Travel from La Serenissima to the birthplace of the Renaissance. Find out about taking the train from Venice to Florence.
Venice and Florence are two must-see cities in Italy, making this a very popular route on traveler’s itineraries.
The train makes the journey in just over 2 hours, while driving the distance would take about 3 hours. In addition to time savings, another reason to skip the car and stick to the train is for convenience. You cannot drive a car in Venice, and Florence’s historic center is notoriously challenging for non-local drivers. Taking the train saves you time and trouble, making it the best option for traveling between Venice and Florence.
Frequent Trains from Venice to Florence
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains cover the 160-mile (260-km) distance from Venezia Santa Lucia (abbreviated to Venezia S. Lucia) to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (abbreviated to SM Novella) in 2 hours and 5 minutes. There is a stop in Bologna en route, but you won’t need to change trains.
There are 46 trains from Venice to Florence per day, with the first leaving Venice at 7:25 a.m. and the last at 7:25 p.m. Ticket prices on this route are approximately $34.
Italo trains connect Venezia Santa Lucia with Firenze Santa Maria Novella, too. This trip also takes 2 hours and 5 minutes, however Italo trains stop at more stations between the two cities, including Venezia Mestre (the mainland station), Padua, and Bologna.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Venice to Florence
As mentioned, the AV trains from Venice to Florence go through and stop in Bologna on the way, but passengers destined for Florence don’t need to worry about getting off and changing trains. Italo passengers will stop a few more times en route, but also do not need to worry about changing trains.
There are some slower trains that connect the cities, many of which require a train transfer in Bologna, so it’s important to pay attention to the ticket details as you’re booking to make sure you know what your itinerary entails.
Amenities on Trains from Venice to Florence
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.
Venice and Florence Train Stations
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 S. Lucia, pay attention so that you don't get off too early at Mestre accidentally. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia. Once at Santa Lucia, there's a vaporetto stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal.
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station is close to the historic center, and is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.
See below for details on traveling from Venice to Florence by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
From seat assignments and luggage space to the different types of tickets, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about train travel in Italy.
Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
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Venice Santa Lucia Guide
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Santa Maria Novella (SMN) Guide
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