Which vaporetto pass should you buy in Venice?

Updated July 2021

Angel's opinion

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 costs9€,
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 27€/day that you’ll spend on a vaporetto, or 54€ for a weekend.

The Venice vaporetto pass sold by ACTV and Venizia Unica costs 22€ for 1 day, 34,5€ for 2 days, and 46€ for 3 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 46€) 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.

Oriane's opinion

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 22€ instead of 46€ for the 3 day pass
  • over 29 years old : 1 day pass 22€, 2 day pass 34€50, 3 day pass 46€

And finally, my dear Angel, there are passes you can buy that include transportation and the Doge’s Palace as well as a gondola ride at attractive prices (Venice Pass)

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: 22€, 2-day pass: 34€50, 3-day pass: 46€, 7-day pass: 60€
<br>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)

To complete your vaporetto pass and save even more money check out the must-sees at a reduced price

If you want to visit the Doge's Palace and the Guggenheim Museum, you'll get an 8% discount with the combined ticket that we've selected for you.
All you have to do is choose your date and whether you want to go in the morning or the afternoon.

With this new combined ticket you will receive :
- a minimum 8% discount on your tickets to the Doge's Palace and the Guggenheim Museum
- priority passes
At the moment it is 42€30 (instead of 49€ if you buy the tickets separately and wait in line).

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.

Saint Mark's Basilica
Doge's Palace Venice San Marco

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