Where to get (and how to use)
ACTV vaporetto (waterbus) tickets are available at:
ticket offices, including ticket windows at larger ACTV stations.
- Multilingual self-service ticket machines at many ACTV stations.
- From the conductor on the water bus, if you can't buy a ticket before boarding.
Fares for non-residents are outrageous:
- €7,50 for a single trip of up to 75 minutes in one direction,
using multiple boats if necessary, or...
- €5 for
a handful of short crossings (Lido SME-Sant'Elena or Giardini, San
Zaccaria-San Servolo, San Marco-San Zaccaria-San Giorgio Maggiore, Zattere-Palanca,
and Murano Colonna-Cimitero or Fondamente Nove).
- A single ticket can store multiple fares, so don't panic if you buy
several tickets and receive only one magnetic card.
- Tourist Travel Cards are a
better deal if you plan to use the boats often.
These tickets are
valid for unlimited travel over a period of one to seven
days, depending on price. (See our
Tourist Travel Cards page for details.)
- Children below 6 years of age travel free.
- Children 6 or older pay the full adult fare for single trips, but
you can buy a child's roundtrip waterbus fare for
Youth and young-adult pass:
- Young people from ages 14 through 29
can buy the Rolling Venice Card at any Hellovenezia
The card is valid for 3 days of unlimited ACTV boat and bus
travel within the city (not including the airport). See our
Tourist Travel Cards page
for the current price.
- Wheelchair passengers pay only €1,50 for
a single-journey ticket that's valid for 75 minutes. (One companion can
travel at the same fare.)
- You can transport one item of luggage of up to 150 cm (59 inches) in combined
length, width, and height.
You're also allowed a purse, small
carry-on, or small backpack.
If you exceed the luggage limit, you may
be required to pay an extra fare.
Before you board the boat:
- To avoid a steep fine, validate your ticket at the grey-and-white electronic
card reader (photo at top of page).
Hold the ticket against the reader
until you see a green light and hear a beep.
- Note: Some larger stations also have green ticket
readers. These are for checking how many fares are left on a ticket or
pass, and you can't use them to validate journeys.
In-depth articles at Venice for Visitors: