Train from Verona to Venice
Leave Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony behind and discover the sumptuous elegance of one of Italy’s most iconic cities. Here’s all you the information you need about taking the train from Verona to Venice.
Verona may be the setting for Shakespeare’s greatest love story, but for real romance there is no city in the world like Venice. An exclusively pedestrian city of picturesque canals, narrow lanes, and tiny footbridges, Venice is a destination best reached by train.
Verona and Venice are only 74.5 miles (120 km) apart by train. Though it takes about the same amount of time to drive as it does to take the train, there are no motor vehicles allowed on Venice’s islands, so you have to leave your car outside the city. A much better option is to take the train directly into Venice and avoid the hassle of having to find and pay for parking.
Frequent Trains from Verona to Venice
Trenitalia operates about 72 trains each day departing from Verona Porta Nuova station and arriving in Venezia Santa Lucia station, and the train trip takes about an 1 hour and 10 minutes on Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains, including the Frecciabianca, Frecciarossa, and Eurocity routes.
The other option for direct trains from Verona to Venice are Regionale trains, which take about 1.5 hours with the Regional Veloce or about 2 hours and 15 minutes for the Regionale. Tickets on this route begin at $11 for the Regionale trains; high-speed train tickets cost between $21 and $30.
Note that routes run less frequently and may have longer travel times on weekends and holidays.
Direct Trains from Verona to Venice
Virtually all trains from Verona to Venice are direct, including both the high-speed and Regionale trains, so there is are a variety of options for a direct train from Verona to Venice departing throughout the day. There are, however, a few trains on this route that require a change, so be sure to check carefully when you book.
Amenities on Trains from Verona to Venice
The top of the line AV train is the Frecciarossa, which offers air-conditioned cars with monitors listing travel information and news, power outlets at every seat, free WIFI, and 3g and 4g internet. There are a number of classes with color-coded cars: Executive (brown, including meal service and station lounge); Business (blue, including snack, drink and choice of newspaper); Premium (red, including snack, drink and choice of newspaper), and Standard (orange, with trolley snack and drink service). There is also a café car available to all passengers.
Frecciabianca trains are the third-tier AV trains: they are very similar in passenger experience to the Frecciarossa, though not as fast. Frecciabianca trains have both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars, both of which are air-conditioned and include power outlets at each seat. First-class passengers receive a free drink and newspaper, and all Frecciabianca trains offer either trolley service and/or a café car for all passengers.
Eurocity trains are the lowest tier AV trains, and are slower and less luxurious than other AV trains, but faster and more comfortable than Regionale trains. Eurocity trains have air-conditioned 1st-class and 2nd-class cars; 1st-class cars have power outlets at each seat, free newspapers, mini-bar, and meal service. There is also a café car available to all passengers.
There are sometimes 1st class and 2nd class cars on Regionale trains, but not always. Reservations are not required on these trains, so passengers can choose any available seat on a car in the purchased ticket class. There is no food service or café car on Regionale trains, and the air conditioning and power sockets are not always functional.
Verona and Venice Train Stations
Porta Nuova is Verona’s main train station on Piazzale 25 Aprile, which is also the city’s hub for local and regional buses. The train station not located in the historic center, but there are frequent buses from the center to Piazzale 25 Aprile.
Venice has two stations: Mestre is located on the mainland and Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes abbreviated as S. Lucia) is on the islands, making it the most convenient for arriving travelers. There is a vaporetto (water bus) stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.