Venezia / Venice / Venedig to Padova / Padua by train

How to take a train from Venice/Venezia to Padua/Padova

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.



From Venezia Santa Lucia/Venice S. L. to Padova

Travel Information

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.

Final Destinations:

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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia *

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesCoastal views

Good to Know

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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