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 Alta Velocità (AV, or high speed,) trains per hour on weekdays from Florence to Venice, which amounts to 57 trains each day. The trains depart from Florence Santa Maria Novella train station (usually simplified to S.M. Novella) to Venice Santa Lucia train station, which is on the island. The trip takes just over 2 hours, and although 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., and the last at 9:30 p.m. Tickets on this route range from $22-62.
There are some slower trains between the two cities as well, the InterCity to Bologna and 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 island. The travel time between the two options is the same, just don't make the mistake on Italo trains of getting off at the Mestre station—Santa Lucia is the train station on the island.
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 do not need to switch trains. 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 are all equipped with air-conditioning and power outlets in your seat for your convenience. There are both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. First class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper. A cafe car is available to all passengers.
Florence and Venice Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station is close to the historic center, and 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, Mestre and Santa Lucia. Mestre station is on the mainland, while Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes shortened to S. Lucia) is on the island. If you are going to Santa Lucia, pay attention so that you don't get off too early at Mestre accidentally. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia. Once at Santa Lucia, there's a vaporetto water taxi stop right outside the train station on the Grand Canal.
See below for details on traveling from Florence to Venice by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
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