By train (Santa Lucia station), Venice
In August 2004 I went to Venice by train from Ljubljana (Slovenia), whereas in May 2005 I arrived in Venice by train from Verona.
The central train station Santa Lucia is located in the district Cannaregio, just at one end of the Canale Grande.
Several vaporetti lines stop just in front of the train station (Ferrrovia).
Santa Lucia is the Railway Station of Venice, placed on the shore of the Canale Grande.
This is a beautiful new edifice, with all the facilities of a modern Station.
It was built in the middle of the 19th century, and then, it was rebuilt in the year 1950, and finished with modern facilities.
In the front of the station, there are the stairways that make the connection with the shore of the canal, where is the Vaporetti Station Ferovia Santa Lucia.
The Train station makes the bond of Venice Laguna with the mainland.
In the inside hall of the building, there are numerous tickets automats or offices, where you can buy the tickets for your trip, and a information office for the tourists.
A small hotel in the inside of the station is very appreciated by the guests.
This hotel, named Albergo Diurno is a day hotel, where the guests have the possibility to stay a few hours and to make a rest, until the arriving of the train.
Adress: Fondamenta Santa Lucia, Venezia 30173
The train transport to Venice is a very comfortable possibility to come here.
We came every year here by car, but last year, we came here by train.
It is a pleasure to drive by train to Venice.
The drive conditions are very good, and the trains are modern, clean and rapidly.
The train drives from London to Venice, through the intermediary stations: Paris, Düsseldorf, Köln, Frankfurt, Zurich, St. Anton, Innsbruck and Verona.
You can find more information on the internet site, or in the tourists’ office in the Railway station.
For reservations you can telephone by the number: 041 275 04 92
From Venice to Vienna there is also a good train connection.
A great, but expensive experience is the Venice Simplon Orient – Express that drive from Paris to Istanbul, through Venice, in the time period March - November.
More information, under the internet site
or by phone: 800 78 07 00
The best way to arrive in Venice is by train at the Santa Lucia Train Station on the northwestern edge of the city. We took the Eurostar from Milano Centrale and took 2 hours and 30 minutes, we seated in second class and all was right. Summer time is busy time to travel by train in Italy and it´s better buying tickets in adavance, we tryed by internet but we had to logged in trenitalia and wasn´t sure so we did it 2 days before the trip and we didn´t have any problem.
La mejor manera de llegar a Venecia es en tren a la estación de Santa Lucia que se encuentra en el noroeste de la ciudad. Nosotras cogimos el Eurostar desde Milan Central que tarda unas 2 horas y media en llegar, fuimos en sengunda clase y todo fue muy bién. En verano es mejor comprar los billetes con tiempo, lo intentamos por internet pero nos teniamos que dar de alta en trenitalia y era algo lioso, así que los compramos un par de días antes del viaje y no tuvimos ningún problema
The train we took from Padova to Venice and return was the way to go. It avoids the traffic, long lines on the autostrada, and parking problems. Price is 5.80 Euro round trip. Do not forget to get the tickets stamped, because there is a large fine. We forgot on one leg and had to pay 50 Euro penalty. The seats are good and trains clean.
ONE TICKET THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION BUT DID NOT HAVE THE TIME.. .WAS A EURA-RAIL THAT WENT FROM ITALY TO GREECE FOR 4 DAYS OF TRAVEL WITHIN A 2 MONTH PERIOD FOR I BELIEVE $245. .MAYBE IF I EVER HAVE THAT TIME ,I COULD TRY IT..
I am very thankful to say I had not a problem with the Marco Polo Night Train from Naples to Venice. We did make our reservations in advance, about 3 weeks ahead of time. We decided to have a private cabin, with shower and toliet, AC and AC control, and 2 beds. The sheets were clean, the room tiny and was definatly interesting trying to shower in the place. They gave us a lovely sparkling water upon our arrival. There was a security gaurd/steward, a private cabin door lock. Our journey was uneventful, and very quiet for being on a train. I tend to get motion sickness sleeping on nighttrains, so bringing some meds for that is a good idea. My cousin and I met some people that didnt have the same refreshing trip we did, and they had said they had to deal with loud noisy, not quiet as safe expernince. My cousin actually had someone tell her to basically hold her luggage, like a bear hug, all night and never sleep but to look out. Thankfully we didnt have to worry about that. So if you do the journey, spend the money and have a private room if there are at least 2 of you it is worth it! They have cabins for more people. So if you can fill a 4 person cabin, get one to yourself and book it in advance. Your travel time is so precious, so make the most of it and arive with sleep. Even if it is train sleep it is better than nothing.
