The average train time from Venice to Rome is 3h 43m, although it can take 3h 29m on the fastest direct Frecciarossa and Italo trains. There are about 20 direct services covering 394km (245 miles) from Venice to Rome every day, the first train leaves at 05:37 from Venezia Mestre station and the last train leaves at 22:57 from Venezia Santa Lucia station.
Avoid the cramped plane and manic Italian roads and travel from Venice to Rome in a sleek, high-speed Trenitalia or Italo train. You’ll get from city centre to city centre, so you won’t have to worry about airport transfers or parking. Upgrade to First Class and you’ll enjoy a welcome service with complimentary snacks and drinks, free WiFi and larger and more comfortable leather seats.
Getting off at Roma Termini, you’ll also be able to reach the main tourist attractions quite easily – the incredible Roman Forum, once the beating heart of the Roman Empire, is within walking distance, and the Colosseum is about 20 minutes away on foot.
Sound good? Take a look at train times, ticket prices and FAQs about the journey from Venice to Rome below.
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 Venice to Rome 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 Venice and Rome is 5 hours and 25 minutes, with around 17 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 Venice to Rome is 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Venice to Rome can start from as little as €16.90 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 Venice to Rome without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Venice to Rome each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Venice to Rome leaves at 11:50. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Venice to Rome leaves at 10:35. 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 Venice to Rome cover a distance of around 245 miles (394 km) during the journey.