To Torcello by vaporetto (waterbus, ferry)
Travel comfortably without queues, buy tickets online beforehand:
Waterbus tickets to Torcello
Tickets for the vaporetti of Venice (public ferries, also called water buses) are quite expensive. But there are also weekly tickets as well as day tickets and tickets for 2 and 3 days. With these tickets you can travel as much as you want.
Vaporetto lines to Torcello
Tourists come to the island Torcello in large numbers during the season. Practically all come by water bus. Otherwise you can only arrive with your own boat. The distance from Venice to Torcello is about 6 to 7 kilometers. Much closer to Torcello are the islands Burano and Mazzorbo, which are connected by a bridge. Visitors come to Torcello because of the oldest church of Venice and some other famous buildings. There are also some well-known and good restaurants on the lagoon island.
The waterbus line 12 connects the main island of Venice with some islands, namely Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. The line runs every 20 to 30 minutes during the day and it goes to the islands in the following order.
Access: Venice - Murano (Faro stop) - Mazzorbo - Torcello - Burano - Treporti (mainland) - Punta Sabbioni (mainland)
Return: Punta Sabbioni (mainland) - Treporti (mainland) - Burano - Torcello - Mazzorbo - Murano (Faro stop) - Venice
Notes on the individual stops of line 12:
Venice: Access only in the north of the island at the jetty called Fondamenta Nove. From other stops such as the train station or San Marco, you must first take another line to Fondamenta Nove and change there. Alternatively you can change to Murano, there are many vaporetti (plural of vaporetto) from Venice to Murano.
Murano Island: There are about 6 public ferry stops in Murano, line 12 stops only at the pier called Faro. Faro means lighthouse.
Mazzorbo Island: This quiet island is connected to the island of Burano by a bridge. So you can visit both islands without using a boat.
Burano Island: Burano and Torcello are visited by many tourists one day after the other.
Treporti: stop on the mainland on the peninsula that starts at Lido di Jesolo. Attention: not all water buses of line 12 go to this point. Before Corona only 1 per hour, currently (summer 2020 during Corona) even only a few per day.
Punta Sabbioni: There are large parking lots and therefore 30 minutes by bus to Jesolo. Attention: not all water buses of line 12 go to this point. Before Corona only 1 time per hour, currently (summer 2020 during Corona) even only a few per day.
Besides Torcello, you can visit 2-3 other islands in one day, which for some people is the most visited island.
Travel times to Torcello with the waterbus line 12
From Venice: Almost 40 minutes
From Murano: About 30 minutes
From Mazzorbo: About 5 minutes
From Burano: About 5 minutes
From Punta Sabbioni: About 40 minute
Our tip: Island hopping with Torcello
You can visit several islands in one day. Most tourists go to Torcello to visit the church. Dorr they look at some other old buildings and maybe the small museum. If you don't go to a restaurant for dinner in Torcello, you usually leave the island after 1 to 2 hours. So you can visit 1-2 more islands on the same day. According to the timetable above, Murano and Burano are especially suitable for this.
But there is also a great organized
island tour with an own ship from Venice. On the tour you
visit the 3 islands Torcello, Murano and Burano. Great is
also the price of the tour, not even 20 Euro. Incredibly
cheap in the otherwise so expensive Venice. The tour takes
place daily and must be booked on the Internet.
information and booking