The stunning  San Simeone Piccolo church is across the Grand Canal from Venezia S. Lucia

Milano / Milan / Mailand to Venezia / Venice / Venedig by train

How to take a rail journey from Milan/Milano to Venice/Venezia

Now that the first stage of the Milano to Venezia high speed line has opened to Brescia, the rail service between Milan/Milano and Venice/Venezia is provided by

  1. high speed 'Frecce' trains operated by the national rail company, Trenitalia
  2. high speed Italo trains
  3. EuroCity (EC) trains which have travelled from Switzerland (these trains don't use the high speed line).
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Routes

Option 1: taking the Frecce and EC trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Venezia S.L.

All trains also call at: Verona, Padova and Venezia Mestre.
Take care not to leave the train at Venezia Mestre when travelling to Venezia S. Lucia

The service of high speed (AV) trains between Milano and Venezia/Venice is split between these 'Frecce' trains operated by Trenitalia and other, less frequent departures, by Italo trains.
See the 'Ticket Information' below for details of how you can compare these services, when looking up this journey on the ticket agents.

In addition to these Frecce trains which depart from Milano Centrale, there are two Frecciarossa 100 trains per day which depart from Milano Porta Garibaldi station daily at 16:13 and 18:13.

The trains

Most of these departures from Milano Centrale are now provided by Frecciargento services; many of which will be handled by the newer E700 trains; though the 08:45 departure is by a Frecciarossa train.

There are also 2 x EC trains per day from Milano Centrale to Venezia. S Lucia that are usually scheduled to depart daily at 10:05 and 12:05.
They're around 10 mins slower than these Frecce trains because they don't use the high-speed line between Milano and Brescia,

Frecce trains from Milano Centrale:
9 x trains per day

EC trains from Milano Centrale:
2 x trains per day

Frecce trains from Milano Porta Garibaldi:
2 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date; though this period of time can be shorter, particularly when searching for journeys more than three months ahead during October and March.

If you're heading to the historic heart of Venice/Venezia, then take care to select Venezia S. Lucia as the the Arrival station.

If you will be using an agent check that they are making a booking to Venezia S. Lucia and NOT to Venezia Mestre station.

The train service between MIlano and Venice/Venezia is provided by:
(1) these Frecce trains, which are operated by Trenitalia, and the EC trains
(2) alternative Italo trains, which are less frequent, but often cheaper.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains are placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are made available around 5 months ahead.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on with Trainline or Omio, though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee..

Rail Pass Users:

If you will be travelling with a valid Eurail or InterRail pass, you will need to reserve prior to boarding these trains, either at the station (using a Trenitalia ticket machine or ticket desk) OR by booking them online.

How to book the rail pass reservations online is included on our guide to using rail passes in Italy.

Note that rail passes are not valid on the alternative Italo trains.

If you want to avoid paying rail reservations at all on this route from Milano to Venezia, then the only option is to take a Regionale train from Milano to Verona - and then another Regionale Veloce train on from Verona to Venezia.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €29.90

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 €29.90

Trainline Guide

Italiarail from €29.90

Italiarail Guide

ItaliaRail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though ItaliaRail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

Users of InterRail and Eurail passes can also book seat reservations on the Frecce and InterCity trains without paying a booking fee,

Saveatrain from €29.90 approx

Saveatrain Guide

Omio from €29.90

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial)

Good to Know

The railway route between Milan and Venice/Venezia is typically very popular with tourists, so as a consequence of the global pandemic, the train service had been (temporarily) reduced quite dramatically on this route, particularly in the late afternoon and evening.

However, the service has now been restored to near normal levels.

Journey description:

The high speed part of the journey is the first stage to Brescia, on which the train will travel at more than 250 km/h, but only for around 15 minutes

If you're on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) keep a look out before Desenzano for a fleeting, but incredible view of Lake Garda - though you'll have to hope for good weather.

But this is a journey that saves the best to last as the train heads across the waters of the lagoon to reach the heart of historic Venice/Venezia.

On a clear day you can see the mountains around the lake On a clear day you can see the mountains around the lake
Heading out from the mainland on to the bridge to historical Venice Heading out from the mainland on to the bridge to historical Venice
Crossing the lagoon by train between the mainland and historical Venice Crossing the lagoon by train between the mainland and historical Venice
Arriving by train at Venezia S.L. station Arriving by train at Venezia S.L. station

Option 2: taking the Italo trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Venezia S.L.

All trains also call at: Verona, Padova and Venezia Mestre.
Take care not to leave the train at Venezia Mestre when travelling to Venezia S. Lucia

The service of high speed (AV) trains between Milano and Venezia/Venice is split between 'Frecce' trains operated by Trenitalia and these Italo trains.
See the 'Ticket Information' below for details of how you can compare these services, when looking up this journey on the ticket agents.

6 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 5 months ahead of the travel date

The train service between Milano and Venezia/Venice is provided by:

(1) more frequent Frecce/EC trains
(2) THESE Italo trains

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains are placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but these Italo train tickets are made available around 5 months ahead.
Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains - and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia trains.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on with Trainline or Omio, though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italo from €9 approx

Italo Guide

Trainline from €9 approx

Trainline Guide

Happyrail from €9 approx

Happyrail 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 €9 approx

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial)

Good to Know

The final direct Frecce train of the day to Venezia S. Lucia is usually scheduled to depart from Milano Centrale, but there are Italo departures at 16:35 and 18:35.

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