Beautiful Padova/Padua is the closest city to Venezia/Venice so it's an easy and short journey by train.
Though when making a spontaneous day trip, the Regionale/Regionale Veloce trains are the best option, you won't lose out financially by not booking in advance, so you can book at the station and hop on the next train to depart.
If you book ahead for the express trains, you'll have to commit to a specific departure in order to save money on the ticket price, but there is little point in doing so, when there are so many departures per day.
The express trains which head south and west from Venezia/Venice also call at Padova/Padua, but they will be a more expensive option.
And there is little point in paying a higher price, partially to have a reserved seat, for a journey which takes less than 50 minutes.
So when taking train from Venice to Padua these Regionale Veloce (RV) and Regionale (R) trains are the logical choice.
The RV trains - Bologna, Verona or Brescia
The R trains* - Verona, Vicenza, Rovigo, Ferrara or Padova
When you're at Venezia Santa Lucia station, check the departure screens carefully.
It can be worth targeting the Regionale Veloce (RV) trains, as they're usually more than 20 mins faster than the Regionale (REG/R) trains.
It can worthwhile looking up the departure times on the Trenitalia website, even though you will be booking tickets at the station.
up to 5 x trains per hour
Book early and save: No, not on these trains
Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the same station immediately before departure.
Avoid anything but these Regionale (REG/R) and Regionale Veloce (RGV/RCV) trains when travelling from Venezia S. Lucia to Padova.
Not only is it not worth paying the more expensive ticket prices for the Frecce trains for such a comparatively short journey, you can also avoid having to be tied to specific trains.
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Don't forget to stamp your ticket before boarding these trains.
The highlight of this trip comes in the first three minutes when the trains cross the lagoon to reach the mainland, the best of the views are on the right.
(The video was taken from a train travelling in the opposite direction).
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