When heading to Venezia/Venice from Verona by train, there is a choice between taking:
1: The Regional trains, they're more frequent and are generally cheaper than the express trains (they will be when booking last minute at the station).
However, they're also the slower option and seats can't be reserved; though modern, smart double-decked trains are now used on most departures.
2: The express trains, which are faster and seats are assigned when booking, but the speed comes at a price because they tend to be more expensive; though if you can book far enough ahead to snap up the cheapest ticket prices, and won't mind committing in advance to a specific departure, they become the logical choice.
Final Destination: Venezia S.L.
There are two types of regional service available on this Verona to Venezia/Venice route;
Despite being more than 40 mins faster, tickets will cost the same price if you take the RV trains.
So if you want to be spontaneous and book tickets last minute at the station, look up this journey on Trenitalia, and target these Regionale Veloce (RV) trains by looking up their departure times.
These RV trains:
1 x train per hour (until 20:41 and then at 22:22).
Book early and save: No (on these trains)
Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the same station immediately before departure.
If you will be buying tickets at the station just before departure then these Regionale Veloce (RGV/RV) trains will be around 50% of the price of the express trains
Rail pass users should target these trains and avoid the rail pass reservation fees payable on the Frecce and EC trains.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
If you're heading to the historic heart of Venezia, don't leave the train at Venezia Mestre station.
The train will call there before it arrives at Venezia Santa Lucia.
Take a seat on the left to see the best of the views as the train makes its way over the Venetian lagoon to access Venezia S. Lucia station.
Final Destination: Venezia S.L
All trains also call at: Padova and Venezia Mestre
If you're heading to historic Venice/Venezia don't leave the train at Venezia Mestre.
Total = 16 or 17 x trains per day
If you're heading from to historic heart of Venice/Venezia, then take care to select Venezia S. Lucia as 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
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: 4months ahead of the travel date
However, not all trains may be available 4 months ahead, but all should be if you're booking 3 months ahead; though the Italo trains can be available 5 months ahead.
If you're booking no more than 3 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 Trainline or Omio; though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.
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.
Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains; and Italo does not sell tickets for the Frecce and EC trains, so having selected your departure you can avoid paying the booking fee, by then looking up the journey on the respective websites.
Though even the cheapest 'Super Economy' tickets for these Frecce trains are typically around more than €6 more expensive than taking the Regionale (R/RV) trains.
If you'll be booking at the station just before boarding, then you will save more than €10 by taking those slower trains.
Travelling with InterRail/Eurail
Rail pass users should take the Regionale Veloce trains.
You will save €10 in comparison to taking a Frecce trains; and more than €13 if you avoid the EC trains; and rail passes aren't valid at all on the Italo trains.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Italia Rail||from €13.50|
|Save A Train||from €13.50|
If you want to take an express train from Verona to the station on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice and will be booking tickets in advance, the departure/arrival time is likely to matter more than the specific type of train you will be travelling by as it's not such a long journey for the on-board facilities to be a significant factor.
The Frecce, Italo and EC trains all have similar journey times and on all three services seat reservations automatically assigned when booking tickets.
The first express train of the day is an Italo service, but if you'll want or need to be at Venezia S.Lucia before 10:00, you will need to take one of the alternative Regionale services.
Also the final Frecce train of the day is currently scheduled to depart at 17:00, but there will be at least two later departures by Italo trains.
If your assigned seat(s) is on the left of the train, when facing the direction of travel, this is the view you can experience as the train heads over the Venetian lagoon to Santa Lucia station.
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