Between Rimini and Ancona

Venezia / Venice / Venedig to Bari by train

How to take the rail journey from Venezia/Venice to Bari

There isn't a high speed line on the eastern side of Italy, but the Frecciarossa 700 trains, are used for this useful direct connection between Venice/Venezia and the coastal resorts and ferry ports on the Adriatic



From Venezia Santa Lucia/Venice S. L. to Bari Centrale

Travel Information

Final Destination: Lecce

These trains also call at: Venezia Mestre and Rimini, and Ancona and Pescara

These two trains, which are usually scheduled to depart from Venezia S. Lucia station at 06:53 and 14:52, are the only direct trains from Venice to Bari.

2 x trains per day


*Save by booking in advance: Yes, for more details on how to obtain the cheapest prices for Frecce trains see the guide to Italian rail tickets.

Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date; though the booking period will be typically be shorter when looking up journeys for travel after the second Sunday in December.

When looking up a Venice to Bari train journey on the ticket agent websites, most of the journey options will involve changing trains in Bologna, but these two direct trains are usually scheduled to depart daily from Venezia S. Lucia station at 06:53 and 14:52.

Rail Pass Users:

If you will be using a rail pass to travel in Italy, you can save €10 by not taking these direct Frecc trains and instead:

(1) Take a Regionale Veloce train from Venice to Bologna, and then...
(2) Take an IC train from Bologna to Bari
Though if you'll want the peace of mind of being able to remain in the same seat for the entire journey on the IC, paying the optional €3 reservation fee is virtually essential.

However if you will be heading to Bari to take an 18:00 or 19:30 ferry to Patras in Greece, our advice is to take the first Frecce train of the day from Venice.
Thereby giving yourself more than three hours to in order to give yourself enough time to make the transfer to the port in Bari and check-in for the sea crossing; with some contingency to allow for a delay to the train.

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.
Italia Rail from €29.90

Italia Rail 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.

The Early Bird service

Italiarail has launched an 'early bird' pre-booking service for journeys by Frecce trains.
Tickets can be booked up to a year ahead of travel at a flat-rate price per route, before the tickets have been released for sale by Trenitalia.
If when they are placed on sale, the price is cheaper than what you have already paid to Italiarail, it will automatically refund the price difference.
Conversely, if the price is more expensive, you won't be charged the price difference.
You can also have the peace of mind of securing your seat(s) on the Frecce train(s) when you are first planning a trip.
If before the tickets are placed on sale, you decide to change your plans, you can request a refund; but once the tickets are released for sale, you will then be bound by the terms and conditions of the ticket(s) you have booked.

Save A Train from €29.90

Save A Train Guide

OBB from €29.90

OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesCoastal viewsNot High Speed

Good to Know

Connecting to the ferries to Greece:

The first train of the day from Venice is usually scheduled to arrive in Bari at 14:27, so if you are booked on a ferry to Patras that departs at 18:00 or 19:30, you should have time to make the transfer between Bari Centrale station and the ferry port.

Click on the 'Bari Centrale' station guide to access the details of how to make the transfer.

Between Rimini and Ancona Between Rimini and Ancona
Between Rimini and Ancona Between Rimini and Ancona
Between Rimini and Ancona Between Rimini and Ancona

Like all departures from Venice one of the highlights of the journey comes at the very beginning of the trip, as the train heads out over the lagoon to the mainland - with the best of the views on the right.

Then on to Bologna and then Rimini the train travels across flat farm land, with nothing much to see - though the best is yet to come!

If your reserved seat is on the left* of the train (when facing the direction of travel) you'll be able to fully appreciate the highlights of the journey - which kick in after the train has departed from Rimini.
*If your seat isn't on the left, temporarily move over to one which is.

Once the train has travelled around 20 mins south of Rimini, you'll be able to revel in one of the best coastal train journeys in all of Europe.

For much of this part of the trip, the beach is all that separates The Adriatic from the train - a particular highlight is the part of the journey to the north of Ancona.
The sea views then continue, with the train travelling by the coast for around an hour either side of Pescara.
Though if you take the second train of the day, then these views can only be seen between March and October.

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