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Venice vaporetto line 4.1 ACTV

Venice’s vaporetto (the name of water-buses in Venice) line 4.1 ACTV is the ideal ideal public mean of transport to visit the historic center and Murano island.

Vaporetto line 4.1 is part of the “gira città” lines offered by the public transport agency ACTV. The vaporetto starts its itinerary in Murano, sails along the Grand Canal through the Venetian historic center and stops at St. Mark’s Square, then again to Murano.

In this article you will find information on timetables, stops and a variety of points of interest located near the  vaporetto stops of line 4.1 to help you best organize your next vacation in Venice.

Vaporetto line 4.1 ACTV

Vaporetto line 4.1 begins its route in Murano and travels towards Venice sailing along the external perimeter of the city. The vaporetto stops at numerous points of interest located in the historic center and at some of the ilands of the Venetian archipelago such as San Michele, Certosa and Giudecca islands.

This vaporetto line is certainly one of the richest considering the numerous attractions that can be visited at each of its stops.

We suggest taking vaporetto line 4.1 to those visitors who want to partake in a scenic route around the city. By taking line 4.1 will you not only enjoy an evocative path in the lagoon, you will also reach Murano Island from any part of Venice, since this line stops all around the city.

The path of the vaporetto line 4.1 is circular, this means that over the span of 2 hours the morot-boat travels from Murano to Fondamente Nove. Then it travels down the Grand Canal stopping at the bus station, Piazzale Roma. It continues its itinerary toward St. Mark’s Square through the Giudecca Canal, stops there and lastly it sails to Murano once again.

In order to reach Murano island in a shorter amount of time, we suggest you consider taking the vaporetto line 3 which connects Venice and Murano directly.

Vaporetto Line 4.1 ACTV route and stops

Vaporetto line 4.1 travels around the external perimeter of Venice making all the stops around the island and then travels towards Murano. Let’s see all the the stops more in detail.

Along the route, vaporetto line 4.1 will stop off at:

  • F.TE NOVE “C
  • ORTO
  • CREA
  • GUGLIE “B”
  • P.LE ROMA “E”
  • S.ELENA – – Stadio P. L. Penzo “C”
  • CERTOSA (upon request)
  • BACINI – Arsenale Nord
  • F.TE NOVE “B”

Please note that the busiest stops (usually those closest to the main attractions) have more than one platform, and all are located close to one another. Each pier is indicated by the name of the stop and then a letter in progression.

Bear in mind that the stops to and from Murano are on the same platform, not on the opposite sides of the canal. Be careful which direction the boat you are about to board travels to.


Vaporetto line 4.1 tickets

Here you can buy your vaporetto tickets commission free!
Online tickets and physical tickets are the same price!
75′: 9.50€; 1 day: 25€; 2 days: 35€; 3 days: 45€; 7 days: 65€

Vaporetto line 4.1 stops and attractions

Vaporetto line 4.1 takes the ideal route for those tourists who want to visit the main Venetian attractions by taking only one water-bus line.

The vaporetto line 4.1 travels all around the city of Venice, therefore it is possible to choose in which area of the city you want to stop. It is then possible to discover a number of points of interest located not far from the stops.

By taking the water-bus line 4.1 it is also possible to reach the Island of Murano from the historic center.

Here are  some of the main attractions you can visit by travelling with the water-bus line 4.1:


  • MURANO MUSEO “A” at the Glass Museum of Murano displays a number of artistic pieces made of glass, which were created on the island over the centuries. Our suggestion is to pay a visit to this museum to enjoy the valuable works preserved here.


  • MURANO DA MULA this stop is located in front of the historic Palazzo da Mula, which is Murano’s town hall. The exterior of this building is particular. We suggest either stop here or look outside the vaporetto when you pass this stop.


  • MURANO VENIER  here you will find yourself at a 5 minute walk from Parco degli Angeli, which is a tiny park ideal for picnics if you visit during spring or summer.


