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Getting from Lugano to Venice by train

Take the train from Lugano to Venice and reach the stunning canal-filled city in under four hours on a direct train. Mingle with friendly locals on board for a great way to pick up some Italian. 

Thanks to Trenitalia’s direct service, you can soon be right in the centre of Venice without the need to worry about a long drive. Venice is a city best explored on foot so taking a car there is more of a hassle! Enjoy gourmet meals and comfortable seats if you travel on Frecciarossa Executive Class (First Class).

Ready to book or find out more? Scroll through the rest of this page for all the details you’ll need about the journey from Lugano to Venice, including FAQs and train times.

Lugano to Venice by train

It takes an average of 5h 31m to travel from Lugano to Venice by train, over a distance of around 168 miles (270 km). There are normally 34 trains per day travelling from Lugano to Venice and tickets for this journey start from £30.49 when you book in advance.

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Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 3h 50m


168 miles (270 km)


34 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £30.49

Train and bus operators

Trenitalia, Flixbus

Lugano to Venice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lugano to Venice for Tuesday 12th March 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:02 15:00 3h 58m, 1 change
11:30 15:30 4h 0m, 2 changes
12:02 16:00 3h 58m, 1 change
12:30 16:30 4h 0m, 1 change
13:02 17:00 3h 58m, 1 change
14:02 18:00 3h 58m, 1 change
14:30 18:28 3h 58m, 1 change
15:02 19:30 4h 28m, 1 change
15:02 19:23 4h 21m, 2 changes
16:02 20:00 3h 58m, 1 change

Trenitalia trains from Lugano to Venice

You can travel from Lugano to Venice on 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.

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.

Trenitalia Eurocity classes from Lugano to Venice

Compare the different travel classes offered by Trenitalia Eurocity when travelling from Lugano to Venice.

Onboard services on Trenitalia Eurocity

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

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

Free WiFi is available on Eurocity Giruno trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

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


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.


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

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


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

Cheap train tickets from Lugano to Venice

The price of train tickets from Lugano to Venice starts at £30.49 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 Lugano 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 Lugano 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 Lugano to Venice take?

The average journey time by train between Lugano and Venice is 5 hours and 31 minutes, with around 34 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 Lugano and Venice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lugano to Venice is 3 hours and 50 minutes.

How much does the train from Lugano to Venice cost?

Train ticket prices from Lugano to Venice can start from as little as £30.49 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 Lugano to Venice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lugano to Venice without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Lugano 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 Lugano to Venice leave?

The first train from Lugano to Venice leaves at 00:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lugano 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 Lugano and Venice by train?

Trains travelling from Lugano to Venice cover a distance of around 168 miles (270 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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