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How to Visit the Colourful Island of Burano from Venice Island!

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If you’ve ever seen photos of what looks like a brightly coloured Venice then what you’ve seen photos of is Burano, a very small island to the North East of Venice which is filled with brightly coloured houses where tourists flock to marvel at the colours!

It’s very easy to travel from Venice to Burano by ferry but it does take some time to get there and back as it’s quite far by boat from the main island of Venice so here I’m going to give you the low down of how to get to Burano from Venice Island, when to go to Burano and things to do in Burano!

Venice to Burano

Venice to Burano
Keep Reading for how to get from Venice to Burano, this colourful island!!

Best Time of Day to Visit Burano in Venice.

Try and get to Burano from Venice Island as early as possible, honestly! I got there at 12:00 midday and it was already packed and it only got busier later in the afternoon. Quite soon after I arrived I asked a girl to take a photo of me and she said she had been there since 9:00am and that it was lovely and quiet then so I really regret going so late!

Alternatively, go late! I can imagine it’s beautiful in the evening when it starts to get dark and most people have left.

Set aside at least half a day to visit Burano, if not more, especially if you want to visit the nearby island of Murano too (I didn’t have time to visit here but I’ll detail below how you get there as it looks beautiful too).

Also, in terms of weather, I was lucky that I visited on a beautiful blue sky, sunny day however even if you visit on a grey, dull day I think the colours of the island will brighten up your mood and photos in an instant!

Related Post: A Guide to Venice.

Venice to Burano
Venice to Burano

How to get from Venice to Burano

Boat Tours from Venice to Burano

The easiest way to get from Venice to Burano is to do an organised boat tour that leaves Venice and takes you to Burano, and Murano if you want to. Doing this means you don’t have to worry about taking the public ferry from Venice to Burano and it is a much more comfortable experience. Here are some great boat tours to take you to Burano from Venice:


Ferry from Venice to Burano

The other option is the public ferry frm Venice to Burano! Fondamente Nove is the port you need to get to on Venice Island to then catch the boat over to Murano and Burano.

I was staying at the Generator Hostel so to go from Venice to Burano I caught the 4.1 line Vaporetto from the Zitelle stop which then stopped at the San Marco port (close to St Marks Square) and ended at Fondamente Nove and took about 45 minutes.

From Fondamente Nove take Vaporetto line 12 which can be found at port A, this stops at Murano to start with and takes about 15 minutes to get there (so feel free to get off to explore Murano and then get back on) then ends at Burano.

It took me an hour to get from Fondamente Nove to Burano which did seem like a long time, especially as it only took 45 minutes to get back so bare this in mind. These boats do get very busy too but the views are lovely!

Venice to Burano
Burano is the top red pin
Venice to Burano

Venice Boat Pass

Side Note – When you arrive in Venice I would highly suggest getting a boat pass for how many days you are there for, the 2 day pass is €30.00 and the 3 day pass €40.00, these passes include all of your transport around Venice except to the airport so going to Burano will not cost you anymore money! Just make sure you validate your ticket before you get on the boat otherwise you’ll get fined if they come around and check the tickets! Or Single tickets are €6.50-7.50.

Related Post: The Best Way to see Venice and Escape the Crowds!

Things to do in Burano.

One of the interesting facts about Venice is that Burano is actually famous for its lace (and Murano if you visit, is famous for its glass), so if this interests you then there are plenty of shops to buy their beautiful lace in.

However for me, going from Venice to Burano was all about admiring the beautiful coloured houses that run along the canal and see in real life all the photos I had seen of Burano on Instagram!

Venice to Burano

There’s 3 canals that run through the island, when you first arrive in Burano you’ll notice that everyone filters down the middle to the closest canal and once you’re there and turn the corner the colours of the island just hit you!

As I mentioned, when I arrived it was already very busy and this first area was particularly busy with people getting their shots, but fear not as this is most certainly not the only area of colour on the island so start walking along the canal one way or the other and as with Venice, just wander and see where it takes you as you can’t really get lost!

There’s plenty of bridges that go over the canal so be sure to keep switching sides to see the colours on each side and also be sure to take some side streets and not just stick to the canal as some of these were just as colourful (obviously being mindful that people do live up these streets too).

Venice to Burano

The edges of the island are also beautiful and very quiet, there are a few grassy areas that give views out to sea as far as the eye can see!

Venice to Burano

There’s a main street on the island which also holds the church and a museum, this street is filled with cafes, restaurants and shops so be sure to grab some lunch or a coffee or a wine in one of these to watch the colourful world go by. Fishing was the main source of income at one time for Burano and all the restaurants offer a big range of fish if that takes your fancy!

Venice to Burano
Venice to Burano

What I found particularly interesting in Burano was getting a look into local life on the island so do remember to put down your camera and have a look out for the locals going about their day in the relaxed Italian way.

Their houses were of course not painted for us tourists to go and snap, rumour has it that they were painted so brightly so the fishermen could identify their houses through the fog on the way back from a trip, however there’s also a rumour that they were painted so that they could find their way back after they had drunk too much at a local bar! So bare in mind that people do live here and many have probably lived there their whole life and seen the island go from no tourists at all to a flock load so make sure you are respectful about where you stand and what you take photos of.

Venice to Burano

After you’ve spent a few hours here it will be time to say your goodbyes to the colourful island and head back with dreams of when you’ll next be back and what colour house you would like (I want one of the pink ones!). 

You can jump back on the line 12 boat to head back to Venice and if you still have time why not stop at Murano to check that out too!

Remember to look into these day tours to Burano from Venice and Boat Tours to take you around Burano!



Kara // Heels In My Backpack

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

Oh wow, beautiful photos. I'm determined to make it here in 2017 and will be bookmarking this for sure - great tips! x


Wednesday 16th of November 2016

Thank you! I hope you get there! September was a lovely time as it wasn't so crowded but still really warm!


Thursday 27th of October 2016

I was searching Venice guide and came across your post. You covered almost everything in your post . I have a question, Did you experienced language Issue in Venice? I suspect local peoples don't speak English.

If so, I have to hire a translator before visit.


Thursday 27th of October 2016

Glad you hear you found it useful! No I didn't have any language issues, they're very used to tourism there so English was spoken and understood :)


Tuesday 25th of October 2016

OMG thats looks amazing ! I actually heard about this city recently and I am hoping I can visit it hopefully sooner than later! I already have been in Venice but I wouldn't mind go there again !!


Tuesday 25th of October 2016

I hope you can visit again soon, it is really amazing! I'm sure no-one minds going back to Venice again ;) Thanks for reading!


Monday 24th of October 2016

I love how colourful this place is! I really need to add Venice and Burano to my travels for 2017


Tuesday 25th of October 2016

Thanks for reading and oh you do!! I have seen cheap flights if you book far enough in advance! :)