Zip across Italy from La Serenissima to The Eternal City. Find out more about taking the train from Venice to Rome.
In many ways, surreal, car-free Venice couldn’t be more different from busy, monumental Rome. Yet both of these cities are on most Italy itineraries—with good reason—and it’s easy to connect the two by train.
Traveling from Venice to Rome by train takes a few hours, as opposed to the 5.5 hours you’d spend in the car on the same trip. Another reason it’s smarter to take the train is that driving in both Venice and Rome is either impossible (Venice’s islands are car-free) or challenging. Taking the train saves time and your sanity.
Frequent Trains from Venice to Rome
There are 15 high-speed Trenitalia Alta Velocità (AV) trains per day heading to Rome from Venice. The first departs Venezia Santa Lucia (often shortened to S.Lucia) at 12:08 a.m., the last at 7:25 p.m., bound for Roma Termini. The fastest trains, the Frecciarossa, make the 330-mile (531-km) trip in 3 hours 24 minutes, while the average trip takes about 3 hours 45 minutes. Ticket prices on this route range from $56-69.
Italo trains connect Venezia Santa Lucia with both Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina train stations. The trip takes as little as 3 hours 21 minutes to Tiburtina, and 3 hours 33 minutes to Termini. There are only a few trains per day on most weekdays from Venice’s S.Lucia to Rome.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Venice to Rome
The high-speed trains from Venice to Rome are primarily direct trains, though the AV trains stop in Bologna and Florence on the way. You won’t need to change trains in those cases. There are some trains connecting these cities that do require train changes, however, so it’s important to look carefully at your ticket options before booking.
Amenities on Trains from Venice to Rome
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 Rome 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 (sometimes abbreviated as S.Lucia), and there's a vaporetto stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal.
Rome's Termini is the city's (and Europe's) largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is a Metro station inside Termini, too.
Roma Tiburtina is also connected to the city's Metro and served by a number of city buses.
See below for details on traveling from Venice to Rome by train.
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