Train from Pisa to Venice
Perhaps the only thing that says “Italy” like the iconic Leaning Tower is the romantic gondola, so travel from the home of one of these unmistakable Italian symbols to the other. Read about taking the train from Pisa to Venice.
From Pisa’s famous tower, head north to Italy’s Floating City. Venice is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, a historic lagoon metropolis built on over 100 man-made islands and criss-crossed by a network of canals, footbridges, and narrow pedestrian lanes. The city is closed to vehicles, so the most convenient option is to arrive in Venice by train.
Venice is 200 miles (322 km) northeast of Pisa, and though the fastest train routes take the same amount of time as driving, having a car in Venice is a hassle best avoided. The city is closed to traffic, so cars must be left at a parking lot or garage in Mestre, the nearby industrial port city. From there, you have to catch the vaporetto (water bus) or train to the center of Venice. Taking the train directly into Venice from Pisa is by far the simpler choice.
Frequent Trains from Pisa to Venice
Trenitalia has about 25 trains daily from Pisa to Venice, and the fastest take just over 3 hours. All routes include a portion of the journey on a Regionale train to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station, where you connect to one of Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, and Intercity trains to Venice.
Some routes also include a second change in Bologna or Venezia Mestre, which an add up to an hour to your travel time. Tickets for trains between Pisa and Venice cost an average of $45.
If you are traveling on a weekend or holiday, the trains may run less frequently and have longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Pisa to Venice
There are no direct trains between Pisa and Venice; all routes include a change in Florence’s S. M. Novella station.
Amenities on Trains from Pisa to Venice
Regionale trains do not require a seat reservation, so passengers may choose among the available seats when boarding. Some Regionale trains have both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars, so be sure to choose a seat in your ticket class. There is no food service or café car on these trains, and the air conditioning and power sockets may not always work.
The most luxurious AV train is the Frecciarossa: air-conditioned cars; monitors listing travel information and news; free WIFI; 3g and 4g internet; and power outlets at every seat,. Car classes are indicated by color coding: Executive class is brown, and has meal service and a station lounge; Business class is blue, and has a snack, drink and choice of newspaper; Premium class is red, and also has a snack, drink and choice of newspaper; and Standard class is orange, and has a trolley snack and drink service. There is also a café car for all Frecciarossa passengers.
Frecciargento and Intercity trains are the lower-tier AV trains, with similar amenities to the Frecciarossa, though not as fast. These trains have both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars, which are air-conditioned and include power outlets at each seat. First-class passengers are offered a free drink and newspaper, and all trains offer either trolley service and/or a café car for all passengers.
Pisa and Venice Train Stations
Pisa has two stations, the smaller San Rossore station and the main Pisa Centrale station, which is where trains to Venice depart. You can walk the 15 - 20 minutes from the Leaning Tower in Piazza dei Miracoli to the station, or take a city bus.
Note: the Pisa Centrale station currently has a security check before the platforms, so factor in a few extra minutes for the delay.
Venice also has two stations: Mestre is located in the industrial port city on the mainland and Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes abbreviated as S. Lucia) is on the islands, making it the best choice for arrival. There is a vaporetto (water bus) stop outside the station with routes to the center of Venice. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.