  • Go to Accessible Venice to download the "Itineraries Without Barriers" map or get one at a tourist office. It provides excellent info about how to reach sights by vaporetto or by land.
  • For the short trip across the Grand Canal, take a traghetto.
  • For heading from the train station to your hotel (or vice-versa) with luggage, take the vaporetto.
  • A boat's route number is painted in white, red, green, or navy circles. Ignore the large black numbers on the sides of the boats.
  • If taking a gondola, keep in mind they don't have awnings to shade you from the sun. In hot weather, take a ride in the early morning hours or after sunset.

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Water services ticket, 60’: 7,50 €

Allows travel on all services for 60 minutes from stamping, with transport means change allowed in the same direction. Does not include the return journey. Included in the price is the transport of one luggage item of up to 150 cm as the sum of its three dimensions. Can be purchased from the Hellovenezia ticket desks and the authorized resellers.

Tourist travel cards

The Travel Cards are the most economical solution for people who want to get around Venice and its surroundings on Actv’s land and water services. They allow unlimited travel and can be used on all the services – both waterborne (except those of Alilaguna, Clodia, Fusina) and on land – that provide urban services within the municipality (“Comune”) of Venice (land services on the Lido and in Mestre).

Validity can be 12, 24, 48, 72 hours or 7 days from stamping, depending on the chosen tariff solution. Included in the price is the transport of one luggage item of up to 150 cm as the sum of its three dimensions.

20,00 € – 24 hour travel card

30,00 € – 48 hour travel card

40,00 € – 72 hour travel card

60,00 € – 7 days travel card

Can be purchased from the Hellovenezia ticket desks and the authorized resellers. They allow tourist coaches arriving at Venicemain island to benefit from the ordinary “ZTL” (Limited Traffic Zone) tariff with ACTV public transport.

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Waterbus Vaporetto Routes and Lines in Venice

Vaporetto Routes & Maps

Getting around venice by waterbus.


The Vaporetto (or waterbus) is the main form of transport in Venice. It’s the equivalent of a bus – on water.

The Vaporetti (plural – Vaporetto is singlar) run more-or-less 24 hours a day but frequency of services depends upon the route.

Understanding the stops and routes can be quite confusing for first time visitors. Hopefully this will make things clearer.

Waterbus routes can be divided into city centre routes, lagoon/ island routes and night ones. Generally speaking, on the city centre routes waterbuses run frequently, on the lagoon routes a little less so and, as you would expect, on the night routes, less frequently.

On each route below there’s a link to the route timetable showing where the route goes. Always check the timetable for not only the frequency of each route, but also an indication of which stop the waterbus goes from (these are shown as, for example, P.le Roma “A”).

Be aware that routes sometimes have changes, are seasonal and may not run on certain days. Always ask when you board to ensure it is the correct waterbus for your destination.

All available research has been undertaken to ensure that information provided here is correct. Please be aware that all transport can be subject to delays, changes to schedule and more. Always ask local staff for any further information you need to make sure your trip goes to plan.


To use the waterbus you need to buy a ticket and then scan it as you board. This is important as it validates your ticket. You can be fined for not doing this. Once done it once it should become second nature everytime you board.

The company that runs the waterbus is called ACTV. If you’re in Venice for a day or two and plan on seeing many things, it’s worth buying  a multi-day waterbus pass as each single fare will cost €9.50 (and is valid for 75 minutes).

You can buy these waterbus/vaporetto passes at various machines in Venice or Get your Guide sell passes for the water bus with a choice of 1, 2, 3 or 7 day passes ( more information here ). Alternatively there is the Venice City Pass which does the same and includes access to the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, and other top attractions of the city including 11 museums and 16 churches ( more information here ).


Most waterbus stops/stations have either a ticket counter (called in Italian biglietteria) or self-service ticket machine.

Single Ticket €9.50 One Days:  €25 Two Days: €35 Three Days €45 Seven Day Ticket €65


Buy vaporetto/waterbus tickets in advance

On the following page: 1. Choose your number of passengers and start date. 2. Select how many hours or days you would like the vaporetto ticket for.


Below are a list of the vaporetto (water bus) routes/lines throughout Venice. When you click through to the line you want more information on, you will be shown information on that water bus route and a route map. You will also be able to download a PDF of that waterbus line’s timetable and view an interactive map of all the routes on the ACTV website (the routes can be a little slow to load sometimes). On the left hand side of this page click the number of the route and you can see all the vaporetto stops and, if you click on a stop, you can see the pier information.

venice vaporetto waterbus line 1


P.le roma – ferrovia – rialto – s.marco – lido s.m.e., lido s.m.e. – s.marco – rialto – ferrovia – p.le roma, line 2/linea 2, line 2 bis/linea 2 bis.

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LINE 4.1/LINEA 4.1


LINE 4.2/LINEA 4.2

51 1

LINE 5.1/LINEA 5.1

52 1

LINE 5.2/LINEA 5.2

6 1




Seasonal Route



Line 9/linea 9, line 10/linea 10, line 11/linea 11, line 12/linea 12, line 13/linea 13, line 14/linea 14, line 15/linea 15, line 16/linea 16, line 17/linea 17, line 18/linea 18, line 20/linea 20, line 22/linea 22, line n/linea n.

Nightime Service


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Public transport in Venice | The public transport in the centre of Venice is completely on the water. Just like elsewhere by bus and train, the Vaporetto boats operate here.

The water buses of the local operating company ACTV have different routes, line numbers, fixed stops, a timetable and and the possibility to buy tickets in advance. The trip with the water buses is one of the most extraordinary experiences in Venice and replaces many a sightseeing tour.

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What is the public transport in Venice?

Public Transport in Venice

The biggest city district of Venice is Mestre with its 200.000 inhabitants. It is located on the mainland and is connected to the tourist part of Venice by the almost 4 km long Ponte de la Libertà. Parallel to this runs the older railway bridge, which connects the two Venetian main stations of Mestre on the mainland and Santa Lucia on the island.

In Mestre, which has little in common with the tourist Venice, but is nevertheless home to many tourists, there is an extensive public transport system with bus and tram, which also belongs to the ACTV company of the city of Venice. All connections with the centre of the historic lagoon city end at the central station of Santa Lucia or at the bus station Piazzale Roma.

The typical Venice is, as already mentioned, completely car-free . There are only two ways to get around here – on foot or by Vaporetto, as the popular water buses are mostly called.

In addition to the suburb of Mestre, the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, as well as the Lido di Venezia strip of islands are also within the immediate catchment area of the city of Venice. Alternatively, take the very expensive water taxis .

Ticket prices of the ACTV

Public Transport in Venice

Here is a simple and concise overview of the main ticket prices of ACTV for a stay in Venice.

► Bus /Tram in Mestre – One-way ticket costs 1,50 €, buy a ticket in advance, validate at the entrance. Then 75 minutes travel time in one direction is allowed. The same applies to bus and tram journeys from Mestre to the centre of Venice.

► Train Mestre – Tickets at the station, also not much more expensive

► Waterbus – Single route 7,50 €, very expensive.

►  My suggestion: Day or multi-day ticket for 24, 48 or 72 hours – The ticket costs 7,50 € / 20,00 € / 30,00 € or 40,00 € – and is valid for almost the entire range of bus/tram and water boat services of interest to tourists, including all islands and Lido. The duration of the ticket is counted from the first validation, so not per day. Read the ticket again each time you change. Very advantageous offer!

All-day or multi-day tickets, including all fees, can also be purchased online here in advance.

*All prices are subject to change and mostly include all fees. It always counts the current offer of the provider. The beginning of the ticket’s validity always starts with the first validation. The ticket can be used from any day, regardless of the calendar day specified at the time of booking.

Where can tickets be purchased on-site?

Public Transport in Venice

Ticket offices are located at the larger Vaporetto stations in Piazzale Roma (the bus station) and Ferrovia (railway station). If you can’t find a ticket office, contact the staff on the boat. Information on the location of sales points can also be found on the official ACTV website .

Please do not forget – tickets must always be validated. Appropriate machines can be found at every stop. Violation of this rule will result in considerable penalties.

Venice City Pass with Doge’s Palace and public transport

Public Transport in Venice

In a separate article, you will find everything about the advantages and booking possibilities of the Venice City Pass . The price of the City Pass also includes the use of public transport in the city of Venice for the chosen duration.

The validity of ACTV day and multi-day tickets

Here again a detailed summary of the validity of all purchased and booked ACTV tickets:

+ All Vaporetto lines within Venice + Trips to Murano and Burano and Torcello among others + Trips to Lido di Venezia + All trips from Punta Sabbioni to Venice and back + All bus and tram services to and from Mestre, except line 5 + Travel by bus line 11 via Lido to Chioggia

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Where are ACTV tickets NOT valid?

Single, day and multi-day ACTV tickets are not valid for the following transport connections:

► Travelling to the airport – The ATCV operates the bus line 5 between the Piazzale Roma bus station and Marco Polo Airport, where special fares apply. All important information is also under Airport Transfer . The use is also not valid for lines 16, 19, 21 and Casinò.

► Travel by all ATVO means of transport – ATVO, not to be confused with ATCV, operates a recommended express bus transfer service between the main airport of Venice -Marco Polo-, Mestre railway station and Piazzale Roma . The best way to get to Venice quickly! Here you can also book a combined ticket for public transport and a one-off airport transfer!

► Alilaguna – ACTV tickets are not valid for the regular services of the operator ALILAGUNA. The privately operated water transport is public and consists of a network of five boat lines that connect Marco Polo Airport and the Cruise Terminal with the city centre of Venice, the Lido, Murano and Punta Sabbioni. More detailed information can also be found under Airport Transfer or directly on the company’s website Alilaguna . This also applies to the purchase of tickets.

► Water taxis and gondolas – The ACTV tickets are also not valid for trips with water taxis or gondolas.

► ‘People Mover’ – This is a driverless cable car that connects Piazzale Roma with the car parks on the island of Tronchetto. The people mover is constantly moving back and forth. The journey takes only a few minutes. The cost is 1.50 per trip and person. Interesting for motorists who should always keep some change ready at the vending machines for this convenience. Read more in Parking in Venice .

► Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour – A separate sightseeing tour with boats that circumnavigates Venice and stops at the main sights of the city. A round trip that can be interrupted as often and for as long as you wish. Tickets for the Hop on Hop off boat tour are available for 24 and 48 hours. A somewhat time-consuming but also relaxed way to get to know Venice.

Public transport timetables in Venice

Public Transport in Venice

As there is no bus or car traffic anywhere in the tourist centre of Venice, public transport is equally important for locals and visitors. All means of transport, also bus and tram in Mestre, run from 6:00 a.m. at the latest until shortly before midnight. The frequencies are high and will definitely meet the needs of both locals and tourists. The ATCV timetable applies to the water buses. Important especially for visitors who want to get to know Venice by night .

At night the N2 bus line connects the centre of Venice with Mestre railway station every 30 minutes.

The Linea N Vaporetto runs every 30 minutes during the night – main stops are next to Piazzale Roma and the Santa Lucia S.ZACCARIA – CANALE GIUDECCA – CANAL GRANDE – LIDO S.M.E railway station

Although less often, but regularly during the night boats leave from the jetty Fondamente Nove to Murano and Burano, among others.

The waterbus lines 1 and 2

I would like to see everything from the point of view of a visitor to Venice. There, the most important lines are, of course, the number 1 and the number 2, both cream-coloured lines navigate the main artery of Venice, the Canal Grande .

Line 1 runs between the bus station Piazzale Roma and Lido di Venezia . It stops at every bus stop. This means that one sees many sightseeings, of course including the famous Rialto Bridge , but one does not get ahead that fast. From the bus or train station, there are almost 20 stops and the trip to St. Mark’s Square with St. Mark’s Cathedral and Doge’s Palace takes at least 45 minutes. From there, it goes straight to the Lido di Venezia.

One gets faster with line 2 through the Canal Grande. The water bus stops only a few times, including the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, before continuing on a circular route to the island of Giudecca and then back to Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia railway station.

Both lines run in both directions at the same time and you don’t need to look at the clock, the next water bus will arrive in 10 minutes at the latest.

Those who are not disturbed by the many local people and tourists on board can save a separate city tour on the Canal Grande with lines 1 and 2.

Around Venice

Lines 4.1. and 4.2. circumnavigate the island of Venice with numerous stops, with detours to the nearby islands of Murano and Giudecca.

Line 4.1. runs counterclockwise around the historical centre of Venice, line 4.2. clockwise around the lagoon city.

With the public Vaporetto to the islands

Public Transport in Venice

To the lagoon islands of Murano and Burano and Torcello , take line 12 from the main pier Fondamenta Nuove, north of Venice. The island of Murano can also be reached quickly from the station with line 3 or with the above-mentioned lines 4.1. and 4.2.

Important note: A visit to the most beautiful lagoon islands Murano, Burano and the almost uninhabited island Torcello are among the main attractions of a Venice trip. Nevertheless, for those who want to visit all the islands, I consider the trip with the public Vaporetti to be very time-consuming. The duration of the trip is often underestimated and for the real and typical Venice, there is often only a little time left for sightseeing.

For guests who want to experience as much as possible on the islands quickly and as much as possible, I rather suggest participating in an organized tour. Depending on what is on offer, 3 to 5 hours are sufficient to explore the three most interesting lagoon islands Murano, Burano and Torcello. In the 3 islands of the lagoon , there are some interesting offers for this – as for example a classic island tour . Prices of approximately 25 € are not much more expensive than day tickets for public transport.

A short conclusion

In any case, a trip with the Vaporetto, Venice’s ‘Water buses’, is reliable and entertaining. The line network is huge, the use is uncomplicated and all tickets can be booked stress-free at home . One gets very well organized. There are maps everywhere and there are also electronic boards with information about the arrival time of the next boat.

At first glance, day or multi-day tickets are expensive. But one gets everywhere and for tourists, it is recommendable to buy the 2 or 3-day ticket depending on the demand, as the single trip with a price of 7,50 is really very expensive. For those who do not want to be only on foot in Venice, maybe do not want to stay only one day in the lagoon city and get to know the lagoon islands, a multi-day ticket is in any case worthwhile.


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One question, I struggled to find information about the transfer from chioggia to venice with route 19. It sounds very nice. How much is it and what are the times? Thanks a lot! Regards Steffen

Hi Steffen, there’s a summer Vaporetto that runs between Chioggia and St. Mark’s Square in Venice from early June until late September. The rest of the year, it’s possible to make the trip by taking a Vaporetto to Lido, then transferring to bus number 11, and finally catching the passenger ferry from Pellestrina to Chioggia. The journey takes around 2 hours.

If you are staying in Chioggia and wish to visit Venice, there is a direct boat service, the Linea Clodia, which leaves every morning at 9.05 am and returns in the evening, leaving Venice at 5 PM. Check the latest times as these are subject to change. Travel takes approx. 1H40, it’s a special route from Chioggia/Isola dell’ Unione to Venice-Pietà.

