Venice: Day tickets and tickets for several days (water buses)

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This article deals with tickets for public transport in Venice and is intended to help tourists find the right ticket. As there are hardly any roads in Venice, the tickets are mainly intended for waterbuses (public ferries, scheduled ships). However, most tickets (such as day tickets) for local public transport in Venice are also valid on buses and trams in districts with roads on the mainland and on the island of Lido. You can also use the Venice Day Pass to travel by bus and tram from the mainland over the bridge to the island of Venice.

 >>>  On this website you can buy tickets for the water buses

Our tip: Buy tickets for waterbuses beforehand

It is not always easy to buy tickets abroad. You don't know where to buy tickets, foreign ticket machines are difficult to use, there are language problems, queues, etc.

The 1, 2 or 3 day valid tickets for the waterbuses (ferries) in Venice are needed by almost every tourist. These tickets can now be bought on this english website.

The tickets for the bus from Venice airport to the city are available on this page in English language.

What do you need the ferries for?

Tourists need the water buses especially to get from the main island (centro storico) to the other islands of Venice. These are for example the islands Murano, Burano, Lido di Venezia or Giudecca. But also within the old town the water buses are often very useful. From one end of the old town to the other you can walk for about an hour or a bit more. Thus, also within the main island, the water buses make sense. Moreover, it is a great experience to go up the Canal Grande with the ship.

The island of Burano is famous for its colorful house

Since the single tickets for the vaporetti (Italian name for the water buses) are not very cheap, most tourists buy time tickets like day tickets and especially multi-day tickets. We recommend the tickets for 48 hours, 72 hours and (in case of a long stay) one week.

A vaporetto at the jetty, the St Marks Church in the background

Prices Tickets Venice

A single ticket costs at least 8 euros (in beginning of 2024). This is extremely expensive and prices are constantly increasing. Thus, if one goes by vaporetto from the hotel to a Venetian island or sightseeing place with two people, one gets rid of 15 Euro (only for the way there, 30 Euro return). A ticket for a single trip in Venice is only valid for 75 minutes.

A 24-hour ticket costs around 20 euros, a 48-hour ticket around 30 euros, a 72-hour ticket around 40 euros and a 7-day ticket around 60 euros (prices in year 2017). Prices are constantly rising, and tickets will probably soon become more expensive. Despite the high prices, the water buses are very often overcrowded There are simply no alternatives in Venice exept walking or swimming. The water taxis (taxi boats) are much more expensive.

 >>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

Validity of day tickets and multi-day tickets

Day tickets and multi-day tickets are valid not only in water buses, but also in buses and trams. Thus with a ticket, one can also go from the mainland to Venice for free.

>>> On this link you can find the tickets for the waterbuses (single ticket and for 1, 2 and 3 days)

Tickets for 24, 48, 72 hours etc. are valid on almost all vaporetti lines (water buses). For example, you can visit many islands and go around the main island Venice and go up and down the Canal Grande as often as you like. But you cannot use some of the rare water buses to the mainland (exeot to Punta Sabbioni) and also, very important, not to the airport. But the day tickets in Venice are valid in the buses and trams over the bridge from Venice to the mainland (to and in the district Mestre) and on the islands Lido di Venezia and Pellestrina (the inly 2 islands of Venice with roads and buses). Again, the Vendig day tickets are not valid for trips with the public bus to the airport. To the airport Venice Marco Polo you have to pay as a time ticket holder in Venice always extra, no matter by bus or boat. Some tourists take a comfortable taxi boat to and from the airport. Also you can buy tickets fot the airport bus online on this website in English language.

 >>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

Beware: fare dodging is in Venice and all of Italy is very expensive

Better buy tickets for Venice online

In Venice, the queues are often long, some sellers do not speak English. Ticket machines are difficult to use for foreigners. Therefore, we recommend to buy some tickets in advance on the Internet e.g. on the well-known website Getyourguide:

1. Tickets for the local ferries (water buses, vaporetto): daily tickets, weekly tickets, etc.: Click here

2. Tickets for the airport bus: Venice Marco Polo Airport: Click here    

3. Doge's Palace and St. Mark's church (the main sights): Click here

4. Great und cheap trip to 3 islands around Venice: Click here

Our recommendation

Buy a ticket for 48 or 72 hours on the internet before your trip and have a look at the interesting islands during this time. In 2-3 days you can visit many of the islands. Within the old town of Venice you can also walk. So you don't necessarily need the water buses in the days when you don't visit any other islands around Venice. But it is quite far on foot to the back parts of the main island (partly more than an hour from the train station). A trip with the public boat in at least is of course advantageous. Walking through Venice is very exhausting in the long run.

Our tip: Buy Bus Tickets from the Airport to Venice in advance online

The public bus is the only really cheap way in Venice to get from the two airports to the centre of Venice and to Mestre. The modern buses often run in both directions.

For airport buses, we recommend the uncomplicated purchase of tickets in advance on the Internet. This avoids long searches for the right ticket counter, queues and language problems. On the 3 links below you will find both simple tickets and cheaper return tickets.

Tickets from the big airport Marco Polo to the center of Venice: Click here

Tickets from the big airport Marco Polo to the station Mestre: Click here

Those who arrive at the smaller airport Treviso can also buy the bus tickets in advance. These buses stop both in Mestre and downtown Venice: Click here

The island of Giudecca with its beautiful church can only be visited by boat.


Map of Venice with mainland and islands

Our city map of Venice (sights and much more)

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 >>>  On this website you can buy tickets for the water buses

Important: This article was translated by a non-native English speaking person. We apologize for mistakes.

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