Train from Venice to Trieste Centrale
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 a hillside city that meets the sea in spectacular fashion. With Eastern European influences and beautifully preserved architecture, Trieste is a true jewel that is sadly left off of so many travelers' Italy to-do lists.
With the train from Venice to Trieste Centrale taking just 2 hours, it's also a great day trip from Venice – and you won't have to worry about traffic and parking. Or you can treat it as a final pit stop before heading to points farther east!
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; the rest are direct from Venezia Mestre via the Frecciabianca, which means that you first have to take a local train from Venezia Santa Lucia to Venezia Mestre. There are 180 trains per day between these two stations and takes about 10 minutes, so it's pretty easy to make this connection!
Because the Frecciabiana trains from Venice Mestre are so fast, both the direct train from Venice Santa Lucia and the two-train itinerary take the same amount of time, clocking in at 2 hours 5 minutes. The train cost can range from $12.50-$18.
Direct Trains from Venice to Trieste Centrale
Most of the day's 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 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.
Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains offer very similar in passenger experience to the top of the line AV 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 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, 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. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.
Trieste Centrale (abbreviated on signs to 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.