Ticket approx. 8,00 € one way – To be on the safe side, please check with Chioggia/Sottomaria Tourist office Tel.: +39 041 403652

Have fun Marc

Hi I have a 1 night trip to venice booked on Monday the 5th september till Tuesday the 6th of september. I am arriving by train into santa lucia train station. I have a hotel booked right by st Mark’s square and would like to know the best form of transport to the hotel from the train station and them back from the hotel to the train station the next day. please could you recommend the best way for me to do this and if to pre book tickets and where to book them from or if I can just purchase them on arrival? Thankyou.

Hi Thomas, thanks for your comment! Nothing easier, you can take the boat Line 2 from Santa Lucia that is going to drop you directly at St Marks Square. Better to book a ticket in advance, you can find all the information about the boats/vaporettos in this article: https://fascination-venice.com/vaporetto/ Thank you very much and have fun in Venice, Marc

Hi Marc I am visiting Venice and want to show my Son some of the islands. I remember doing a hop on hop off trip a long time ago that included the cemetery, plague island and many more. I’m staying at Lido this time and wondered if there is a bus route that departs from here or if I need to catch the hop on and off from St Marks Square please. Also can you recommend any favourite walking tours you have taken please? Thank you for sharing your knowledge like this. Best Wishes

Hi Tracy, some comments 1. The current Hop on hop off tour goes to the islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello. 2. No departure from the Lido. Departure from San Marco very lengthy.

My suggestion:

From Lido by ferry Linea 17 to Punta Sabbioni.

From Punta Sabbioni A. Hop-on Hop-off Boat line B (articel https://fascination-venice.com/hop-on-hop-off/ B. Public water bus line 12 to the differnt islands C. Book the guided tour from Punta Sabbioni to the islands. Departure 10:30 H

For B. + C. and Tour booking read my artikel PUNTA SABBIONI in Citytour

About tours:

Venice is not complicated and much is in the guidebooks. I’m more interested in the unknown or the adventurous Venice. https://www.getyourguide.com/s?partner_id=NFJUXUC&utm_medium=online_publisher&placement=content-middle&q=Venice&et=402626&lc=35 or https://www.getyourguide.com/s?partner_id=NFJUXUC&utm_force=0&deeplink_id=ee0e8453-e3c8-5421-807a-1b69cd2dc455&q=Venice&et=90351&lc=35 Have fun Marc

Hi My partner n I are taking a two day trip to Venice in Oct landing in Marco Polo.. wat is best way to get to Venice and wats the most economic way of travelling around. Much thanks.

Hi , Read https://fascination-venice.com/airport-transfer/ , and book the two ways Bus Transfer for 18,00 €, Simple, fast, convenient, correct price, the classic, and don’t waste too much time if you are only in town for 2 days. Venice is the city of canals, you can get everywhere quickly and clearly with the Vaparetto. Read https://fascination-venice.com/vaporetto/ Remember: Tickets are Valid not for Days, but hours from validation. Have fun Marc

Hello. I come to Lido di Jesolo for new year (1.1.2023) How can go to the Venice?

Hi Sonja, There are regular buses, travel time one hour, to Venice (Piazzale Roma).

Or you can take bus Linea 23 to Punta Sabbioni and then continue by boat to Venice. See all under City Tour in Punta Sabbiani

Hello, this august we go to chiaggio. Is there still the direct boat service that leaves 9.05 am and come back 17 pm? Do you know the price? Do you need to buy a ticket online or can you buy a ticket in the boat? I hope you have some answers!

Hello, thanks for your comment! I want to remind you that I wrote a whole article about Chioggia: https://fascination-venice.com/chioggia/ . The way is a bit more complicated than just taking a vaporetto. It’s a combination of a bus ride and a vaporetto trip. I would also like to remind you that otherwise there is a bus going directly from Venice to Chioggia. Please let me know if you have any more questions! Thanks Marc

Hi I’m travelling from India and reaching on 4th October to Venice at the railway station my hotel is Calle Del Remedio 4416 Venice (VE) so what is the best and cheapest way to reach this place by water taxi and how do I book

Hi Akshay, thanks for your question. You can find the airport transfer to Venice here: https://www.tiqets.com/en/venice-attractions-c71510/tickets-for-venice-water-taxi-airport-from-marco-polo-airport-to-venice-p1032292?partner=fascination-venice You can tell the driver the exact location of your hotel and he will bring you as close as possible. Best Regards and enjoy tour trip in Venice, Marc

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Water Taxis in Venice: A Guide to Navigating the Floating City

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As you step off the plane at Marco Polo Airport, the anticipation of your Venetian adventure begins to bubble. But how do you navigate this labyrinth of waterways and centuries-old architecture? 

The answer is as unique as Venice itself – a water taxi.

Water taxis are Venice’s aquatic limousines, offering a scenic and direct route to your destination, whether it’s a hotel in the city center, the Santa Lucia train station, or back to the Venice or Treviso Airport . Imagine gliding through the Grand Canal in a spacious leather upholstered cabin, the city’s historic beauty unfolding around you.

But how do you hire a water taxi? What costs can you expect?

This guide will answer these questions and more, demystifying the process of using water taxis in Venice.

So, let’s dive into the unique charm of Venice, where every ride is a water ride!

Check out my article on the various Venice Passes to save you money and time in Venice!

Understanding Water Taxis in Venice

So, what exactly is a water taxi? In essence, a water taxi in Venice is a motorboat designed for public transportation. They are the aquatic equivalent of taxis on land, providing quick and direct transport to various destinations across the city and its surrounding islands.

water taxi dock at marco polo airport

A private water taxi is akin to a limousine service. It offers a more personalized and luxurious experience, complete with spacious leather-upholstered cabins, open-air seating, and private captains. These licensed water taxis can accommodate small groups and provide a more intimate and comfortable journey through the city’s waterways.

Riding a water taxi is an experience in itself. As you glide through the city’s canals, you’ll be treated to a unique perspective of Venice’s stunning architecture and vibrant city life. Whether you’re journeying down the iconic Grand Canal or navigating the smaller, quieter canals, a water taxi ride in Venice is a memorable adventure that combines transport and sightseeing in one.

Navigating Venice via Water Taxi

Venice’s aquatic transportation system is a network of key routes that connect the city’s most iconic destinations. From the bustling Piazzale Roma, the city’s main bus terminal and where you can park a car in Venice , to the historic heart of Venice at San Marco, waterborne taxis offer a unique and efficient way to explore the city.

One of the most popular routes is the journey down the Grand Canal, the main artery of Venice’s waterways. This route takes you past stunning palaces and under famous bridges, offering a breathtaking perspective of the city. Other key routes include the connections to the Venice Cruise Terminal , the Santa Lucia Railway Station, and the Marco Polo Airport, ensuring easy transfers for travelers.

water taxi stand in san marco

Finding and boarding a water taxi is a straightforward process. If you’re at Marco Polo Airport or the Santa Lucia Train Station, you’ll find water taxi docks conveniently located near the arrivals hall. In the city center, look for the yellow stripe that marks official water taxi stops. These can be found along the Grand Canal and at various points around the city.

When boarding a water taxi, remember to step in carefully as the boats can move with the tide. The boat staff will assist you with boarding and disembarking, as well as loading any luggage you may have.

Whether you’re heading to your hotel or embarking on a sightseeing adventure, navigating Venice via water taxi is a unique and enjoyable experience that combines the practicality of transport with the charm of a boat ride through the city’s enchanting canals.

Where to stay in Venice? Read my picks for the most romantic hotels!

Water Taxis from Marco Polo Airport

To get a water taxi at Marco Polo Airport , follow the signs for ‘Water Transport’ once you exit the arrivals hall. This long hallway will lead you to the dock where you can find both private and vaporetti which are the water busses of Venice. 

For a private water taxi, look for boats with a yellow stripe, indicating licensed water taxis. The office to buy tickets is called “Motoscafi”.

water taxi office in marco polo airport

The journey from the airport to the city center is a scenic one. As you traverse the lagoon, you’ll be treated to your first glimpse of Venice from the water, a truly unforgettable experience. The trip typically takes around 30 minutes, depending on your exact destination and the traffic on the canals.

Transfers from the airport to Venice hotels via the lagoon are made easy with water taxis. Most hotels in Venice have their own water entrances, allowing you to arrive directly at the door. If your hotel doesn’t have a water entrance, the taxi can drop you off as close as possible, usually at a nearby public dock.

Remember, it’s always a good idea to confirm the fare before you start your journey to avoid any surprises. Now, sit back and enjoy the trip as you make your way through the enchanting waterways of Venice.

Alilaguna Water Bus vs. Water Taxi from Marco Polo Airport

When you land at Marco Polo Airport and are ready to make your way from the airport to Venice, you have two main waterborne options: the Alilaguna water bus and the Venice water taxi. Each offers a unique experience, and the best choice depends on your budget, time constraints, and personal preferences.

alilaguna boat in marco polo airport

The Alilaguna water bus is a public transport service that operates several lines from Marco Polo Airport dock to various points in Venice. The three main lines are the Blue Line (Linea Blu), the Orange Line (Linea Arancio), and the Red Line (Linea Rossa). Each line has a different route and stops at different points in the city. The journey from the airport to the city center can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the line and the number of stops.

water bus lines from airport to venice

The advantage of the Alilaguna water bus is the cost. A one-way ticket costs around 15 Euros, making it a much more affordable option compared to a water taxi. However, the water bus operates on a schedule and may not align perfectly with your arrival time. Also, you may need to walk a bit from the water bus stop to your hotel.

On the other hand, a Venice water taxi offers a direct and faster route from Marco Polo Airport to the city center. The journey typically takes around 30 minutes and can drop you off directly at your hotel if it has a water entrance. This convenience and speed come at a higher price, with fares typically ranging from 60 to 100 Euros.

alilaguna ticket office marco polo airport

If you’re looking for a cost-effective option and don’t mind the longer journey time and potential walk to your hotel, the Alilaguna water bus could be the ideal solution. If you prefer a faster, more direct route and are willing to pay a bit more for the convenience, a water taxi would be the better choice.

Remember, if you are traveling in a group or are not shy to propose riding along with strangers, you can pay less per head for the water taxi. The price for the water taxi is fixed so you can share it among the passengers and find that it ends up costing you less or at least be a more affordable price. 

Water Taxis from Santa Lucia Train Station

Stepping out from the Santa Lucia Train Station, you’re immediately greeted by the Grand Canal , the main waterway of Venice. Here, water taxis are ready to whisk you away to your destination.

To get a water taxi at Santa Lucia Train Station, exit the station and walk towards the Grand Canal. The private taxis, identifiable by their yellow stripe, offer a more personalized service, while the public water buses, or ‘ vaporettos ‘, provide a more economical option.

water taxi at private dock for hotel

The journey from the train station to the city center is a short but scenic one. As you navigate the canals, you’ll get a glimpse of the unique Venetian architecture and the vibrant life on the waterways.

Water Taxis and the Grand Canal

Traveling through the Grand Canal on a water taxi is an experience like no other. The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice’s waterways, a bustling aquatic boulevard lined with stunning palaces and punctuated by iconic bridges.

As you journey down the Grand Canal, you’ll pass by key sights such as the Rialto Bridge and the Ca’ d’Oro, one of the most beautiful palaces on the canal. Water taxis also stop at various points along the canal, allowing you to explore different areas of the city.

Water Taxis to Venice Cruise Terminal

If you’re heading to the Venice Cruise Terminal, a water taxi provides a convenient and enjoyable mode of transport.

To get a water taxi to the cruise terminal, you can board from any of the main water taxi stops in the city, including those at Piazzale Roma, San Marco, and the train.

Traveling to the cruise terminal, you can expect a smooth journey with stunning views of the city. As you approach the terminal, you’ll pass by the city’s industrial port before arriving at the cruise terminal, where your sea voyage begins.

If your hotel has a private dock, you can arrange for a water taxi pick-up ahead of time to get you and your luggage to the terminal. 

Booking a Water Taxi Service

Booking a water taxi is a straightforward process. You can either book on the spot at one of the many water taxi docks around the city, or you can make a reservation in advance.

For advance bookings, there are several online platforms available. Websites like ‘ Book Water Taxi Venice ‘ offer a simple and secure booking process. You can select your pick-up location, destination, and preferred time, and the platform will provide you with a quote. 

Once you confirm the details, you can make the payment online and receive a booking confirmation.

water taxi in front of hotel entrance on canal

Cost of Venice Water Taxis

The cost of water taxis in Venice can vary depending on several factors. Generally, a private water taxi trip can range from 60 to 100 Euros within the historic city center, while a ride on a public water bus is significantly cheaper, typically around 9.50 Euros for a single journey.

On a budget? Check out my article on how to save money in Venice.

The factors affecting the cost include the distance of the journey, the time of day (night rides may be more expensive), and the number of passengers. There may also be an additional charge for luggage.

To save on water taxi rides, consider using public water buses for shorter journeys or when traveling alone. For larger groups or longer journeys, a private water taxi may be more cost-effective. Always confirm the fare before starting your journey to avoid any surprises.

Tips for Using Water Taxis in Venice

Using water taxis in Venice is a unique experience, but there are a few best practices to keep in mind to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.

Firstly, be ready to board quickly and safely . The boats can move with the tide, so watch your step when getting on and off.

Secondly, make sure to only board licensed water taxis. Licensed water taxis have a yellow stripe with a license number that is visible before you board.

Lastly, remember that Venice is a city of canals, and water traffic can sometimes be busy. Be patient, enjoy the ride, and take in the stunning views of this unique city from the water.

Wrapping It Up

Navigating Venice, the city of canals, is an adventure in itself. Whether you choose the affordable vaporetto water bus, the direct and speedy water taxi, or a mix of both, you’re in for a unique travel experience that’s quintessentially Venetian.

So, as you plan your trip to Venice, consider not just where you want to go, but how you want to get there. Embrace the Venetian way of travel, and let the city’s waterways guide you through your journey. After all, in Venice, every path leads to a canal, and every canal holds a new adventure.

If you need more Venice tips to plan your ideal vacation, make sure to click the links below for fully detailed articles that are sure to prove helpful. 

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Venice Water Bus Services

Venice Water Bus Services

Taxis, ambulances, and police cars in Venice are all waterborne, as are the water buses (called vaporetti in Italian). Here you can find information on its lines, rates, and schedules.

One of the reasons Venice is so magical is the fact that it's surrounded by water. Although the city has “normal four-wheeled” buses, in the heart of the city the easiest way to get around is using the canals. Taxis, ambulances, and police cars in Venice are all waterborne, as are the water buses called Vaporetto in Italian.

In the city center, the vaporettos replace the urban buses . Compared to the land buses, the water buses are romantic and have a certain je ne sais quoi that can only be found in Venice. 

Main Vaporetto lines

The most useful water bus lines for tourists are the following:

  • Line 1 : One of the handiest lines for all visitors is line 1. It slowly cruises the Grand Canal from the central bus station in Piazzale Roma until Venezia Lido . It stops at most landmarks down the Canal like Piazza San Marco , Ca’Rezzonico , or Rialto Bridge .
  • Line 3: connects Piazzale Roma and Murano . 
  • Line 7 : connects Piazza San Marco with Murano .
  • Line 10 : is the quickest way to get from Piazza San Marco to Lido.
  • Line 18:  runs between Lido and Murano.