  • MURANO SERENELLA this stop is located next to an artistic glasswork laboratory, where you can observe local artisans at work while they create unique artistic glass pieces. We suggest you pay a visit to one of the various furnaces of the island because the products that will be created in front of you are one-of-a-kind.


  • MURANO COLONNA “A” stopping off here you will find yourself a few steps away from various glasswork shops and laboratories where you can sit and enjoy a demonstration by the venetian artisans, but also purchase the glass art pieces that they produce.


  • MURANO FARO this stop is located next to the Murano lighthouse, which is still in use today and can be admired from the outside only.


  • MURANO NAVAGERO stopping here you may visit the furnaces where artistic glasswork is produced and enjoy watching a demonstration and listening to the explanation of artisans at work.


  • CIMITERO next to the stop you will find the Cimitero di San Michele (St. Michael Graveyard). It is an evocative place where you can visit the tombstone of famous personalities such as Igor Stravinskij


  • SACCA FISOLA “B” this stop is located at one extremity of the Giudecca Island, so it is the ideal spot to stop at and begin your itinerary of the island on foot.


  • GIUDECCA PALANCA “B”: not far from the vaporetto stop you will find Chiesa di Sant’Eufemia, which you can visit for free. It is therefore an interesting addition to your itinerary at the Giudecca Island.


  • REDENTORE: near this stop you will find Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore. In case you find yourself in Venice during the festivity of Festa del Redentore (July 17th) you can admire the so called “ponte di barche” (bridge of boats), a line of small boats that cross the canal similarly to a bridge.


  • ZITELLE “B” this stop is not far from the Casa dei Tre Oci, we recommend you both observe this building from the outside and visit the inside since Casa dei Tre Oci is a venue chosen for photographic exhibitions.


  • F.TE NOVE “C” : at this stop you can admire the picturesque view towards the island of San Michele while resting in one of the bacari (typical Venetian pub) next to the vaporetto stop.


  • ORTO: if you stop here you can visit the church Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto in which the famous Venetian painter Tintoretto was buried. In this church you may find some of his works. If you are an art enthusiast you could also visit Tintoretto’s house, located not far from the church.


  • S.ALVISE: the Monastero dei Santi Giuseppe e Bonaventura (Monastery of the Saints Joseph and Bonaventura) is an ancient Franciscan convent located few minutes away from this stop. It is a peaceful oasis to take advantage of – especially during the summer – while visiting Venice.


  • CREA not far from this stop you can visit the church Chiesa dei Santi Giobbe e Bernardino which has been recently restored. In this church you will find the Cappella Martini,  a beautiful ceramic chapel.


  • GUGLIE “B”  if you stop here, you can visit the Jewish ghetto of Venice where the word ghetto originated! It is in fact one of the most ancient ghettos in Europe. The Jewish ghetto is a perfect place to visit if you wish to discover an alternative side of the city.

Connections to the mainland

  • FERROVIA “C”: it is the stop across Saint Lucia’s Train Station. It is located on the opposite side of the canal to San Simeon Piccolo’s Church, the main building that you can spot when you first arrive in Venice by train. If you choose to pay a visit, we recommend checking out the crypt.


  • P.LE ROMA “E”: it is the bust station where you can take transfers to and from the airport. It is located a few steps away from Giardino di Papadopoli, a little quiet park, usually popular with students. We suggest you take a break there since it is one of the rare shaded areas in Venice.


  • S.MARTA: near this stop you will find one of the most ancient churches of Venice: the Chiesa di San Nicolò dei Mendicoli. This church deserves to be visited because of its historic importance and rich decorations.

San Marco

  • SAN MARCO – SAN ZACCARIA “D” : this stop is located few steps away from the St. Mark’s Basilica, Palazzo Ducale and the Bridge of Sighs, which you can enjoy for free from the bridge Ponte della Paglia. If you visit Palazzo Ducale, the ticket often includes a guided tour of the Bridge of Sighs.


