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Venice Tourist Travel Cards

Save money on public transportation in Venice with a 24-hour to 7-day ACTV tourist pass.

Also see:
"Which Venice transportation pass do I need?"

ACTV Line 1 vaporetto, Venice

ABOVE: A vaporetto of ACTV's Line 1 makes its way down the Grand Canal.

If you've read our Venice Vaporetto and Bus Fares article, you know that single waterbus fares for tourists are outrageous: They're nearly six times the fares paid by local residents and long-term sojourners.

Fortunately, the ACTV--Venice's local transit authority--offers Tourist Travel Cards that can reduce the financial pain of riding the city's vaporetti and motoscafi.

These electronic cards allow unlimited travel on ACTV water and land buses for one, two, three, or seven days, depending on which version you buy.

For tourists between the ages of 14 and 29, a 3-day "Young Person's Travel Card" is available in combination with the Rolling Venice Card. It's a good value, especially if you're staying at the Venice Hostel on Giudecca.)

Here's our advice on using ACTV's Tourist Travel Cards:

  • Don't buy more time than you need. Venice is compact and pedestrian-friendly, so you shouldn't need to ride the vaporetto very often unless you're visiting outlying islands (such as the Lido, Murano, Burano, and Torcello) or have limited mobility.

  • Consolidate your excursions. For example, if you're planning to visit Murano's glass factories and take a ride up the Grand Canal, buy a one-day Tourist Travel Card, make both trips in the same day, and take a leisurely ride up the Grand Canal on the No. 1 vaporetto in the evening.

  • Venice ACTV ticket readerFollow the card's instructions. When you're riding a water bus, hold the card close to the white electronic card reader at the entrance to the vaporetto platform until you hear a beep. On land buses, the card reader is usually inside the bus.

    (Note: If you see a green card reader in a boat station, ignore it. Green readers are for the convenience of commuters who want to check fares on their stored-value cards, and they don't validate rides.)

  • Be aware of the card's limitations. ACTV Tourist Travel Cards are not valid on ATVO airport buses or Alilaguna airport boats.

  • If you're a wheelchair user, skip the Tourist Travel Card and buy a stack of Disabled Tickets, which are cheap and let you bring a companion free. Each ticket is good for 75 minutes in one direction (using multiple water buses if needed).

Please note:

  • The clock doesn't start ticking on your Tourist Travel Card until you scan or swipe it the first time, so you can buy the card before you plan to use it. (The card is valid for a full one to seven days from the first scan, depending on how many days you've purchased.)

  • You can check how much time is left on your card by holding it up to the electronic card reader and pressing the "?" button.) 

For current ACTV Tourist Travel Card prices, see Venice Vaporetto Fares.

Other tips:

  • The "long-term stay" version of the Venezia Unica stored-value "city pass" (formerly called imob.venezia) can be a great bargain if you're staying in Venice for a while or plan to visit the city again in the next several years. The card allows visitors to buy heavily-discounted resident fares.

  • If you're buying the "tourist" version of the Venezia Unica stored-value city pass, you can have your Venice Tourist Card fare loaded onto the pass.

  • You can avoid ticket lines by using the official AVM Venezia smartphone app to buy and validate fares and passes. (But read our AVM Venezia app article before taking the plunge.)

Also see:
Vaporetto Water Buses - Basic Information
Venice Vaporetto and Bus Fares
"Which Venice Transportation Pass Do I Need?"
Venice Vaporetto Routes
Venice Transportation Index