Depart the banking capital for the beauty of La Serenissma. Learn about taking the train from Milan to Venice.
Milan is one of the most common entry points to Italy, which is why taking the train from Milan to Venice is so common. The high-speed Trenitalia trains also make the trip in just over 2.5 hours, which makes Venice a great option for a day trip from Milan.
The drive from Milan to Venice would take about 3 hours, and possibly longer if you prefer to take the route through the gorgeous lakes. If your perfer to take this scenic route, then perhaps a car rental may be your best option. However, if your concern is to save time, there is no better option than Trenitalia’s AV trains.
Frequent Trains from Milan to Venice on Trains from Milan to Venice
The 167-mile (268-km) trip takes 2 hours and 35 minutes, with the first train leaving Milan at 7:05 a.m. and the last at 8:35 p.m. Ticket prices on this route range from $23-45.
Italo trains serve both Milan and Venice, but not directly. Taking Italo requires a train transfer in Bologna. It takes roughly an hour to travel from Milan to Bologna, and then approximately 1.5 hours to travel from Bologna to Venice. Keep in mind that there is also a waiting period between the trains at Bologna, which adds on to your travel time. If you're decided on taking an Italo train from Milan to Venice, you can absolutely do it, but, if you’re focused more on efficiency, Trenitalia’s AV trains are the way to go.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Milan to Venice
Most of the AV trains from Milan to Venice are direct, which means you don’t have to change trains along the way. Some options do require a change, with a high-speed train getting you as far as Venezia Mestre station on the mainland, followed by a slower regional train to get you to Santa Lucia station. Be sure to pay attention to ticket details when you’re booking so you know what your itinerary entails. As noted above, Italo trains do not provide direct service from Milan to Venice.
Frecciarossa and Frecciabianca Amenities on Trains from Milan 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.
On the Frecciabianca trains, there are also both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. As with Frecciarossa trains, 1st-class passengers get a free drink and a newspaper. Frecciabianca trains sometimes have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Venice and Milan Train Stations
Milano Centrale, the city's main train station is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Porta Garibaldi station is a smaller station, though it also has a Metro stop and several bus lines stopping nearby.
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 some only stop at Santa Lucia. Once at Santa Lucia, there's a vaporetto water taxi stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal.
See below for details on traveling from Milan to Venice by train.
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