Getting to and from Murano
There are a few ways to get to the Island. The cheapest is a free ride from one of the Glass factories that shuttle tourists from the waters at San Marco. The only requirement is that you sit through a glass making demonstration (around 20 minutes, interesting) and then you are free to go.
But to come back (and also another way to get there), the city public boat system has a few lines that run regularly. Most common ones to take are 41, 42, and DM (Directo Murano). You can pick these boats up at a number of places including San Zaccharia stop near San Marco, or Fondemente Nuove/Madonna Dell'Orto on the North side of Venice. These lines will get you back to the train station and Piazzale Roma.
The 10 minute vaporetto ride ride to Murano is made via lines 41 and 42 from Fondamete Nuove (the lagoon side of the Cannaregio district) or lines 71 and 72 from S. Zaccaria (just up the Riva degli Schiavoni from St. Mark's Square) or Piazzale Roma.
There are several boat stops on Murano island, but the Museo stop is most convenient for the restaurants, stores, and sightseeing. You can return from any or hop on another boat to another island like beautiful Burano.
Going to Murano by valporetto (water bus)
In order to reach Murano from Venice, you need to take the vaporetto (water buses). The journey from Venice to Murano takes about 10-20 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 Murano: 12, 13, 41, 42, 71, 72
Vaporetto stops at Murano: Faro, Colonna, Navagero, Museo, Venier, Serenella, Da Muia
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).
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From Venice, the only way to go to Murano is in Vaporetto the water bus. The journey from Venice to Murano takes about 10-20 minutes depending on which part of Venice you are at. Vaporetto numbers from Venice to Murano: 12, 13, 41, 42, 71, 72.
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 Murano, la única manera es en vaporetto. El viaje desde Venecia dura entre 10 y 20 minutos, dependiendo desde que parte de venecia lo coges. Los vaporettos que van a Murano son los num 12, 13, 41, 42, 71 y 72. 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.*
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Getting to Murano
You can get there fast or slow:
For a leisurely, see the sights from the water ride:
Take either number 41 or 42 from the S. Zaccaria stop near St. Mark's
To get there faster:
Take the DM (Direct Murano) from the train station stop (Ferrovia) or from the Piazza Roma
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Indeed, the good old vaporetto again! There are several lines that go from the centre of Venice to Murano. Also some independent little agencies, but they charge way too much!
There are 4 different vaporetto stops on Murano, but the island is rather small, so it doesn't really matter where you get off. The boatride takes about 30 min from San Marco.
To/From the Island
The most logical vaporetto stop to use would be Colonna, from which you can walk the entire length of Rio dei Vetral, which is packed with souvenir shops, cafes, etc.
If you want to continue on to Burano you have to walk over to the Faro vaporetto stop, on the Eastern edge of Murano (viale Garibaldi takes you right there).
Vaporetto to Murano
The vaporetto is the way to get to Murano from Venice. It takes just 10 minutes to get from Fte. Nové to Murano Colonna, stopping just at the Cimitero stop on the cemetary island of San Michele. Services 4.1 and 4.2 make this journey and then go around the island stopping at other points. The other useful stop for tourists is likely to be Murano Museo which is the most convenient for the Glass Museum and Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato.
The Murano Museo stop is also served by vaporetto line 3 which is an express service which goes between Murano Museo and Ferrovia (for Santa Lucia train station in Venice) and P.le Roma (for the bus station in Venice) not stopping at any other stops.
These services are run by ACTV which is the operator of the public transport around the venice area and their tickets are valid on all these routes.
Alilaguna (a private company) also operates waterbuses to Murano from the Airport (Marco Polo), Lido and San Marco. These services require a different ticket which can be purchased on the boat or in advance from Alilaguna offices (at San Marco or the airport arrivals hall).
Getting to Murano Island
There are two main ways of getting to Murano from Venice: by the public water bus called the vaporetto, or by private water taxi. To save some money take the vaporetto and get out at the stop marked "Museo." This will bring you within a few hundred yards of the Museo Vetrario, the glass museum. What you’ll see and learn there will help you understand what you see on the rest of your time there.
Get a vaporetto to the Island of Murano, there is quite a choise going there;
Numbers: 12, 12 and 52 leave from Fondament Nuove.
Number: 32 leaves from San Zaccaria and Piazzale Roma
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