A single journey that is valid for 60 minutes costs € 8 ( US$ 8.60). Depending on where you're staying and how many times you think you might be taking the city’s transportation, you might want to purchase the Venezia Unica Pass .

If you only need to get across the Grand Canal using Line 1 or need to take the city’s transportation for one stop, you can purchase a ticket for 4 euros. However, we recommend getting a traghetto instead, as it's cheaper.

Usually, most lines that serve Venice run from 4:30 am until 12:30 am (midnight).

Water Buses from the Rialto Bridge

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Water Taxis

Like the rest of Venice’s public transport, the water taxis are relatively expensive. In this article you can find about their rates and more useful information.

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The Vaporetto is the only real public transport in Venice . It is a passenger ship, which is similar to a bus used in other places. There are about 20 water-bus-lines in Venice. The ferries are used within the island of Venice. But they also connect the main island with other islands and Venice with the mainland.

The fares for the water buses of Venice are relatively high. Single tickets cost from 8 euros (early 2024). But there are day passes . Such tickets are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Tickets for several days are much cheaper than for one day.  >>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

Alternative water taxi: The public water buses are often extremely crowded in summer. More comfort, but higher prices, offer water taxis. Taxi boats are popular for trips between Marco Polo airport and hotels. More about Water Taxis in Venice you find here .

Some Vaporetto lines go in both directions, other lines run in a kind of roundabout. As a tourist you should be careful not to go in the wrong direction. At larger stops there are several piers side by side. The ferries operate where are no roads, but wide channels. In summer you often have to wait long to get on a crowded ship. In winter you often get a seat by the window. The ships are heated in winter, as a rule there is no toilet on the vaporetto. You can also sit outside. In smaller ships you will find about 50 seats. The size of the water buses in Venice is therefore comparable to a regular bus, but there is more standing room. On some lines you can also find larger ferries, some of them are also big car ferries. These also have a toilet.

High waves are rare in the well-protected lagoon of Venice, but other ships sometimes produce waves. Especially when standing you should watch out.

There are hardly any ferries to Mestre on the mainland because there is a bridge for buses, cars and trains. Vaporetto means translated steamer. The plural is vaporetti and not, as many tourists believe, vaporettos.

The Vaporetti run until late in the evening. There are even three night lines.

>>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

Our map of Venice

Some important lines of water buses (vaporetti) in Venice

On the main island of Venice

If you just want to avoid a long walk, you can take one of the ferries within the main island of Venice. Some lines use the famous  "Canal Grande", others circle the island of Venice.

Line 1 and 2: These two lines run along the Canal Grande for about 4 kilometers. The main difference is the frequency of the stops. The water bus line 1 stops about 15 times, the travel time on the Canal Grande is about 45 minutes. Line 2 is a kind of express line and only stops about 7 times on the same route. The travel time is only 30 minutes. Who wants to enjoy the ride takes the line 1. If you want to get ahead quickly, take vaporetto line 2. Number 2 is the most used line by tourists in Venice at all. A boat trip on the Canal Grande is one of the tourist highlights of Venice. Important stops on the Canal Grande are Ferrovia (the train station) and Piazzale Roma (buses, trams, parking garages). The ships also stop at great sights, like at the famous Ponte di Rialto Bridge and at St. Mark's Square in San Marco near the end of the Canal Grande. Both ferry lines 1 and 2 are very frequent during the day, every few minutes.

Other lines: Some lines circle the island of Venice. These lines are useful if you want to move faster. The romantic trip through the island on the Grand Canal takes often a bit longer.

By vaporetto to other islands

Very popular are trips by public ferry to other islands. Many ships operate between Venice and Lido . Lido is a long island with roads and cars. There is a long sandy beach and many hotels. Lido is actually a typical Italian seaside resort. It is only 10 minutes by vaporetto from Lido to St. Mark's Square in Venice.

Many boats also operate to Murano . The island is known for glassblowers and glass art. Murano, like Venice, is criss-crossed with canals, old and free of cars. A beautiful destination!

Many other smaller islands in the lagoon of Venice can be reached by vaporetto. Departures are frequent, the ferries are pretty fast.

By vaporetto to the mainland (Airport etc.)

There are ferries to Marco Polo Airport. But there are also buses from Venice via the bridge to the airport , which are much cheaper. The waterbus line to the airport is significantly more expensive than other Vaproretto lines. Very comfortable is the direct arrival between airport and hotel by water taxi (see: water taxi Venice ).

For the beach town of Jesolo you can take a boat to Punta Sabbion i on the mainland. From there you continue by bus. In the season, there are also ships in the city of Chioggia in the south of the lagoon.

Bus to and from Marco Polo airport

From the large airport to Venice there are water buses (15 euro one way). Buses ae cheaper (8 euros). The modern buses with Wi-Fi etc. sail several times an hour during the day. Of course, they only go to the hus station at Piazzale Roma near Santa Lucia Central Station. The rest of the way to your hotel you have to use a water bus or walk. >>> More info and booking airport buses in Venice

Reserve a parking space: Parking spaces are rare in Venice, multi-storey car parks are often full. It is therefore advisable to reserve your parking space. On this website you can book parking spaces in Venice (including the big car parks in the Old Town of Venice, in Meste and at the airport).

Prices and tickets for water buses

Unfortunately, a trip on a vaporetto is not cheap. A single ticket now (2024) costs at least 8 euros. It could be the most expensive ticket within a city in Europe. The ticket is valid for 75 minutes, you can also change ferries. Even more expensive are tickets to the airport.

Fortunately, there are better tickets. These are ideal for tourists who want to see some of the lagoon. There are tickets for one day, cheaper are the popular tourist tickets for 48 hours and 72 hours . The ticket for a week (60 euros) is particularly cheap. Of course, in no other city in Europe you would call a weekly ticket for 60 euros cheap, but Venice is something special.

The prices also include buses and trams in Mestre and Lido. The local trains of "Tren Italia" between Mestre and Venice are not included, they cost only 1.25 euros per person one way.

To our knowledge there are no family tickets or similar things in Venice. Even children pay the full price. For families with several children, the public transport in Venice is really expensive. 2 adults with 3 children pay for a day ticket incredible 5 x 20 = 100 euros. Even at this price, rides to Marco Polo Airport are not included.

Children under 4 years can be taken free of charge. Within Venice, the age limit is 6 years, according to some sources, but you should ask better.

Buy and validate tickets for the ferries in Venice

There are ticket machines. Here you can pay by credit card or debit card. Many people who are facing such a machine for the first time have problems. It is better to visit one of the many points of sale for the tickets in Venice and get advice, where you can also pay in cash. English is spoken in many ticket outlets.

A lot of kiosks and tobacco shops sell tickets for vaporetti, buses and trams. There are ticket counters at the big stops. If you are staying in Mestre and want to buy a day ticket or multi-day ticket for the ships, you should buy the ticket right away in Mestre. When you take the tram or the city bus from Mestre to Venice, you save the 1,50 Euro for the ticket.

The modern tickets are held to the device at the entrance (see picture). If tthere is a green light, you can enter. If the red light is on you have a problem. Then the ticket expired, empty or broken.

The same devices are available in the trams of Venice and in the buses (inside the vehicles, not at the stops). Not having a valid ticket is very expensive in Italy.

You just have to hold the ticket next to the device. We were told that you should do this with time cards on every trip.

Short video Vaporetto ferry mooring and driving through the Canal Grande

Map: City of Venice

In the Italian language the ships are called Vaporetti (singular: Vaporetto). Vaporetto means in English steamer.

Not infrequently, the public water buses at peak times in the season are heavily overcrowded. Even on longer distances to distant islands you often get only a standing space. It is best to sail to the islands before the big tourist stream in the morning or back late in the evening.

Caution: Larger stations have many piers, for example at Piazzale Roma bus station , at the railway station Santa Lucia or at San Marco. Locals and the staff of the  ferries are happy to help. Some speak good English.

Do not go in the wrong direction: Some lines run in both directions and use the same number.

Operator of the water buses is the company ACTV. The water buses to the airport are operated by another company (Alilaguna). You need other tickets to the airport.

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Exploring Venice with a water bus (vaporetti) | Schedule, routes, and tips

Vaporetto | venetian public waterbus.

The beautiful city of Venice is connected by Vaporetto, a public waterbus system that makes commuting to different parts of the city easier and more convenient. There are 19 Vaporetto lines spread out throughout Venice and its nearby islands. This system of public transport was developed since deep canals limit the use of traditional transport systems like trains, metros, and buses.

Venice Water Bus | Quick Facts

Venice Water Bus

  • Official name: Vaporetto (singular), Vaporetti (plural)
  • Operator: Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV)
  • Purpose: Public transport service
  • Hours of Operation: Main Routes - 5 AM to 12 noon, Night Lines - 11:30 PM to 5 AM

Why Take the Vaporetto in Venice?

  • Better Accessibility: With canals flowing across the city, most of the landmarks that you would want to cover on your trip to Venice are inaccessible by road. Widely-spread network: Vaporetto connects major areas in Venice, along with islands like Lido, Murano and Burano that you must cover on your trip to the city.
  • Affordable: Gondolas can be quite expensive for everyday commuting to the attractions in Venice. The Vaporetto is an economical option to travel in Venice. 
  • 24x7 availability: Vaporetto runs 24 hours a day, so you can easily travel wherever you want to without worrying about getting to your hotel at night.
  • Discounted passes: Along with single journey tickets, you can get 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72-hour passes at discounted prices, which will help you save a lot of money if you will be in Venice for many days.
  • Frequency of Vaporetto: Missed one? Another Vaporetto will be there in 12 minutes!

Plan Your Venice Water Bus Trip

Venice Water Bus - What are the Venice Water Bus Routes?

  • City Centre Route: Routes 1 and 2 run through the city centre connecting Piazzale Roma, Academy Bridge, St. Mark's Cathedral, Tronchetto and Rialto.
  • City Orbital Routes: Routes 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 6 connect Fondamenta Nuove, Arsenale, Lido, the Gardens, Zattere and Murano to the city centre areas of Piazzale Rome or Tronchetto.
  • Lagoon Routes: Routes 11, 17 and 20 connect St. Mark's Cathedral to Pellestrina, Lido and St. Servolo, respectively.
  • N Route: Running from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM, the N Route are nighttime buses that connect the city centre and other important landmarks in Venice.

Venice Water Bus - What are the Venice Water Bus Routes?

  • Vaporetto, across all the routes, run from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM. 
  • The N Route, operating at the city centre and other important landmarks in Venice, runs from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM.
  • The frequency of Vaporetto is one every 12 minutes during the daytime and one every 35 minutes at night.
  • Vaporetto runs all days a week, every day of the year. It is the main public transport system in Venice.
  • Services can be restricted during high tide, known as acqua alta in Venice.

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Who operates the vaporetto.

Venice Water Bus - Who Operates the Vaporetto?

Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano, popularly known as ACTV, is the company that operates the Water Bus in Venice.

Founded on 1st October 1978, ACTV began public transport operations in Venice and Chioggia municipalities. The ACTV has more than 150 waterbuses in its fleet that connect Venica and adjoining islands within the Venetian Lagoon.

The first Vaporetti was started in 1881, gradually spreading all across Venice and nearby islands. ACTV also has autobus, people mover, tram and ferry boat services within Venice, while in municipalities like Chioggia, ACTV runs urban buses. The ACTV network is spread across Lagoon Area, Lido and Pellestrina Islands, and the mainland within the Venice municipality.

Is the Vaporetto Accessible?

Venice Water Bus - Is the Vaporetto Accessible?

Passengers with reduced mobility can use Vaporetti to visit must-see landmarks in Venice. When the boat comes to the dock, a ramp is laid down where people can enter the Vaporetto. The ramp may have an incline, but both manual and electric wheelchairs/mobility scooters can get onboard a Vaporetto easily.

People with disabilities can also get a ticket at discounted prices. A single journey costs €1.50 with a free journey for an accompanying person. Route 1 and 2, which connect the most famous attractions in Venice, are completely accessible. Other Vaporetto lines may be partially accessible, but you will be assisted at every step if needed.

Other Modes of Transport in Venice

Venice Water Bus - Other Modes of Transport in Venice

  • Gondola: At one point, gondolas were the only mode of transport in Venice. It was a rowing boat that has now become a tourist attraction in the city. A gondola tour costs €80 for 30 minutes.
  • Bus: While bus connectivity is limited in Venice, visitors can still use bus services to travel to landmarks connected via land. A single journey can cost about €1.50.
  • Alilaguna: A special ferry that connects Marco Polo Airport to Venice city centre is owned by a company called Alilaguna . A single journey ticket costs €30 and is valid for 24 hours.

Meaning of Vaporetti

Venice Water Bus - Meaning of Vaporetti

The name Vaporetto is derived from the Italian word "vapore", which roughly translates to the steamboat. The word Vaporetto also means little steamer in Italian. 

When it was first started in 1881, the waterbus used to run on steam. While it does not run on stream today, the name stuck. 

Locals call the waterbus batèlo or vaporino, but the term Vaporetto is commonly used in the city.

Uses of the Vaporreto in Rome

Venice Water Bus - Uses of the Vaporreto in Rome

  • The primary use of Vaporetto is public transport. Venice is mostly connected through canals, and it is difficult to reach places quickly on rowing boats like gondolas and small ferries. 
  • Most Vaporretos are waterbuses that run all 24 hours to transfer passengers from one destination to another. 
  • Emergency services like ambulances and police cars also use Vaporetto to reach areas in the city easily and quickly. 
  • Vaporetto is also used to travel to nearby islands located within the Venetian Lagoon.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Venetian Vaporetti

A. Vaporetti is a Venetian water bus that is the quickest, cheapest and most convenient form of public transportation in the city.

A. The Venice Water Bus is a public transport system developed to connect different parts of the city. Locally, the waterbuses are called Vaporetti.

A. The Vaporetti has been operated by Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV) since 1st October 1978.

A. You can buy tickets to Venice Water Bus on the counters or online. However, it is best to make your purchase online, as you can avoid huge queues at the counters. Buy your tickets here .

A. It costs about €9.50 to ride the Venice Water Bus and the ticket is valid for 75 minutes. You can buy tickets based on the time you will be spending on your travel. For people with reduced mobility, the ticket costs €1.50, along with free access to an accompanying adult.

A. The Vaporetti runs from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM, while the night waterbuses on the N Route run from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM. The waterbuses run every day, all time of the year. Some routes might be restricted during high tide.

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Getting around Venice

Vaporetto water buses, water taxis , gondolas , and walking the streets of venice.

Venice is the only city in Italy where you will not be constantly menaced by speeding Fiats, barreling buses, clattering trams, and swarms of scooters because Venice is the only city in Italy with absolutely no cars.

It's awfully hard to drive on canals, see.

There are only two ways to get around Venice: on foot , or by boat . Both are painfully slow, but only one requires you to buy ridiculously overpriced tickets.

My advice on getting around in Venice

As a practical matter walk whenever possible. Take the vaporetto for long hauls and to visit the outlying islands . Splurge on a water taxi perhaps only when arriving or departing the city with your luggage (though there are other, cheaper options to get into Venice from the airport , including a public ferry).

