Train from Florence to Venice
Travel from one historic republic to another in modern-day Italy. Learn about taking trains from Florence to Venice.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Venice
There are 1-2 Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains per hour on weekdays from Florence Santa Maria Novella train station (usually called simply S.M. Novella) to Venice Santa Lucia train station on the islands, which amounts to 57 trains each day. The trip takes just over 2 hours, and though there's a stop in Bologna you don't need to change trains. The first train leaves Florence for Venice at 8:30 a.m., the last at 9:30 p.m. Tickets on this route range from $22-62.
There are some slower trains between the two cities, too—the InterCity to Bologna and then a regional train to Venice—but these trips can take as much as 4 hours.
Italo trains run from Florence to Venice 5 times per day and take about 2 hours, but they stop in Bologna, Padua, and at Venice's mainland Mestre station before finally arriving on the islands. The travel time between the two options is the same, just don't make the mistake on Italo trains of getting off at Mestre—Santa Lucia is the train station on the islands.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Venice
There are many direct AV trains from Florence to Venice. These include a stop in Bologna en route, but passengers bound for Venice don't need to do anything but sit back and wait for Venice. The train tickets that require a change also often stop in Bologna, but if you have one of these tickets you will need to change trains, so be sure to look carefully when you're booking to be sure about any connections you might have.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Venice
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with 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.
Florence and Venice Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station is close to the historic center, and the street in front of the station is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.
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 water taxi stop right outside the train station on the Grand Canal. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.