Certosa island is served by water-bus (“vaporetto”) lines 4.1 and 4.2 (formerly lines 41 and 42), which are circular lines spanning most of Venice and Murano. These lines connect the island to the bus terminal and parking facilities at Piazzale Roma, to the railway station (“Ferrovia”), and to many central vaporetto stops like San Marco, Fondamente Nove and Murano.
Direct vaporetto to Certosa
If you’re staying close to one of the vaporetto stops served by the 4.1 and 4.2 lines, its very easy to get to Certosa island. Both lines run on a 20 minute schedule, with three passages each hour.
If you’re staying in the central parts of Venice, the areas around Rialto, Accademia, and along the Canal Grande, you can take a vaporetto line 1 to Sant’Elena, and then switch to line 4.1 for just one stop.
From much of the sestiere Cannaregio the fastest way is to walk to Fondamente Nove, and take the vaporetto 4.2 from there, as per the timetable above.
Fondamente Nove is the main vaporetto stop on the northern side of Venice, and it serves a lot of vaporetto lines.
The fastest route from much of the central parts of the Sestiere Castello, is to walk to Fondamente Nove, Ospedale or Celestia, and take the vaporetto 4.2 from there.
From Lido di Venezia
Departing from Lido you need to go to Sant’Elena first, and then change to the vaporetto 4.1 for one stop to get to Certosa island.
At the S.Elena stop you need to walk on to the other platform to board the connecting vaporetto. Be careful as many other lines than the 4.1 use that platform.
From the Camping San Nicolò, take the bus line A. Ask in the camp site office for details.
On foot as far as possible
If you’re staying in the eastern part of the sestiere Castello, or if you just prefer to walk — after all, walking is often faster than taking the vaporetto and Venice is not a large city — then walk to either the S.Elena stop or the S.Pietro stop, both located on the extreme east end of Venice, and take the vaporetto for just one stop (line 4.1 from Sant’Elena and line 4.2 from San Pietro di Castello). Please refer to the table above for the precise times.
Depending on your point of departure there will be other possibilities. If taking other routes, please note the following.
Don’t take the vaporetto line 4.2 towards the Certosa from any stop before Fondamente Nove, as that will take you to Murano first. It is in practice faster going the apparently longer way south around Venice with the line 4.1, rather than taking the 4.2 to Murano and back.
Both line 4.1 and line 4.2 run on a 20 minute schedule. Line 1 runs on a 12 minute schedule.
Once on Certosa island
Arriving on Certosa island, walk down the pontoon bridge and continue straight ahead for the bar. Our meeting point and office is nearby and easy to find.
If you arrive a bit early, you can get a cup of coffee or a snack in the bar while waiting, or have a walk in the park.
In the bar you can also get bottled water for the tour, and go to the toilet. There are more toilets close to the launch spot.
The launch spot is further down the island, past the hotel and the toilet facilities.