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 itineraries. If you’re intent on seeing the beautiful variety that Italy has to offer, Trieste is a great place to start, and from there you can move onto dreamy Venice, where you can get lost in the city’s 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 other train options 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 Mestre and Santa Lucia, and the trip takes about 10 minutes, so it's pretty easy to make this connection!
Because the Frecciabianca 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 and 5 minutes. The train cost can range from $12.50-$18.
Direct Trains from Trieste Centrale to Venice
Most of the 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 are all equipped with air conditioning and power outlets in your seat for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars. 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.
Trieste Centrale and Venice Train Stations
Trieste Centrale (abbreviated 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.
Mestre and Santa Lucia
Venice has two stations, Mestre and Santa Lucia. Mestre station is on the mainland, while Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes shortened to S. Lucia) is on the island. If you are going to Santa Lucia, pay attention so that you don't get off too early at Mestre accidentally. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while some only stop at Santa Lucia. Once at Santa Lucia, there's a vaporetto water taxi stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal.
See below for details on traveling from Trieste Centrale to Venice by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
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Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
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Trieste Train Station
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