To the island Lido by vaporetto (ferry, waterbus)
Travel comfortably without queues, buy tickets online beforehand:
Lido is long and narrow, a shape similar to Chile. The arrival point of most tourists is the large vaporetto terminal S.M.E., only a few hundred meters or minutes drive from Venice. Every few minutes a vaporetto arrives at Lido from Venice, some also come from Punta Sabbioni on the mainland towards Jesolo. The port of S.M.E. is in the northern half of the 11 km long island of Lido, but not quite in the north. The famous beaches of Lido are on the other side of the island. Since Lido is narrow, it is less than 1 km from the jetty to the beach. Many beaches are further away and easily accessible by bus. Practically all beaches in Venice are on Lido and the neighboring island of Pellestrina. These are also the only important islands in Venice with roads and cars.
Tickets Vaporetto Lido
All tickets are valid on all ACTV lines. Only to the airport with the ferry you need an extra ticket.
One-way tickets are not expensive, there are season tickets for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days and 1 week. With these tickets you can take as many waterbuses as you want in the purchased period.
Vaporetto Lines to Lido
Several important water bus and public ferry lines sell to Lido. In the following an overview of the Lido vaporetto lines of the company ACTV:
Vaporetto Line 1: Line 1 vaporetti operate from Venice to Lido, but the journey takes quite a long time as the ships often stop. The waterbus line 1 starts from the bus station in Piazzale Roma. The next stop is Venice's central station Santa Lucia. Then line 1 goes up the entire Grand Canal (through the Rialto Bridge, etc.) and at the end of the Grand Canal of Venice continues to St. Mark's Square and finally to Lido. You can see a lot during a trip with the vaporetto 1, but the whole trip takes about 1 hour with about 20 stops. Like all the lines, it is the same way back. Frequency frequent, during the day every 12 minutes in both directions.
Vaporetto lines 5.1. and 5.2.: These two lines go around Venice and make a detour to Lido. Line 5.1. runs counterclockwise around Venice, line 5.2. clockwise. From the Central Station, line 5.1. takes about 30 minutes to Lido, and the trip around the other side of line 5.1. is further (about 45 minutes). If you want to go quickly from the main station and bus station to Lido, take line 5.1. and back on line 5.2. If you want to go around the whole island, you have to take the other line once and plan 15 minutes longer. Departure every 20 minutes both lines 5.1. and 5.2.
Line 11: An interesting line that consists partly of bus and partly of boat. First you take the bus to Pellestrina (between the islands a little bit by ferry). Then you continue from Pellestrina to the city of Chioggia, on the mainland, south of the lagoon, by ferry. Frequency every 30 minutes.
Line 14: From St. Mark's Square, take the large water buses to Lido and then on to Punta Sabbioni on the mainland towards Jesolo (north). From Punta Sabbioni you can take the bus to Lido di Jesolo. It is the same way back (Punta Sabbioni - Lido - Piazza San Marco). Departure every 30 minutes. >>> Our article about Vaporetto Line 14
There are some more vaporetto lines. These do not run all day, but only during rush hour or night lines.
If you want to go from Lido to islands like Murano and Burano or the other way around, you have to change at Fondamente Nuove on Venice. From Lido to Fondamente Nuove you take a 5.1. vaporetto, or 5.2. from Fondamente Nuove to Lido.
If you want to go to Lido by car, take the car ferry line 17 from Tronchetto to Lido S. Nicolo. Tronchetto is in the port of Venice and you can reach it by car. Take the big bridge (Liberty Bridge) to Venice and take the first right into the port.
Travel times vaporetto from and to Lido
From Venice Central Station and Bus Station to Lido: The fastest way to get to Lido is with the 5.1. train (about 30 minutes)
From St. Mark's Square to Lido: Many lines, fastest with line 14, about 15 minutes. But even the vaporetti 5.1. don't take too much longer.
From Rialto to Lido: about 45 minutes with line 1.
Punta Sabbioni to Lido: waterbus 14, about 15 minutes.