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Traveling from Florence to Venice by train in just 2 hours

Want to spend some time navigating canals and bridges and need more information on how to travel by train from Florence to Venice? Look no further! 

On average, the train journey from Florence to Venice takes 2 hours and 27 minutes, however it can take just 2 hours and 1 minute on the fastest Frecciarossa and Italo services. As there are around 23 direct services available between Florence and Venice, you don’t need to worry about changing along the journey.  

When traveling on this route, you’ll board a train at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, cruise through the Italian countryside and arrive at Venezia Mestre station. If you like to travel in style, why not upgrade to First Class? On Italo Prima, you’ll enjoy various amenities including power sockets, a table, leather armchairs, reading lights and a glove compartment. Frecciarossa Executive, you’ll enjoy wider reclining seats and a dedicated at-seat catering service. 

Built on a collection of 118 small islands, separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges, Venice is one of the most unique, romantic and historic cities in the world. Once you’ve exited Venezia Mestre Station, you can start visiting the city’s most famous landmarks. For inspiration, check out our comprehensive guide to the 11 best things to do in Venice, including the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Square.  

It's also worth knowing about Venice's new tourist fee, whether you're planning on taking a day trip or staying a little longer.

Feeling inspired? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Florence to Venice today. Head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page to begin your search. Keep reading if you’d like more information first, including train times, ticket prices, FAQs and more. 

Florence to Venice by train

It takes an average of 2h 30m to travel from Florence to Venice by train, over a distance of around 127 miles (204 km). There are normally 17 trains per day traveling from Florence to Venice and tickets for this journey start from $13.39 when you book in advance.

First train

4:38 am

Last train

9:55 pm

Departure station

Florence

Arrival station

Venice

Journey time

From 2h 1m

Distance

127 miles (204 km)

Frequency

17 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $13.39

Train and bus operators

Itabus, Trenitalia, Italo, Flixbus

Florence to Venice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Florence to Venice for Tuesday Jun 25th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
9:20 am 11:23 am 2h 3m, direct
9:36 am 12:37 pm 3h 1m, 1 change
10:39 am 12:42 pm 2h 3m, direct
11:40 am 1:42 pm 2h 2m, direct
12:39 pm 2:42 pm 2h 3m, direct
1:20 pm 3:23 pm 2h 3m, direct
2:20 pm 4:23 pm 2h 3m, direct
3:20 pm 5:23 pm 2h 3m, direct
4:20 pm 6:23 pm 2h 3m, direct
5:20 pm 7:23 pm 2h 3m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Intercity trains from Florence to Venice

You can travel from Florence to Venice on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Intercity trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). From December 2021, you can also travel with Frecciarossa from Milan to Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The trains are operated by Trenitalia France and have 4 levels of service - Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room - and two types of carriages: Silence Area, for those who want to travel in total tranquillity, and Allegro Area, for those who want to chat with their fellow passengers.

Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

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Trenitalia's Intercity trains run on standard lines outside the high-speed network, offering more than 90 trains a day that guarantee long and medium distance connections, ensuring wide coverage of the rail network. All Intercity trains are modern and comfortable with plenty of seats, retractable tables, power sockets, air conditioning, courtesy lights and plenty of luggage space. Intercity Night trains allow you to travel overnight in cabins with beds, berths or seating.

Frecciarossa, Italo, Intercity and Intercity Notte (night trains) classes from Florence to Venice

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa, Italo, Intercity and Intercity Notte (night trains) when traveling from Florence to Venice.

Onboard services on Frecciarossa, Italo, Intercity and Intercity Notte (night trains)

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Florence to Venice.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciarossa trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favourite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
  • If you travel in Premium or Business Class, you’ll get a free snack and drink. If you travel in Executive Class, you’ll get a complimentary meal by the renowned TV chef Carlo Cracco.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • You’ll find free WiFi on all Frecciarossa trains. Connect to their entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also use Portale FRECCE to get the latest updates on your journey, as well as book other services that will help you reach your destination.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (Frecciarossa’s standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for kids under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re traveling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciarossa trains provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches).
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciarossa trains free of charge if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (27.5 x 11.8 x 19.6 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a half-price Standard ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • You can’t travel with bigger dogs in Executive and Premium Class, in quiet carriages and in restaurant cars.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60, which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

