Transportation in Venice

 Joseph Mallord William Turner. Venice: Shipping in the Bacino, with the Entrance to the Grand Canal ,1840, Tate Collection

Venice: Shipping in the Bacino, with the Entrance to the Grand Canal by Joseph Mallord William Turner | CC BY-NC-ND 3.0


You can navigate Venice on foot, or you can choose one of the 159 types of water-craft (“vaporettos,” motorboats, battelli foranei which are a larger type of vaporetto used for transportation to outer islands, motor vessels or ferry ships) in the ACTV fleet. There are City Centre lines, that cross Venice mostly using the waterways of Canal Grande and the Giudecca Canal. They leave from Tronchetto or from Piazzale Roma and go as far as the Lido di Venezia (lines 1 and 2).

There are also connections around the external city lagoon perimeter. City Circle lines go as far as Murano and the Lido di Venezia (lines- 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6).

The Lagoon lines connect the external lagoon archipelago, including the islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello, Sant’Erasmo, S. Servolo. They arrive as far as the Mainland, the Marco Polo airport at Tessera, Treporti, Punta Sabbioni, Chioggia, Fusina, S. Guliano (lines 12, 13, 14, 19).


Transport in Venice at a glance

A single, one hour vaporetto trip in one direction costs €7.50

The transport passes are good for all for most all normal ACTV vaporetto (water bus) services around the Venetian lagoon, including out to Murano, Burano, Torcello, Guidecca and the Lido, and ACTV urban bus services in Mestre, such as to Marco Polo airport, and on the Lido. They do not cover the more expensive water taxi service or gondolas, and do not cover the Alilaguna ferry service to the airport.

Tourist travel cards are time based passes usable from the time they are first validated  for the period chosen, and included in the price is the transport of one luggage item of up to 150 cm as the sum of its three dimensions.
Base prices (NOT including extra cost for travel with origin or destination at Marco polo Airport):

20,00 € – 1 day travelcard

30,00 € – 2 days travelcard

40,00 € – 3 days travelcard

60,00 € – 7 days travelcard

You must validate your ticket after purchase and before you get on the vaporetto.

Venezia Unica City pass

Transport in Venice is guaranteed on a 24-hour basis. The night service (Line N) is operational from approximately midnight to 5.00am in the morning. Here are details from the Navigation timetable.

Seasonal Lines function during the summer, or when there are important events. These help residents or casual visitors during moments of major tourist flow.

You can also transport your car by Ferry-Boat from Tronchetto to the Lido di Venezia (book online).


Alilaguna is another public transport service. It has a navigation network of five lines connecting the Marco Polo Airport terminal and the Cruise Terminal to the centre of Venice, the Lido, Murano and Punta Sabbioni.


Venice also has a bus network. ACTV and ATVO buses leave from Piazzale Roma for the Mainland, Mestre and its city centre, the Venice Marco Polo airport, and the Treviso Canova airport. For bus times: line 15line 45 and line 5-aerobus
ACTV has two night-time lines for Mestre. Details of times and lines N1 and N2.


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