The best trains in Italy:  A Eurostar Italia ETR500 power car

Venice to Rome from €29 (£24, $40)

This is a Frecciargento train to Venice at Rome Termini. To buy train tickets in Italy, use www.italiarail.com or Trenitalia's own site 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...

Take 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!

Venice Santa Lucia is the main station in Venice, often abbreviated to Venezia SL, 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.  So always make sure you buy tickets to or from Venice Santa Lucia, unless you specifically want Mestre.  On this page, 'Venice' means Venice Santa Lucia unless it says otherwise.  Map of Venice showing stations.

Pictured right, Venice Santa Lucia station, right in the heart of Venice on the Grand Canal.  A vaporetto (water bus) from St Mark's Square arrives right outside the station.  When trains leave the station, they rumble over the famous causeway onto the mainland...



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

 

Venice to Paris from €35...

Option 1, Venice to Paris in a single day, by fast daytime trains from as little as €48...

Option 2, to see all the scenery in daylight, use high-speed daytime trains with an overnight stop in wonderful Turin, from just €48.  This option would be my own first choice.

1st class seats   Frecciabianca at Milan Centrale

Step 1:  Take the fast hourly Frecciabianca from Venice to Milan...  Above right, first class seats...

Frecciabianca train to Venice, seen at Milan Centrale   2nd class seats

A Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale...

 

2nd class seat, most with access to a power socket for laptops or mobiles.

TGV 2nd class seating   TGV from Paris to Milan, at Paris Gare de Lyon

Step 2, take the TGV from Milan to Paris...  Above left, 2nd class seating on the Milan-Paris TGV.  Above right, the TGV at Paris Gare de Lyon.

Bar car on a Paris-Milan TGV train   TGV 1st class seating

Cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes.

 

1st class seats on the Paris-Milan TGV...

TGV from Milan to Paris   Scsnery south of Chambery

Take a good book, a bottle o' red, and enjoy the scenery from Italy to Paris with your feet up...  Watch the Paris-Milan TGV video guide!

Option 3, 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 from €38. Venice to Cannes, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Avignon...
Italian InterCity train at Milan   6-seater compartment on an Italian InterCity train   TER regional train Nice to Ventimiglia

Italian InterCity trains link Milan & Genoa with Ventimiglia on the French/Italian border.  Most cars are of the traditional side-corridor type with 6-seater compartments (pictured above).

 

Double-decker regional trains like this link Ventimiglia with Monte Carlo, Nice & Cannes every 30 minutes.


Venice to Brussels, Bruges & Belgium from €64...

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

Option 2, by daytime TGV via Paris...

Option 3, by day train through the scenic Brenner Pass, then City Night Line sleeper train to Cologne & Thalys high-speed train to Brussels.


Venice to Amsterdam from €64...

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

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Step 1, Venice to Munich by EuroCity train...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

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

Mountains between Munich and Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Vineyards & mountains...  Scenery on the Brenner route, see the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

Step 2, City Night Line sleeper train  from Munich to Amsterdam...

More pictures & information about this train...

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...

ETR610 EuroCity train seen at Milan   2nd class seats on a EuroCity train between Milan & Switzerland   A meal in the dining-car of a Milan-Switzerland EuroCity train.

ETR610 EuroCity train, as used on the Milan-Geneva route.

 

2nd class seats on the stylish ETR610 EuroCity train...

 

Dinner in the diner...

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...

ETR610 EuroCity train seen at Milan   2nd class seats on a EuroCity train between Milan & Switzerland   A meal in the dining-car of a Milan-Switzerland EuroCity train.

Step 1, Venice to Geneva by ETR610 EuroCity train, seen here at Milan.

 

2nd class seats on the stylish ETR610 EuroCity train...

 

Dinner in the diner...

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An impressive TGV Duplex.

Step 2:  Geneva to Barcelona by TGV Duplex.  Above left, 1st class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  That's a 'club duo' on the left & a 'club quatre' on the right.  Above right, a TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.

Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.     The bar on the upper deck of a TGV Duplex

2nd class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  There's a mix of unidirectional seating and some tables for four like this...

 

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks and microwave-style hot meal dishes....

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan

More photos & a video about this journey...

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.

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

City Night Line sleeper train from Venice to Munich...

More pictures & information about this 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 direct daytime EuroCity train via the Brenner Pass, then onwards to anywhere in Germany.  This is the scenic option!

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Venice to Munich by EuroCity train...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

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

Mountains between Munich and Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Vineyards & mountains...  Scenery on the Brenner route.

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


Venice to Vienna & Austria from €49..

Option 1, by direct EuroNight sleeper train from Venice to Vienna...  Saves time and a hotel bill!

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 Venice-Vienna train is identical to the Cologne-Vienna one)

Option 2, by direct 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 Innsbruck or Salzburg...

Option 1, Venice to Innsbruck & Salzburg by day trains via the scenic Brenner Pass... 

Option 2, Venice to Salzburg by day trains on the late afternoon departure via Villach... 

Option 3, Venice to Salzburg by EuroNight sleeper...  Saves time and a hotel bill!


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

Option 1, via the Basel-Copenhagen City Night Line sleeper train (runs until 1 November 2014, after that use another option shown below)

Option 2, Venice to Copenhagen by comfortable daytime trains with an overnight stop in Munich...

Option 3, Venice to Hamburg day 1, overnight in Hamburg, Hamburg to Copenhagen, Stockholm or Oslo day 2...


Venice to Budapest from €68...
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.

 

Step 1, Venice to Vienna by smart Austrian sleeper train...

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)

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Premium class seats on the Munich-Budapest RailJet train   Economy class seats on the Munich-Budapest RailJet train

Step 2, Vienna to Budapest by Railjet train....  A Railjet arrived at Budapest Keleti.  More information about Railjet trains.

 

Business class costs €15 more than normal 1st class...

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats around tables, some unidirectional.


Venice to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania...

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

Venice to Prague from €68...

Option 1, Venice to Prague overnight via 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.

 

Venice to Vienna by smart Austrian sleeper train...  Change in Vienna for Prague!

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, 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 to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including the USA, Australia, South Africa and EU.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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