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Air-conditioning is available on board. You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets you can find at your seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board free of charge. If you have a small bag or backpack, you can place it under your seat.
  • If you’re traveling with a larger bag, you can place it on the luggage racks above your seat.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. However, if you travel in Italo Smart, your bags must not be larger than 75 x 53 x 30cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

While there’s no bar or restaurant car on Italo trains, you can use the vending machines on board to get snacks and drinks during your journey.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • Italo trains offer free WiFi and a free entertainment portal called ItaloLive, where you can choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids aged 0-3 travel for free on Italo trains if they don’t occupy a seat. However, if an adult travels with more than one child aged 0-3, they will need to pay for a seat.
  • Children aged 2-14 get 50% off the Flex fare if they’re traveling in Italo’s Smart Class.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with a folding bike if it’s stored in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • You can travel with a traditional bike if it’s disassembled and placed in a bag that is not larger than 80 x 110 x 40cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 15.7 inches).
PetPetPets
  • Pets under 10kg (22 lbs) can travel for free on all Italo trains provided they’re placed in a carrier or cage
  • Pets over 10kg (22 lbs) will need a ticket to travel with you. They must also be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility are available on Italo trains. They’re usually located next to an accessible toilet. All accessible toilets also have tactile and Braille signs.

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Italo trains, as well as power outlets at every seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenitalia's Intercity trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You can get snacks and drinks from the vending machines available in car 3. Gluten-free and lactose-free options are available too.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

At the moment, Intercity trains do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Children under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re travelling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Intercity trains, provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches). Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • If you can't fold your bike, some Intercity trains allow you to take your bike on board. However, you’ll need to book a space and buy a ticket. There are 6 bike spaces in car 3 and 2 e-bike chargers.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Intercity trains free of charge, if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60 which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Intercity trains.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenitalia's Intercity Notte trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits – you can even travel with musical instruments and sports equipment. You’ll just need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

A minibar trolley service is available on all Intercity Notte trains – you can choose from a wide range of snacks and drinks. Vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options are available too.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Unfortunately, free WiFi is not available on Intercity Notte trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off, or 30% off if they’re traveling in the Comfort couchette or Deluxe cabin.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can take your folding bike with you if it’s stored in one of the dedicated luggage spaces.
  • If you have a traditional bike, you’ll need to disassemble it and place it in a bag that is not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches).
PetPetPets
  • Small pets are allowed on board free of charge, if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (27.5 x 11.8 x 19.6 inches). You’ll need to buy a ticket for the whole compartment.
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on board if they have a ticket – it’s usually 50% off the Base ticket (standard fare).
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Intercity Notte trains have a car with designated spaces for 2 passengers with a wheelchair and 2 companions. You’ll find a wheelchair symbol outside the car.

InfoInfoOther

Depending on the class you’ll be traveling in, you’ll get to enjoy additional perks, including a wake-up service, breakfast, bedding and more.

Cheap train tickets from Florence to Venice

The price of train tickets from Florence to Venice starts at $13.39 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Florence to Venice by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Traveling from Florence Airport to the city center

If you’re arriving in Florence from abroad, you’ll probably land at Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport. If you want to know how to get to the city center from the airport, keep reading for more details.

Trams from Florence Airport 

The cheapest and easiest way to get from Florence Airport to the city center is the tram – you’ll get there in just 15 minutes. When you leave the airport, head out of the front door and turn left. Follow the signs to the T1 tram stop where you’ll find several ticket machines where you can buy your tickets.  

Please remember that you need to get on the tram and validate your ticket, which means you need to put it in the small yellow machines near the doors and have the machine stamp the date/time on it to make it valid. If you fail to do that, a penalty fare will be issued. 

Buses from Florence Airport 

The bus is one of the fastest ways to get from the airport to the city center. Take the “Vola in Bus” shuttle service from outside the terminal and you’ll arrive at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station in about 20 minutes.  

This bus service departs from the airport every 30 minutes between 05:30 am and 08:30 pm, then every hour until 11:45 pm.

How to get to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station from central Florence

Before your journey to Venice, you need to travel to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. Not sure how to get there? We’ve got you covered!