  • ARSENALE “B” : here you can visit the Venetian arsenal and the Naval History Museum of Venice in which you can admire how gondole are built. We recommend a visit to this museum especially if you are plan to visit the city with children.


  • GIARDINI “B” : the stop is located next to the Giardini della Biennale which houses the foreign pavillions of the exhibition. It is an evocative place which deserves to be visited especially during the opening period of the Biennale exhibition.


  • SANT’ELENA “C” : this stop is located few minutes away by foot from St. Elena’s Church with its beautiful architecture  and tranquillity of its gardens. It is possible to rest there especially after a long visit of the rest of the city.


  • S.PIETRO DI CASTELLO: you can stop here to visit the church of San Pietro di Castello. Marble statues, mosaics and  frescoes enhance the beauty of this church, which you might want to visit.


  • BACINI – Arsenale Nord: here you will find the Tower of the Arsenal. From the scenic terrace of the tower you can look down on the entire city of Venice and on the lagoon.


  • CELESTIA:  this stop is located few steps away from the church Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna. We strongly suggest you pay a visit to its inernal courtyard and antique library.


  • OSPEDALE  few minutes from this stop you can find one of the most peculiar and uniqe places in Venice: the bookhop Libreria Acqua Alta. It is a must-see when visiting the city. Entering the bookshop you will feel submerged by books: it is a picturesque place where the volumes are stored in real gondolas and the small shop is filled with books to the ceiling!

Venice vaporetto line 4.1 timetables

Venice vaporetto line 4.1 ACTV is active every day during daytime.

In Venice vaporetto timetables are subject to change and seasonal variation.
Although the changes are minor, we recommend always checking the official ACTV site – Line 4.1 and/or the timetables indicated on the displays next to the piers for up-to-date information.

You can enjoy the complete itinerary of vaporetto line 4.1 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. with rides available at intervals of approximately 20 minutes.

Between 6:50 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. there are only two available rides from Murano Museo to San Marco.

Venice vaporetto line 4.1 night service

The vaporetto line 4.1 is active during daytime, and there is no exact night-time equivalent.

However, during the evening line 4.1 rides are available and limited to the path between Murano Museo and Fondamente Nove from approximately 8 p.m. to midnight.
The same route is followed by the night service vaporetto NMU which is in service between 11:45 p.m. and 4:15 a.m.

These lines are therefore useful only to those tourists who wish to visit or return from Murano in the evening or at night. The only available  stop in Venice is at Fondamente Nove, which is at a walking distance of about 30 minutes from the bus station Piazzale Roma and the railway station. An alternative to reach them is using a water taxi.

Vaporetto line 4.1 ACTV tickets and fares

Venice vaporettos are operated by the local transit authority ACTV. To travel on the water-buses, you’ll need either a single-fare ticket (valid for 75 minutes), all-day or multi-day ticket (available up to 7 days).

ACTV vaporetto tickets allow unlimited travel on public water during the validity period of the ticket you purchased.

In the following paragraph we’ll look into fare prices, the difference among the tickets and where it is more convenient to buy them.

Vaporetto ticket prices

Based on the number of days of your stay in Venice, you can choose among a variety of tickets sold by the public transit agency ACTV.
Since the fares are fixed by ACTV, you will find the same prices both at the ticket office and online.

In order to save up on transport money, we suggest you organize your schedule to make the most efficient use of your vaporetto tickets.

Vaporetto tickets available are valid for 75 minutes, 1 day, 2 days, 3 days or 7 days at the following prices:

  • single fare ticket (75′): 9,50€
  • 1 day ticket: 25 €
  • 2 days ticket: 35 €
  • 3 days ticket: 45 €
  • 7 days ticket: 65 €

Vaporetto line 4.1 tickets

Here you can buy your vaporetto tickets commission free!
Online tickets and physical tickets are the same price!
75′: 9.50€; 1 day: 25€; 2 days: 35€; 3 days: 45€; 7 days: 65€

Which ticket is more convenient

Clearly the convenience of each vaporetto ticket depends on some variables such as your itinerary, period of stay and frequency of use of public tranport. Vaporetto line 4.1 offers a panoramic route all around Venice. It is therefore possible to spend an entire day visiting the major points of interest of the city travelling by boat. Therefore, we’d suggest considering the distance of your destinations and how to reach them ahead of time, in order to choose the most suitable ticket for your needs.

