Waterbus line 12 Venice

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The city of Venice consists not only of the large island of Venice with the old town, but also of districts on the mainland and a good 10 other inhabited islands. Especially these islands are very popular among tourists for day trips. With waterbus line 12 is considered the island express. It connects the old town of Venice with four islands in the lagoon of Venice that are very popular among tourists: Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. It is possible to visit several or all of these four islands in one day, one after the other, with the vaporetto line 12.

>>>    On this link you can find the tickets for the waterbuses online

Water buses (Italian vaporetto (singular) or vaporetti (plural)) are public ferries in Venice. They operate like buses or subways in other cities in lines according to a timetable. They are the only means of public transport in large parts of Venice and between the islands of Venice. Besides, there are at most expensive cab boats or you have your own ship.

Line 12 has been operating since 2020 and Corona only rarely in the early morning to Punta Sabbioni, but to Treporti (both mainland towns). The waterbus line 12 mostly only runs between Venice and the 4 islands Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello and to Treporti. But now, during the day, vaporetti of line 14 connect the island of Burano with Punta Sabbioni on the mainland every hour.

Tip: 3-island tour for only 20 Euro

For Venice almost incredibly cheap is a guided boat tour to the 3 islands Murano, Burano and Torcello. The guided trip is especially suitable for tourists who have little time and still want to see several islands. On the way in the boat you will be informed about the islands and the lagoon via loudspeakers in several languages (also German). You visit the islands alone without a guide. The boat ticket is already included in the price of 20 Euro. For this price the trip to expensive Venice is a real bargain. The tour starts near St. Mark's Square.

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Tickets waterbus line 12

Tickets for the waterbuses are available on the Internet on this English language website. Besides expensive one-way tickets, there are tickets for 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours and one week. With these season tickets you can take the ferry as often as you like.

The time tickets are valid on all ACTV waterbus lines on Venice and between the islands. They are also valid on the buses and streetcars of the city of Venice on the mainland and on islands with car traffic (mainly the Lido and Pellestrina islands). On this link you can find the tickets on the Internet on a English language website.

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.
 

Alternative organized island tour Venice

Besides the self-organized trip to the islands there is also a great organized tour with your own boat. You can sail from Venice to the three islands Murano, Burano and Torcello in one day. On the ship you will get information about the next island. The tour takes place daily. Surprising is the low price, the 3-island tour-Venice usually costs less than 20 Euro per person, so it is about as expensive as a day ticket for the waterbuses!   >>>  On this link you will find more information and the possibility to book

Line 12: departure in Venice

The vaporetto line 12 departs in Venice only in the east of the old town island at the Fondamente Nove (also called Fondamenta Nuove) pier. So if you come from other departure points in Venice (such as Venice Central Station, Bus Station, Rialto or San Marco), you have to take another water bus to Fondamente Nove and change there. Alternatively, you can go from the bus or train station to the island of Murano and take the number 12 bus to other islands immediately or after visiting Murano.

----->>>>   On this link you buy tickets for waterbuses

Line 12: Murano

The larger island of Murano has several stops for water buses. The vaporetti boats of line 12 stop only at the pier "Murano Faro". If you want to go on to other islands, you have to get on at the station Faro. Murano can be easily seen on foot. Hardly any sight or ferry pier is more than 15 minutes walking distance from each other. Murano Faro is at the lighthouse, Faro means lighthouse. You can see the lighthouse on the right side of the island when you come from Venice. Murano is mainly known for glass and glass production.

More pages in this internet guide about Murano:

More about the island of Murano

Murano Glass

Murano Glassmuseuu

Line 12: Burano

Almost all tourists come to Burano with the water bus line 12, which takes you from the bus stop to the center of the island in a few minutes on foot. Burano is for example known for beautiful, colorful houses and lace (textile).

More pages in this online guide about Burano:

More info Burano Island

With the vaporetto (water bus) to Burano

Lace Museum Buran

Line 12: Mazzorbo

Mazzorbo is a beautiful green island in the lagoon of Venice. It is right next to Burano. Mazzorbo is connected to Burano by a pedestrian bridge. So you can visit the two islands Mazzorbo and Burano without using a waterbus between the islands. So get off at one island, cross the bridge on foot and get back on the other island.

Our page about Mazzorbo


Our tip: Reserve a parking space

Parking is very difficult on the island of Venice. There are only the 4 parking garages at the entrance to the old town. These are often full. If you come by car, you should reserve in one of the parking garages in advance.

    >>>   On this website you can reserve parking spaces.    (Old town island, Mestre on the mainland and airport)


Corona Update Parking Venice

Currently all 4 parking garages in Venice are not very full and have similar prices. We therefore recommend two parking garages right next to the Old Town at Piazalle Roma.  These are Autorimessa Comunale AVM (often good offers) and Garage San Marco.     Be sure to book online in advance!


Line 12: Torcello

The little inhabited island of Torcello is also visited by many tourists. Here are the oldest church of Venice, a small museum, some nice restaurants etc..

More pages in our Venice travel guide about Torcello:

Our page about the islands of Torcello

With the waterbus to Torcello

Line 12: Treporti and Punta Sabbioni (mainland)

In the 2019 season, water buses of line 12 still ran hourly to Punta Sabbioni on the mainland. At Punta Sabbioni there are large parking lots and buses to the large vacation resort of Lido di Jesolo and to the campsite village of Cavallino. There are also huge campsites in the area, the largest in Europe. Thousands of people from this vacation region make day trips to Venice and other islands.

Line 12 only runs in the early morning (until about 9 am) and in the evening from about 6 pm to Punta Sabbioni, but mostly to Treporti. But now there is the waterbus line 14, which runs hourly from Punta Sabbioni to Burano. In Burano you can then take line 12 to other islands. You can also go to Treporti, but as far as we know there are no buses to Jesolo etc.

Our page about Punta Sabbioni


----->>>>   On this link you find tickets for public waterbuses


Course of the vaporetto line 12

The water buses leave from Venice Fondamente Nove. The following stations are served in this order:

Venice Fondamente Nove - Murano Faro - Mazzorbo - Torcello - Burano - Treporti - Burano - Torcello - Mazzorbo - Murano Faro - Venezia Fondamente Nove

Some water buses leave Burano, as described above, in the early morning and evening still on the mainland to Punta Sabbioni and then back to Burano. Almost all water buses of line 12 go to Treporti on the mainland.

Status of all information August 2020

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.
 



Travel times line 12

Venice - Murano Faro: 19 minutes

Venice - Mazzorbo: about 23 minutes

Venice - Torcello: almost 40 minutes

Burano - Treporti: 15 min

Burano - Punta Sabbioni: about 30 minutes (morning and evening only

Times waterbus line 12 Venice

The vaporetti on line 12 run from about 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the evening. The public ferries leave every 30 minutes, in Venice Fondamente Nove currently always at x:10 and x:40.

There are also some night vaporetti between these islands and Venice (night lines).

The ships of line 12 are often quite full at peak times. In the summer of 2020, during Corona times, however, there is a little less activity. Not every passenger gets a seat.

Status of all information August 2020

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.
 

 

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