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Well, given its location, no buses and cars drive in Venice, except around Piazzale Roma in the west. But that's just to arrive from mainland and then the car must be parked in the rather expensive garage nearby. Any other transport is on the water. Vaporetti (1 = vaporetto) are the waterbuses running through Venice.

Vaporetti are being operated by ACTV (Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano). The name "vaporetto" comes from the times when they were operated with steam engines. As of today (June 2015) there are 22 lines, plus one special night line. The current vaporetto map is quite good. It includes the Alilaguna boats which are operating between Marco Polo Airport and the city. The boat network includes boats to the lagoon islands Torcello, Murano, Burano, Lido and the other major islands.

A large variety of different tickets and options are available, some include even the land bus transport to and from the airport. The prices as of June 2015 for vaporetto use only are as follows (see also here -> prices ACTV)):
single ticket, valid 60 minutes = 7 Euro,
24 hours/1 day ticket = 20 Euro,
48 hours/2 day ticket = 30 Euro,
72 hours/3 day ticket = 40 Euro,
168 hours/7 day ticket = 60 Euro.

A combination of day passes with the new Venezia Unica Card (open the publica and private transport tab) is possible, for one day, 24 hours, including bus to and from the airport it costs 28 Euro for example.

So only a little bit of preparation and calculation is needed to find the best options. Ask yourself how much you would be willing and able to walk and how often per day you might need to take a vaporetto. If you would take a vaporetto per day only twice, the single tickets (2x 7 Euro) would be better than a day pass for 20 Euro. But already if you want to exit a boat somewhere and get on the next one later, and take another one back to your accommodation in the evening, a day pass would pay.

When I was in Venice in May 2007 for 12 days the Venezia Unica Card was not available. Those days it was a Venice Blue and Venice Orange card for different days. I had bought the 7 day Venice Orange Card, with free or reduced entries to various museums, the use of toilets and the use of the vaporetto network.
From my experience during these 12 days with a lot of walking in almost every district I can clearly say that I was happy that I could board any vaporetto in the evening without worrying about times or ticket validating. My feet were just too tired to bring me back to my apartment.

Remember that the tickets must be validated prior to the first vaporetto ride. Validating machines are yellow (see photo 1) and available at each vaporetto stop.

Ingrid D., June 2007 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.). Update June 2015: wording and link repair.

Address: Venice
Mode: AROUND
Type: Ship/Boat
Website: http://actv.avmspa.it/en/content/water-bus-service-timetable-0

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2015
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