If you plan on travelling mainly by vaporetto to move through the various parts of Venice (some of them can be quite far to reach by walking if you are on the opposite side of the city), perhaps adding a visit to the islands of the Venetian archipelago to your itinerary, you will probably take the water bus multiple times during the day. In this case if you use public transport at least three times in one day, then you should consider purchasing either a daily or multi-day pass.

On the contrary, if your hotel is located in the historic center and you plan on walking to discover the city, taking the vaporetto only to reach the most distant parts of the city or to go back to your hotel, then a single fare ticket might be the most cost-effective choice.

Buy vaporetto line 4.1 tickets

Vaporetto line 4.1 ACTV tickets are available both online and at the box offices located next to the vaporetto platforms in Venice.
The online and in-person prices are the same, however there are some advantages that only purchasing your tickets online can offer.

Buy tickets online

Most online websites allow you to purchase your vaporetto line 4.1 tickets directly on your smartphone, so you can skip the long queues in front of the box offices and go to the vaporetto platforms straight away.
You can buy your tickets ahead of time, because their validity is calculated upon the first validation.

The opportunity to buy tickets online can prove very useful even when you’re alrealy discovering Venice. Tourists often risk missing their water-bus because of the long lines at the box offices or find themselves at stops with no ticket stands.

For this reason buying online is practical. Moreover, you’ll have your tickets on your phone, so you won’t risk losing or demagnetizing them by accident.

By purchasing your vaporetto line 4.1 tickets online you can keep them on your mobile or use the PNR code on the voucher to pick up your physical ticket at the machines displaying the Venezia Unica logo.

Buy tickets at physical ticket offices

You can buy vaporetto line 4.1 tickets in person at the ticket offices in Venice (usually located next to the platforms) or in authorized retailers in the old town (recognizable by the ACTV logo)

Buying tickets at the box offices can be useful if you need to ask for directions and information, however be aware that some sellers might not speak English.
Many are the instances in which purchasing tickets in person is impractical.

ACTV ticket offices in Venice are small box-offices located outdoors, and of course can have very long queues of tourists waiting in front of them.
The space in front of the ticket offices is not covered, so you might find yourself waiting in line, exposed to the elements.
Waiting under the sun or the rain is certainly really uncomfortable, especially when travelling with children, elders or people with disabilities.

Vaporetto line 4.1 ACTV tickets: discounts and reductions

Here are some reductions available for vaporetto Line 4.1 ACTV:

  • Children under the age of 6 ride free
  • Young people between the age 6 and 26 can buy discounted 3-day tickets
  • Passengers in a wheelchair can purchase discounted single-fare tickets. If accompanied, the other person does not pay.

The vaporetto line 4.1 ACTV tickets are not refundable and cannot be exchanged.
You must validate tickets before boarding. Look for the white electronic card reader near the vaporetto platform.

Services in the event of fog or high tide

If you visit Venice during fall or winter, you are likely to face the very typical phenomenon of high tide. In order to be fully prepared and equipped, we suggest checking the tidal flow.
In case water reaches 95 cm, vaporeto line 4.1 rides will be temporarily modified. For further information we advise you check the dedicated official ACTV page for up-to-date information.

From October to March, fog covering the canals is also very frequent. Whenever visibility is lower than 150 meters, the route from Murano to F.te Nove “C” will be limited to Santa Marta with extraordinary stops at Tre Archi and Riva de Biasio. For more details we suggest consulting the official ACTV site.

These phenomena occur yearly, therefore our suggestion is to organize a flexible itinerary including a number of alternative destinations in case of bad weather and high tide.

Lastly, please note that the vaporetto line 4.1 is completely accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

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