The vaporetti (water bus) service is run by
ACTV (Azienda Comunale per il Trasporto di Venezia
,as is all public transport in Venice, and it pays to buy
your travel tickets up front when you arrive, and particularly
so if you are planning on spending a day or a few days in
the city. Single trip fares can be fairly steep, especially
if you are only going a stop or two at a time, therefore
buy a day pass or a three-day pass which should prove much
Don’t forget to validate your ticket before use though,
at the yellow stamping machines on the boardwalk leading
to the platform where water-buses are concerned, and on
the buses themselves on land. Pleading ignorance, even for
tourists is unlikely to help you avoid a hefty fine which
could throw your budget into chaos.
The main tourist office is by St Mark’s Square where
tickets can be purchased, as well as provide most other
helpful information on the city, including finding accommodation,
and the majority of the attendants will understand English.
There is also a tourist office right outside St Lucia train
station and although always busy, it is a smart move to
get your transport pass on arrival in order to get up and
Note the biglietto a tempo (day pass) and
biglietto tre giorno (three-day pass) do not extend
to the Alilaguna which is the airport boat from
Marco Polo airport to the city.
Did you Know?!?
It is thought the first public water-bus service, the
original incarnation of what is known today, was introduced
on September 15, 1881.