Travel straight from the capital’s airport to the mainland gateway to Venice. Learn about taking the train from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Venice Mestre.
Travelers arriving at Rome’s primary international airport are typically in a hurry to move on to where they actually want to spend time. It’s extremely handy that Fiumicino has a train station right in the airport, one that will, if you time it properly, take you on a direct trip 342 miles (551 km) to Venice’s Mestre station.
Mestre isn’t the station right on the islands of Venice. The station on Venice’s islands is called Venezia Santa Lucia, but Venice Mestre is a good option for budget travelers who might feel a bit shocked by Venice’s hotel prices. It’s also a good base for exploring the Veneto, since it’s on the mainland.
Frequent Trains from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Venice Mestre
Trenitalia operates a total of 24 trains per day from Fiumicino Aeroporto station to Venezia Mestre station, two of which are direct trains. This means that while there will be stops along the way, passengers bound for Mestre won’t need to get off or change trains. The direct trip takes 4 hours and 15 minutes.
In terms of timing, there’s more selection among the routes that require one train change. These trips often take just under 4.5 hours, which is not much longer than the direct trip. As for the transfer stations, they vary. The trip may be a Regionale train to Roma Tiburtina followed by one of Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains to Venice Mestre, or one AV train to Padova and another AV train to Mestre, or an AV train to Bologna followed by a Regionale to Mestre. Be sure to check the details on your ticket so you know when you’ll need to change trains.
Ticket prices on this route range from $52-87.
Italo trains don’t connect central Rome with Fiumicino, but if you take the Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino to Roma Termini station you can then take an Italo train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre. That trip takes around 3.5 hours.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Venice Mestre
There are two trains that run directly from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Venice Mestre, but don’t worry if those departure times don’t align with your arrival at the airport. There are many other trains each day, and although they’ll require a change en route some of them take only 15 minutes more than the direct trains.
Amenities on Trains from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Venice Mestre
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 car. First class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper. A cafe car is available to all passengers.
Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains are very similar in terms of 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 trains sometimes have 1st class and 2nd class cars. 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 on-board air conditioning doesn’t always work.
Rome Fiumicino Airport and Venice Mestre Train Stations
The airport’s train station is Fiumicino Aeroporto, located just opposite Terminal 1. If you are arriving at a different terminal, you can use the free shuttle which runs between all the airport terminals to reach Terminal 1. Please note that there is another station named Fiumicino, serving a nearby town, so make sure to not confuse this station with the Fiumicino Aeroporto station.
The Venezia Mestre station isn’t in Venice, despite its name. It is located in the town of Mestre, the last mainland station before the islands of Venice. The station on the islands themselves is called Venezia Santa Lucia. Mestre’s station is on Piazzale Pietro Favretti, and there are many local and regional buses that stop outside the station, including those serving the islands of Venice as well as the Venice airport.