Actv, acronym for Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano, is the public transport company responsible for transportation in the Venetian Lagoon and in the province of Venice.
Actv manages the transport of passengers and tourists by waterbus (vaporetto) and ferry in the lagoon and by bus and tram on the mainland. The junction point between the two transport systems is located in Piazzale Roma, at the end of the Ponte della Libertà, which connects the mainland (Mestre) to Venice.
The Central Lines 1, 2 and 2/ are active throughout the year and run along the Grand Canal. The Line 1 has many stops on both sides of the Grand Canal. The Line 2 is used for the connection with the Giudecca Island and for a faster trip along the Grand Canal, having fewer stops. During the summer season, the Line 2 makes the connection with the Lido Island. The shuttle Line 2/ makes a fast connection between Piazzale Roma and Rialto.
The Giracittà Lines provide a transportation service around the entire perimeter of the city, reaching the most strategic points, including Piazza San Marco, Santa Lucia railway station, Piazzale Roma and the islands of Lido, Giudecca and Murano. These Lines are 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 6.
The Lagoon Lines ensure the connection between the historic center and the rest of the lagoon, the islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello, Sant’Erasmo and Vignole, and the mainland terminals of Punta Sabbioni, Treporti and Chioggia.
The Lagoon Lines are 12 and 14 for the northern part of the Lagoon, the hybrid bus-ferry-waterbus Line 11 between Lido, the island of Pellestrina and Chioggia, Line 13 to the smaller islands (Sant’Erasmo and Vignole) and Treporti, Line 15 for direct connection between San Marco and Punta Sabbioni, Line 17, operated by ferry-boat for the transport of vehicles between the Tronchetto Island and Lido, and Line 20, which connects San Marco to the islands of San Servolo and San Lazzaro degli Armeni.
The Seasonal Lines are mainly addressed to the tourists and only operate during the summer months. These Lines are 7, 8, 14L and 18.
The Night Lines operate between midnight and five in the morning: the Line N, which connects Lido to Piazzale Roma via Canal Grande and continues to S. Zaccaria on the Giudecca Canal, the Line N Laguna Nord, which connects the Fondamente Nuove with the islands of the northern lagoon and the terminals of Treporti and Punta Sabbioni, and the Line N Murano, which carries out the circular service of the island of Murano with connection to the Fondamente Nove.
Actv operates urban bus lines and tram lines in Mestre, the islands of Lido and Pellestrina, and Chioggia, and extra-urban lines on the mainland, serving the municipalities of Favaro Veneto, Marghera, Chirignago-Zelarino and Mestre-Carpenedo.
The service hours for all the waterbus lines, except the night lines, are from 5.00 am to 12.00 am. The night lines cover the remaining time.
A single ticket for the waterbus lines, allowing 75 minutes of navigation on any line, costs 7.5€. A single bus or tram ticket, allowing also a 75 minute trip, costs 1.5€.
The best solution for tourists are the cumulative tickets, or time tickets, which allow an unlimited number of trips and can be used on all transport means, both on the waterbuses of the Venetian Lagoon and on the urban routes in Mestre and Lido. A 24 hour ticket costs 20€, a 48 hours ticket is 30€, a 72 hours ticket is 40€ and a 7 days ticket costs 60€.