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

Zürich / Zurich to Venezia / Venice / Venedig by train

How to take the fabulous rail journey from Zurich to Venice/Venezia

Doesn't taking a train from Switzerland to gorgeous Venice/Venezia seem like a fabulously romantic notion?
Well the reality doesn't disappoint and the icing on the cake is that wonderful brand new trains, complete with restaurant cars, are now being used on this route.



From Zürich HB / Zurich main station to Venezia Santa Lucia/Venice S. L.

Travel Information

This train is usually scheduled to depart from the street level platforms/tracks (gleis 3-18) in Zurich Hb station at 08:33

The new Giruno trains are scheduled to be used on this departure.

Final Destination: Venezia S.Lucia

This train also calls at: Vicenza; Padova and Venezia Mestre

Take care NOT to leave the train at Venezia Mestre if you are heading to historical Venezia/Venice.

1 x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

When looking up tickets on Trenitalia select 'Zuerich (city)' as the departure station.

This train is usually scheduled to depart at 08:33, so hone in on that time when looking up this journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SBB from 32CHF

SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

Italia rail from €39

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.

Trenitalia from €39

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 €39

Trainline Guide

Save A Train from €39

Save A Train Guide

Omio from €39

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.

Rail Europe from €39

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)Coastal views

Good to Know

This train will reverse direction on departure from Milano Centrale.

Also don't be surprised if this train spends up to 10 mins at Swiss stations, these fairly lengthy stops are a feature of the timetable

If your travel itinerary includes northern Switzerland and Venice/Venezia try to travel in this direction, the direct train from Venice to Zurich travels over the most scenic part of the route after night fall.

Rail pass users

If you will be travelling with valid Eurail or InterRail passes, you will need to pay a rail pass reservation fee when boarding this train for a journey to Switzerland (seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets).
Though avoid paying for these reservation fees at a station in Switzerland, because if you do so you will also have to pay a 11CHF booking fee.

Journey description:

This train uses The Gotthard Base Tunnel - the world's longest railway tunnel, so long that it takes trains around 14 mins to travel through it.
An announcement is made on the train just before it enters the tunnel.

It takes the train away from what would have been scenic highlights, but this is still a journey with some wow moments.
From the LEFT of the train (when facing the direction of travel) the first highlight to look out for is the view over Lake Zurich, as the train ascends up from the shore.

Then, if the weather is behaving itself, after departure from Zug station comes what is now the highlight of the journey, the view over the Zugersee.
This lake with its mountain peaks on the far shore can be seen on the right for more than 15 mins between Zug and Arth-Goldau station.

The next beautiful vista to look out for comes after departure from Arth-Goldau station, when on the right, the train will pass by the Lauerzersee.

Then just to the south of here, also look out on the right for glimpses of the Luzernsee.

Now that the trains on this route use the Ceneri Base Tunnel the next scenic highlights on the journey
come shortly after departure from Lugano, where there are views over the lake, initially over on the LEFT.

and then the train will cross the lake, which is quite the wow moment!

After the trains have crossed the lake, the best of the views switch to the right.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Milano Centrale.

On the left, in good weather look out for a fleeting but spectacular view of Lake Garda, just before Desenzano.

Finally the journey climaxes with a flourish as the train heads over the lagoon to the historic heart of Venezia.

The view over Lake Zurich The view over Lake Zurich
Heading south to Arth-Goldau on a grey day Heading south to Arth-Goldau on a grey day
Passing the Lauerzersee south of Arth-Goldau Passing the Lauerzersee south of Arth-Goldau
Look out on the right for views of Lake Lucerne Look out on the right for views of Lake Lucerne
Looking left over Lake Lugano Looking left over Lake Lugano
Heading out over the Venetian lagoon from the mainland Heading out over the Venetian lagoon from the mainland
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