Murano is relatively easy to visit as part of a longer trip to the main sights of Venice - or as a destination in itself.
The island lies a few minutes off the principal island on the other side of the San Michele cemetery island.
These fast waterbuses ("diretto") run from the Piazzale Roma car park or the train station ("Ferrovia") to Murano every 20 minutes. The line starts after 06.00 and the last return is after 19.00.
The 4.1 line is a regular vaporetto line which starts from the Fondamente Nove and then does a tour around the Murano waterbus stops before heading back to the Fondamente Nove and past the train station to Piazzale Roma. From there it heads out into the Giudecca Canal and into the Bacino di San Marco in front of St Mark's Square, along past the Arsenale and the Biennial Gardens until it reaches the Fondamente Nove once more. The line runs every 20 minutes from after 06.00 to just after 20.00.
The 4.2 runs a similar route to the 4.1 - just in the other direction. It runs with similar frequencies and times. These two are great lines to combine a visit to Murano with a water-borne sightseeing tour of the city.
The 7 line serves the route between St Mark's Square and Murano in peak hours. It runs from just after 10.00 with the last service starting just after 17.30. The line calls at three of the Murano stops, including the Museum.
This service covers the northern part of the lagoon and is the one to choose if planning a trip to Burano and Torcello. The 12 starts early and finishes late but runs more frequently during peak hours. Only certain hourly services stop at Torcello and Punta Sabbioni on the mainland - otherwise the service covers Burano, Mazzorbo and Murano.
Line 13 runs from the Fondamente Nove to Murano Faro and then onwards to Vignole and Sant Erasmo. The first waterbus of the day starts after 04.00 and the last is scheduled at after midnight returning from Murano. The service runs every hour.
The night service runs two lines which serve Murano - Notturno Murano, which runs from Fondamente Nove around the Murano stops every 30 minutes, and Notturno Laguna Nord, a much more infrequent service which only stops at Murano Faro.
Fares on the waterbus services are run on a time system - visitors can either buy 75-minute tickets (not valid for return trips) individually or buy the single-day or multi-day passes. Most visitors planning on doing a decent amount of sightseeing will be better off with the day passes. The very complicated Venezia Unica system is another option, where visitors buy a card and validation for various transport and tourist services, which are then added to the card.
The private Alilaguna company runs services from the airport on the mainland and Venice, two of which call at Murano along the way to and from Venice. Tickets are more expensive than the public transport service.
The Alilaguna Linea Rossa service runs hourly between Marco Polo Airport and the Giudecca, calling at Murano Museo and St Mark's Square along the way.
The Alilaguna Linea Blu service runs hourly (every 30 minutes during peak hours) between Marco Polo Airport and the cruise terminal, calling at Murano Colonna, Fondamente Nove and St Mark's Square along the way.
Murano doesn't have a particularly wide choice of hotels, with most of the accommodation located on the main island of Venice. Of course, that makes it a pleasant place to stay to get away from the crowds outside the peak periods with good connections to Fondamente Nove.
There are also apartments and rooms available on the island for those looking for other forms of accommodation - accommodation of all kinds which has been rated 'Superb' or 'Exceptional' on the island by users of accommodation reservation site Booking.com can be found by clicking the button below to check prices and availability: