Train is the best option if you are trying to get from Florence to Venice. Although you can drive and maybe even fly I definitely recommend that you take train from Florence to Venice.
- You don’t have to drive on Italian congested highways
- No need to worry about parking
- Train stations are located in the city centers
This is a step by step guide how to get from Florence to Venice by train. It should help you to plan your trip and avoid wasting time.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET FROM FLORENCE TO VENICE
Italy has very well-developed system of high-speed trains. It should take you about 2 hours to go from Florence Santa Maria Novella to Venice Santa Lucia train station. This means that you travel from Florence city center to Venice city center in about 2 hours ( using fast Fracciarossa and Frecciargenta trains).
Florence train station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella (Firenze SMN ). It is located in city center close to main tourist attractions.
Venice has 2 train stations ( Mestre and Santa Lucia). Mestre train station is located in industrial suburb of Mestre ( on the mainland).
Santa Lucia train station is located in Venice historic city center. This is the most convenient way to get to Venice city center.
If you are staying in Venice historic center you want to use Santa Lucia train station.
When you get to Venice you can use my guide to decide on the best area where to stay.
You can also browse different hotel options here.
WHERE TO BUY TRAIN TICKETS
I recommend using Trenitalia website. Trenitalia has a great website which explains all details about different services they offer, different types of trains. If you want to buy tickets just enter dates and the system will show you:
- Different types of trains ( Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca )
- Different levels of service ( Business, Executive, Premium or Standard )
- Various discounts ( if you are under 26 or over 65 years old)
IMPORTANT: Most trains in italy require both ticket and reservation. These trains are marked with R. If you book with Trenitalia website the system will visually guide you to reserve your seat. It will show you the layout of coach and seat arrangements. You can also choose a seat near other passenger ( if you are travelling with someone).
WHERE TO BUY TRAIN TICKETS
Trenitalia has a great website with all details about prices, services and timetable.
Transport companies in Italy usually have lousy websites, fortunately TRENITALIA has a great website:
It is very easy to use and compare prices. Just type in your destination and system will present you different options, departure times and different price options.
HOW CAN I PAY MY TRAIN TICKET
You can pay online using most credit cards and Paypal.
WHERE TO PICK UP TICKETS
After you pay your tickets you will get confirmation email with PNR code. You need to present PNR code to the crew.
TRAINS IN ITALY
Trains in Italy are operated by state company Trenitalia.
There are 3 types of trains:
- Frecciarossa: Red train
- Frecciargento: Silver train
- Frecciabianca: White train
This is high-speed train connecting big cities. These are the fastest and most comfortable trains offering: air condition, wi-fi, wide space for luggage.
IMPORTANT: These trains offer 2 seats for wheelchairs and toilet adjusted for wheelchairs in coach 3.
There are 4 levels of service :Executive, Business, Premium and standard.
One way ticket from Florence to Venice will cost you from 25 Eur for Base ticket up to 70 Eur for Executive ticket.
Frecciarossa has 14 daily lines.
Fracciargento or silver train is also very comfortable highs speed train. Frecciargento trains are connecting
Rome with Venice and Rome with Verona and Brescia and Bolzano.
Fracciargento offers 44 daily lines. These trains also offer wi-fi, air conditioning, wide space for luggage.
IMPORTANT: These trains offer 2 seats for wheelchairs and toilet adjusted for wheelchairs in coah 3.
One way ticket from Florence to Venice will cost you from 25 Eur for base ticket up to 54 Eur for first class ticket.
These are trains that are running on traditional lines outside of high-speed network. There are 86 trains every day
connecting most cities in Italy.
When you get to Venice you can use my transportation guide to help you get around the city ( how to use vaporetto water taxi etc.)