Venice's main station:  Click for location & city map...

Venice Santa Lucia (Venezia S Lucia or just Venezia SL) is Venice's main station, located in Venice itself on the Grand Canal, just 20 minutes walk from the Rialto Bridge or 27 minutes walk from St Mark's Square.  The other Venice station is Venezia Mestre, but this is located on the mainland, not in Venice itself.

  Overview

  Which platform for your train?

  Tickets & reservations

  Luggage lockers, ATMs, WiFi, lounges

  Food & drink

  Hotels in Venice near the station

  Vaporettos, water taxis, walking

 

On other pages....

  Trains from Venice to other European cities

  Trains from other European cities to Zurich

  General information for European train travel

Station overview...

All trains call at Venice Mestre on the mainland before crossing the causeway over the lagoon to Venice Santa Lucia station in central Venice, as you can see on this map.  The station is a terminus with 23 platforms, numbered from right to left as you look at them, i.e. with platform 1 on the east side.

There's been a station here since the 1860s, named after the church of Santa Lucia which was demolished to make way for it.  The design of the current station dates from a competition held in 1934, but construction took considerable time and the station was only completed in 1952.

Crossing the causeway over the lagoon then walking out of the station to see the Grand Canal right in front of you with vaporettos (waterbuses), water taxis and gondolas makes it arguably the most impressive arrival experience of any station in Europe.  Savour that moment!

Venice Santa Lucia station

Venice Santa Lucia station, a modernist classic.  Designed in the 1930s, completed in 1952...

Venice Santa Lucia seen from a water taxi

Venice Santa Lucia station, taken from a water taxi with the beautiful Ponte degli Scalzi visible in the background...

The Grand Canal and Venice Santa Lucia station

The Grand Canal & Venice Santa Lucia station, with a vaporetto at the Ferrovia stop.  Taken from the Ponte degli Scalzi.

 

Crossing the causeway over the lagoon...

 

Venice Santa Lucia station...

Venice Santa Lucia station concourse

The outer concourse, immediately inside the main entrance doors.  You reach the inner concourse and platforms through 3 passageways between the retail units, one straight ahead (visible in this photo on the left), one to the right (in the far background in this photo), one to the left (behind the camera).  Go through the left-hand one to find the ticket office.  Go through the right-hand one to find the food court, also for platform 1 and the left luggage office.

Which platform for your train?

Venice Santa Lucia, circulating area behind the platforms

The inner concourse, on the other side of the retail units from the outer concourse, just behind the buffer stops.  In this photo, the platforms are on the right, the main concourse and station exit are the other side of the retail units on the left.

Tickets & reservations...

Left luggage, ATMs, WiFi, 1st class lounges...

Venice Santa Lucia ticket office   Venice Santa Lucia station left luggage office

The official Trenitalia ticket office in the corner.

 

Left luggage office, platform 1.  Opening times & prices.

The Casa Italo at Venice Santa Lucia   Inside the Casa Italo at Venice Santa Lucia

Casa Italo near platform 14.

 

Inside the Casa Italo, with free WiFi...

Somewhere to eat or stock up for the journey...

Local transportWalking, water taxis, vaporettos...

Hotels in Venice...

More information...

Venice...

I've often seen it asked, "Should we visit Venice, or such-and-such a city?".  The other city they name may be a great city, but there are lots of great cities.  There's only one Venice, utterly unique.  There really is nowhere like it.  Easy to visit by train!

Arriving in Venice San Marco by water taxi

San Marco from the Grand Canal - arriving by water taxi...

San Marco & Campanile   San Marco, cathedral

San Marco:  You can climb the campanile...

 

St Mark's Basilica...

Doge's Palace, San Marco   Walking over the Rialto Bridge

San Marco, the Doge's Palace...

 

Walking over the Rialto Bridge...

The Rialto Bridge

The famous Rialto Bridge, completed in 1591, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_Bridge...


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