Travel from the dreamlike to the substantial with a train trip from Venice to Milan.
Leaving the otherworldly city of Venice to get on a train and head for the fast-paced city of Milan may seem a little difficult, but at least the trip itself isn't. Besides, Milan has some incredible attractions that not even Venice can match.
You could cover the 167 miles (268 km) in about 3 hours by car if you drove straight through, and if you're planning to visit the lakes en route, then the car might be a good idea. For efficiency and cost-effective travel, however, the best choice is the train, specifically the Trenitalia AV trains.
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Frequent Trains from Venice to Milan
The route from Venice's Santa Lucia train station to Milano Centrale is so popular that 117 of Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave the canal city bound for Milan every day. There are 1-2 trains every hour during most of the weekday, and the fastest trains make the trip in just over 2.5 hours. The first trains leave Venice for Milan at 5:40 a.m., the last at 7:50 p.m. Ticket prices on this route range from $25-60.
Some of the slower trains, many of which require a train transfer change along the way, take closer to 3.5 hours. Keep this in mind when you're looking at train schedules.
While Italo trains serve both Venice and Milan, there is no direct route connecting the two cities. You would have to take a train from Venice to Bologna, which is a 1.5 hour journey with 5 train departures throughout the day. Then you would need to take a second train from Bologna to Milan, which is a 1 hour and 20 minute ride, with 13 train departures per day. It is possible to use Italo trains to make the journey from Venice to Milan, but as you can see, if you include the time spent transferring trains, the trip can take over 3 hours, so using Trenitalia trains offers clients a better schedule.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Venice to Milan
There are plenty of direct trains from Venice to Milan on the weekdays, with slightly fewer to choose from on weekends. Some routes that require a change are simply slow regional trains from Venice's Santa Lucia train station to its Mestre station, followed by a high-speed train to Milan. With lots of direct trains to choose from, you should be able to find one that suits your schedule—just pay attention to make sure you're not accidentally booking a ticket that requires a train change.
Amenities on Trains from Venice to Milan
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.
On the Frecciabianca trains, there are also both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. As with Frecciarossa trains, 1st-class passengers get a free drink and a newspaper. Frecciabianca trains sometimes have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Venice and Milan 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 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.
Milano Centrale, the city's main train station, is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Porta Garibaldi station is a smaller station, though it also has a Metro stop and several bus lines stop nearby.
See below for details on traveling from Venice to Milan by train.
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