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Venice to Burano: The Complete Guide to Visiting Burano from Venice

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Visiting bright and colorful Burano from Venice is one of the most popular day trips from the city of canals–and it is well worth the boat ride!

Heading from Venice to Burano will help you see a whole different side of life on the lagoon: a place where life moves a little slower, and where the canals are filled with fishing boats instead of gondolas.

It’s also just, to be quite frank, too pretty to avoid–there are few towns on Earth as colorful as Burano!

Planning to head from Venice to Burano for a day? Here’s what to know before you go.

Photo of colorful houses in Venice with umbrellas and a canal out front.

How to Travel from Venice to Burano

Visiting Burano from Venice is a fairly simple endeavor, and you essentially have two options to get there: public transportation or a tour.

Option 1: Take the Vaporetto

The Vaporetto (aka water bus) #12 will deliver you right to Burano–and Murano as well if you’re so inclined.

We’ve seen estimates online ranging from 30-40 minutes to reach Burano from Venice. Personally, it took us 45 minutes to reach the colorful island.

Vaporetto tickets to reach Burano cost 7.5 Euros each way–so at 15 Euros total, not including a stop at any other islands, you’ll likely want to purchase a transportation pass to get there (and also plan any other nearby trips you want to take, like to Murano, Torcello, or Giudecca, for the timeframe that the pass is active).

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Photo of a colorful street in Burano with a man standing to the left, as seen on a trip to Burano from Venice.

Option 2: Book a Tour

Want to add a little more context to your visit, hit 2 or 3 islands in one day without stress, or avoid spending any energy navigating Venice’s public transportation system?

If that sounds like you, booking a tour to Burano is an excellent option!

Tours to Murano, Burano, and Torcello are incredibly affordable–especially by Venetian standards–and offer a low-stress way to get a taste of the islands.

This incredibly popular tour will take you to all 3 islands and allow you to briefly explore each, while this one skips Torcello and takes you to tour a glass factory in Murano instead.

Book your trip to Burano today!

3 Islands Tour: Burano, Murano + Torcello 

Burano + Murano Tour with Glass Factory

Street in Burano with purple house in foreground.

Fun Things to Do in Burano

Photograph your heart out.

Most people travel from Venice to Burano for one major reason: to photograph it!

The colorful houses are truly a marvel (seek out Bepi’s House for something special!), and admiring them from every angle with a camera in hand is an absolute joy.

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Photo of colorful houses in Burano as seen from a piazza. Laundry is hanging from some windows.

Shop for local lace.

Though most of the lace you’ll see for sale in Burano these days is made by machine or a hybrid of machine work and handmade touches (the traditional handmade pieces take months to create and cost thousands of dollars), it is still stunning!

Burano has been well-known for its lace production for centuries. One of its best-known customers was Leonardo da Vinci himself, who bought a piece for the altar of the Duomo of Milan.

There’s a small lace museum on the island, so if the craft interests you, consider adding a stop there to your trip to Burano from Venice!

Street of Burano with clothes being displayed in front of a shop

Eat some delicious seafood.

It should come as no surprise that a fishing village serves up some tasty seafood dishes, right?

If your trip from Venice to Burano happens to coincide with a mealtime, consider sitting down for a plate of risotto de gò, aka fish broth risotto–a local specialty.

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Stroll across the Tre Ponti.

The Tre Ponti (or “three bridges”, though it is technically all one bridge) offer some of the best panoramic views of Burano’s delightful streets and quaint canals–be sure not to miss this spot during your day trip to Burano from Venice!

Photo of a canal of Burano with colorful buildings on both sides.

Visit Pescaria Vecia (the old fish market).

Every fisherman’s village needs a fish market–and Pescaria Vecia is Burano’s adorable version.

If you happen to be visiting Burano around sunset, this is the place to be.

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Check out the leaning tower of Burano.

The leaning tower of Pisa is far from the only leaning tower in Italy, even if it is the most famous–and for another example, you don’t need to look any further than Burano.

For a unique photo op on the island, head to Via Giudecca and check out the sharp lean of the bell tower of St. Martin’s Church.

Photo of a canal in Burano with colorful houses on both sides and leaning tower in the background.

Snack on Burano’s traditional cookies.

Once used by fishermen who needed a durable meal that could travel well, Burano’s bussolà cookies are quite simple, but also tasty and well worth sampling (especially for those of us who are partial to butter cookies).

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How Long to Spend on Burano

As much as we loved heading from Venice to Burano for a day, you really don’t need a lot of time here!

The village is incredibly small–for context, it is home to under 3,000 people as compared to Venice’s nearly 60,000–and doesn’t require any intense sightseeing.

Simply walking around, checking out the best-known views, admiring the lace, and taking 10,000 photos is enough to truly enjoy your time visiting Burano from Venice.

For that reason, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend booking a tour that covers Murano + Burano or even Murano, Burano, and Torcello in one day. As lovely as Burano is, Venice itself has so many gems to explore that it’s hard to justify any additional time taken away from the city.

Book your trip to Burano today!

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Kate has been traveling the world full-time for more than 3 years. She tries to keep a balance between going on new adventures and exploring favorite destinations (like Italy!) in depth, and is always on the lookout for the next beautiful overlook and delicious meal.

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  • christopher byrne June 23, 2019

    Hi,
    Is the transportation pass valid for only 75 minutes/3 days travel as per the link? If so, if the journey to Burano takes 45 minutes wouldn’t you need to buy two passes for an out and back journey?

    • Kate Storm June 24, 2019

      Hi Christopher!

      I think you saw my FB message, but just in case someone else has the same question: correct, the 75 minute *ticket* would need to be purchased twice, there and back. The 1/2/3 day pass is available for the whole time period you buy it for.

      Essentially, with the pass, you can travel as much as you like within the given time frame, while if you buy individual tickets instead, you’ll need to buy two of them to travel round-trip to Burano from Venice.

  • Harriet Douglass August 10, 2019

    Can we get to Burano from Venice on November 22nd, 019? Great information! Thanks, Harriet

    • Kate Storm August 11, 2019

      Hi Harriet! It shouldn’t be a problem–the vaporetto lines are public transport and run year-round, and the tours I linked run year-round as well.

      Have fun in Burano!

  • Anonymous August 22, 2019

    Hi Kate!
    Both my husband and I will be going on a cruise end of September via Venice. As we will be in Venice a day earlier prior to our cruise, we thought we might visit Burano. We are staying at Mestre not Venice, so how do I get to Burano from our hotel in Mestre?
    Thanks in advance

    • Kate Storm August 23, 2019

      Hi!

      I’m not too familiar with Mestre and haven’t spent much time there, but my understanding is that you can take the vaporetto to Burano from there as well, it’ll just be on a different route/line. I’d ask your hotel staff to confirm, though!

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