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Taking the train from Milan to Venice in 2h

Want to travel from Milan to Venice by train and need more information? You’ve come to the right place! 

On average, the train journey from Milan to Venice takes 2h 48m, but if you want to get there quicker, the fastest Frecciarossa services take just 2h. As there are direct services available, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way either. On this route, you’ll depart from either Milan Centrale or Milan Rogoredo and arrive at either Venice Santa Lucia or Venice Mestre.  

Whether you’re travelling on a Trenitalia or Italo service, you’ll travel on a high-speed train and cross the Venetian Lagoon in your comfortable seat - and you’ll wonder why you ever considered driving! If you’re travelling on Trenitalia’s Frecciarosa service, why not treat yourself? Upgrade to Frecciarossa’s Executive Class and travel in maximum comfort with luxury reclining leather seats and a meal served to your seat.  

Once you’ve arrived in Venice, you can start exploring the city’s fascinating history. Unsure where to begin? Head over to our Venice travel hub for inspiration, including the best things to do in Venice, such as visiting the Bridge of Sighs or discovering the Venetian Lagoon Islands.  

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.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Milan to Venice in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Want to learn more? Keep reading for information on taking the train from Milan to Venice, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs. 

Milan to Venice by train

It takes an average of 3h 2m to travel from Milan to Venice by train, over a distance of around 152 miles (245 km). There are normally 31 trains per day traveling from Milan to Venice and tickets for this journey start from $14.65 when you book in advance.

First train

12:22 am

Last train

10:33 pm

Departure station

Milan

Arrival station

Venice

Journey time

From 2h 13m

Distance

152 miles (245 km)

Frequency

31 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $14.65

Train and bus operators

Itabus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo

Milan to Venice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Venice for mardi juin 18 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
9:43 am 12:23 pm 2h 40m, 1 change
10:45 am 1:00 pm 2h 15m, direct
11:05 am 1:30 pm 2h 25m, direct
11:45 am 2:00 pm 2h 15m, direct
12:45 pm 3:00 pm 2h 15m, direct
1:15 pm 3:30 pm 2h 15m, direct
1:45 pm 4:00 pm 2h 15m, direct
2:15 pm 4:30 pm 2h 15m, direct
2:45 pm 5:00 pm 2h 15m, direct
3:13 pm 5:30 pm 2h 17m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia trains from Milan to Venice

You can travel from Milan to Venice on Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia 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.

Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia Eurocity classes from Milan to Venice

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia Eurocity when traveling from Milan to Venice.

Onboard services on Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia Eurocity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Milan 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).

InfoInfoOther

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 Eurocity 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
  • You’ll find a Bar-Bistrò on Eurocity trains that are travelling between Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
  • A minibar trolley service is also available – you can choose from a wide range of snacks and drinks.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Free WiFi is available on Eurocity Giruno trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Kids under 4 can travel for free if they're accompanied by an adult and don't occupy a seat.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Not all Eurocity trains allow you to take your bike on board – you’ll need to check in advance if you can travel with your bike. If that’s the case, you’ll need to buy a ticket and book your bike space before departure at the ticket office.

PetPetPets

Guide and assistance dogs can travel for free and don't need a ticket.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

All of Trenitalia’s Eurocity trains offer dedicated spaces to passengers with disabilities.

InfoInfoOther

A quiet area (or Area Silenzio) is available on all Eurocity Giruno trains.

Cheap train tickets from Milan to Venice

The price of train tickets from Milan to Venice starts at $14.65 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 Milan 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.

How to get from Milan airports to Milan city center

If you’re flying into Milan, you’ll need to travel from the airport to the heart of the city. Read on for more information on how to get to the city center from each of Milan’s three airports.

Everything you need to know about Milan's train stations

Read on for more information on how to get to Milan's train stations.

First Class Lounges available at the station

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

Where do trains from Milan to Venice call at? 

