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Traveling by train from Rome to Venice

Considering a trip to Venice and want more information on how to travel by train from Rome to Venice? Start your journey here!

Generally, the train time from Rome to Venice is 3 hours and 50 minutes, although you can get to Venice in just 3 hours and 16 minutes on the fastest high-speed services. When traveling on this popular route, you’ll depart from either Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina station, and arrive at Venezia Santa Lucia or Venezia Mestre station.

While Venice is accessible by plane and car, the train is by far the most comfortable way to travel from Rome to Venice. Once you’ve set off, you can sit back and watch the scenery change from Roman grandeur to beautiful countryside, before crossing the Venetian Lagoon and arriving in the heart of the city.

If you travel on a high-speed Frecciarossa train, you’ll hit top speeds of 186mph (300km/h), while enjoying elite levels of comfort, with free WiFi and leather seats as standard. Once you’ve arrived in Venice, you’re a short walk from the city center, where you’ll find some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, such as:

  • St. Mark’s Square – the city’s largest public square, home to the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica and the impressive Doge’s Palace.
  • The Grand Canal – one of the main waterways in Venice lined with palaces, churches and some of Venice’s oldest buildings.
  • Rialto Bridge – one of the oldest surviving bridges in Venice and one of only four bridges crossing the Grand Canal, but Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most famous of the four.

And if you want to experience some more Venetian culture, Venice plays host to Carnevale every February - no wonder it's one of our top European destinations for February!

It's also worth knowing about Venice's new tourist fee if you're heading to the city to see the sights.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Rome to Venice today. Keep reading for helpful information, such as FAQs, train times and how to find cheap train tickets. If you’re feeling ready to book, head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page to start your search. 

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Rome to Venice by train

It takes an average of 3h 58m to travel from Rome to Venice by train, over a distance of around 245 miles (394 km). There are normally 28 trains per day traveling from Rome to Venice and tickets for this journey start from $15.68 when you book in advance.

First train

5:45 am

Last train

10:27 pm

Departure station

Rome

Arrival station

Venice

Journey time

From 3h 16m

Distance

245 miles (394 km)

Frequency

28 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $15.68

Train and bus operators

Itabus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo

Rome to Venice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rome 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
8:49 am 12:42 pm 3h 53m, direct
9:45 am 1:42 pm 3h 57m, direct
10:45 am 2:42 pm 3h 57m, direct
11:45 am 3:23 pm 3h 38m, direct
11:50 am 4:07 pm 4h 17m, 1 change
12:45 pm 4:23 pm 3h 38m, direct
12:50 pm 5:07 pm 4h 17m, 1 change
1:45 pm 5:23 pm 3h 38m, direct
1:50 pm 6:07 pm 4h 17m, 1 change
2:45 pm 6:23 pm 3h 38m, direct

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

You can travel from Rome 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 Rome to Venice

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

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

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

The price of train tickets from Rome to Venice starts at $15.68 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 Rome 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 Rome airports to the city center

If you’re visiting Rome from abroad, chances are you’ll be arriving at one of Rome’s airports, Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino Airport. Each airport is well-connected to central Rome thanks to the city’s extensive rail and bus network.

How to get to Rome stations from central Rome

Trains to Venice depart from both Roma Termini station and Roma Tiburtina station. Not sure how to get to either? We’ve got you covered!

Everything you need to know about Rome stations

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

Train stations between Rome and Venice

On your way from Rome to Venice by train, you can stop off at several towns and cities.

In total, the journey from Rome to Venice can take just 3 hours and 16 minutes on the fastest high-speed services. Depending on which service you travel on, you can travel through some of the most beautiful towns in Italy, including Florence and Bologna. Your Italo or Frecciarossa train from Rome to Venice will call at the following stations:

Arriving in Venice from Rome

At the end of your journey, you will arrive at either Venezia Santa Lucia station or Venezia Mestre station.

Before you know it, your train will arrive in Venice. Trains departing from Rome arrive at either Venezia Santa Lucia station or Venezia Mestre station.

How to get from Venezia Santa Lucia station to central Venice

As soon as you’ve arrived, you can simply leave the station, as there are no security checks to go through. Once you’ve exited Santa Lucia station, you’ll want to start soaking up the city’s atmosphere as soon as possible.

If you want to reach the center of Venice quickly, the easiest way to get there is on foot. From Santa Lucia station, the renowned Rialto Bridge is a 20-minute walk, and the iconic St Mark’s Square is a 27-minute walk.

How to get from Venezia Mestre station to central Venice

Located around 6 miles from central Venice, Venezia Mestre station is well-connected due to the city’s public transport system.

If you want to get from Venezia Mestre station to the city center quickly and cheaply, you should take the tram. Once you’ve left the station, you’ll find the Mestre Centro tram stop at Piazzale Cialdini. From here, you can take the T1 Line to Piazzale Roma in the heart of Venice.

Alternatively, you can take a 10-minute train from Venezia Mestre station to Venezia Santa Lucia station with Trenitalia. Then, you can simply take a 20-minute walk to the city center.

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, they are 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 (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.

Traveling from central Venice to the airport

If you’re traveling back home after your trip to Venice, you’ll probably depart from Venice Marco Polo Airport. Want to know how to get from the city center to the airport? Keep reading for more details.

Buses to Venice Airport

The bus is one of the quickest ways to get to the airport from the city center. From Piazzale Roma, you can take bus line 5 to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. On the way, the bus makes various stops, so the journey can take from 30 to 45 minutes. A one-way ticket costs €8 ($8.69 in August 2023).

However, for the same price, you can take the ATVO bus, which is slightly faster. Running from Piazzale Roma, ATVO’s blue buses only make two stops, meaning you’ll arrive at the airport in just 20 minutes. Approximately, the buses run every 30 minutes and also cost €8 ($8.69 in August 2023).

Water buses to Venice Airport

Alternatively, you can take one of Alilaguna’s water buses – they run all day from very early in the morning until late at night and connect St Mark’s Square with the airport.

Each journey on the water bus costs €15 ($16.29 in August 2023). The Alilaguna water bus network is comprised of six different lines, but only three lines will take you to the airport:

  • Blue line: connects the Venice Cruise Terminal and the Airport.
  • Orange line: runs from Piazza San Marco to Marco Polo Airport.
  • Red line: connects Lido to Marco Polo Airport (it only runs from April until October).

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 Rome to Venice

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

The average journey time by train between Rome and Venice is 3 hours and 58 minutes, with around 28 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 Rome and Venice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rome to Venice is 3 hours and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from Rome to Venice cost?

Train tickets from Rome to Venice can start from as little as $15.68 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 Rome to Venice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rome to Venice without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Rome 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 Rome to Venice leave?

The first train from Rome to Venice leaves at 05:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rome to Venice leaves at 22:27. 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 Rome and Venice by train?

Trains travelling from Rome to Venice cover a distance of around 245 miles (394 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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.

Traveling by train from Rome to Venice

The first time I traveled from Rome to Venice by train, I couldn’t believe how quickly we arrived. In less than 3 and a half hours, I had already arrived in Venice! By car, the journey would have taken at least 2 hours more. But as we were traveling on train tracks, I avoided all the traffic.

Thanks to the high-speed trains of Frecciarossa and Italo, which travel at around 186mph, I saved precious time on my journey from Rome to Venice.

Previously, I've never known whether it was better to travel with Italo or Frecciarossa. However, these days I compare timetables and ticket prices for both train companies for my chosen travel day. Now, I travel with confidence knowing that I am not only traveling on the date and time most convenient for me, but I'm also finding my train ticket at the best price.

About Beatrice

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


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