With an average journey time of under an hour and a half, the train is the perfect way to get from Bologna to Venice. Not only can you take in the wonderful views of the northern Italian countryside, you’ll also avoid the Italian roads! Take a luxurious high-speed Le Frecce train to arrive at Venice in style – you’ll be sipping an espresso at a canal-side café in no time.
The train takes you into Venezia SL station, the main station for Venice – from here a range of cultural attractions are just a short walk away. The Rialto Bridge is 20 minutes on foot and St. Mark’s Basilica and the centre of Venice are just 25 minutes away. Want to find out more about travelling from Bologna to Venice? Take a look at the information below and join our happy travellers booking train travel in Italy with us.
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).
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.
Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.
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 Bologna to Venice by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Bologna and Venice is 1 hour and 50 minutes, with around 15 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Bologna to Venice is 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Bologna to Venice can start from as little as €9.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Bologna to Venice without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Bologna to Venice each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Bologna to Venice leaves at 12:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bologna to Venice leaves at 17:12. 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.
Trains travelling from Bologna to Venice cover a distance of around 81 miles (131 km) during the journey.
For this journey, I took a Frecciarossa train from Bologna to Venezia Santa Lucia.
Departing from Bologna Centrale
Taking the train from Bologna Centrale can be quite confusing – there’s a station on the ground floor for regional and Intercity trains and another one named Bologna Sotterranea AV on the first floor for high-speed trains.
If you want to take a high-speed train from Bologna Centrale, I suggest you arrive at least fifteen minutes in advance to get to the platform in time.
On the Frecciarossa train
I bought an Economy ticket to travel in Standard Class. The ergonomic armchairs were wide and comfortable. During the journey, I used the onboard free WiFi via Le Frecce Portal and the reclining table to watch a film. After about an hour, we stopped at Padova, then a little while later at Venezia Mestre on our way to Venice.
Arriving at Venezia Santa Lucia
I genuinely think that the route from Venezia Mestre to Venezia Santa Lucia is one of the most beautiful in Italy – the train runs along a thin strip of land surrounded by the sea. From my window seat, I could see small empty islands and many boats bound for the lagoon – it’s like taking a step back in time!
The station is located on the Venetian lagoon and once you’re out you immediately see the Grand Canal. To get to Rialto and Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's square), you can either walk or hop on a vaporetto (a steamboat) bound for “San Marco – Lido” from the stop named Ferrovia.
Taking the train is definitely the best way to get to Venice and on the high-speed Frecciarossa, travel times are usually halved. A comfortable and exciting journey, I recommend it.
Federica is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.