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Getting from Zurich to Venice by train

For those who want to watch their worries float away across beautiful waterscapes, Zurich is a must-see destination. For those who want to do it with a spritz in their hand, Venice beckons. Or, why not do both, with the added extra of a train trip, and who doesn’t love European train travel?

Trenitalia’s speedy and sleek high-speed fleet will take you from the charming shores of Lake Zurich to the endlessly romantic canals of Venice in a little over six hours. So, take your place in a comfortable seat and watch the world go by, far better than stressful airport transfers or, dare we say it, cross-country driving.

Read more about this charming route from Zurich to Venice below or start your search in our Journey Planner.

Zurich Hb to Venice by train

It takes an average of 9h 21m to travel from Zurich Hb to Venice by train, over a distance of around 225 miles (362 km). There are normally 31 trains per day travelling from Zurich Hb to Venice and tickets for this journey start from £46.67 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station

Zurich Hb

Arrival station


Journey time

From 6h 55m


225 miles (362 km)


31 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £46.67

Train and bus operators

Trenitalia, Flixbus, ÖBB, SBB CFF FFS

Zurich Hb to Venice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Venice for Monday 15th April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:05 Zürich HB13:23 Venezia Mestre2409 Get tickets7h 18m, 4 changes
06:33 Zürich HB14:00 Venezia MestreEC 313 Get tickets7h 27m, 1 change
07:05 Zürich HB14:00 Venezia MestreIC 861 Get tickets6h 55m, 2 changes
07:33 Zürich HB14:30 Venezia MestreEC 311 Get tickets6h 57m, direct
08:05 Zürich HB15:00 Venezia Mestre2413 Get tickets6h 55m, 3 changes
08:33 Zürich HB16:00 Venezia MestreEC 315 Get tickets7h 27m, 1 change
09:05 Zürich HB16:00 Venezia MestreIC 865 Get tickets6h 55m, 2 changes

Trenitalia, ÖBB and SBB trains from Zurich Hb to Venice

You can travel from Zurich Hb to Venice on Trenitalia, ÖBB and SBB 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.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Eurocity, Eurocity and Trenitalia Eurocity classes from Zurich Hb to Venice

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurocity, Eurocity and Trenitalia Eurocity when travelling from Zurich Hb to Venice.

Onboard services on Eurocity, Eurocity and Trenitalia Eurocity

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


You can take your luggage free of charge onboard all ÖBB Eurocity trains, provided that it is stowed in the luggage racks above or below your seat or in the areas provided for hand luggage.

The pieces of luggage must not exceed the maximum dimensions of 90 x 60 x 40cm. These dimensions can only be exceeded if you’re travelling with skis and snowboards, ski and hiking poles, wind, string or plucked instruments, wheelchairs, or strollers.

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A restaurant carriage is available on most ÖBB Eurocity trains and offers a wide range of snacks and drinks. Vegan and vegetarian options are available too. If you upgrade to First Class, your meal of choice will be served straight to your seat.


Unfortunately, ÖBB Eurocity trains do not offer an entertainment portal on board. Also, WiFi is not always available.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

If you’re travelling with your child, you’ll get a discounted ticket. Children aged 0-5 travel for free on ÖBB Eurocity trains, while those aged 6-14 get a half-price ticket. Kids aged 15 or over need a full-price ticket.

Many ÖBB Eurocity trains offer special compartments for children in Economy Class – they come with 6 seats and can be booked for any route. Breastfeeding compartments are available too – they have curtains that block the view for more privacy. These seats can’t be booked.


You can travel with your bike for free on all ÖBB Eurocity trains, provided that it can be folded and is not larger than 90 cm x 60 cm x 40 cm. You won’t need to book a space for your bike.

If you can’t fold your bike, you’ll need to buy a bike ticket to reserve your space. You can book your ticket up to 6 months in advance from ÖBB Ticketshop online. If possible, we recommend you print out your bike reservation and attach it to your bike where it is clearly visible for the ticket inspector.


Small pets can travel for free on ÖBB Eurocity trains if they’re placed in a carrier or cage. If you can’t carry them in a carrier or cage, you’ll need to buy a ticket for them. They must also be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.

Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost and don’t need to wear a muzzle.

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ÖBB Eurocity trains come with accessible toilets. Depending on the type of coach, several wheelchair bays including one seat for an accompanying person can be booked free of charge.

On many trains, the wheelchair bays are in First Class. However, passengers with wheelchairs and the person accompanying them can travel in First Class with their Second Class tickets and can also make use of the at-seat meal service on offer there.


You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Eurocity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.​

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Eurocity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.


There are plug sockets and free WiFi on SBB Eurocity trains.

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There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard.


You can take your bike onboard SBB Eurocity trains provided that you can fit it into the storage space onboard, but you'll need to buy a ticket for it. You'll also need a reservation for the Swiss part of your journey when travelling internationally. You can make a reservation online or at a ticket office.


Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

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There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet onboard, plus priority seating for passengers with reduced mobility.


There is air conditioning on board newer SBB Eurocity trains, so you can travel in comfort.

  • 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.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

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 Zurich Hb to Venice

The price of train tickets from Zurich Hb to Venice starts at £46.67 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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb to Venice take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Venice is 9 hours and 21 minutes, with around 31 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 Zurich Hb and Venice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Venice is 6 hours and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from Zurich Hb to Venice cost?

Train ticket prices from Zurich Hb to Venice can start from as little as £46.67 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 Zurich Hb to Venice?

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

The first train from Zurich Hb to Venice leaves at 00:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Zurich Hb to Venice leave?

The last train from Zurich Hb to Venice leaves at 23:05. 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 Zurich Hb and Venice by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Venice cover a distance of around 225 miles (362 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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