Travel from the sleepy canals of La Serenissima to this historic border city on the eastern tip of Italy. Find out about taking the train from Venice to Trieste Centrale.
Head from Venice to Trieste, and experience the Adriatic coast from the dramatic point of view of a hillside city that meets the sea in a spectacular fashion. With Eastern European influences and beautifully preserved architecture, Trieste is a true jewel that is unfortunately left off of so many travelers' itineraries.
Considering the train ride from Venice to Trieste Centrale takes only 2 hours, it makes Trieste a great day trip from Venice, or you can treat it as a final pit stop before heading farther east! Choosing the train as your mode of transportation means you will not have to worry about driving and parking.
Frequent Trains from Venice Santa Lucia to Trieste Centrale
There are 16 trains per day from Venezia Santa Lucia to Trieste Centrale. Most of them are direct trains on the Regionale line. There are also some indirect train options, where you will take a local train from Venezia Santa Lucia to Venezia Mestre, and then take a Frecciabianca train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale.
Because the Frecciabianca trains from Venice Mestre are so fast, even if this trip requires a train transfer, it takes the same amount of time when compared to the direct route using the Regionale trains. Both routes take about 2 hours and 5 minutes. The train cost can range from $12.50-$18.
Direct Trains from Venice to Trieste Centrale
Most of the trains from Venezia Santa Lucia to Trieste Centrale are direct Regionale trains. The rest of the direct trains to Trieste Centrale leave from Venezia Mestre station, on the mainland.
Amenities on the Train from Venice to Trieste Centrale
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 Frecciarossa 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.
Venice and Trieste Centrale 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.
Trieste Centrale (sometimes abbreviated as 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.
See below for details on traveling from Venice to Trieste Centrale 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
Read on for information about Venice to Trieste Centrale train stations.
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