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, one reason 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 do-able day trip from Milan, too.
The drive from Milan to Venice would take about 3 hours—much more if you take a more meandering route through the gorgeous lakes region. If your dream includes that meander, then by all means rent a car for the trip. If you’re pressed for time, however, there’s 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 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 changing trains in Bologna. It takes roughly an hour to travel from Milan to Bologna, and then another 1:15-1:30 to travel from Bologna to Venice—and that’s not counting time waiting in Bologna for the next train. If you’re set on taking Italo 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—the mainland station—from which you’d travel the remaining short distance on a slower regional train. Be sure to pay attention to ticket details when you’re booking so you know what your itinerary requires. 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 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.
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 stop 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 water taxi stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.
See below for details on traveling from Milan to Venice by train.
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Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
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