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Travelling from Milan to Venice by train

Planning to take the train from Milan to Venice? Start your journey with us.

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.

Milan to Venice by train

It takes an average of 3h 6m to travel from Milan to Venice by train, over a distance of around 152 miles (245 km). There are normally 46 trains per day travelling from Milan to Venice and tickets for this journey start from £7.10 when you book in advance.

First train

00:22

Last train

23:38

Departure station

Milan

Arrival station

Venice

Journey time

From 2h 13m

Distance

152 miles (245 km)

Frequency

46 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £7.10

Train and bus operators

Itabus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo

Milan to Venice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Venice for Tuesday 12th March 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:35 13:52 2h 17m, direct
11:45 14:00 2h 15m, direct
11:50 14:23 2h 33m, 1 change
12:00 14:42 2h 42m, 1 change
12:45 15:00 2h 15m, direct
13:15 15:30 2h 15m, direct
13:45 16:00 2h 15m, direct
14:15 16:30 2h 15m, direct
14:45 17:00 2h 15m, direct
14:50 17:23 2h 33m, 1 change

Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia trains from Milan to Venice

You can travel from Milan to Venice on Frecciarossa, Italo and 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.

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.

Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia Eurocity classes from Milan to Venice

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia Eurocity when travelling from Milan to Venice.

Onboard services on Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia Eurocity

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

LuggageLuggageLuggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciarossa trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no luggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your luggage 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
  • 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 (Frecciarossa’s 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 Frecciarossa trains provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm.
  • 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.
  • 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 carriages.
  • 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 sockets you can find at your seat.

LuggageLuggageLuggage
  • You can take your bags on board Italo trains free of charge.
  • If you have a small bag or backpack, you can place it under your seat. If you’re travelling with a larger bag, you can place it on the luggage racks above your seat.
  • In most cases, there are no luggage size limits. However, if you travel in Italo Smart, your bags must not be larger than 75 x 53 x 30cm.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

While there’s no bar or restaurant carriage 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 sockets that are available at your seat.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Children 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 travelling 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.
PetPetPets
  • Pets under 10kg can travel for free on all Italo trains provided they’re placed in a carrier or cage.
  • Pets over 10kg 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 at-seat power sockets.

LuggageLuggageLuggage
  • 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.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • 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.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment

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.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

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.

PetPetPets

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

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

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

InfoInfoOther

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

Cheap train tickets from Milan to Venice

The price of train tickets from Milan to Venice starts at £7.10 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 Milan 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.

Everything you need to know about Milan and Venice stations

Frecciarossa and Italo direct high-speed trains depart from Milan Central and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations and arrive at Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia stations.

How to get to Milan Central station

You can easily reach Milan Central station with one of the following modes of ATM transport:

  • Metro lines M2 (green line) and M3 (yellow line)
  • Buses 42, 60, 81, 82 and 87 and night buses NM2, NM3, N6 and N4
  • Trams 5, 9 and 33
  • Trolleybuses 90, 91 and 92 and night trolleybuses N90 and N91
  • Other regional trains

You can get to Milan Central station from Malpensa Airport with the fast regional Malpensa Express train, from Linate Airport with Air Bus and from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport with Orio Shuttle bus services.

How to get to Milano Porta Garibaldi station

One of the following modes of transport will take you to Milano Porta Garibaldi station:

  • Metro lines: M2 and M5
  • Buses: 43, 56, 70 and 94
  • Regional trains: R21, R31, S1, S11, S2, S5, S7, S8

First Class Lounges available at the station

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

FRECCIALounge at Milan Central station

You can get free access to the FRECCIALounge at Milan Central station if you have a CartaFRECCIA Oro or Platino, an Executive or Salottino ticket or a carnet 10 viaggi for Business or Executive Class (a book of single tickets valid for 10 journeys). Here you’ll get to enjoy a Working Area with power sockets and free WiFi, as well as a Bistrot Area offering a wide range of snacks and drinks.

Free Frecciarossa Fast Track service

If you have one of Trenitalia’s loyalty cards such as CartaFRECCIA Platino, CartaFRECCIA Oro or CartaFRECCIA Argento or you have a ticket to travel in Frecciarossa Executive or Business Class on Frecciarossa 1000, you can use Frecciarossa’s Fast Track service at gate E in Milan Central station to board your train.

Italo Club Lounges

Italo Club Lounges are for Club Executive passengers, as well Italo Più Privilege and Platinum holders and Italo Più Corporate Privilege and Corporate Platinum holders. You’ll find the following amenities at the Lounge in Milan Central station:

  • Breakfast in the morning
  • Savoury snacks, pizza and dessert for lunch
  • Crisps, peanuts, taralli and other savoury bites for a great aperitivo
  • Espresso, cappuccino, tea, water and juices
  • A sitting area with comfy sofas
  • Free WiFi and power sockets
  • Toilets

Free Italo Fast Track service

This service is for Prima or Club Executive ticket holders, as well as Italo Più Premium, Privilege, Platinum and Italo Più Corporate holders. You can make use of the free Fast Track service at Gate C in Milan Central station.

Where do trains from Milan to Venice stop?

When travelling from Milan to Venice, Frecciarossa and Italo trains call at the following stations:

Arriving in Venice

When getting a train from Milan to Venice, you may arrive at Venezia Santa Lucia station, which is a 20-minute walk from the renowned Rialto Bridge, in the heart of the city. Trains departing from Milan may also stop at Venezia Mestre station on the mainland. From here, you can hop on public transport towards Venezia Santa Lucia station.

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 centre, they are sometimes necessary to get to other destinations. For example, if you’re travelling 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 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.

Things to see and do in Venice

Boasting picturesque canals and bridges, medieval churches and palaces, there’s so much to discover in beautiful Venice! To help you narrow it down, here are some ideas for things to see and do in Venice:

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Milan and Venice is 3 hours and 6 minutes, with around 46 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 Milan and Venice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Venice is 2 hours and 13 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Venice cost?

Train ticket prices from Milan to Venice can start from as little as £7.10 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 Milan to Venice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Venice without having to change trains. There are 28 direct trains from Milan 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 Milan to Venice leave?

The first train from Milan to Venice leaves at 00:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Milan to Venice leaves at 23:38. 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 Milan and Venice by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Venice cover a distance of around 152 miles (245 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

From Milan to Venice in just 2 hours on high-speed trains

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).

I travelled to the train station by tram. The train was going to 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 double check at 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 – 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!

About Federica

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

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