Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano, popularly known as ACTV, is the company that operates the Water Bus in Venice.
Founded on 1st October 1978, ACTV began public transport operations in Venice and Chioggia municipalities. The ACTV has more than 150 waterbuses in its fleet that connect Venica and adjoining islands within the Venetian Lagoon.
The first Vaporetti was started in 1881, gradually spreading all across Venice and nearby islands. ACTV also has autobus, people mover, tram and ferry boat services within Venice, while in municipalities like Chioggia, ACTV runs urban buses. The ACTV network is spread across Lagoon Area, Lido and Pellestrina Islands, and the mainland within the Venice municipality.
Passengers with reduced mobility can use Vaporetti to visit must-see landmarks in Venice. When the boat comes to the dock, a ramp is laid down where people can enter the Vaporetto. The ramp may have an incline, but both manual and electric wheelchairs/mobility scooters can get onboard a Vaporetto easily.
People with disabilities can also get a ticket at discounted prices. A single journey costs €1.50 with a free journey for an accompanying person. Route 1 and 2, which connect the most famous attractions in Venice, are completely accessible. Other Vaporetto lines may be partially accessible, but you will be assisted at every step if needed.
The name Vaporetto is derived from the Italian word "vapore", which roughly translates to the steamboat. The word Vaporetto also means little steamer in Italian.
When it was first started in 1881, the waterbus used to run on steam. While it does not run on stream today, the name stuck.
Locals call the waterbus batèlo or vaporino, but the term Vaporetto is commonly used in the city.
A. Vaporetti is a Venetian water bus that is the quickest, cheapest and most convenient form of public transportation in the city.
A. The Venice Water Bus is a public transport system developed to connect different parts of the city. Locally, the waterbuses are called Vaporetti.
A. The Vaporetti has been operated by Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV) since 1st October 1978.
A. You can buy tickets to Venice Water Bus on the counters or online. However, it is best to make your purchase online, as you can avoid huge queues at the counters. Buy your tickets here.
A. It costs about €9.50 to ride the Venice Water Bus and the ticket is valid for 75 minutes. You can buy tickets based on the time you will be spending on your travel. For people with reduced mobility, the ticket costs €1.50, along with free access to an accompanying adult.
A. The Vaporetti runs from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM, while the night waterbuses on the N Route run from 11:30 PM to 5:00 AM. The waterbuses run every day, all time of the year. Some routes might be restricted during high tide.