Train from Rome to Venice
Travel from the busy Italian capital to the surreal canal city. Learn how to take the train from Rome to Venice.
Traveling from Rome to Venice means cutting a diagonal 330-mile line across Italy, from one coast to the other, and over the mountain range that runs down the center of the peninsula. This daunting task is made not only easy but relatively quick with Italy's high-speed trains.
Considering that the drive from Rome to Venice is more than 5.5 hours—not to mention the fact that once you get to Venice you can't drive anywhere on the islands, anyway—taking the train is both the faster and smarter alternative.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Venice
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave from Roma Termini station 1-3 times per hour for Venice's Santa Lucia station on most weekdays—76 trains per day make this trip. The first departs Termini at 6:50 a.m., the last at 8:35 p.m., so there is bound to be a train that suits your schedule.
The distance covered on these journeys is 330 miles (531 km), and the fastest AV trains make the trip in a little less than 3.5 hours. Ticket prices on this route range from $33-112.
Italo trains leave from Roma Tiburtina station bound for Venice Santa Lucia station five times per day and from Roma Termini station twice per day. From Tiburtina, the trip takes a little more than 3.5 hours, stopping in Florence, Bologna, Padua, and Venice Mestre before arriving on the islands. From Termini, the trip takes 3 hours 45 minutes, and includes a stop at Roma Tiburtina.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Amenities on Trains from Rome 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.
Direct Trains from Rome to Venice
The high-speed AV trains stop in Florence and Bologna en route to Venice, but you won't need to change trains. Some routes do require train changes, however, so be sure to check your ticket details carefully. Italo trains make more stops along the way, but—again—you're not required to change trains on most of these trips.
Rome and Venice Train Stations
Rome's Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is a Metro station inside Termini, too.
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.