Genève / Geneva to Venezia / Venice / Venedig by train

Take the daily direct train from western Switzerland to the banks of The Grand Canal



From Genève/Geneva-Cornavin to Venezia Santa Lucia/Venice S. L.

Travel Information

This train is usually scheduled to depart from Geneve daily at 05:39; if this timing doesn't suit take a later train from Geneve to Milano and connect there for Venezia/Venice.

Final Destination: Venezia S. Lucia

The train also calls at: Verona, Vicenza and Padova/Padua and Venezia Mestre

If you will be heading to the historic heart of Venice, take care not to leave the train at this station, remain on the train until its next station call, Venezia S.Lucia.

1 x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

This train is usually scheduled to depart from Geneve daily at target that time when looking up this journey.

If you're heading to the historic heart of Venice/Venezia take care that you book tickets to Venezia-S. Lucia station and not to Venezia Mestre.

Reservations will automatically be assigned when booking tickets - but rail pass users will need to make reservations prior to boarding.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €49

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Trainline from €49

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €49

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Omio from €49

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Rail Europe from €49

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

Journey description:

This is an enchanting journey, which tends to get overlooked, but not by ShowMeTheJourney, as it's been included in our list of Europe's Most Epic Express Train Journeys.

It's a train ride with multiple highlights, the first of which occurs after Lausanne when there are some great views over Lake Geneva, from the right of the train.

Then between Sion and Visp, the train threads through valleys lined with vineyards...

...that video was filmed from a train travelling in the opposite direction, but it gives a great idea of what to expect on this journey.

Shortly after departure from Brig the train will travel through The Simplon Tunnel - which for much of the 20th century was the world's longest railway tunnel.

The train then travels through a spectacular valley between the tunnel and Domodossola

If your reserved seat is on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) there are some fabulous views over Lake Maggiore either side of Stresa.

Though this video only gives a sense of the view of the islands that can be seen by the lake shore to the north of Stresa station; and also shows why we have tried and failed to photograph these islands, as glimpses of then can only be snatched through the trees.

Then later, before Desenzano station look out for a fleeting, but fabulous view over Lake Garda.

Finally the journey concludes with a flourish as the train heads across the lagoon to reach the historic heart of Venezia/Venice.

Between Montreux and Vevey Between Montreux and Vevey
Passing through the vineyards north of Brig Passing through the vineyards north of Brig
South of The Simplon Tunnel South of The Simplon Tunnel
Arriving in Domodossola Arriving in Domodossola
Lake Maggiore north of Stresa Lake Maggiore north of Stresa
Lake Maggiore south of Stresa Lake Maggiore south of Stresa
On a clear day you can see Lake Garda On a clear day you can see Lake Garda
Crossing the lagoon to Santa Lucia station Crossing the lagoon to Santa Lucia station
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