The best way to see the city, feel the atmosphere and discover the hidden corners is on foot. If, on the other hand, you want to see the palaces on the Grand Canal and are strapped for time, it is best to take a boat. The public boat service, run by the Actv, stops at all the main points of interest in the city and outlying islands.
THE CENTRAL CITY LINE (CENTROCITTA’): Boats number 1 and 2
These lines cross the city connecting Tronchetto, Piazzale Roma, the railway station and Lido using the two largest canals – the world famous Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal which is wide and deep enough to allow passenger ships entry to Venice.
THE CIRCLE LINE (GIRACITTA’): Boat numbers 41- 42, 61-62, 51-52, DM
These lines connect the city confines connecting Venice to the Giudecca, Lido and Murano islands. They also stop in the central city, Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) and at Venice’s hospital.
SEASONAL LINES: Boat numbers 3,4,5
These lines are mostly for tourists during high season, spring and summer or special occasions such as Carnival. They act as second lines to the Central City line to cope with the large number of visitors to the city during these periods and follow the Grand Canal, Giudecca Canal routes. Line 5 connects Murano island with Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) on an external route.
Lagoon Lines: Boats LN, T, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20
These connect the main islands in the northern part of the lagoon (Mazzorbo, Burano, Torcello,Sant’Erasmo) and the southern islands. They also connect Venice to the mainland ports of Punta Sabbioni, Treporti and Chioggia. The car ferry (line 17) connects Lido with the mainland at Tronchetto and line 11 connects Lido with a neighbouring island, Pellestrina. Line 20 is a seasonal line which connects Lido Casino with San Lazzaro.
La rete di collegamenti acquei del servizio pubblico Actv gestisce diverse linee di navigazione che con mezzi di trasporto sull'acqua, collegano tra loro i principali punti di Venezia centro storico e le isole della laguna:
TERMINAL LINES: Alilaguna, Fusina Line, Clodia Line (seasonal only)
NIGHT LINES: ‘N’
The night runs connect the entire city on a 24 hour basis. They are identified by the ‘N’ and are in service from midnight until 5am. Arrival times are designed to connect with mainland bus departures to Mestre and on Lido island.
For further information on times, cost and a map of the different public lines, please consult www.actv.it
For information on transport in general, boat rental, on line seasonal and daily boat ticket purchase and ticket bookings for various events around the city please consult www.hellovenezia.it These services are run by Vela spa, an umbrella company of the Actv.