Train from La Spezia Centrale to Venice
Travel from one Italian coast to the other by taking the train from La Spezia Centrale to Venice.
The trip from La Spezia Centrale on the western coast of Italy to the canal city of Venice in the east is not a simple one, even by train. The 224-mile (361-km) train journey requires at least one (if not more) changes en route, and will take the better part of a day.
The train has a lot of work to do, climbing over the mountains in Italy’s center, and driving can cut an hour or more off the travel time. Driving will still require a bit of a circuitous route thanks to those mountains, and once you’re in Venice there’s nowhere to drive. You might as well take advantage of the opportunity to catch up on postcard writing as you gaze at the lovely Italian scenery outside the train window.
Frequent Trains from La Spezia Centrale to Venice
Trenitalia will get you from La Spezia Centrale to Venezia Santa Lucia, though - as mentioned - it will be a somewhat meandering route. Every route option requires at least one transfer - some require two. The quickest trip takes just under five hours, though most options are in the 6-7 hour range.
Transfer stations vary depending on the route, though most are either Milano Centrale station or Firenze Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Some high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains serve La Spezia Centrale, so some routes allow you to take AV trains the whole way. Most options involve taking a Regionale or InterCity train from La Spezia to Milan or Florence and then an AV train from there to Venice.
There are 24 trains leaving La Spezia Centrale each day bound for Venice, and tickets cost $59-81.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from La Spezia Centrale to Venice
There are no direct trains from La Spezia to Venice.
Amenities on Trains from La Spezia Centrale 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.
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 which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Regionale and InterCity trains sometimes 1st class and 2nd class cars, but not always. Because reservations are not required on these trains, you simply find an available seat on a car in the appropriate class for your ticket. There is no food service or cafe car on these trains, and the air conditioning doesn’t always work.
La Spezia Centrale and Venice Train Stations
La Spezia Centrale is the city’s main station, located in the city center on Piazza Medaglie. Several bus lines stop outside the station, and there are regular trains from La Spezia to the Cinque Terre towns nearby.
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.