Your Italo or Frecciarossa train from Milan to Venice may call at some or all of the following stations:

Arriving in Venice

When getting a train from Milan to Venice, you may arrive at Venezia Mestre station on the mainland. Trains departing from Milan may also stop at Venezia Santa Lucia station, which is a 20-minute walk from the renowned Rialto Bridge, in the heart of the city.

Using public transport in Venice 

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

Taking the bus in Venice

Even if tourists and locals don’t usually need to take a bus to get around the city center, it is sometimes necessary to get to other destinations. For example, 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 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.

Top 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 Milan to Venice

Want to know more about your journey from Milan 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 Milan to Venice take?

The average journey time by train between Milan and Venice is 3 hours and 2 minutes, with around 31 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 Milan and Venice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Venice is 2 hours and 13 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Venice cost?

Train tickets from Milan to Venice can start from as little as $14.65 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 Milan to Venice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Venice without having to change trains. There are 24 direct trains from Milan 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 Milan to Venice leave?

The first train from Milan to Venice leaves at 00:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Milan to Venice leaves at 22:33. 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 Milan and Venice by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Venice cover a distance of around 152 miles (245 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

From Milan to Venice in just 2 hours on high-speed trains

The train journey from Milan to Venice is one of my favourites! You can reach Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia train stations in about two hours, without having to worry about parking or expensive toll roads.

For this journey, I took the Frecciarossa train 9317 departing from Milan Central Station at 09:15 and arriving in Venezia Santa Lucia at 11:40.

Travelling from Milan Central Station

I got to Milan Central Station 20 minutes early, knowing it would get particularly crowded at 09:00 (you can usually find long queues at the security gate before going to the platform).

While I was going to the train station by tram, I checked if my train was on time and which platform it was leaving from. The train would be at platform 18, so I took the stairs near Bar Motta to speed things up. Trains bound for Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia usually leave from platforms 12 to 20, but I suggest you always check before getting to the station, especially if you’re travelling in the afternoon or the evening – if there’s a delay or a faulty train, the platform number may change at the last minute.

After going through the security gate, it was very easy for me to find both the Frecciarossa 1000 train (number 9317) and carriage number 10. The carriage numbers are indicated on the screens you can find on the platform.

On the Frecciarossa train

I booked my Super Economy train ticket to travel in Frecciarossa Premium Class 5 weeks in advance. I took advantage of the A/R in giornata offer (found under the Semi-flexible tab when booking your ticket) – it allows you to save money if you’re returning by train on the same day.

The Frecciarossa Premium Class offers comfortable and spacious armchairs, at-seat power sockets, free WiFi and (my favourite) a welcome service with a complimentary sweet or savoury snack – usually biscuits or crackers – and a drink of your choice. As I was travelling in the morning, I opted for some chocolate biscuits and a cup of coffee.

I often travel on this route, and I always find great offers when booking in advance. Besides the A/R in giornata offer, you can get great deals if you travel on weekends (A/R weekend and Speciale 2x1 offers) or with a group/family (Insieme and Bimbi Gratis offers). Remember that some of these offers can only be applied if you buy a Base ticket – it’s the most expensive yet most flexible ticket type. However, if you book two or more months in advance, you can get a Super Economy ticket that’s actually cheaper than the offer itself.

The Frecciarossa train stops in Brescia after about 40 minutes, then proceeds towards Desenzano, Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza, Padova and Venezia Mestre. The famous route between Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia is always breathtaking for me – the Frecciarossa whisks through a thin strip of land which connects the mainland with the lagoon and is surrounded by the sea.

Arriving in Venezia Santa Lucia 

Venezia Santa Lucia train station is in the lagoon, about 30 minutes away from St Mark’s Square. Once you get off, you can take the ACTV water bus – the stop is right opposite the station – and reach both the city centre and other islands like Murano and Burano. 

The train is probably the best travel option to get from Milan to Venice – it’s fast, cheap and pretty comfortable. If you decide to take your car, you’ll get stuck in traffic on the A4 motorway, and that’s without mentioning the expensive toll roads and nightmare parking in Venice. Avoid the stress and take a high-speed train from Milan to Venice instead, you won’t regret it!

About Federica

Federica, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Milan and Venice.


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