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To buy train tickets within Italy, use www.italiarail.com or Italian Railways' own website www.trenitalia.com.

This page explains how to travel by train from Venice to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Venice as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.  On the other hand, if you'd rather someone sorted out your whole trip for you, see here.

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Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...

Which station in Venice?

Venice Santa Lucia is the main station in Venice, sometimes shown as Venezia S.L, located in the city of Venice itself on the banks of the Grand Canal, 15 minutes walk from the Rialto Bridge and 20 minutes walk from St Mark's Square.  Venice Mestre is an industrial area on the mainland at which most trains call on their way into or out of Venice S.L.  In the text below 'Venice' means Venice Santa Lucia unless it says otherwise.  Map of Venice showing stations.



Venice to Florence, Rome & other Italian cities from €19!
 

 

Venice to Paris from €35...

Option 1, by daytime trains, using a high-speed train from Venice to Milan then a TGV from Milan to Paris.  This is the option I'd recommend. 

Option 2, by direct Thello sleeper train from Venice to Paris: 

Sleeping-car on the Venice to Paris sleeper train   1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in evening mode, on the Paris-Venice Thello overnight train...   2-bed sleeper, night mode, on the Paris-Florence/Rome overnight train...

A sleeping-car on the Thello sleeper train from Venice to Paris...

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, beds folded away, sofa folded out.

 

The same sleeper with beds folded out.  More Thello info here.


Venice to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Avignon...

Venice to Brussels & Bruges from €64...

Option 1, by overnight Thello sleeper train via Paris... 

Option 2, by daytime TGV via Paris...


Venice to Amsterdam from €64...

Option 1, Venice to Amsterdam via the scenic Brenner Pass.  An easy, comfortable & time-effective option.

Option 2, Venice to Amsterdam via Switzerland & the Gotthard Pass...

Option 3, Venice to Amsterdam via Paris...


Venice to London from €74...

Venice to Geneva, Zurich, Luzern, Basel & Switzerland from €22...

Option 1, by Frecciabianca train from Venice Santa Lucia to Milan Centrale, then by direct EuroCity train from Milan Centrale to Brig, Geneva, Bern, Basel, Zurich, Lucerne...

If your journey is not on a direct train from Italy, but involves a change of train within Switzerland...

Option 2, Venice to St Moritz, Chur, Zurich via the Bernina route.  This route may be much slower and a little more fiddly to book, but it's an amazing experience, arguably the best train ride of them all through the Swiss Alps...


Venice to Barcelona & Spain from €91...

Option 1, by daytime high-speed trains with hotel in Geneva...

Option 2, Italy to Barcelona by luxury cruise ferry...


Venice to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne or Dusseldorf from €59...

Option 1, Venice to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne or Dόsseldorf by scenic EuroCity train to Munich, then time-effective City Night Line sleeper train...

Option 2, Venice to Berlin or Venice to Hamburg using the Venice to Munich City Night Line sleeper train, then onwards by daytime ICE train.


Venice to Munich or anywhere else in Germany from €39...

Option 1, Venice to Munich by City Night Line sleeper train, then onwards to anywhere in Germany.  This is the time-effective option!

Option 2, Venice to Munich by daytime EuroCity train via the Brenner Pass, then onwards to anywhere in Germany.  This is the scenic option!

Option 3, Venice to Germany by daytime trains via Zurich & the Gotthard Pass.  Another scenic option...


Venice to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €39..

Option 1, by direct sleeper train from Venice to Vienna... 

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

The Austrian sleeping-car or schlafwagen.

Sleeper & couchette passengers receive a complimentary light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

More pictures & information about these EuroNight trains (the Cologne-Vienna train is identical to the Vienna-Venice one)

Option 2, by daytime trains from Verona to Innsbruck via the scenic Brenner Pass... 

Option 3, by daytime train from Venice to Vienna...

The Vienna to Venice train uses Austrian coaches   InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Austrian EuroCity coaches.

 

2nd class seats, either in 6-seat compartments or open-plan seating.

 

1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes in 6-seat compartments.


Venice to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo & Scandinavia...

Venice to Budapest from €58...

Venice to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania...

Venice to Ljubljana & Slovenia, Zagreb & Croatia...

Venice to Prague from €58...

Option 1, Venice to Prague overnight via Vienna...

Option 2, Venice to Prague via Zurich...


Venice to Bratislava from €54...

Venice to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland...

Venice to Moscow & Russia...

Venice to Athens & Greece...

Venice to Istanbul & Turkey...

Railbookers tailor-made train travel & hotels

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, talk to Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com.

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


Find hotels in Venice & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find some huge bills waiting for you.  I've known people run up a £1,000 bill in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a simple trip to Europe.  However, if you buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone from a company such as www.Go-Sim.com you can slash the cost by up to 85% and limit any damage to the amount you have pre-paid.  It cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also works for laptop or PDA data access.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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