Here's more on each method:

Getting around by foot

Getting around by vaporetto (public ferry), getting around by taxi acquei (water taxi), getting around by gondola, getting around by traghetto (gondola ferry), getting around by bus (on the mainland), getting to or from the cruise and ferry docks, be prepared to go slow.

Useful Italian Where is?... - Dov'è? left - sinistra right - destra straight ahead - avanti or sempre diritto ticket - biglietto city ferry - vaporetto ferry stop - fermata taxi - taxi » more Venice is a labyrinth of twisting narrow streets and innumerable blind alleys where many streets turn a corner only to bump into a brick wall or suddenly end in a few algae-clad marble steps that descend into the murky waters of a canal. Charming, yes, but frustrating and time-consuming for anyone trying to navigate their way across town. [ » more on the layout of Venice ]

You should know that the walk from Piazzale Roma and the train station neighborhood to Piazza San Marco to ogle the golden mosaics carpeting St. Mark's cathedral and grand Renaissance decor of the Doge's palace will take about an hour.

Even on the vaporetto (a public ferry—think of it like a bus on the water), the slow chug down the Grand Canal from the station to San Marco takes 20 to 30 minutes. What's more, it costs a whopping $8.50 for a single ticket!

Upon Arrival Here's more information to help make sense of Venice's public transportation when you first arrive, whether by plane (getting into Venice from the airport), by train (the rail station and which vaporetto to grab), or by car (where to park, and where to go from there).

Don't get me wrong: for what amounts to a cut-rate cruise past the Gothic palaces and grand old homes of the Grand Canal , $8.50 is a pretty good deal. As a daily commute, though, it can get to be a pricey pain.

There are also taxi acquei (water taxis) (which are even more pricey)—and, of course, that ancient and most Romantic ways of getting about on the water in Venice, the gondola (obscenely expensive, done more for the experience than as a mode of transport, especially as they usually return you to the same spot where you got on the gondola; for a brief, near-gondola experience that costs mere pocket change, try the traghetti gondola-like ferries that cross the Grand Canal ).

Considering you often have to wait 10 to 20 minutes for a vaporetto , the practical upshot is that, no matter what your mode of transportation, you'll be lucky to get anywhere in Venice within an hour. So just plan for that, and take things slowly.

Tips & links

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  • Airport transfers: By sea (to downtown Venice)
  • Alilaguna.it (public ferry: €15)
  • Viator.com (shared boat: €30; private boat: from €34)
  • Motoscafivenezia.it (water taxi: €100)
  • Airport transfers: By land (to Piazzale Roma)
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  • Vaproetto to San Marco: 1, 2, N
  • Driving/parking
  • Asmvenezia.it (Piazzale Rome garage: most central, €23–29; S. Giuliano lot: farthest, €12)
  • Veniceparking.it (Tronchetto garage: fairly central, €21)
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  • Emergency service/tow: tel . 803-116
  • Highway agency: Autostrade.it (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA): Aci.it
  • ZTLs: Ztl-italia.blogspot.com (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)

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Longer tours.

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  • Transport Venice airport—cruise terminal
  • Viator.com (shared boat: €30)
  • Viator.com (private boat: from €34)
  • Motoscafivenezia.it (water taxi: €110)
  • Atvo.it (shuttle bus to Piazzale Roma: €6) 
  • Actv.it (city bus to Piazzale Roma: €6)
  • Transport Venice hotels—cruise terminal
  • Actv.it (public vaporetto: €7)
  • Alilaguna.it (public water shuttle: €8)
  • Viator.com (private motorboat: €18–€35)
  • Motoscafivenezia.it (water taxi: from €85)

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T he 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 land bus network that serves car-friendly districts on the mainland and the Lido.)

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 .

Finally, don't miss our " Important things to know " right after the fare tables.

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Important things to know:

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.

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.

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.

If you'll be using land-based public transportation, see:

  Venice land bus & tram fares: Mestre, Marghera, Lido di Venezia, & Chioggia .

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While using private transportation is a costly alternative in Venice, there are several options in Venice that can help you save money. The Water Bus is one of the easiest modes of transportation. It is the most affordable and practical method of getting about the city. Continue reading to learn further about the Venice water bus, where to purchase tickets, their schedules, as well as other information that will aid you organise your excursion!

What is the Venice Water Bus

The water bus is locally known as the vaporetto . The vaporetto is a commuter ship, like a bus that is used elsewhere. Passengers can ride these water buses (singular: Vaporetto; plural: Vaporetti) all around the lagoon, along the primary canals, and to the distant islands. Despite being sometimes packed, they are by far the most affordable form of transportation (other than walking).

In Venice, there are roughly 20 water bus services. They also link Venice to the mainland and the main island to neighbouring islands.

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Venice Water Bus vs. Water Taxi

Both are boats, however, they differ greatly from one another. Like taxis in other cities, you may hire a water taxi on your own and go wherever you choose, while the water buses follow a set schedule and route, similar to public buses in other places.

Venice Water Bus Tickets

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Grab the ACTV pass at a low cost for a brief journey through Venice to enjoy the best of the city. These affordable short-term passes are ideal for tourists on a tight budget who wish to make the most of the city's extensive public transportation system. Your best option is this short-term pass, which comes in one-way and two-way versions: You may also board any ACTV bus in Mestre as well as Marghera with this exact ticket if you're on a self-planned scenic tour of the area and wish to enjoy the most popular mode of public transportation in Venice.

1/2/3/7-Day Pass: Venice ACTV Water Bus Tickets

With the ACTV Public Transport Services pass, you may easily travel across Venice. You will also have access to the ACTV buses in Mestre and Marghera, and will also be able to travel on the Vaporetti in Venice, Lido, and the lagoons. The ACTV Water Bus Pass is the best option if you want to fully see Venice without having to pay excessive gondola fares to go from one location to another. You may pick from 1, 2, 3, or 7-day options, depending on how long you intend to spend in Venice and your travel needs.

Why Take the Venice Water Bus Pass

  • Will last for one day and more: The nicest feature of purchasing tickets for the Venice water bus is that they will last for a day, and longer if you want to add on additional days. It enables you to schedule your activities and travel around the city's highlights on a tight budget.
  • Affordable and convenient: The city operates and travels on waterways, and these water buses link the Venetian Lagoon's farthest reaches to the Grand Canal. It is the simplest and most practical method of transportation in Venice.
  • Effective: The tickets for the Venice water buses also give you unlimited access to the ACTV buses in Mestre and Marghera, in addition to allowing transit between and within Venice, Lido, and the Lagoon islands.
  • Optimal for Sightseeing: A Vaporetto, as they are known locally, is a type of water transport that operates in Venice. The Grand Canal, San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge are just a few of the city's most distinctive landmarks that the Vaporetto vans travel along. It's the best way to get about town and see all the amazing architecture.

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The AVM Venezia Official APP allows users to buy and validate local ACTV public transportation tickets, pay to park in Venice's "Parcheggia Venezia" (blue stripes), read news about ACTV services, and check schedules and itineraries using the "Calculate route" and "Search timetables at Stops'' features. It is advised that only cell phones with iOS or Android operating systems run the APP (excluding tablets, even 6-inch inch ones).

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This is undoubtedly one of the best Venice-specific all-in-one applications. MyPass is a cutting-edge PMI that enables immediate access to the sites while always paying the lowest fee and skipping the ticket offices. You may reserve and purchase legitimate tickets for museums, events, public transportation, as well as parking using the MyPass Venezia APP.

How much are the water buses in Venice?

The price of Venice water bus tickets start from €7.50 and could be up to €25 depending on the perks you want to avail.

What is a water bus called in Venice?

A Venice water bus is known as Vaporetto. 

Can you take luggage on the water bus in Venice?

Yes you can take luggage with you at a set price. The price covers one piece of baggage with a maximum length, width, and height of 150 cm.

How late do water buses run in Venice?

Approximately about midnight. Three nighttime routes run from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., while the main routes run from 5 a.m. to midnight.

How do you pay for water buses in Venice?

Tickets may be ordered online or from locations bearing the ACTV emblem, including Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia, Rialto, and San Marco. Validate your boarding pass at the boarding entry by "swiping or tapping" it on the machines there.

How early do water buses start in Venice?

The typical water bus schedule runs from around five in the morning until around midnight.

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Venice Water Taxis: A Complete Guide

What are water taxis in venice.

Though Venice is synonymous with the gilded Gondola, the humble Motoscafi or the water taxis fill up the major gap for private transfers and tours. They are sometimes referred to as speed boats. The canal-dominated city has two basic conveyance options; foot or water.

The water option is mainly dominated by water taxis that look much like tiny ships with a capacity of up to 10 persons and function much like regular private taxis in any metropolitan city. Unless you have booked a hotel in the Mestre (mainland) or close to Piazzale Roma, some part of your journey will be through water.

Water taxis on Grand Canal near Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Motoscafi are known for their fabulous speed, airy cabins, open-air seats and friendly captains. Travelling by water taxi is the most scenic way to Venice watch and it is certainly the fastest way to travel between two points. Venetian water taxis have yellow stripes with license numbers written on them.

Why Use Water Taxi?

Water taxis are direct and swift besides being easily available. Water taxis have permission to use the smaller canals that allows quicker transfers. Unlike water buses that have designated docks, water taxis will drop you directly at the dock nearest to your hotel or destination requiring little or no walk to reach your endpoint. On the other hand, if you take a water bus, it is highly likely that you need to walk and go over a couple of bridges to get to your hotel.

A water taxi from Marco Polo Airport takes only around 20 to 25 minutes to reach a waterside hotel in the historic Venice centre.

Water Taxi approaching Rialto Bridge on Grand Canal

These water taxis are secure and comfortable besides having a much lower theft rate than a water bus. Most of them have leather upholstery and are beautifully furnished. The open-air seating allows a beautiful view of the city and you can get great pictures of the City of Canals on your water taxi ride.

The captain is generally gracious enough to help with luggage loading and unloading before and after the ride, unlike the water bus. This will spare you the hassle of lifting your luggage and then heaving it on/off board. The water taxi will generally not have a strict limit on the volume of luggage per person as long as you do not cross the overall limit.

Most prominent hotels of Venice can be reached directly by water taxis as they have prominent private docks. Some hotels like Duodo, Saturnia, Cavaletto, Bonvecchiati, Splendid and Bonvecchiati Palace cannot be reached by private water taxi but you will be dropped off at a dock that would be within a five-minute walk to the hotel.

Where & how to get Water Taxis?

All the important tourist areas in Venice including the Marco Polo Airport and Venice Santa Lucia Railway Station have designated water taxi docks.

At Marco Polo Airport

When you exit the baggage counter at the Marco Polo airport, look out for a counter with the sign “Speed Boat to Venice”. Go up to the counter and buy a voucher for your water taxi ride specifying the destination. The voucher will have the taxi number on it and you will have to avail the vehicle assigned to you. If you are really lucky, you might get the taxi 307 assigned to you. This is an ultra-luxurious taxi made famous by the TV thriller series Commissario Brunetti .

Follow the sign “Trasporti via aqua – Water transport” and Walk towards a moving walkway (travellator) that will take you to the boat piers with water taxis waiting for riders. Here, you will also see piers for Alilaguna Water Buses. The walk will take around 5-6 minutes. If you have heavy luggage, you can also make use of the elevators to get to the piers.

At Santa Lucia Train Station

The water taxi desk is located to the left of the very last dock of the Vaporetto (public water bus). To avail of the water taxi, you need to buy a voucher from the desk which will have a specific water taxi number assigned to you and then you need to walk down to the dock to get that taxi.

At other important places

Water taxis are also available down the water at other important places such as the Piazzale Roma, and the Tronchetto Car Parking.

Venice Water taxis at Ferroviaria stop at Grand Canal

Calling a private water taxi

Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia is a consortium of private water taxi operators in Venice and has over 100 water taxis in their fleet that are available for 24/7 service throughout the lagoon of Venice. You can call them and book a water taxi (Note: do get a quote first before you book one). All their boats are connected to their office through the GPS system and are centrally coordinated so that the waiting time is minimized. Below are their contact numbers:

From Monday to Friday 9:00-18:00: +39 041 240 6712 / +39 041 240 6716 / +39 041 240 6746; Saturday, Sunday, public holidays and from 18:00 to 9:00: +39 041 522 2303

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Share a water taxi

Some companies also offer water taxis on a sharing basis (that is on a per person rate) which is much cheaper than private water taxis, but still would nearly double the fare of a public water bus. These can only be booked online though.

Booking water taxis on a per-seat basis is arguably the best option if you want comfortable, fast and affordable rides and this is best done online.

You should book your water taxi online only from authentic websites. Booking water taxis from your hotel is sure to be more expensive as they often add hefty cover charges.

Viator (the largest online tour booking company in the world) offers a number of shared and private water taxi transfer options in Venice connecting all the important boat terminals including the ones at Marco Polo Airport, Cruise Terminal, Santa Lucia Railway Station, Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto Car Park to the major places in Venice Centre and Lido. Go through this Viator webpage to see the options, rates and book online.

By using a reliable water taxi operator

Below are the details of a few reliable private water taxi operators in the city who also facilitate online bookings. You can pre-book the water taxi online and the reservations can also be cancelled until two working days prior to the booked date. In this case, they usually issue a refund of 70%.

Venice Water Taxi is one of the market leaders among private water taxi operators, this company owns 30 boats and offers round-the-clock service. You will find their staff at the Venice Port, Marco Polo Airport and the exit gate of the Terminal Cruises.

Phone: + 39 041 522 9040, Email: [email protected]

Veneto Inside offers full-fledged tours of the outer islands by private/shared water taxis besides airport pick and drop. They also offer Gondola bookings and skip-the-line passes to different attractions.

Venedig is a third-party platform that links water taxi operators to customers without charging an added fee.

Venice Private Water Taxi Price

Price is one area where the private water taxi substantially lags behind the water bus of Venice. The charges are significantly higher in case of a water taxi ride. For example, a ride from the Marco Polo airport to the town centre costs around 125 Euros or more depending on your destination. The price for a transfer from the Piazzale Roma and Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station can range between 65 euros to 100 euros.

An indicative fare list (per taxi basis) is as follows (Note: There are potential extra charges depending on factors such as the number of passengers, number of luggage, time of transfer, etc.)

Marco Polo airport to Most Hotels in Venice

125.00 Euro per Taxi (1 to 6 people) 150.00 Euro per Taxi (7 to 10 people)

Marco Polo airport to Lido: (stop S. Maria Elisabetta) 125.00 Euro per Taxi (1 to 6 people) 150.00 Euro per Taxi (7 to 10 people)

Marco Polo Airport to Cruise Port 135.00 Euro per Taxi (1 to 6 people) 160.00 Euro per Taxi (7 to 10 people)

Try sharing water taxis with friends and families and share the fare if the high prices are an issue. The water taxis are larger than a standard land taxi and can seat up to 10 people and hold a maximum of 12 pieces of luggage. Exceed that limit and you will have to book an extra taxi.

If your hotel is in the city centre on the banks of a very narrow canal then the taxis can move at a very slow pace of about 5 km per hour. In this case, you may have to pay between 15 to 25 euros per person extra.

From 22.00 hours to 7.00 hours, the water taxi will charge an extra 10 euros per taxi for night service.

