Guide to Venice Santa Lucia Train Station
The islands of Venice are notoriously car-free, but they're not entirely inaccessible. Trains carry passengers across the lagoon to Venice's Santa Lucia train station, right on the Grand Canal. The station, built in the 1940s and 1950s, required the demolition of the Church of Santa Lucia, which is where the station gets its name.
There are only 16 tracks at Venezia Santa Lucia, but the popularity of Venice as a day-trip destination means that the station sees roughly 82,000 people pass through every day. There is daily service to cities throughout Italy, as well as major cities elsewhere in Europe.
The main floor of the Santa Lucia station is where the train platforms are. The ticket windows are also on this level, along with the restrooms, tourist information, and some shops and restaurants. The left luggage facility is on the main level, near platform one.
A Sala Freccia Club, for travelers with a Gold or Platinum CARTAFRECCIA card or an Executive or AV Salottino ticket, is on the platform level, as is the Sala Blu, for passengers with disabilities who need special assistance. Other levels of the station building are largely used for offices or unused.
As mentioned, the station opens onto the Grand Canal, and it's in Venice's Cannaregio district. The Ponte dei Scalzi bridge is close to the station entrance and crosses the Grand Canal to the Santa Croce district, and the Ponte della Costituzione connects the station with the Piazzale Roma parking lot and cruise terminal. There is also a vaporetto (water bus) stop right in front of the station.
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