To get to Burano, the best option is to take LN line (LN stands for laguna nord, olive-green colour), leaving from Fondamenta Nuove. But careful, it is not the stop the lines 41/42 and 51/52 use, but the one across the bridge to the west (see GE screenshot).
I lived close to Fondamenta Nuove, so it was my vaporetto stop anyhow. If you live somewhere else (and have one of the unlimited boat cards), take the lines 41/42 or 51/52 to get to Fondamenta Nuovo and just walk across the bridge to the other boat stop.
Boats of line LN leave from Fond. Nuove every 10 min and 40 min past the hour, will make one stop in Murano (at stop Faro), then one at Mazzorbo and the next one is Burano. The last one, Treporti, is on the peninsula Cavallino. The trip takes around 45 – 50 minutes, depending on the traffic in the lagoon (boats slow down when another one passes by – either way).
If you don’t have one of the “boat cards”, you can buy your ticket at the Fond. Nuove ticket counter; it is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Then, your ticket is already validated. If you have one of the “boat cards”, it would be validated anyhow.
To go back to Venezia, you can either take LN line via Lido to San Marco, or the same way back via Murano to Fond. Nuove.
The trip itself is marvellous as well, but I describe this separately.
Now I love boat trips anyhow, but this one was special, as a boat trip through the lagoon (or in the lagoon ?) is marvellous ! The boat will stop first at Murano to collect more passengers (it seems to be popular to “do Murano, Burano and Torcello in one day….”) and then sets out into open waters. It is fascinating to watch the lagoon traffic, how the boats move and behave if other boats pass, what kind of “water street signs” are set out, what they mean and also to look at the scenery around. The first little island we pass (at 45°,28’10” N; 12°,22’,45’’ E) is called Isola de San Giacomo in Palude, where once a monastery dedicated to San Giacomo was built. But it was abandoned and later (mid 15th century) used to evacuate victims of the plague, and even much later as military garnison during the world wars. Now it is abandoned again, but from what I got through the website below (with help of babelfish of course), Biennale used it as stage for theatre performance. Left from its former purpose is the altar with Madonna (photo 1).
And as fan of Commissario Brunetti, I am pretty sure that it was used as set to film the end of the (German) TV version of “Sea of Troubles” (Das Gesetz der Lagune), the Pellestrina story.
Update February 10, 2009:
Haha, no it is not..... the real Pellestrina is/was where the scenes of Sea of Troubles were filmed...
After we have passed this San Giacomo in Palude, we already see Burano in the far distance. Well, I saw an island and recognized it as Burano from the very much crooked belltower.
And on our way, we pass the two little islands (well one bigger and one smaller; at 45°,28’42” N; 12°,23’,45’’ E) of Madonna del Monte, where Benedictine nuns have settled in early 14th century. Their monastery was dedicated to San Nicolò (St. Nicholas). After the nuns have abandoned it, it was integrated into the monastery of St. Caterina de Mazzorbo.
In the course of time, the buildings have been transformed into a “polveriera”, which babelfish could not translate, but I am pretty sure that it means a gunpowder manufacturing. That’s what is still seen today.
The website below also mentions that these two little islands once have been one, but were split up during a storm.
They make perfect motifs for those of you who are like me and just love these abandoned buildings, overgrown with lush vegetation, and where imagination can flow of what all might have happened there.
Next stop then is at Isola Mazzorbo, and then we arrive at Burano.
The best way to get to Burano is to take the vaporetto from one of the main stops in Venice. You should take the LN-line. If I remember well, it took me about 45 min to get to Burano from San Marco. Try to take a vaporetto early in the morning. This way, it'll be less crowded and you'll have Burano practically for yourself, except from the locals of course.
More vaporetto info: http://www.actv.it/eng/home.php and click on waterbuses.
Dunno why but getting to Burano wasn't that simple as it should be. It starts from S. Zaccaria with kind of boat you see on the picture. First stop is at Lido and the second one at Sabbione where we had to change the boat to vaporetto. From Sabbione we went all the way to Tre Ponti and then finaly to Burano. There are 10km from Venice to Burano and we did it, round and round, for over one hour.
The way back to Venice was much less complicated, vaporetto took us directly to Venice.
By now we have learned that when we want to travel north of Venice, to go to the Fondamenta Nouve area. Two guide books say to take Vaporetto #12 to get to Burano, but I never do see this number!!!
My technique for taking a vaporetto, is to go to a stop facing in the general area of where I want to go, and scope out the stops.
We get on the LN (Laguna North) boat. (Maybe this IS the number 12?)
It is about a 45 minutes boat ride to Burano. You will stop by Murano first. So, you could visit both these islands easily in one day.