Tips for Availing Water Taxis

  • Before boarding the water taxi make sure that it has a yellow strip and a valid license number. Sometimes, unlicensed taxis swindle tourists, especially first-timers to the city.
  • Before de-boarding, carefully analyse the gap between the taxi and the pier otherwise you may slip into the water. The gap can be considerable at times and you should ask the captain for help if you find navigation challenging.
  • In case, you promptly want to board the water taxi at the airport upon arrival, it is advisable to prebook. The water taxis in busy areas of Venice are in high demand and there may be an empty dock. The waiting time for reordering a water taxi is 35 minutes approximately. Pre-booking costs only as much as on-the-spot bookings and will save you time.
  • While boarding the water taxi it is advisable to travel light. The captain will help with luggage de-boarding but the help will be limited since he cannot get off his taxi. You will find yourself alone with your entire luggage soon after the ride is finished.
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Venice receives over 20 million visitors annually and there’s no sign of stopping.

The unparalleled beauty of the Venetian lagoon views, centuries old bridges, the maze of canals and calli, and attractions such as St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace are on the bucket list of tourists from all over the planet.

Mass tourism comes to this city with its perks but also its downsides. Plastic pollution is one of them. On a daily basis, thousands of plastic bottles fill up the bins , get thrown in the canals or the calli, and the city becomes more unpleasant.

There is some good news though! There are at least 60 operating water fountains in Venice and yes this water is 100% safe to drink, it’s fresh and very good too!

Basically, you can just go to the fountain with your reusable bottle and get fresh water anytime you want at zero cost! It seem too good to be true, right?

Keep reading this post to find out more about the quality of the drinking water in Venice , how safe it is and where you can find the water fountains around the city.

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Drinking water in Venice

We all drink water, and for many travellers a common concern while visiting a new city in a new country or even continent, is the safety of the local tap water .

In Venice, this question often arises: is it safe to drink the water straight from the tap?

With this practical guide I’ll explain if it’s safe to drink tap water in Venice, where tap water comes from and tips to access fresh tap water while in Venice at zero cost.

Is it safe to drink water in Venice?

Quick Answer: Yes, it’s completely safe to drink water in Venice. To have it, always fresh, simply turn on a tap and fill up your glass. Whether it’s from the tap of your hotel’s bathroom, at the restaurant or bar, you can safely drink Venice’s tap water.

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After travelling back and forth to Venice over the years it’s safe to say that I have had my fair share of water. Who, I am? See my about page to learn more about my story.

Where does the drinking water in Venice come from?

The drinking water supplied by the multiutility group Veritas is mostly groundwater and gets drawn from wells up to a depth of 300 metres .

It’s one the best in Italy for its quality and characteristics, affordable, carefully controlled and absolutely safe. To note also the sustainability side of it, as it doesn’t cross Italy in lorries or need bottles and packaging to be transported.

Long story short, it doesn’t produce waste . This is something that I love about Venice. You can read more about quality and yearly analysis from the Veritas website.

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Sustainable ways to drink water in Venice

Now that you know that drinking water in Venice from the tap is safe , you might be interested in knowing where to find it while you’re out and about exploring Venice.

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Below I’ll go into further detail and explain where you can find tap water fountains and my tips for drinking water in different places in Venice.

Drinking water from water fountains in Venice

Drinking water from the public fountains in Venice is a sustainable practice and everybody can and should do that. It helps mitigate the negative effects of over tourism and the devastating impact of single use plastic waste.

As I mentioned earlier, there are millions of tourists visiting Venice every year, and the city struggles with plastic litter and environmental degradation .

By carrying a reusable water bottle and utilising the water fountains located all around Venice, everybody can contribute in significantly reducing plastic consumption .

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Just take a moment to imagine the sheer impact that this simple eco-practice can have on the city and how it can contribute in preserving Venice’s beauty.

Venice Tap Water is a non-profit organisation that promotes the use of tap water in Venice by educating people on the quality of the water and how we can all have an impact during our visit to the city.

To put it simply, they invite people to avoid buying plastic water bottles and get fresh water from the numerous water fountains.

To learn more, check their website to get access to water analysis, read the story of Venice fountains and see the most up to date fountain map (linked below).

Venice drinking water fountains map

Venice Tap Water created a very handy map that you can access anytime, anywhere with the most updated information of the drinking fountains of Venice .

When you open up the map you will see that there’s a legend that shows the operating fountains in blue, the closed ones in red, the yellow ones currently undergoing maintenance and then the pink ones that are only suitable for pets.

Drinking water from the tap in Venice

Drinking tap water in Venice is safe, a practice locals have relied on for years without issues . While taste is subjective and some might not prefer it, the water’s safety is unquestioned , with many residents and visitors finding it quite pleasant.

The city’s water undergoes constant analysis to ensure it meets high-quality standards , making it some of the best in Italy.

What I normally do is to refill my water bottle whenever passing a water fountain and have it at my accommodation instead of buying a water bottle made from plastic.

I also prefer to do this, instead of drinking it from the bathroom tap. If you decide to do that anyway, you can be reassured that the water is also completely fine.

Drinking water at restaurants in Venice

In Venice and even the rest of Italy, when you go to a restaurant for a meal it’s customary to drink bottled water rather than asking for tap water.

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You can order a bottle of natural mineral water or sparkling water and choose between the 0,5 or 0,75 or litre bottle that will be added to your bill.

The price of bottle of water at the restaurant starts at 1,50 (affordable eateries) to 4,50 euros (fine dining). Most restaurants have water in glass bottles , and Venice has an efficient glass recycling system that minimises environmental impact.

As a reminder, don’t expect free tap water, instead order a bottle with your other drinks and food. See this post on the cost of things in Venice if you’re on a budget.

All in all, drinking water in Venice is perfectly safe , both locals and regular travellers enjoy drinking it and they’ve been doing so for many many years.

You can also top up your glass or eco water bottle and be reassured that quality checks are constantly ran to ensure the water remains some of the best.

Drinking tap water helps reduce plastic waste so you can support Venice’s environmental efforts to keep the city clean and enjoyable for everyone .

For more information on safety in Venice and how you can avoid unlikely situations, read my guide is Venice safe that has my best tips for staying safe during your trip.

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How to get around Venice without breaking the bank

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May 19, 2023 • 6 min read

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One of the many reasons Venice is such a popular city with travelers from across the globe is its unique infrastructure and layout. Navigating a city that has canals instead of roads presents new challenges that your average main street will never experience!

It takes some getting used to – a relaxed attitude and the knowledge that moving around Venice and the islands of the Lagoon doesn’t come cheap certainly help – but our top tips will help you find your way. Here is everything you need to know about the floating city's  vaporettos , buses, gondolas and everything in between.

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Nothing beats exploring Venice on foot

Walking remains the best way to get around the six sestieri of Venice. The city on the Lagoon is relatively small – going from the Santa Lucia railway station to Piazza San Marco only takes about thirty minutes on foot, for example – and its main sights are usually well-marked and easy to find. Although you should probably arm yourself with a good GPS and a nice map, the unconventional layout of Venice's streets and alleyways can thwart even the best sense of direction.

Walking along the canals is the perfect way to get familiar with the city and will allow you to discover hidden corners and squares you might otherwise miss. There’s no need to worry about acqua alta – the city deploys walkways in case the streets get flooded, but it’s always wise to have some rain boots ready to go if you plan to visit in autumn.

Who needs a bus when you have a vaporetto ?

Vaporettos are one of the staples of the Lagoon. Where "normal" cities have buses (Venice included – in its mainland area), the Serenissima has what are essentially floating buses. The vaporetto service is run by Venice’s municipal public transport system, ACTV , and it connects all main points of interest in both the six sestieri and the other islands of the Lagoon.

There are several lines of vaporettos divided into four main categories, the most relevant to tourists being the "city center lines" 1 and 2, which sail along the Grand Canal. 

Vaporettos are quite expensive, and it’s better to buy your ticket beforehand and validate it at the machine next to the stop to avoid the additional fee for purchasing onboard – a single ticket, valid for 75 minutes, comes up at €9.50. You can also buy 24-hour passes for a single day, two days, three days or seven days for, respectively, €25, €35, €45 and €65. 

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A traghetto is a cheap option for crossing the Grand Canal

It’s not widely known, but there’s a traghetto  (ferry) service that allows people to cross from one side to the other of the Grand Canal – it’s much cheaper than a vaporetto and is widely used by Venetians. The ticket costs €2 for tourists and there are several spots along the Canal where you can board the ferry to get to the other side – Santa Sofia, Riva del Carbon, San Tomà, Santa Maria del Giglio and Punta della Dogana.

The service is active from around 9am to 6pm (it varies slightly from boarding spot to boarding spot) and is closed on holidays and city festivals.

A water taxi is the quickest (and spendiest...) option

Just like any other city, Venice has its own taxi service – they just don't have wheels. Water taxis are definitely a good choice if you want to reach your destination in the quickest and most glamorous way possible, but keep in mind that they’re probably the most expensive means of transportation available (and prices go up even more at night). Water taxis can transport up to ten people, so the price is less terrifying if you're traveling in a big group.

View of canal in Venice Italy at night with gondolas

A gondola ride is about the experience rather than the journey

Rather than a means of getting from A to B, the gondola is an experience and a tourist attraction in its own right. Routes and prices vary and are usually agreed upon on the spot with each gondoliere , but you can expect to pay about €80 for a half-hour tour by day and about €100 for the same time by night. Sharing a gondola is, of course, always a good solution to lower the prices – though they can’t carry as many people as a water taxi.

Explore the wider lagoon by ferry

The ferry service consists of two main lines, 17 and 11, which connect Venice to the wider Lagoon area, starting with the Lido , moving south to Pellestrina (on Linea 11) and the beach area of Cavallino to the north (on Linea 17). The ferry is an excellent choice if you want to take your own mode of transport with you – prices start at €8 for cars and motorbikes, but that doesn't include the passenger fare(s). Those are the standard vaporetto fares in addition to the vehicle cost.

View of the entrance to the city of Venice, Piazzale Roma

Get around Mestre by bus

Regular buses don’t circulate on the Lagoon, of course, and their primary function is to connect Venice to Mestre on the mainland and then move around Mestre itself. Some lines, though, do reach Venice and stop at Piazzale Roma, not too far away from the Santa Lucia railway station.

Advance single tickets are €1.50 (€3 if purchased onboard), or you can buy a ten-ticket carnet for €14. We'd highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to save money and always remember to validate your ticket when you board the bus.

Take the tram if you're staying in Mestre

Venice has only two tram lines, which are a great option if you’re staying in Mestre rather than on the Lagoon. T2 moves only on the mainland, while the other goes as far as Piazzale Roma – just like the bus service. And just like the bus service, a single ticket is €1.50 (€3 onboard), a ten-ticket carnet is €14, and you need to validate tickets upon boarding.

Accessible transportation in Venice

Travelers with access needs might not immediately think of Venice as a very user-friendly destination precisely because of what makes it unique – canals, narrow streets, no buses. And yet the Serenissima is quite focused on dismantling architectural barriers, even if there’s always room for improvement.

For those who wish to explore the city on their own without public transport, a pool of experts, including people with disabilities who reside in Venice, have put together a collection of barrier-free routes that can be found on the city’s official website . 

As for vaporettos , they should all be equipped to allow everyone to board – although some issues may be caused by a particularly high tide. Most vaporettos can transport up to four wheelchairs and tickets are €1.50 (a companion travels free of charge).

Arriving in Venice

Marco Polo Airport Water shuttles and water taxis depart from the airport ferry dock. Buses run every 30 minutes (5.20am to 12.50am) to Piazzale Roma.

Treviso Airport Buses run to Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto (for the monorail to Piazzale Roma). Buses run to Treviso train station for trains to Santa Lucia station.

Piazzale Roma (car parks and bus station) Vaporetti (small passenger ferries) to city destinations depart Piazzale Roma docks.

Venezia Santa Lucia train station Vaporetti depart from Ferrovia (Station) docks.

Venezia Mestre train station Transfer by train to Venezia Santa Lucia.

Venezia Terminal Passeggeri Docking cruise liners usually shuttle passengers into Venice; otherwise, taxis and vaporetti leave from the waterfront.

This article was first published Oct 4, 2021 and updated May 19, 2023.

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Venice has been depicted and described so often that on arriving in the city you might have the slightly anticlimactic feeling that everything looks exactly as expected. The Canal Grande’s water-lapped palaces are indeed as picturesque as the coffee-table books made them out to be, Piazza San Marco is as perfect as a film set, and the panorama from the Palazzo Ducale is more or less as Canaletto painted it. Any sense of familiarity quickly fades, however, as you start to look around: seeing a stack of furniture being hoisted from a barge up to a top-floor window, or someone fishing knee- deep in the lagoon a hundred metres from dry land, you understand that life here is not like life anywhere else. And the more closely you look, the more fascinating Venice becomes.

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Founded on a cluster of mudflats in the heart of the lagoon 1,500 years ago, Venice emerged as Europe's principal exchange between the West and the East. At its zenith, it commanded an empire stretching north to the Dolomites and across the sea to Cyprus. The city's wealth and population swelled, densifying its urban fabric amidst a unique blend of nature and man-made marvels. 

Today, the historical centre, comprising roughly a hundred islets , leaves no space undeveloped, no street or square without a trace of Venice's illustrious past. It's common to stumble upon medieval remnants in even the most hidden alleyways, embedding the city's rich lineage into its very walls.

Yet, Venice's melancholic charm partly stems from the contrast between its historic grandeur and its current state. Once home to 200,000 residents during the Venetian Republic's golden age, the city's population has significantly dwindled. It was a bustling metropolis, attracting merchants from across the globe, its economy setting continental benchmarks from the Rialto's banks and bazaars. 

The Arsenale's vast workforce could construct a warship in a day, and Piazza San Marco was a perpetual hub of commerce and governance. Now, Venice stands as a testament to its spectacular heritage, its survival heavily reliant on those drawn to its enduring legacy.

 San Marco square from the water © Shutterstock

 San Marco square from the water © Shutterstock

Venice, a city spread across 118 islands, is interlinked by 435 bridges into six districts known as sestieri. The city's cultural richness extends to over fifty churches and revered institutions like the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, showcasing masterpieces by Tintoretto and Carpaccio.

You can't see everything, and we don't suggest you try, so here's a list of things we think, you need to visit!

Editors tip : make sure to read the 20 best things to do in Venice .

#1 Admire the Basilica di San Marco

San Marco is the most exotic of Europe’s cathedrals, and it has always provoked strong reactions. To Herman Melville, it was beautiful and insubstantial – as though “the Grand Turk had pitched his pavilion here for a summer’s day”. Mark Twain adored it for its “entrancing, tranquillizing, soul-satisfying ugliness”.

Herbert Spencer found it “a fine sample of barbaric architecture”; and to John Ruskin, it was the most gorgeous of holy places, a “treasure-heap…a confusion of delight”.

The Basilica di San Marco is certainly confusing, increasingly so as you come nearer and the details emerge, but some knowledge of the building’s background helps bring a little order out of the chaos.


