Venice local public transport

The first choice, perhaps the best, is undoubtedly – thanks to its small distances – to move on foot. Sometimes however, the lack of time, heavy luggage and, last but not least, the physical impossibility of crossing the lagoon makes it convenient, as well as pleasant from the point of view of the landscape, to board a means of transport.

In the lagoon city there are no buses, no metro, no auto-taxi and… not even bicycles.

Hence the means of public transport are vaporettos or boats (as the Venetians call them from an old heritage) and fast motorboats, called “lances”, which act as taxis, up to that vehicle, among the most iconic in the world, which for centuries has characterized the transport of people along the rii (canals) of the city: the gondola.

Here are some notes in this regard for those who, having just arrived in Venice, wish to move around using the means of navigation.


ACTV – Navigation Lines Local Public Transport

Ticket Offices: At the landing stages
Price range: €
Tickets can be purchased at the airport or online

It is the company of the Venetian Transport Consortium.
Its fleet of boats reaches every point of the city, including the major islands.
Buses and trams instead connect the Piazzale Roma terminal to the metropolitan city.
A special line, the 17, connects the Tronchetto car terminal with a ferry-boat shuttle to the island of Lido and, further on, that of Pellestrina.
Since 2020 ACTV has been investing in transport ” green” aiming to insert the first electric propulsion vehicles along the main waterway of the city, the Grand Canal, thus eliminating both noise and air pollution, while at the same time favoring the reduction of wave motion.
Timetables and lines can be consulted on the pages of the company website
ALILAGUNA  – Navigation Lines Local Public Transport

Ticket offices: At the landing stages
Price range: €
Tickets can be purchased at the airport or online

The company started as a connection service between Marco Polo Airport and the focal points of the city: the Tronchetto, Piazzale Roma and Stazione terminals, the areas of San Marco and Rialto, the islands of Giudecca, Lido and Murano. The navigation network consists of four lines (plus a tourist one) each distinguished by a colour.
Tickets can be purchased online as well as at the Alilaguna ticket offices.
Timetables in this case too can be consulted on the pages of the official website.
As happens in all cities, when you need to move from one point to another in the shortest possible time, the best solution is a taxi. 
Here too, the reference is the respective stazi (stations) arranged in the crucial points of the city.
The service, organized by several companies, takes place on fast motorboats called “lances” and distinguished by a yellow horizontal band.
The rates are, according to the regulation of the Municipality of Venice, unique for all companies, and the service is accessible at the municipal taxi stations, or any public or private pier by calling 041.59.64 (RadioTaxi).