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Train from Bologna to Venice

Train from Bologna to Venice

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.

Journey Information

See below for details on traveling from Bologna to Venice by train.

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