Tips from Martina

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"Don't just visit our famed canals, but also visit the cities less trodden paths. Delve into the serene atmosphere of the Cannaregio district, a treasure trove of local life, far from the crowd. Here, the authentic Venetian lifestyle unfolds in quiet squares and along peaceful canals".

St. Mark's Basilica and St.Mark's Campanile above the San Marco square in Venice © Shutterstock

St. Mark's Basilica and St.Mark's Campanile above the San Marco Square in Venice © Shutterstock

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy © Apple Kullathida/Shutterstock

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy © Apple Kullathida/Shutterstock

#2 Embrace the art in Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

Venice has two brilliant cycles of pictures by Vittore Carpaccio – one is in the Accademia, and the other is in the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, which sits beside a canal to the south of San Francesco.

By the mid-fifteenth century, though, Venice’s Slavic inhabitants were sufficiently established for a scuola to be set up to protect their interests. After several years of meeting in the church of San Giovanni di Malta, the scuola built itself a new headquarters on the church’s doorstep at the start of the sixteenth century and summoned Carpaccio to brighten up the first-storey hall.

Painted from 1502 to 1508, after the Accademia’s St Ursula cycle, Carpaccio’s pictures were moved downstairs when the building was rearranged in 1551, and the interior has scarcely changed since.

#3 Stroll through the lively Rialto market

It was through the markets of the Rialto that Venice earned its reputation as the bazaar of Europe. Virtually anything could be bought or sold here: fabrics, precious stones, silver plate and gold jewellery, spices and dyes from the Orient. Trading had been going on here for over four hundred years when, in the winter of 1514, a fire destroyed everything in the area except the church.

The possibility of relocating the business centre was discussed but found little favour, so reconstruction began almost straight away: the Fabbriche Vecchie was finished eight years after the fire, and Sansovino’s Fabbriche Nuove followed about thirty years later.

Today’s Rialto market is much more modest than that of Venice at its peak, but it’s still one of the liveliest spots in the city and one of the few places where it’s possible to stand in a crowd and hear nothing but Italian-spoken.

#4 Take a tour of San Giorgio Maggiore

Palladio’s church of San Giorgio Maggiore, facing the Palazzo Ducale across the Bacino di San Marco is one of the most prominent and familiar of all Venetian landmarks. It is a startling building, with an impact that’s enhanced by its isolation on an island of its own.

Ruskin didn’t much care for it: “It is impossible to conceive a design grosser, more barbarous, more childish in conception, more servile in plagiarism, more insipid in result, more contemptible under every point of rational regard.”

Goethe, on the other hand, was sick of the Gothic art that was to Ruskin the touchstone of spiritual health and gave thanks to Palladio for purging his mind of medieval clutter.

#5 Enjoy the spectacle of the Regata Storica

Held on the first Sunday in September, the Regata Storica is the annual trial of strength and skill for the city’s gondoliers and other expert rowers. It starts with a procession of historic craft along the Canal Grande course, their crews all decked out in a period dress, followed by a series of races right up the canal.

Re-enacting the return of Caterina Cornaro to her native city in 1489, the opening parade is a spectacular affair and is followed by a race for young rowers in two-oared pupparini. The women come next (in boats called mascarete), followed by a race for canoe-like caorline; and then it’s the men’s race, in specialized two-man racing gondolas called gondolini.

Gondolas in Venice © Shutterstock

Gondolas in Venice © Shutterstock

#6 Go on a day trip to Torcello

“Mother and daughter, you behold them both in their widowhood – Torcello and Venice.” So wrote John Ruskin, and it’s almost impossible to visit Torcello without similarly sensing an atmosphere of bereavement. This outlying island has now come almost full circle.

Settled by the very first refugees from the mainland in the fifth century, it became the seat of the bishop of Altinum in 638 and in the following year its cathedral – the oldest building in the lagoon – was founded.

By the fourteenth century, its population had peaked at around twenty thousand, but Torcello’s canals were now silting up and malaria was rife. By the end of the fifteenth century, Torcello was largely deserted – even the bishop lived in Murano – and today fewer than a dozen people remain in residence.

Read more about the best day trips from Venice .

#7 Explore Burano and Murano islands

Take a fascinating day trip to the Venetian islands of Burano and Murano, each with a special charm that complements the glamour of Venice.

A short vaporetto ride from the main island takes you to the vibrant realm of Burano, known for its rainbow-coloured houses and intricate lacework. Wander through narrow streets decorated with colourful linens and observe the artistry of local lacemakers, whose tradition dates back several centuries. The island's serene canals and warm, welcoming atmosphere make it the perfect place for a leisurely lunch by the water's edge.

Then head to the island of Murano, considered the birthplace of Venetian glassmaking. Explore its rich history and modern innovations by visiting the glass factories, where master craftsmen skilfully mould molten glass into intricate shapes. Discover a fascinating variety of glassware, from exquisite jewellery to ornate chandeliers. See ancient techniques passed down through generations and learn about this age-old craft.

Venice landmark, Burano island canal, colorful houses and boats, Italy © StevanZZ/Shutterstock

Venice landmark, Burano island, Italy © StevanZZ/Shutterstock

#8 Attend Venice Biennale

If you have a keen interest in contemporary art and international culture, timing your visit to coincide with the Venice Biennale can be a fantastic idea. The Venice Biennale, Europe’s most glamorous international forum for contemporary art, was first held in 1895 as the city’s contribution to the celebrations for the silver wedding anniversary of King Umberto I and Margherita of Savoy.

The main site is by the Giardini Pubblici, with permanent pavilions for about forty countries plus space for a thematic international exhibition. This core part of the Biennale is supplemented by exhibitions in parts of the Arsenale that are otherwise closed to the public, such as the colossal Corderie or Tana and the Artiglierie.

In addition, various palaces and other sites throughout the city are used as national pavilions and as venues for fringe exhibitions, installations and performances.

Biennale, Venice ©  avphotosales/Shutterstock

Biennale, Venice © avphotosales/Shutterstock

#9 Make a pilgrimage to Santa Maria della Salute

In 1630–31 Venice was devastated by a plague that exterminated nearly 95,000 of the lagoon’s population – one person in three. In October 1630 the Senate decreed that a new church would be dedicated to the Virgin Mary if the city were saved. The result was the Salute – salute meaning “health” and “salvation” – or Santa Maria della Salute, to use its full title.

Resting on a platform of more than 100,000 wooden piles, the Salute took half a century to build; its architect, Baldassare Longhena, was only 26 years old when his proposal was accepted. He lived just long enough to see it finished – he died in 1682, one year after completion.

Each year on November 21 (the feast of the Presentation of the Virgin) the Signoria is processed from San Marco to the Salute for a service of thanksgiving. The Festa della Madonna della Salute is still a major event in the Venetian calendar, with thousands of people making their way here to pray for or give thanks for good health.

#10 Discover the hidden gem of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

Located in a charming labyrinth of Venetian alleyways, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is an amazing hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This architectural gem, often unnoticed by the crowd, charms those who dare to discover it. The main feature of the palace is the "Scala Contarini del Bovolo", a spiral staircase that rises gracefully upwards and is decorated with elegant arches that create a complex play of light and shadow.

As you ascend this spiral staircase, you are transported to another era where the artistic vision of the Contarini family is brought to life with breathtaking detail. As you climb up, the panorama of red-tiled roofs and Venetian vistas opens up, giving you a glimpse of a timeless city.

There’s more than an element of truth to Venice’s reputation as a place where mass tourism has produced monotonous menus, cynical service and slapdash standards in the kitchen. Venice has fewer good, moderately priced restaurants than any other major Italian city, it has more really bad restaurants than any other, and in some of the expensive establishments you’re paying not for a fine culinary creation but for the experience of dining in an expensive Venetian restaurant. 

However, things have been getting better in recent years, and in the less overrun parts of Venice there are now several good places where you can get a decent two-course meal, plus house wine, for €35–40 per person – which, in this city, is reasonable.

Eating out in San Marco

  • Ai Mercanti : Revamped in 2013, Ai Mercanti in San Marco offers imaginative dishes like pumpkin and coffee bean risotto, starting at €13. Its dark wood and golden décor create a unique atmosphere. Open Mon 7–10:30pm, Tues–Sat 12:30–3pm & 7–10:30pm.
  • Al Bacareto : A local favorite for over forty years, Al Bacareto offers genuine Venetian cuisine with main courses ranging from €15–20. Opt for cicheti at the bar for a taste of Venice on a budget.

Eating out in San Polo and Santa Croce

  • Al Nono Risorto : Nestled off Campo San Cassiano, Al Nono Risorto attracts a young crowd with its pizzeria-restaurant vibe, live jazz and blues, and a charming small garden. Note: No credit cards accepted. Open Mon & Tues–Sun noon–2:30pm & 7–11pm.
  • Alla Madonna : For over sixty years, Alla Madonna has served seafood in a lively, old-style setting, now managed by the founder's son. The ambiance is bustling, and the service quick. Despite recent price hikes, it offers relatively good value at about €45/person. Open Mon, Tues & Thurs–Sun noon–3pm & 7–10pm.


Venice ©Shutterstock

Insatiable demand makes Venice’s hotels the most expensive in Western Europe. What’s more, the high season here is longer than anywhere else in the country, but many places don’t recognize the existence of a low season any more.

There are, though, a few good-value hotels to be found in the city, and an ever-increasing number of bed and breakfast places, as well as a plethora of apartments for rent.

If you want to spend time surrounded by luxury, San Marco is the most suitable neighbourhood to do so. San Marco is the heart of Venice, home to the famous St Mark's Square, the magnificent St Mark's Basilica and the majestic Doge's Palace.

This neighbourhood offers exclusive shopping opportunities, high-end restaurants and breathtaking views of the canals. Treat yourself to luxurious accommodation options , including five-star hotels that offer stunning views of the city's landmarks. However, be prepared for higher prices as San Marco is a premium neighbourhood.

Dorsoduro is a neighbourhood worth staying in Venice for its artistic heritage and lively cultural life. Home to the prestigious Accademia Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, this neighbourhood attracts art lovers from all over the world.

Dorsoduro is also home to the University of Ca' Foscari, giving the neighbourhood a lively and youthful energy.

San Polo and Santa Croce

If you are looking for a place to stay in Venice to experience local Venetian life, the ideal neighbourhoods are San Polo and Santa Croce. These neighbourhoods exude genuine charm with their narrow streets, small squares and bustling markets.

Also, a must-see in these neighbourhoods are the Rialto Bridge, the lively Rialto Market and the historic church of San Giacomo di Rialto. Accommodation options , from cosy guesthouses to charming boutique hotels, provide an authentic Venetian experience.

The Cannaregio neighbourhood may not have any major attractions, but it is a place to stay to experience the atmosphere of Venice. Cannaregio is a less crowded residential neighbourhood that offers a more local and authentic experience. It is known for its picturesque canals, historic synagogues and lively Jewish ghetto.

Central Castello

Castello, located east of San Marco, is Venice's largest and most traditional neighbourhood. With winding streets, small squares and local shops, this neighbourhood has a more relaxed atmosphere.

Castello is home to the impressive Arsenale and the Biennale Gardens, where the prestigious Venice Biennale art exhibition takes place. Castello offers a wide range of accommodation options , from budget guesthouses to elegant boutique hotels.

Browse the best hotels in Venice.

The Canals of Venice, in Italy © Shutterstock

The Canals of Venice, in Italy © Shutterstock

Choosing the right time to visit Venice can greatly influence the experience one gains from this enchanting city. Spring ( April , May and June ) and early autumn ( September to October ) are often considered the best seasons to explore Venice.

During these periods, the weather is pleasantly mild, and the city is less crowded than in the peak summer months ( July and August ). Strolling through the labyrinthine streets, gliding along the serene canals, and marvelling at the architecture under the warm sunlight becomes an immersive experience.

The winter months ( November and January ) can be cold. Venice's renowned events like the Carnival in February and the Venice Biennale in odd-numbered years draw a diverse array of international visitors, adding a unique cultural dimension to the visit. December is usually busy with locals but a fun time to visit.

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The topography of Venice is uniquely complicated, and at first glance its public transport looks as convoluted as a wiring diagram. But the situation isn’t as daunting as it first appears: there are clear main routes through the warren of Venice’s alleyways, and you’ll need to get to grips with only a few of the water-bus routes.

Venice Water-Bus fares and tickets explained

Single journey & special ticket:

  • Standard Ticket: €7, valid for 60 minutes with unlimited changes, not usable for return trips.
  • One-Stop Ticket: €4, ideal for short crossings like San Zaccaria to San Giorgio Maggiore.
  • Luggage Fee: €7 for each piece of large luggage beyond the first.
  • Concessions: Children under 4 travel free. Wheelchair users pay €1.30; their companion travels free.

Save with Travel Cards

To avoid high single-ticket costs, consider ACTV Tourist Travel Cards

  • 24 hours: €20
  • 48 hours: €30
  • 72 hours: €40
  • 7 days: €60
  • Rolling Venice Cardholders: Special 72-hour card for €20
  • Airport Bus Supplement: €4 per journey with any ACTV pass.

Where to buy

  • Tickets: Landing stages, shops with the ACTV sign, tourist offices.
  • ravel Cards: Tourist offices, Piazzale Roma, train station, airport, and selected vaporetto stops like Ca’ d’Oro and San Marco Vallaresso.

Gondola rides in Venice

Gondola Navigation

Thanks to their design, gondolas can navigate Venice's narrow and shallow canals effortlessly, a testament to the gondoliers' skill. Previously a hereditary job, now anyone can become a gondolier after completing 400 hours of rigorous training, which covers manual skills, canal navigation, and the history of the profession. In 2010, Venice celebrated its first female gondolier, Giorgia Boscolo.

Costs & Hours

  • Standard Fare: €80 for a 40-minute ride for up to six passengers. After 7pm until 8am, the rate increases to €100.
  • Extended rides:Additional 20 minutes cost €40, or €50 after 7pm.
  • Extras: Expect surcharges for an accordionist or tenor. Note that there's a debate on banning "O Sole Mio" to avoid stereotypical Italian experiences.

Avoiding overcharges 

Although fares are regulated, some gondoliers might charge more. Always confirm the price before departure. For a reliable service, use official gondola stands located at key points throughout the city, including Calle Vallaresso, Campo San Moisè, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, Bacino Orseolo, in front of the Palazzo Ducale, Riva degli Schiavoni near the Danieli hotel, the train station, Piazzale Roma, Campo Santa Sofia near Ca’ d’Oro, San Tomà, and Rialto Bridge on Riva Carbon.

Venice Water Taxis

Venice's water taxis are stylish, fast, and can navigate most canals, accommodating up to 10 passengers. However, they're known for being one of the priciest taxi services in Western Europe.

  • Base Rate: Starts at €15, with €2 added every minute.
  • Surcharges: €10 per extra passenger beyond five. €5 for each luggage piece over five. €10 for rides between 10pm and 7am.

Booking tips

  • Direct booking from stands or catching an available taxi can save surcharges.
  • Phone bookings and concierge-arranged rides include additional fees.

