After you've visited Italy's favorite university town and stuffed your tummy, it's time to head to La Serenissima. Find out about taking the train from Bologna to Venice.
With the train from Bologna to Venice taking just 1.5 hours, it's a great day trip from Bologna – but Venice deserves as much time as you can give it. And it's honestly best to travel to Venice by train; the drive takes longer, and you'll have to park on the mainland as the only vehicles allowed in Venice are boats!
Frequent Trains from Venice Santa Lucia to Bologna Centrale
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains cover the 97-mile (156-km) distance Bologna Centrale to Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes abbreviated to Venezia S. Lucia) in about an hour and a half. It's a direct train, and tickets cost $10-22. There are dozens of trains per day, which should tell you how popular this itinerary is!
Italo trains connect Bologna Centrale and Venezia Santa Lucia, too. This trip clocks in a bit faster, at an hour and 15 minutes. Italo trains stop at Padua and Venezia Mestre (the mainland station) and Padua before hitting Venice Santa Lucia.
Direct Trains from Bologna to Venice
All AV trains from Bologna to Venice are direct, with only two stops in between. There are some slower trains that connect the cities as well, so it’s important to pay attention to the ticket details as you’re booking to make sure you know what your itinerary requires.
Amenities on the Train from Bologna to Venice
The top of the line AV trains are called Frecciarossa, and the trains include air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains offer very similar in passenger experience to the top of the line AV trains (they’re just not as fast). There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars. Passengers in 1st class cars get a free drink and a newspaper. Both typically have a cafe car that all passengers can use, and power outlets are in all cars at each seat.
Venice and Bologna Train Stations
Bologna Centrale is the main station in Bologna, and one of the busiest in Italy. It’s on the outskirts of the city center near the ring road, and served by several city buses.
Venice has two stations, though one – Mestre – is on the mainland. Pay attention so that you don't get off too early. The station on the islands, where most people are going, is called Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes abbreviated as S.Lucia), and there's a vaporetto stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.
See below for details on traveling from Bologna to Venice by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
From seat assignments and luggage space to the different types of tickets, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about train travel in Italy.
Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
Read on for information about Bologna to Venice train stations.
Bologna Train Station
Bologna Centrale is the main train station in the Emilia-Romagna capital city of Bologna. The station was first built in 1876, replacing a station constructed in 1859.Read More >>
Venice Santa Lucia Guide
This handsome 1940s-50s train station boasts 16 platforms and sits across the lagoon, right on the Grand Canal.Read More >>
Things To Do in Venice
Whether exploring its historic sites or taking a gondola ride down the Venetian lagoon, there is no shortage of things to do in the romantic capital of Venice.
Classic Gondola Ride
Explore The Floating City in the most authentic and atmospheric way—with a traditional gondola ride along its canals.Book Now >>
St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour
Get a thorough introduction to Venice’s star attractions—St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace—along with quieter gems on this half-day tour.Book Now >>
Hotels in Venice
Check out our deals on some of the best tours in Venice, the floating city of love.
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel
Live like royalty when you stay at the elegant and refined Ca’ Sagredo hotel; every part of the hotel evokes opulence. Don't miss the splendid terrace overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto markets.Book Here >>
Corte di Gabriela Hotel
Tucked away off of a small street close to Campo Sant’Angelo, this boutique hotel is conveniently situated for easy access to the Rialto, Piazza San Marco and La Fenice Opera House.Book Here >>