Rome to Venice by Train

Let’s face it, Rome and Venice are two of the sexiest cities in Europe. There’s the grand Colosseum and modern city life on the one hand and staggeringly beautiful gondolas and canals on the other. Train connections from Rome to Venice are fast and frequent but they also fly past several other Italian gems.

Getting creative with the hop on, hop off aspect of the Eurail pass allows you to travel between Rome and Venice at leisure. You can find stopovers in many fascinating places. The art in Florence or the tower of Pisa anyone? Or how about medieval beauty in Orvieto or spaghetti bolognese in Bologna? Time to take out your map and start planning!

Rome to Venice by train | Alley in Rome, Italy

Rome to Venice by train | Romantic alley in Rome, Italy

Rome to Venice by train

The fastest route between Rome and Venice is aboard the direct Frecce train. It leaves Roma Tiburtina and swooshes all the way into the station that most travelers will recognize as Venice – Venezia Santa Lucia. Venezia Mestre is the larger, busier transport hub, but it’s also further from those romantic canals. The journey takes just over 3.5 hours and the comfort level is high. Services leave around twice an hour during peak hours and once an hour for off-peak times. You’ll need to reserve a place in advance for a fee. This can be done at the ticket machines just before you board.

To make the most of the cities en route, you can take the fast Frecce service between each leg (Florence, Bologna and Padua). Skip the reservations by hitting the regional trains.

One route is to leave Roma Termini to travel to Pisa Centrale and from there to Florence S.M.N and on to Venice. Another is to take the slow train from Roma Tiburtina straight to Florence, enjoying stops in lesser known beauties like Orvieto. Regional trains from Florence require changes at Prato Centrale and Bologna. Whichever route you take, if you only hop from train to train the journey should take about 8 hours. You can also spend more time strolling into the surroundings.

How to get to Roma Tiburtina

Rome to Venice by train | Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Rome to Venice by train | Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Roma Tiburtina is Rome’s second largest station. Locals still have a tendency to direct you towards Roma Termini, so be sure you’re heading the right way. Roma Tiburtina is well served by the metro (blue Line B), buses (numbers 492 and 649), and of course taxis. The FR1 line connects it to Roma Fiumicino airport (Leonardo da Vinci.) As a result of its recent renovation it’s well equipped with shops, pharmacies, luggage lockers, and tourist information.

Arriving at Venezia Santa Lucia

Rome to Venice by train | Venice, Italy at sunset

Rome to Venice by train | Venice, Italy at sunset

Arriving in Venezia Santa Lucia isn’t the most glamorous introduction to one of the most beautiful cities on earth. But it’s within walking distance to the city’s many charms (albeit over bridges and narrow walkways which can be tricky with bulky luggage.) A bus connects the station to Venezia Marco Polo Airport. Waterbuses and taxis provide transport to places around the city. You’ll find a luggage storage facility, wifi hubs, currency exchange facilities, and waiting rooms. You’ll also find plenty of tourist crowds…

Experience the flavors of Rome and Venice for yourself with a Eurail Italy Pass.


Related articles:
7 things to do in Rome for first-timers
How to see Venice on a backpacker’s budget
Train travel in Italy: a guide

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