Train from Trieste Centrale to Venice
After soaking in this historic border city on the eastern tip of Italy, head to the sleepy canals of La Serenissima. Find out about taking the train from Trieste Centrale to Venice.
Trieste is a true jewel that is sadly left off of so many travelers' Italy to-do lists, but if you're intent on seeing the beautiful variety of Italy, it's a great place to start. Then it's off to the dreamy cityscape of Venice, where cars and scooters are replaced by boats and you get lost in the winding streets.
With the train from Trieste Centrale to Venice taking just 2 hours, it's also a great day trip from Trieste – and you won't have to worry about the hassle of parking on the mainland.
Frequent Trains from Venice Santa Lucia to Trieste Centrale
There are numerous trains per day from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Santa Lucia. Most of them are direct trains, on the Regionale line; the rest are direct from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre (Venice's mainland train station) via the Frecciabianca, which means that once you arrive in Venice you'll have to take a local train from Venezia Mestre to Venezia Santa Lucia. There are 180 trains per day between these two stations and takes about 10 minutes, so it's pretty easy to make this connection!
Because the Frecciabiana trains from Trieste Centrale to Venice Mestre are so fast, both the direct train to Venice Santa Lucia and the two-train itinerary take the same amount of time, clocking in at 2 hours 5 minutes. The train cost can range from $12.50-$18.
Direct Trains from Trieste Centrale to Venice
Most of the day's trains from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Santa Lucia are direct Regionale trains. The rest of the direct trains from Trieste Centrale arrive at Venezia Mestre station, on the mainland.
Amenities on the Train from Trieste Centrale 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.
Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains offer very similar in 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 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.
Trieste Centrale and Venice Train Stations
Trieste Centrale (abbreviated on signs to Trieste C.le) is the main station in the city and is located at Piazza della Libertà, in the northern part of town. The recently renovated station includes tons of amenities like a chapel, bookstore, pharmacy, lounge, and food options. There is also a railway police station located on site. Note that if you visit towns over the border, you'll need to bring your passport with you, even if the ride is just a few minutes.
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 stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.