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The train from Milan to Venice usually takes 3h 10m, but can take just 2h 12m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with either Trenitalia or Italo. Both train companies offer elite levels of comfort, with leather seats and free WiFi as standard. Hop on board an ultra-modern high-speed Frecciarossa train and enjoy comfortable seating, free WiFi, and plenty of space for luggage as standard. Upgrade to Frecciarossa's Executive Class to travel in maximum comfort, enjoying luxury reclining leather seats and a meal served to your seat as you cross the Venetian Lagoon.
As you leave Venezia Santa Lucia station, take a moment to appreciate the view of the Grand Canal, which runs directly opposite the station exit. Venice’s top sights – such as the magnificent Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s Basilica – are within walking distance. Or, if you’re feeling suitably Venetian, hail a water taxi!
Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Milan to Venice with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.
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.
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 Milan 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 Milan and Venice is 3 hours and 7 minutes, with around 45 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 Milan to Venice is 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Milan 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 Milan to Venice without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Milan to Venice each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Milan to Venice leaves at 00:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan to Venice leaves at 23:33. 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.
Trains travelling from Milan to Venice cover a distance of around 152 miles (245 km) during the journey.
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 used my Trainline app to check 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 on Trainline’s app or website 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!
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.