Epiphany Regatta in Venice © Shutterstock

Epiphany Regatta in Venice © Shutterstock

The ideal number of days to spend in Venice depends on your interests, the pace of your trip and what you want to see. Here are general guidelines to help you plan your visit:

If your schedule is tight, you can manage to experience the main attractions of Venice in one or two days. Focus on the main sights such as St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, take a gondola ride and perhaps stroll the streets. However, this will not allow you to explore more than the iconic sites.

3-4 days will give you a better chance of experiencing the essence of Venice. You'll be able to see the main sights, take a day trip to nearby islands such as Burano and Murano, and in your free time wander off the beaten track, discover local restaurants and soak up the unique atmosphere.

If you have more time, you can truly immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Venice. In addition to the above, you can visit less crowded areas, art galleries and museums, attend cultural events or festivals, and take day trips to neighbouring cities such as Padua or Verona.

Venice, Canal, Italy

Venice, Canal, Italy @ Shutterstock

Before you can lose yourself in its winding waterways and historic charm, you'll need to figure out the best way to get there. Whether you're flying in from across the globe or making your way from a nearby European city, various options are available to suit every budget and travel style.

  • Flights from the UK and Ireland : Direct flights take around two hours from London . EasyJet flies between two and four times daily, while its chief rival, Ryanair, has one or two flights each day from London and less frequent services to Treviso from Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester and Edinburgh. Aer Lingus (Dublin) flies to Marco Polo up to five times per week, while Ryanair flies three or four times a week to Treviso in high season.
  • Flights from the US and Canada: The only direct service to Venice from the US is with Delta, who fly from New York to Marco Polo up to six times a week in summer. Air Canada has direct flights from Montréal to Venice, and various indirect flights from Toronto and Montréal, usually via Frankfurt or New York.

The choice of rail routes and fares is hugely complex, but the cheapest route is to take the Eurostar from London to Paris, then change to the high-speed TGV from Paris to Milan, and change there for the “Frecciarossa” to Florence. The total journey time is 14–18 hours, and with some online research, you can put together a one-way ticket for a little over the cost of a return flight, though peak prices are considerably higher.

If you take a couchette, using the “Thello” sleeper for the stage from Paris to Milan doesn’t add much to the cost. Booking for these continental routes usually opens three months before the day of travel. Discounts for under-26s are sometimes available and advance booking is essential. If you’re planning to include Italy as part of a longer European trip you could choose to invest in an InterRail pass.

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Just as deserving of discerning travellers' attention, the islands close to Venice make for varied and adventurous holiday spots, whether for day trips during your stay in La Serenissima or alternatives to the city itself. From well-known Murano and Burano to more undiscovered spots like Torcello and Chioggia, there's so much to explore here beyond the city. You might want to plan your own route – or you could let someone else do the hard work and take a tour.

Best of all, you could tour the islands of Venice on an unforgettable cruise, like Good Housekeeping 's eight-day cruise around the impossibly picturesque Venetian Lagoon. This journey through the labyrinthine canals and peaceful waterways takes place aboard luxurious river boat SS La Venezia . It begins in Venice itself, where you'll get VIP access to top sites like the Doge's Palace, as well as a private after-hours visit of Saint Marks Basilica.

Then, it's off for your choice of excursions, including trips to the best islands near Venice, including Mazzorbo, Burano and Murano, where you'll get to see live glass blowing.

Another exciting option is an eight-day cruise around the Venice islands with chef James Martin , who will join you on board for a talk and to cook a divine gala dinner one evening. You'll get to explore the pretty waterfront shops, colourful facades and peaceful canals that are unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello, as well as straying a little further to Chioggia, a southern port frequented by fishermen.


There's also the chance to explore the Venice islands on another cruise with a difference. As well as the opportunity to explore Venice's most famous sites and cruise around the islands nearby, this eight-day cruise includes an incredible, intimate performance from Russell Watson , one of the UK's best-selling classical artists.


To help you decide which of these exclusive tours to book first, we've done a little exploring of our own to bring you a list of the best islands near Venice to discover this year...

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The most distinctive feature of Burano, an island at the northern end of the Venetian lagoon, has to be its vibrant canal-side houses. Beautifully bold in shades of burnt orange, ochre, fuchsia, turquoise and more, the houses never fail to charm any traveller to this unique island. Simply strolling along and admiring these – as well as Burano's 17th-century leaning tower, with its Renaissance and neoclassical architectural features – is enough to merit a trip here alone.

You'll also want to explore Galuppi Square, the centre of the island and a place where you can explore local shops devoted to the traditional art of lacemaking. To eat like a local, try risotto de gò , made with goby fish caught in the Venice lagoon.

To get to this magical island near Venice, it's around 40 minutes by the vaporetto (water bus) from the city itself. It's also a stop on Good Housekeeping 's various river cruise tours of Venice, including one that stars chef James Martin and another that features an intimate performance from classical singer Russell Watson .


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Perhaps the most peaceful of the islands close to Venice, Mazzorbo is joined to its more famous neighbour Murano by a long bridge you can cross by foot, so the two make a great pair for any visitor to these alluring lands.

Mazzorbo is delightfully sleepy compared to its buzzier neighbours – as well as bustling Venice – and the only must-visit tourist spot is the historic church Chiesa di Santa Caterina. This was built in the eighth century as part of a Benedictine convent, but bears Romanesque and Gothic touches from restructuring projects over the years.

The island's vineyards are another draw. The Venissa Estate is a walled wine land open to the public, and it's a lovely place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere – as well as sampling some of the local produce.

Foodies will want to make a bee-line for Mazzorbo, thanks to Michelin-starred Venissa Restaurant, as well as the more informal Osteria Contemporanea. For a fully epicurean trip, consider Good Housekeeping 's eight-day cruise of the Venice islands with chef James Martin . This includes excursions to Mazzorbo and other islands close to Venice, as well as a very special dinner cooked by Martin himself.


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Just 1.5km to the north of Venice lies one of its most famous nearby islands: Murano, which can be accessed by the same vaporetto as Burano. Of all its many charms, Murano is perhaps most famous for its glassmaking, which has been thriving here since the 1200s. To this day, you can visit modern glassmaking shops and factories on the island to witness how this world-famous material is made, as well as popping into the Murano glass museum to see historical pieces.

This is the second largest island in the lagoon – after Venice – but only has around 7,000 inhabitants. As well as glassware, it's known for its beautiful architecture, including colourful houses and artfully faded historic buildings.

Murano is an important stop on Good Housekeeping 's river boat cruise tour of the Venice islands and a special trip with classical singer Russell Watson . Excursions here are combined with stops on neighbouring Burano and Torcello, so you'll get an authentic feel for the area.


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Torcello is even older than Venice, having existed since the fifth century, when it was founded by the inhabitants of the Roman city of Altino. Thanks to this intriguing legacy, it's full of historical sights, though few of the grand palaces, churches and monasteries that were built centuries ago remain. It's almost uninhabited, but is well worth a visit if you're looking to escape the crowds and soak up some culture.

The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta is one of Torcello's oldest and most popular sites. On Good Housekeeping 's tour of the islands of Venice , you'll get to venture inside this before it opens to the public, enjoying a welcome moment of peace and tranquillity. You can also visit Torcello, as well as the neighbouring islands of Mazzorbo and Burano, during a special trip with classical singer Russell Watson

Meanwhile, on GH 's trip with chef James Martin , you'll get to enjoy a tour of Torcello's basilica with an art historian for a full, culturally immersive experience.


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Known as the Venice Lido, this 11km barrier island a short journey away from the city centre is well worth a visit. It's most famous as the home of the glittering Venice Film Festival, which brings A-listers to the scenic spot each September. But you don't have to be a film star to get something from a trip to this slim island.

Separating the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, the island is also home to a beautiful beach, which is ideal if you're looking for a bit of gentle sunbathing during your trip to Venice. This island is the origin of the use of the word 'lido' to describe pools and bathing spots in the English-speaking world, after all.

You'll find a different, more 'everyday' atmosphere here, with residential streets frequented by cars and cyclists, as well as reasonably priced shops and restaurants. On a clear day in the cooler months you might even spy the snow-capped Dolomites behind the skyline.

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Though not strictly an island (though it does have a separate island of its own), Chioggia is the name to know if you're looking for a seaside gem. Come to this spot on the Venetian Lagoon for an Italian experience and the chance that you might see no other tourist. You'll hear local Italian voices at the thriving fish market, at local restaurants and bars that serve divine cicchetti , and all over this remarkably friendly island.

The small historic centre feels very much like Venice in miniature, with placid canals and little winding streets to explore. The fish market here is famous, located between the Piazza del Popolo and the Canal Vena in the very centre of the island. Perhaps because of this bounty of produce, the dining options are authentic and delicious without fail.

If you want to discover this little-known gem for yourself, consider Good Housekeeping 's Venice tour with chef James Martin . This trip includes a day in Chioggia, with time to wander around the pretty streets, see the Romanesque watchtower and explore the lively market.


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Is Venice Sinking? Here's What We Know As Of 2024

  • Venice, known as the "Floating City," is actually sinking due to various factors like artesian wells, global warming, and plate tectonics.
  • The MOSE Project, with 78 barriers around Venice, aims to protect the city from future floods, but it's still predicted to be underwater by 2100.
  • Venice experiences regular flooding during Acqua Alta, and efforts like raising seawalls and installing temporary barriers help mitigate damage.

Venice is one of Italy’s favorite travel destinations. The beautiful city that has been given the nickname, “Floating City,” was given the name for good reason. This is because, to any onlooker, Venice appears to be floating. How Venice was built on water is a subject that fascinates and intrigues in equal measure. Yet, going by several predictions, Venice, Italy, is sinking — and has been for a while now.

Maybe it’s time to call it one of the most magical cities on the planet, not the "Floating City” but the “Sinking City.” Of course, regardless of the season, whether there are crowds, or if visitors are taking a trip to Venice's Island of the Mad , Venice will always be worth a visit. It's not just because of its surreal beauty.

The "City of Canals" is a great place to take can't-miss day trips from, and there are even activities and adventures to be had for free . But with the news of its sinking, those who love Venice are both perplexed and disheartened. Here’s what we know about this 'sinking city' as of 2024.


As of 2024, barriers have been put in place to keep Venice from being submerged

This article was updated and expanded to reflect the current status of Venice flooding. Mobile barriers have been put in place to keep the massive amounts of water that was coming into Venice from doing so. However, with climate change, it is anticipated that, regardless of what efforts are made now, Venice will be underwater by 2100.

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When Did The World Learn That Venice Is Sinking?

It has been known for hundreds of years that venice has been sinking.

The news that Venice is sinking is not something new. Of course, it has to do with how one of the most gorgeous cities in Italy was built.

Constructed on a lagoon at sea level and supported by thousands, perhaps millions, of massive tree trunks, the city has always been exposed to the flooding risk that comes with high tides. However, previously, these floods were rare and far between. To compound the problem, there were no reliable records of the city’s sea levels.

In 2019, nearly 75% of Venice was underwater. While Venice does flood at high tide from time to time, this flooding was unlike anything that the city had ever seen. It was clear that something had to be done sooner rather than later to combat flooding on that scale.

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Record keeping of the city’s sea levels would commence in 1872. Some records say much later. However, what is certain is that sometime in the middle of the 20th century, authorities realized that Venice was sinking.

The finger of blame was pointed at the many artesian wells that had been sunk in hopes of solving the perennial freshwater problem the city had been grappling with.

These wells created subterranean voids that the unsteady ground of the city sunk into by some inches.

What Is Causing Venice, Italy, To Sink?

The weight of the many buildings is causing the land to slowly sink into the lagoon.

  • Venice is sinking because it is surrounded by water, and too much weight from buildings has caused the ground it sits on the lower.
  • With increasing global temperatures, sea levels rising also impacts the city greatly.
  • Plate tectonics are also to blame for Venice's sinking.

Quite a number of theories have been put forward to try to explain why Venice has been sinking. Of course, the very first theory was that of the artesian wells. The wells were commissioned by the city’s authorities to help supply fresh water to the city’s thirsty residents.

Of course, Venice has always been surrounded by water. However, this is not fresh water but salty water from the Mediterranean Sea. The well venture was abandoned in the 1960s with the realization that the city was sinking. Since then, other theories have been put forward.

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There has been the global warming theory. Scientists say that as a consequence of global warming, the global average sea levels have been on the rise. For instance, the average sea level in Venice is today 32 centimeters higher than it was in 1872 — 61 centimeters higher than it was in the 1750s.

While projections are many and varied, a report suggests that sea levels in Venice could go up by between 17 and 120 centimeters at the turn of the century. Global warming has also been blamed for the frequent flooding Venice experiences today.

And again, another cause is attributed to plate tectonics. The City of Canals, it appears, is on the Adriatic plate. According to geoscientists, the Adriatic plate subduct beneath the Apennines Mountains — an event that causes the city and its environs to drop slightly.

When Is Venice Predicted To Go Underwater?

While some say venice could be underwater by 2100, there is much that can be done to save the city.

  • Many climate experts suggest that Venice could sink by 2100.
  • With many projects going on around and in Venice, these could potentially slow the progression of the water infiltrating this Italian city.

Although the exact time frame of Venice's sinking isn't set in stone, many climate experts suggest the city could sink by 2100. Of course, it can be tricky to perfectly time when sea levels will rise enough to overtake the city, especially with the Mose Project and other infrastructure the country continues to invest in.

Venice, Italy, is one of the world's most beautiful places, so protecting it is a top concern for local, state, and European officials.

Venice does currently "sink" during the annual Acqua Alta , typically between October and March.

Many iconic landmarks regularly see water levels rise, pouring the nearby sea into the halls of churches, local businesses, and homes. Venice isn't technically underwater, but during some times of the year, it does get a taste of the future.

This has understandably concerned many residents and tourists, so it may be better to visite when the Acqua Alta is finished in April.

What Is Being Done To Save Venice From Sinking?

All is not lost and work is underway to save venice from future flooding events.

The city of Venice is working hard to ensure that Venice stays above the water for as long as possible. Some ways that they are doing this include:

  • Raising seawalls for a better and stronger barrier against rising water
  • Installing temporary barriers to protect important structures from water damage
  • Using a system that pumps throughout the city that helps to keep the water out in the sea rather than
  • Constructing buildings on hard clay that provides stability thanks to wooden piles

Thanks to the MOSE Project, there are 78 barriers around Venice. This work was anticipated to be completed in late 2023 and as of January 2024, it was done.

  • Currently, Venice is said to be three feet above sea level.

If reports are to go by, quite a number of cities are actually in the process of sinking and going out of existence. Many of these cities may even sink before Venice. But that doesn't mean the city or its residents are standing by doing nothing.

Venice May Now Be Effectively Protected From Future Floods

The gates have been raised and mose should now effectively protect venice from high tide events.

In 2023, the New York Times ran an article entitled " Venice Is Saved! Woe Is Venice ." The project to raise the sea walls has been more or less completed.

Venice is protected by MOSE, the Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico (or Experimental Electromechanical Module). This is a project that has been designed to protect Venice and the whole Venetian Lagoon from flooding.

The project has rows of mobile gates installed at the lagoon's inlets that can seal off the lagoon from the rest of the Adriatic Sea in periods of exceptionally high tides. The system has also improved a number of other features like coastal reinforcement, elevating of quaysides, and more.

