Waterbus line 12 Venice
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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.
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.—
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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