We sat on the very back of the boat. The ticket checker was working his way back. (only second time someone was checking for tickets on this whole vacation.) But then someone asked him a question, he got sidetracked, and never came back to check ours. Then later he was walking his way back and I think he was asking if anyone wanted to get off at the Mazzorbo stop, cuz' I kept hearing "Mazzorbo" in the middle of all the other words I could not understand. Anyway, he was stopped again before reaching us, and again never made it to us. And we did sail right on by the Mazzorbo stop. A couple on the back of the boat, said, "Hey, that was our stop!" as we rolled on by.
So, I guess for the lessor stops, they might inquire to see if anyone wants to get off or not. Just a heads up...
P.S. You can get to Mazzorbo, a small island next to Burano. There is a wooden bridge connecting them. Walk along the water's edge to the right as you get off at Burano.
From the train station you have to take the vaporetto (sort of bus boat) number 41 or 42 or 52 to Fondamenta Nuove stop. When there turn right and cross the bridge to get the vaporetto Number LN that will take you to Burano.
Consider about one hour fot the trip.
Venice water bus are expensive, it will cost you 6.5 euros each trip, so 13 to go back and forth, if you are staying more than one days in Venice consider buying a tourist transportation card.
you can check the timetable and the possible combination of vaporetto here http://www.hellovenezia.com/jsp/it/transports/index.jsp remember the time they require is when you want to reach the destination, not when you are leaving.
In order to reach Burano from Venice, you need to take the vaporetto (water buses). The journey from Venice to Burano (via Murano or Lido) takes about 30-40 minutes depending on which part of Venice you are at. If you are taking the vaporetto frequently when you are at Venice, I suggest that you buy the day tickets which are much cheaper and allow unlimited travel within the time given. Below are useful information:
Vaporetto day tickets:
One way = 6 euros
12 hours = 13 euros
24 hours = 15 euros
36 hours = 20 euros
72 hours = 30 euros
Vaporetto numbers from Venice to Burano (via Murano or Lido): 12, 14
If you are not sure of the vaporetto numbers, the best way is to ask the staff at the vaporetto station where you want to go and they will tell you the best vaporetto number to take. I asked them and it always worked well (they can communicate in English so don't worry).
Walking is the only way of exploring the little island of Burano because there are no roads here, just walking paths and canals. It is very nice and relaxing walking along the paths filled with colourful houses and picturesque small canals, which is really a good getaway from busy and touristy Venice. Because Burano is very small and compact, it is very easy to move around and you will not get lost easily.
You get to Burano via Vaporetto or water taxi or just sail your own yacht.
It's easy to get there via vaporetto. You can take the LN line from Fondamenta Nove or the DM (Diretto Murano) line from the train station and then continue on from there.
Water taxi will be extremely expensive, so don't just hop in unless you have deep pockets or lots of friends.
There are regular boats going to Burano from Venecia and Lido Venecia. Be prepare for spending 30-40 minutes on the way there. If you had bought the long term tickets you can use them for this trip too. ACTV boats go to Burano too. They are bigger neither boats what go only to and around Venecia.
The VENICEcard and the Venice Connected card both entitle you to "free" transportation to Burano. The islands are serviced by the LN (Laguna Norte) line. For the quickest service to Burano, you should take the boat at the San Zaccaria stop, near San Marco. The boat goes to the Lido first, then Burano, then Murano, then returns to Fondamente Nove in the Cannaregio district of Venice proper.
Therefore, if you want to visit Burano + Torcello first, take the boat at San Zaccaria. If you want to start in Murano, take the boat at Fondamente Nove
The boat numbers change constantly in Venice so I will just mention that the easiest place to find Burano boats from is the Fondamenta Nuove quay behind the main hospital. They leave all day long and time to get there varies depending on how many other quays it stops at on Murano and so on but our trip took about 40 minutes.
From Venice, the only way to go to Burano is in Vaporetto the water bus. The journey from Venice to Murano takes about 20-30 minutes depending on which part of Venice you are at. Vaporetto number from Venice to Burano is number 12.
If you are not sure of the vaporetto numbers, the best way is to ask the staff at the vaporetto station where you want to go and they will tell you the best vaporetto number to take.*
Si vas desde Venecia a Burano, la única manera es en vaporetto. El viaje desde Venecia dura entre 20 y 30 minutos, dependiendo desde que parte de venecia lo coges. Los vaporettos que van a Burano es el numero 12. Si no estás seguro del número del vaporetto que tienes que coger, lo mejor serás preguntar en las paradas del vaporetto al personal y ellos te ayudarán.*