Train from Venice to Florence
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 of the major destinations on many a traveler’s must-see list, so it’s a relatively popular route on Italy itineraries.
The train makes the journey easy with a trip of just over 2 hours, while driving would add another hour to that time. In addition to time savings, the other reason to skip the car and stick to the train is convenience. You can’t drive a car in Venice anyway, and Florence’s historic center is notoriously challenging for non-local drivers. Save your sanity—take the train.
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 (sometimes abbreviated to Venezia S. Lucia) to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (sometimes simply SM Novella) in 2 hours 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 around $34.
Italo trains connect Venezia Santa Lucia with Firenze Santa Maria Novella, too. That trip also takes 2 hours 5 minutes. Italo trains stop at more stations between the two cities, however—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 or changing trains. Italo passengers will stop a few more times en route, but—again—won’t need to worry about changing trains.
There are some slower trains that connect the cities, many of which require a train change 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 requires.
Amenities on Trains from Venice to Florence
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.
Venice and Florence Train Stations
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, 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.
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station is close to the historic center, and the street in front of the station is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.