If you are traveling to/from Venice via the train, make sure that you know which Venice train station you are traveling from. All trains go through Mestre, however Mestre is not in central Venice (where all of the tourists are). Mestre is about 10 minutes away by train and it costs 1 Euro to take the train to and from. Santa Lucia (S.L.) is the train station that is in tourist Venice so you want to make sure that your trains either end/start there. This is most helpful if you are doing research before hand. If you are leaving Venice going somewhere else, it is fairly easy to get a ticket to Mestre. But if you are getting your ticket from another destination, just make sure you get your ticket to go all the way to Santa Lucia...or I am sure you can get a 1 Euro ticket in Mestre. Although, I am not sure if they even check tickets...they didn't check mine (but its just a euro and it is better to have one than have to pay all that money if you are caught without one).
We had planned to go to Ljubljana first and I had already booked the train journey from there to Venice. But we had to change our plans, I cancelled our tickets and we had to think of the best way to go to Venice directly. We decided to take the night train from Munich and I booked a sleeper.
It was a good journey. I have some problems imagining a third person in this small sleeper, but for the two of us it was comfortable.
The conductor asked what time we would like our breakfast and he brought it to us. The coffee was much better than the usual coffee in trains, it was easy to see that we were in Italy.
Arriving in Venice early in the morning meant we had a whole extra day.
The rail station of Venice is situated close to Piazza Roma. Trains go directly to the island across the bridge from Mestre. Main lines operating to Venice come from both the North and the South of Italy. The web page of the State Railway offer a web page that gives direct routes and schedules. Visit the web page below.
Venice has two rail stations.
The first station that all Venice-bound trains enter is the Venice-Mestre Rail Station.
This station does not bring you to Venice, but rather Mestre, mainland Venice.
The rail station is located in Piazzale Favretti 1 - 30170 Mestre
Tel. 041-930792 - Fax 041-928513 / 041-784440
Special Disabled person services: Tel. 041-929472
You can get to the city from the station by taking the city bus or by taxi (Call a taxi: tel. 041.936222).
After crossing the bridge that spans the lagoon, the train next comes to the Santa Lucia Station of Venice.
Before 1846, the year the rail bridge was officially opened, Venice and the mainland were connected only via water.
The rail station is located on Fondamenta S. Lucia - 30100 Venice.
Just about every part of the city can be easily reached from the station, either on foot, by public boat (vaporetto) or in private water taxi.
While in Italy I travelled from city to city on the trains - Trenitalia. I used both the Inter City trains and the Eurostar. The Eurostar trains get between destinations faster (as they have fewer stops) and in general are kept in better condition than the Inter City ones. The trains I went on had either restaurant cars or snack bars on board.
To get to Venezia S.L I came on an Inter City train from Verona (Porto Nuova) - it took about 1 and a half hours to get there.
I had a railpass when I was in Italy, which was very handy. Although on some trips when I wanted to book a seat I had to pay a few euro extra - but it was either that or run the risk of standing up for a few hours. If you plan on doing a bit of train traveling while in Italy, I recommend getting a rail pass as this can save you money.
The website below is very helpful, you can look up timetables of the trains, prices and even book your tickets online.
Getting to Venice by train is probably the most practic way of traveling that exist. Santa Lucia train station is situated on the bank of Canal Grande, just a foot from Ponte degli Scalzi. Immediately after arriving you'll be able to feel and touch the taste of Venice.
Bad thing is if you're loaded with the luggage because walking through the crowded city might be a nightmare.
With several daily trains here from Rome, Milan, Turino, Udine and Bologna to name but a few places, it really couldn't be easier to get here by train. Most of the ones I mentioned above pass through Verona too. There are also international trains such as both day and night departures between Venice and Munich (via Innsbruck and Trento) and the night train to/from Vienna (via Klagenfurt and Udine). The long low bridge from Mestre, Venice's mainland town gives you a nice view of the city you will soon enter. Once you get to Venice, you are met by this view from outside the St Lucia railway station. The reason the station is called St Lucia is because there was a church here with that name earlier. That however had to give way for the station when the railway came to Venice. The church you see in this picture opposite Canale Grande cannot be visited.
We arrived in Venice by train after a two hours trip from Florence. We were almost fooled into getting down at Mestre, because the signs read "Venezia" but we didn't because we saw everyone else in the train sitting quietly. Finally we arrived at Santa Lucia, the other Venice railway station which is the end point for trains coming from many European cities. A few trains will only take you as far as Mestre, where you will need to hop into a local train. Traveling by train in Italy is a great experience. Services are regular, trains are in time and the cost of travel is reasonable. We took the Eurostar, which is the fast intercity, but there are a variety of trains available. The Santa Lucia station is located at the west end of the Grand Canal and the No. 1 vaporetto stops right in front of the building. Inside the station there are automatic ticket machines which we found very easy to use and a variety of shops and services helpful for the traveler: an exchange office, a left luggage facility, a cafeteria and bar and shops that sells souvenirs as well as international newspapers and magazines.