MOSE has now been built to protect Venice from tides as high as 3 meters or almost 10 feet (in 2020 there was an exceptionally high tide event of 2.04 meters or 6 feet, 8 inches). The first time MOSE was activated to protect Venice was in 2020 during a high tide event.

Now the system is somewhat routinely used when the tides are forecasted to be more than 1.3 meters or 4 feet 3 inches. Of course, no human-made measure seems to be able to prevent Venice from sinking, although efforts have helped preserve the city for residents and visitors alike.

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Dominican Resort Travel Tips

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The Dominican Republic is a popular tourist destination, known for its welcoming culture, music, food, and beautiful beaches. However, there are several things to keep in mind before travelling to a resort in the country. Firstly, while resorts are generally considered safer than urban areas, it is important to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times, as violent crimes such as robbery and sexual assault are a concern throughout the country. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or watches, and try to not walk alone at night. When it comes to transportation, consider hiring a professional driver instead of driving yourself, as traffic laws are not consistently enforced and road conditions can be hazardous. Additionally, only drink purified bottled water, as tap water is not safe for consumption. It is also recommended to wash fruits and vegetables with boiled potable water or vinegar to avoid parasitic infections. Finally, while the Dominican peso is the local currency, US dollars are widely accepted and can be easily exchanged upon arrival.

What You'll Learn

The official language is spanish, but english is widely spoken in tourist areas, the currency is the dominican peso, which you can't import or export, the tap water is unsafe to drink, resorts are generally better policed than urban areas, the dominican republic is famous for its white-sand beaches.


The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The Dominican variant of Spanish is known as Dominican Spanish, which is heavily influenced by the Andalusian and Canarian dialects of southern Spain, as well as the indigenous Arawak language and African languages. Dominican Spanish is also characterised by fast-paced speech, with words and syllables often dropped or skipped.

English is the primary language for around 1% of the population, and it is taught as a mandatory foreign language in schools. Tour guides and hotel staff in tourist areas often speak multiple languages, including English, Italian, French, German, and Russian.

If you're planning to venture beyond the resorts, it's worth noting that Spanish is the primary language for over 90% of the population, and it's used in commerce, business, government offices, and schools. Most media publications are also printed in Spanish. Knowing some basic Spanish phrases and having a translation app on hand will go a long way!

In the northern areas of the Dominican Republic, you may come across a dialect called Samaná English, spoken by around 12,000 residents who are descendants of Black immigrants. Samaná English is similar to Creole English, blending English with West African languages. However, due to government policies, Samaná English is now considered an endangered language.

Haitian Creole is another language you may encounter, spoken by over 160,000 residents as their first language. It is derived from French, with influences from Western African languages and Spanish. Many speakers of Haitian Creole are bilingual, using Spanish as their second language. The Dominican Republic has not yet officially recognised Haitian Creole.

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The currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso (RD$). The exchange rate fluctuates daily, but as a general rule, 1 US dollar is worth about 50 Dominican pesos.

You cannot import or export Dominican pesos. However, you can exchange US dollars and euros in banks or authorised exchange offices across the country. Some exchange offices also accept Canadian dollars, Swiss francs, Danish krone, British pounds, Japanese yen, Scottish pounds, Swedish krona, and Norwegian krone. ATMs are also widely available and safe to use for withdrawals in the local currency.

If you are exchanging cash, be aware that it is best not to carry or flash large amounts of money around due to the risk of petty theft and robberies. It is recommended to use ATMs and withdraw money in moderate amounts.

When it comes to paying for goods and services, most places in the Dominican Republic will only accept cash, so it is important to have local currency on hand. Restaurant bills automatically include a 10% service charge and an 18% sales tax. It is customary to leave an additional 10% tip to ensure the server receives a tip.

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The tap water in the Dominican Republic is unsafe to drink. While it may be tempting to fill up your bottle from the tap, doing so could expose you to microbes that your body is not accustomed to. This increases the chances of an upset stomach or traveller's diarrhea, which is not ideal when you're on vacation.

The tap water in the Dominican Republic can be contaminated with harmful microbes and parasites, which can lead to a host of diseases and illnesses that can negatively affect your health. Cholera, for example, is commonly reported in the country due to the consumption of tap water, and some cases can be severe.

To avoid any health risks, it is highly recommended that you only drink purified, filtered, or boiled water. This can include carbonated drinks and bottled water inside sealed bottles, as long as they are uncapped in your presence. You can also use a water purifier bottle to filter out any contaminants.

It is also advised to avoid ice cubes, as they may be made from tap water. Instead, opt for drinks without ice or ask for drinks made with bottled or filtered water. Similarly, it is best to avoid raw fruits and vegetables that may have been washed with tap water. Opt for cooked or peeled produce, or stick to packaged or commercially prepared options.

When it comes to oral hygiene, do not brush your teeth with tap water. Ask your host or concierge if purified water is available, or use boiled, bottled, or filtered water for brushing.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip to the Dominican Republic without the hassle of gastrointestinal issues.

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Resorts in the Dominican Republic are generally better policed than urban areas. This is due to a combination of factors, including the development of a professional tourist police force, the institution of a 911 system in many parts of the country, and a concentration of resources in these areas. The Dominican government has also implemented several security measures to enhance the safety of popular tourist destinations, such as more frequent hotel inspections, increased monitoring of medical facilities within hotels, and the establishment of an emergency tourist centre. These measures have been effective in reducing the incidence of violent crime in resort areas.

The Dominican Republic is committed to ensuring the safety of its visitors and has taken steps to address public perceptions of the country as unsafe. While violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide, and sexual assault, is a concern throughout the country, the establishment of a dedicated tourist police force has made resort areas safer than urban areas such as Santo Domingo. The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality on a broader scale. However, the Dominican government's efforts to enhance security in tourist areas have been successful, and resorts are now considered relatively safe destinations for international travellers.

It is important to note that, while resorts are generally safer than urban areas, crime can still occur anywhere in the country. Tourists should always be aware of their surroundings and take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. It is recommended to avoid displaying signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewellery, and to follow the advice of resort staff and tour operators regarding local safety concerns. Additionally, enrolling in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) can provide valuable safety information and make it easier for authorities to locate you in an emergency.

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country with much to offer visitors, and taking common-sense precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. By staying informed, being vigilant, and following local advice, travellers can minimise their risk of becoming victims of crime.

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On the north side of the island, you'll find endless soft-sand beaches. The Caribbean Coast on the south side boasts a mix of powdery white sand or smooth pebble beaches. On the far east end, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, is Punta Cana, known for its combination of gorgeous beaches and luxury resorts.

One of the most famous beaches in the Dominican Republic is Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana. With calm Caribbean waters perfect for swimming and a typical turquoise hue, it's no wonder sun-seekers and families flock here. The beach stretches for miles, and luxury resorts line the shore.

For those seeking a more secluded and undeveloped stretch of sand, Playa Rincón on the Samaná Peninsula is a postcard-perfect, tropical white-sand beach. Glimmering aquamarine waves lap the shore, and huge palm trees provide shade. There's also a protected cove offering calm waters for swimming, with lush green mountains rising up on the opposite shore.

Another renowned beach is Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata. This golden-sand beach is backed by stunning mountain scenery and palm trees, with clear turquoise waters. The resorts here are well-spaced and kept to a maximum of three stories, maintaining a natural environment.

For white sand and calm waters, Playa Dominicus is a great option. This thick, nearly white sand beach has good swimming conditions and is easily accessible, making it a popular choice for families.

The Dominican Republic truly offers something for everyone, from lively party spots to tranquil retreats. Its white-sand beaches and stunning natural landscapes make it a sought-after tropical destination.

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Frequently asked questions.

While the Dominican Republic is generally considered safe for tourists, it is important to take certain precautions. Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide, and sexual assault, is a concern throughout the country. Tourist destinations and resorts tend to be better policed than urban areas like Santo Domingo. To stay safe, be aware of your surroundings, do not physically resist any robbery attempts, and do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive jewellery or watches.

The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 28°C throughout the year. The dry season lasts from December to March, while the wet season lasts from April to November, with May being the wettest month. The Dominican Republic is also located in the Atlantic hurricane belt, with the hurricane season lasting from June to November.

The official currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso (RD$). It is recommended to bring US dollars, which can be easily exchanged for pesos upon arrival. Credit cards are also widely accepted, especially in tourist areas. ATMs are widely available and provide the best exchange rates, but it is advised to use them during the day and in indoor locations for safety.

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    Buy vaporetto/waterbus tickets in advance. On the following page: 1. Choose your number of passengers and start date. 2. Select how many hours or days you would like the vaporetto ticket for. Vaporetto tickets can be bought in various machines and kiosks in Venice. Buying in advance can save you time. BUY TICKETS.

  8. How To Use Vaporetto In Venice: A Local's Tips for Water Bus

    The Vaporetto is a water bus that serves Venice and its surrounding areas. ACTV, the local public transport authority, operates it. The Vaporetto is crucial for getting around, especially since Venice consists of numerous small islands. It's like a bus, but it travels on water instead of roads. The Vaporetto has different routes and stops ...

  9. Public Transport in Venice

    Here is a simple and concise overview of the main ticket prices of ACTV for a stay in Venice. Bus /Tram in Mestre - One-way ticket costs 1,50 €, buy a ticket in advance, validate at the entrance. Then 75 minutes travel time in one direction is allowed. The same applies to bus and tram journeys from Mestre to the centre of Venice.

  10. Water Taxis in Venice: A Guide to Navigating the Floating City

    Cost of Venice Water Taxis. The cost of water taxis in Venice can vary depending on several factors. Generally, a private water taxi trip can range from 60 to 100 Euros within the historic city center, while a ride on a public water bus is significantly cheaper, typically around 9.50 Euros for a single journey.

  11. Venice ACTV Vaporetto Water Buses

    ACTV, the public-transportation authority in Venice, operates vaporetti and other water buses around the clock, with a fleet of 150 boats and routes that extend into the far corners of the Venetian Lagoon. Venice is a small city, and you can walk nearly to nearly any street, square, monument, or hotel within the historic center in 30 minutes or ...

  12. Venice Water Bus Services

    Main Vaporetto lines. The most useful water bus lines for tourists are the following: Line 1: One of the handiest lines for all visitors is line 1.It slowly cruises the Grand Canal from the central bus station in Piazzale Roma until Venezia Lido.It stops at most landmarks down the Canal like Piazza San Marco, Ca'Rezzonico, or Rialto Bridge.; Line 3: connects Piazzale Roma and Murano.

  13. Venice with the Water Bus (Vaporetto)

    Water buses are much cheaper in Venice than water taxis. But they have disadvantages. They only go to certain piers in Venice. Your hotel can be very far from there. Above all, they are often very crowded. ... The travel time is only 30 minutes. Who wants to enjoy the ride takes the line 1. If you want to get ahead quickly, take vaporetto line 2.

  14. Venice Water Bus Timetable

    Detailed Venice Water Bus TimeTable. Line 1. Starts from Piazzale Roma, goes through Canal Grande, and terminates at the Island of Lido, before heading back to Piazzale Roma. Runs once every 20 minutes from 5 AM till 11:30 PM, which is the last Vaporetto from Piazzale Roma. The last departure from Lido is at 11.12 PM.

  15. Venice Water Bus: Navigate the Canals Like a Local

    A gondola tour costs €80 for 30 minutes. Bus: While bus connectivity is limited in Venice, visitors can still use bus services to travel to landmarks connected via land. A single journey can cost about €1.50. Alilaguna: A special ferry that connects Marco Polo Airport to Venice city centre is owned by a company called Alilaguna.

  16. How to get around Venice by vaporetto (public ferry), water taxi

    Even on the vaporetto (a public ferry—think of it like a bus on the water), the slow chug down the Grand Canal from the station to San Marco takes 20 to 30 minutes. What's more, it costs a whopping $8.50 for a single ticket! Upon Arrival. Here's more information to help make sense of Venice's public transportation when you first arrive ...

  17. Venice Vaporetto Fares

    Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001. PC Magazine has called this "the premier visitors' site for Venice, Italy." Over the years, it has helped more than 30 ...

  18. Experience Venice on a budget with the Venice Water Bus

    1/2/3/7-Day Pass: Venice ACTV Water Bus Tickets. With the ACTV Public Transport Services pass, you may easily travel across Venice. You will also have access to the ACTV buses in Mestre and Marghera, and will also be able to travel on the Vaporetti in Venice, Lido, and the lagoons. The ACTV Water Bus Pass is the best option if you want to fully ...

  19. Venice Water Taxis: A Complete Guide

    Venice Water Taxi is one of the market leaders among private water taxi operators, this company owns 30 boats and offers round-the-clock service. You will find their staff at the Venice Port, Marco Polo Airport and the exit gate of the Terminal Cruises. Phone: + 39 041 522 9040, Email: [email protected].

  20. Drinking the Water in Venice: Is it Safe? (+ Fountain Map)

    Quick Answer: Yes, it's completely safe to drink water in Venice. To have it, always fresh, simply turn on a tap and fill up your glass. Whether it's from the tap of your hotel's bathroom, at the restaurant or bar, you can safely drink Venice's tap water. After travelling back and forth to Venice over the years it's safe to say that I ...

  21. Getting around in Venice

    Arriving in Venice. Marco Polo Airport. Water shuttles and water taxis depart from the airport ferry dock. Buses run every 30 minutes (5.20am to 12.50am) to Piazzale Roma. Treviso Airport. Buses run to Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto (for the monorail to Piazzale Roma). Buses run to Treviso train station for trains to Santa Lucia station.

  22. 30 Best Things To Do In Venice, Italy (The Floating City)

    If you are looking to travel on a budget, visit Venice during the acqua alta, or "high water" months of October through January. This is when the city floods on a regular basis. ... The Venice public "water bus". A single ticket costs €7.50 EUR. 24-hour unlimited ticket for €20 EUR. 48-hours for €30. 72-hours for €40.

  23. Venice Travel Guide

    Venice Water Taxis. Venice's water taxis are stylish, fast, and can navigate most canals, accommodating up to 10 passengers. However, they're known for being one of the priciest taxi services in Western Europe. Pricing. Base Rate: Starts at €15, with €2 added every minute.

  24. The must-visit Venice islands and how to see them

    Just 1.5km to the north of Venice lies one of its most famous nearby islands: Murano, which can be accessed by the same vaporetto as Burano. Of all its many charms, Murano is perhaps most famous ...

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  26. Is Venice Sinking? Here's What We Know As Of 2024

    How Venice was built on water is a subject that fascinates and intrigues in equal measure. Yet, going by several predictions, Venice, Italy, is sinking — and has been for a while now.

  27. Dominican Resort Travel Tips

    The tap water in the Dominican Republic can be contaminated with harmful microbes and parasites, which can lead to a host of diseases and illnesses that can negatively affect your health. Cholera, for example, is commonly reported in the country due to the consumption of tap water, and some cases can be severe.

  28. The "Venice of Africa" is sinking into the sea

    A crowded island city built among waterways, Senegal's former colonial capital—dubbed the "Venice of Africa"—is especially exposed to a changing climate and rising oceans. The thin ...