You can reach Firenze Santa Maria Novella station by train or bus, depending on where you’re traveling from. If you’re already near the city center, you can also walk to the station.

  • Trains: Traveling from another Italian city? You can take a high-speed train operated by Trenitalia or Italo or a regional train operated by Trenitalia. For example, trains from Rome to Florence can take just 1 hour and 19 minutes on the fastest services.
  • Buses: You can take various buses from the city center to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. If you’re traveling from Florence airport, you can take the Busitalia SITA Nord "Vola in Bus" bus shuttle – you’ll reach the station in about 20 minutes.

First Class lounges available at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station

Both Italo and Frecciarossa welcome you in dedicated First Class Lounges with everything you need to sit back and relax before you travel. Waiting for your train has never been so relaxing!

Italo Club Lounge

Italo Club Lounges are for Club Executive passengers, as well as Italo Più Privilege and Platinum holders and Italo Più Corporate Privilege and Corporate Platinum holders. At the lounge in Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, you’ll find the following amenities:

  • Breakfast in the morning
  • Savory snacks, pizza, and dessert for lunch
  • Crisps, peanuts, taralli (similar to crackers) and other savory bites for a great aperitivo
  • Espresso, cappuccino, tea, water, and juices
  • A sitting area with comfortable sofas
  • Free WiFi and power outlets
  • Toilets

FRECCIALounge

If you’re traveling with Frecciarossa, you can access the FRECCIALounge at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station if you have:

  • A CartaFRECCIA Oro or Platino card (types of Trenitalia loyalty card)
  • An Executive or Salottino ticket
  • A carnet 10 viaggi for Business or Executive Class (First Class) – it’s a group of single tickets valid for 10 journeys.

At FRECCIALounge, you’ll get to enjoy a working area with power outlets and free WiFi, as well as a Bistrot Area offering a wide range of snacks and drinks.

Arriving at Venezia Mestre station from Florence

Before you know it, your train will arrive in the heart of Venice.

Trains departing from Florence arrive at Venezia Santa Lucia station, which is a 20-minute walk from the renowned Rialto Bridge, in the city center. 

Using public transport in Venice 

Even though Venice is a small city and can be navigated on foot, you can still make use of the public transport available. Keep reading for more details. 

Taking the bus in Venice 

Although tourists and locals don’t usually need to take a bus to get around Venice, it is sometimes necessary to get to other destinations. If you’re traveling to Venice Airport, you can take bus line 5 from Piazzale Roma, which is only a few minutes away from Venezia Santa Lucia station. 

As most of the public transport on the island of Venice is waterborne, urban buses are the least used means of transport. 

Taking the water bus (or vaporetto) in Venice 

Water buses, also known as vaporetti in Italian, replace the normal urban buses and are used to get around the heart of the city via its canals. The most useful water bus lines for tourists are the following: 

  • Line 1: It slowly cruises the Grand Canal from the central bus station in Piazzale Roma to Venezia Lido. It stops at most landmarks down the Canal, including St Mark’s Square (or Piazza San Marco), Ca’Rezzonico or Rialto Bridge 
  • Line 3: It connects Piazzale Roma with Murano 
  • Line 7: It connects St Mark’s Square with Murano 
  • Line 10: It’s the quickest way to get from St Mark’s Square to Lido 
  • Line 18: It runs between Lido and Murano. 

Things to see and do in Venice

Boasting picturesque canals and bridges, medieval churches and palaces, there’s so much to discover in beautiful Venice! To help you narrow it down, here are some ideas for things to see and do in Venice:

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting Venice, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

FAQs for Florence to Venice

Want to know more about your journey from Florence to Venice? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Florence to Venice take?

The average journey time by train between Florence and Venice is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with around 17 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Florence and Venice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Florence to Venice is 2 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from Florence to Venice cost?

Train tickets from Florence to Venice can start from as little as $13.39 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Florence to Venice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Florence to Venice without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Florence to Venice each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Florence to Venice leave?

The first train from Florence to Venice leaves at 04:38. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Florence to Venice leave?

The last train from Florence to Venice leaves at 21:55. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Florence and Venice by train?

Trains travelling from Florence to Venice cover a distance of around 127 miles (204 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Venice to Florence.


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