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Take the train from Bologna to Venice

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. 

Bologna to Venice by train

It takes an average of 1h 32m to travel from Bologna to Venice by train, over a distance of around 81 miles (131 km). There are normally 43 trains per day travelling from Bologna to Venice and tickets for this journey start from €6.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 15m
PriceFrom €6.60
Distance81 miles (131 km)
Frequency43 trains per day
First train04:43
Last train22:01
Departure stationBologna
Arrival stationVenice
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsMarino, Itabus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo, ÖBB

Bologna to Venice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bologna to Venice for Tuesday 11th October 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:21 12:42 1h 21m, direct
12:01 13:23 1h 22m, direct
12:12 14:07 1h 55m, direct
12:21 13:42 1h 21m, direct
13:01 14:23 1h 22m, direct
13:18 14:56 1h 38m, direct
13:21 14:42 1h 21m, direct
13:25 15:07 1h 42m, direct
13:46 15:16 1h 30m, direct
14:01 15:23 1h 22m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains from Bologna to Venice

You can travel from Bologna to Venice on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento 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, free WiFi connection and 4 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 selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). You can now also travel with Frecciarossa between Milan and Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The new Frecciarossa trains have 4 levels of service – Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room – and two types of carriage: 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.

PhotoRob Dammers, under licence CC 2.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Bologna to Venice

The price of train tickets from Bologna to Venice starts at €6.60 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 Bologna 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Bologna and Venice is 1 hour and 32 minutes, with around 43 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 Bologna and Venice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bologna to Venice is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How much does the train from Bologna to Venice cost?

Train ticket prices from Bologna to Venice can start from as little as €6.60 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.

Is there a direct train from Bologna to Venice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bologna to Venice without having to change trains. There are 43 direct trains from Bologna 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 Bologna to Venice leave?

The first train from Bologna to Venice leaves at 04:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bologna to Venice leaves at 22:01. 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 Bologna and Venice by train?

Trains travelling from Bologna to Venice cover a distance of around 81 miles (131 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Venice to Bologna. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bologna to Venice.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team blog

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

Taking the train to Venice is such an exciting experience.

Review by Federica Sciori

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.  

The journey

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.


About Federica

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.

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Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in Italy. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bologna to Venice for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/11/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 06/05/2022 for travel on 06/05/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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