Travel from the busy Italian capital to the surreal canal city. Learn how to take the train from Rome to Venice.
Traveling from Rome to Venice means cutting a diagonal 330-mile line across Italy, from one coast to the other, and over the mountain range that runs down the center of the peninsula. This daunting task is made easily and relatively quick with Italy's high-speed trains.
Considering that the drive from Rome to Venice is more than 5.5 hours and you can't drive anywhere on the islands, taking the train is both a faster and smarter alternative.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Venice
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave from Roma Termini station 1-3 times per hour for Venice's Santa Lucia station on most weekdays. This makes for a total of 76 trains per day making this trip. The first train departs Termini station at 6:50 a.m., the last at 8:35 p.m., so there is certainly a train that suits your schedule.
The distance covered on these journeys is 330 miles (531 km), and the fastest AV trains make the trip in just under 3.5 hours. Ticket prices on this route range from $33-112.
Italo trains leave from Roma Tiburtina station bound for Venice Santa Lucia station five times per day and from Roma Termini station twice per day. From Tiburtina, the trip takes a little over 3.5 hours, stopping in Florence, Bologna, Padua, and Venice Mestre before arriving on the island. From Termini, the trip takes 3 hours and 45 minutes, and includes a stop at Roma Tiburtina.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Amenities on Trains from Rome to Venice
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.
Direct Trains from Rome to Venice
The high-speed AV trains stop in Florence and Bologna en route to Venice, but you will not need to change trains. Some routes do require train changes, however, so be sure to check your ticket details carefully. Italo trains make more stops along the way, but, you're not required to change trains on most of these trips.
Rome and Venice Train Stations
Rome's Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is also a Metro station inside Termini.
Venice has two stations, Mestre and Santa Lucia. Mestre station is on the mainland, while is 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 others stop only at Santa Lucia. Once at Santa Lucia, there's a vaporetto water taxi stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal.
See below for details on traveling from Rome to Venice 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
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