Which vaporetto pass should you buy in Venice?
updated on August 6, 2022
If you travel to Venice for a weekend or for at least three days, you should definitely think about buying a Vaporetto Pass for the city.
Vaporetto fare venice
Let’s do the math:
Knowing that the price of a trip on a vaporetto line costs €12.50,
And that it’s almost certain that you will ride the vaporetto at least 3 times a day in Venice
you have a minimum budget of €37.50 /day that you’ll spend on a vaporetto, or €75 for a weekend.
The Venice vaporetto pass sold by ACTV and Venizia Unica costs €33 for 1 day, €44 for 2 days, and €55 for 3 days, and €77 for 7 days.
So, it already pays off after 1 day, and is definitely worth it for a weekend in Venice, as it comes out cheaper and gives you unlimited freedom of movement. A 3 day Venice vaporetto pass (72h for €55) allows you to save even more on transportation in the Serenissima and its lagoon. Moreover, if you plan to visit the islands of Murano and Burano, you need to plan at least 2 tickets, because a ticket is only valid for 75 minutes, see our page dedicated to vaporetto timetables in Venice. Do your math, but in my opinion a vaporetto package helps you save money as well as time waiting in line.
Seeing Venice from a vaporetto ride, admiring the architecture of the Venetian palazzi from every angle and light, is essential for any visit to the Serenissima! In the evening, when you want to go back to your hotel or apartment, it is also nice to be able to take a vaporetto without worrying about buying a ticket or getting lost in the alleys. In addition, not all the vaporetto terminals sell tickets, and for those that do, the ticket office can be a few dozen meters away from the ride or closed late at night.
And my dear Angel, you left out a lot of information, as usual!
Why is everyone confused about the price of transportation in Venice?
First of all, the 1-day, 2-day and 3-day transportation passes stopped including the Airport-Venice trip in 2010. To get to the city from the airport, you can either take the orange A.C.T.V. buses, the blue A.T.V.O. buses, or the Alilaguna. For more information, check out our blog: How do I get from the Venice airport to the city center?
You can also download the AVM Venezia Official App which allows you to buy a parking space in Venice and also to buy vaporetto tickets in a few clicks from your smartphone, which means you don’t have to look for a ticket office. The app asks you to pay with your credit card and creates a QR code that you scan when you pass through the turnstile. It’s handy, but means you need to have a Wifi or 4G network and also to download the app.
Also, my dear Angel who simplifies everything (as all men do), you have to think about special cases such as young people and children.
Children under 6 years old do not pay for the vaporetto, and young people from ages 6-29 can buy another, cheaper card, called ROLLING VENICE.
ROLLING VENICE prices are as follows:
- under 6 years old : free
- from 6 to 29 years old, 6€ for the Rolling Venice card then 28€ instead of 45€ for the 3 day pass
- over 29 years old : 1 day pass €33, 2 day pass €44, 3 day pass €55, 7 day pass €77
And finally, my dear Angel, there is the pass that combines transport AND entry to the Doge’s Palace with a super interesting discount. If you want to visit the Doge’s Palace during your stay in Venice, this is The Good Plan.
One last thing, there is a card for residents that is open to non-residents who come to Venice regularly for the biennale or the carnival, for example. This card is called the Venezia Unica card, it is valid for 5 years and costs 100€. It allows you to buy packs of 10 tickets at 1€40 per ticket for all lines except 16 and 19 and the Alilaguna (there is a discount for the Venice airport trip in the Alilaguna: 16€ instead of 27€).
Where can I buy vaporetto passes in Venice?
1, 2, 3, and 7-day Vaporetto Pass
1-day pass: €33, 2-day pass: €44, 3-day pass: €55, 7-day pass: €77
1) Click on the button then
2) ) Click on a DATE (or else you can’t buy a pass). In any case, the pass will be activated only from the time of its first stamping.
3) then finally Click on "Select your Tickets" to choose the Vaporetto PASS that suits you (1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 7 days)
If you plan to visit the Doge's Palace, choose the Vaporetto Pass and the entrance to the Doge's Palace and get a discount!
If you wish to visit the Doge's Palace during your stay, we have selected for you this combined Vaporetto + Doge's Palace entrance pass, which allows you to have a discount.
Buying it is simple:
1) Choose the day of your visit to the Doge's Palace and get a queue-cut entry (and reduced rate for over 65s, and under 29s) + a discount!
2) Choose a date for your vaporetto pass (anyway it will start at the time of your first stamping)
3) Choose the duration of your vaporetto pass (from 1 day to 7 days)
and off you go!
If you have purchased the Vaporetto Pass and would like to have a discount on the entrance to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica (paid accesses with a queue: the terrace access, the Pala d'Oro, the Museum) and on a gondola ride on the canals of Venice, this is the best solution: The Venice Pass or City Pass Venice
If you also want to enjoy the magic of Venice while riding a gondola, we've selected a second pass, the Venice Pass or City Pass Venice combining Entrance to the Doge's Palace AND St. Mark's Basilica (Pala d'Oro + Terrace + Museum) AND Gondola Ride on the Venice canals in addition to the Vaporetto pass.
Once you have taken your vaporetto pass, this Venice Pass or City Pass Venice is very advantageous and allows you to book skip the line entry to the Doge's Palace, paid skip the line access to St. Mark's Basilica and a romantic gondola ride as well as an audio guide app for your stay in Venice.
Buying it is very simple:
1) Select the participants There are significant discounts for those under 30
2) select the start date of your stay to initialise your tourist application
3) Select the date for your fast track entrance in Doge's Palace
4) Select the date and timeslot for your magic gondola ride
and off you go!
Venezia Unica 5 years card
Suitable for those who travel to Venice regularly. 100€ for 5 years makes it the cheapest solution.
You can only buy it at the following ACTV vaporetto ticket offices: Piazzale Roma (7:00 am - 7:30 pm), Tronchetto (7:00 am - 7:30 pm), Rialto (8:00 am - 7:30 pm), Lido (7:00 am - 7:30 pm) (you can’t buy it online or at the airport). You need your national identity card, and a photo will be taken of you.
Rolling Venice Card
Suitable for young people between the ages of 6-29. It costs 6 euros for 1 year, and gives discounts of at least 40% on a 3-day vaporetto passes. It can be bought online only if you buy a 3-day pass with it, otherwise it can be bought at the points indicated on our interactive map
The AVM Venezia Official App allows you to buy tickets on site by the unit at a price of 8€50
It’s an interesting option if you are flexible and reactive to all circumstances. You won’t have to try too hard to optimize your budget or to move around only on the vaporetto.