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Water Bus and Public Ferry Routes Around Venice

Water bus routes in Venice, water bus services in Venice, vaporetti routes in Venice, public ferry routes in Venice, public ferry services in Venice, alilaguna traghetti routes in Venice, traghetto points along the Grand canal, where the Calle de Traghetto are situated in Venice, traghetto docks along the Grand Canal in Venice, where the gondolas can be found in venice,

Venice is a unique and beautiful city, which sports a myriad of tiny alleyways, narrow, winding streets, classic shops and eateries, impressive, historical architecture and a labyrinth of canalised waterways.

The city is also crowded, smelly and expensive, at high risk of flooding and full of illegal street traders whose sole aim in life is to part you from your hard earned euros. But don't let that deter you, in fact these quirks of the city actually add to it's overall ambience and tourist experience, making this city, which is known as the Queen of the Adriatic, a must see for anyone.

Although many go to Venice especially to use it's unique modes of transport, some are at first, a little apprehensive about trying to find their way around in a place which is synonomous for having no roads or vehicular access.

So, in order to make any land lubbers transition into a city whose entire metro system consists of water buses, ferries, gondolas and two manned skiffs, just that little bit easier, here are the lists of the routes of the local traghetto - two manned skiffs, vaporetti - water buses and alilaguna traghetti - public ferries, whose services are used in and around the city of Venice and the islands of the Venetian Lagoon.

                                     Before you arrive in Venice, you could read my transport article -  

                                          how-to-get-to-downtown-venice-arriving-by-air-sea-rail-or-road

                                            THE TRAGHETTO POINTS

The traghetto are two manned skiffs, which travel from one side of Venice's Grand Canal over to the other side, in order to save your walk weary legs and shoe leather. The traghetto routes are situated at fourteen locations along the canal, seven on either side, at various points along it's course. They are cheap and quick, with most journeys taking under four minutes. The locals tend to stand for the short journey across the canal, but there are seats, if you can get to one.

In order to find the traghetto docks, which are locally signposted as Calle de Traghetto, on some of the streets that lead down to the Grand Canal, they are located betwewn these seven points.

1) Fondamente San Lucia (Venice Railway Station)   to    Fondamente San Simeon Piccolo

2) San Marcuola      to                                                  Fandaco de Turchi (History Museum) 

3) Santa Sofia         to                                                  La Pescaria (the fish market)

4) Riva del Carban   to                                                  Fondamente del Vin

5) Sant Angelo        to                                                  San Toma

6) San Samuele      to                                                  Calle Rezzonico

7) Campo del Traghetto               to                              Calle Lanza   

                                              THE ALILAGUNA TRAGHETTI ROUTES

The alilaguna traghetti, not to be confused with the above traghetto, are Venice's larger, public ferries.They have four routes which are known as linea. Linea blu - the blue line, Linea arancia - the orange line, Linea rossa - the red line and linea M

Each route is reversed on it's return journey, so it is important to make sure, that when you catch the ferry, you are at the correct dock for the direction in which you want to travel. But, even if you do get on at the wrong dock, you will eventually get to where you want to go, just a little later than you had originally planned.

LINEA BLU - Travels from Marco Polo Airport, calling at Colonna, Fundamente Nove, Ospedale ( Hospital), Bacini, Lido Island, Arsenale, San Zacharia Jolanda, San Marco Giardinetti (Cruise liner dock), Zattere, Molino Stuchy, Stazione Marittima (Ferry port).

LINEA ARANCIA - Travels from Marco Polo Airport, calling at Fondamente Nove, Madonna Dell'Orto, Guglie, San Stae, Rialto, Sant Angelo, San Marco. 

LINEA ROSSO - Travels from Marco Polo Airport, calling at Murano Island, Museo, Lido Island and Lido Casino. 

LINEA M – Is only in use during the Summer months and covers Marco Polo Airport, San Marco and Stazione Marittima.

For the Alilaguna traghetti website, please visit - alilaguna.it/en 

                                               THE VAPORETTO ROUTES.

The vaporetto is the Venetian water bus. The word vapor means steam, which was how they were fueled when they were first introduced onto the canals in the 1880's.

Vaporetto is the singular and the plural is vaporetti, so don't be confused if you see the word spelt in either way.

Some of the vaporetto routes are reversed on their return journey, but it is still important to make sure that when you catch the vaporetto, you are at the correct dock for the direction in which you want to travel, as this does not apply to all routes.

There are nineteen vaporetti routes in total but I will list just eight of them, the ones most used by visitors to the city.

Each vaporetto is numbered, just like a regular street bus. Below are listed the routes of the vaporetto numbers 1, 2, 41, 42, 51, 52, DM and N – the night service.

1) Calling at - Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia Santa Lucia (Venice railway station), Rialto, San Marco, and Lido Island.

2) Calling at - San Zacharia, Giudeccad Island, Tronchetto Island, Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia Santa Lucia, Rialto, San Marco and Lido Island.

41) Calling at - Murano Island, Fundamente Nove, Ferovia Santa Lucia, Piazzale Roma and Giudecca Island.

42) Makes the same stops as service 41, but travels in the opposite direction.

51) Calling at Lido Island, Fundamente Nove, Ferrovia Santa Lucia, Piazzale Roma and San Zacharia.  

52) Calling at – Lido Island, San Zacharia, Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia Santa Lucia and Fundamente Nove.

DM) Calling at - Murano Island, Ferrovia Santa Lucia, Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Island.

N) The night service, which calls at - San Zacharia, Giudecca Island, Tronchetto Island, Piazzale Roma, Ferrovia Santa Lucia, Rialto, San Marco and Lido Island.

For vaporetti and local, land bus timetables, price guides, Venice travel tickets and maps, these can all be obtained from the ACTV kiosk situated at the bus depot on Piazzale Roma.

Other vaporetti routes, can also be found on the ACTV website  - actv.it/en 

NOTE - The gondola is a tourist attraction and not a regular mode of transport in Venice, they are much too expensive. However, everyone takes a ride on one when visiting Venice, and you can find them at Bacino San Oseolo, on the north, west corner of Piazza San Marco.

                                            You can also read my Venice transport article -  

                                        how-to-get-to-downtown-venice-arriving-by-air-sea-rail-or-road

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Comments (5)

Good to know if I every get to Venice, Italy, but that trip isn't on my Bucket List. I'm likely to spend some time in Venice Beach, California again before I kick the bucket, but they have no canals, unless you want to call the Pacific Ocean a very big canal :-))

Brilliant. I was there in the summer and it was too hot. I'll try winter next time.

Great information. We stuck to walking and a gondola ride. I agree with Michael, we went in July and it was very hot, still a really great place to see though!

Thank you dear Dee Bee for this interesting article. Voted up. Appreciate your friendship and support.

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Thankyou everyone for your comments and votes. @ Michael & Kimberley - Yes the Summer months are a little too hot, try going in April or May next time, it's cooler and less smelly! Don't go in Winter though, it's much too cold and damp.

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