Are you looking for the best way of getting from Naples to Venice?
Venice, the city of bridges and canals, is on the bucket list of many and when thinking about Italy it’s usually one of the first cities that travelers think about.
If you’re currently in Naples and making the most of its food and enchanting views but would like to add Venice to your itinerary, then keep reading this guide.
How to get from Naples to Venice
Below I’ll explain how to get from Naples to Venice easily, why you should add Venice to your trip plans and where you can stay in the lagoon city.
Where is Venice, Italy?
Venice is located in north-east Italy and it’s the capital city of the Veneto region. The city is made up of 118 small islands and located in the Venetian lagoon, on the upper Adriatic Sea.
These islands are connected one to the other by bridges. During the Serenissima Republic days, thanks to its strategic position, Venice was a wealthy and powerful city trading with people from all around the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.
If you’re arriving from any other city in Italy, or from the airport, in order to get to the city of water, you’ll have to cross Liberty Bridge which is 4 kilometers-long.
Why Visit Venice from Naples?
Venice and Naples are both very unique and because they both represent the Italian heritage and culture, it is 100% worth visiting Venice from Naples.
Naples is all about southern traditions. Think mouthwatering food dishes, like pizza and parmigiana and ancient history. Whilst Venice, with its narrow streets, canals and small piazzas, is like an open-air museum that requires time to explore.
Combining the beauty of both Italian cities is one of the best choices you could make when exploring this country. If you’re looking for more reasons why you should visit this city, then read my post on why Venice is worth visiting for more.
Where to stay in Venice?
Some of the best neighbourhoods to stay in Venice are San Marco, San Polo and Dorsoduro, and that’s where I recommend spending your stay.
Check out some of my hotel suggestion below:
While you’re here, why not take a look at my popular page on where to stay in Venice so you can check out even more accommodation options in Venice? There I give suggestions for each district and ideas on what you can find in each area.
How far is the Venice from Naples?
Venice is 725 kilometres away from Naples. This means that if you’re driving from the Campania’s capital city to the lagoon city, it will take 6 hours and 40 minutes.
There are different options you can take into consideration to get to from Naples to Venice: rent a car, get a train or even a bus!
Both cities are well-connected and no matter whether you choose one way or the other, you’ll get to experience the beauty this country has to offer by crossing the countryside, which includes the Pennine mountains and other regions.
How to get from Naples to Venice
Now you have an idea of how far the two Italian cities are from eachother, why visiting Venice from Naples is worth your time and where to stay in the city.
Below, let’s take a closer look at the different options you have for getting to Venice from Naples by train, by car and by bus.
Naples to Venice by Train
Getting from Naples to Venice by train by high speed train is the option I recommend that you go for.
The railway station where you’ll leave from in Naples is called Napoli Centrale and the arrival one is Venezia Santa Lucia (make sure you don’t get off the train in Venezia Mestre!).
It’s possible to purchase the tickets online or at the ticket counter inside the stations. You can either book the train ticket with Trenitalia or Italo.
If you decide to travel with Trenitalia, make sure to book the Frecciarossa train, which is the high-speed and direct train, instead of regional or Intercity ones.
The regional and Intercity train tickets cost less sometimes but it will take a lot longer to get to Venice. The journey by Frecciarossa trains last 5 hours and 25 minutes and you won’t have to change train at any point.
Remember to check both Trenitalia and Italo websites and look for the best deal. Both companies run promotional campaigns all year round that will allow you to save money!
Naples to Venice by Car
If you want complete freedom on your way from Naples to Venice and maybe stop in different places along the way, then renting a car is the ideal way to make the most out of this Italian trip!
In this case, the journey could last almost 7 hours, depending on the traffic and motorway/roads situation.
My suggestion is to stop for a night somewhere on the way, for example Perugia in Umbria, Arezzo in Tuscany or Bologna in Emilia-Romagna. This way you’ll have the chance to rest and visit another city in this beautiful country.
If travelling by car, you’ll have to get the A1 and then A13 motorways and once you get to Mestre, cross the Ponte della Libertà to reach Venice city centre.
In Italy to access the motorways you pay tolls. You can check how much it costs to get from to Venice from Naples by checking the Autostrade website.
Once you get to Venice, you can either park your car in Tronchetto car parking or at the Autorimessa Comunale. Book in advance online your car parking space.
Just so you know, it’s far less expensive to park in Mestre and then get a train that will take you into Venice in less than 10 minutes.
Naples to Venice by Bus
The cheapest way to get from Naples to Venice is by bus. If you like being on the road for hours but don’t want to drive, then this is the best option!
You can either choose between Flixbus and Itabus coach companies. If travelling with Flixbus, the journey from Naples to Venice can last almost 11 hours, if not more depending on the bus you book.
These buses stop on the way, and that could be in Rome or Florence, where the waiting time can also be 1 and a half hours. The ticket costs around 10 euros!
You’ll leave from Naples Metropark (Corso Arnaldo Lucci 156) in Naples, near the Napoli Centrale railway station and arrive in Mestre or Venice Tronchetto car parking. If you get off the bus in Mestre, you’ll stop at the main bus station.
You can either get a local bus to Venice or walk for a couple of minutes to reach the railway station and take a train to Venice from there.
If you prefer travelling with Itabus, some journeys last less than when travelling by Flixbus (10 hours and 30/40 minutes) but the ticket is a bit more expensive (around 18/19 euros).
You’d leave from Naples Metropark (Corso Arnaldo Lucci 156) and arrive either in Mestre or Venice Tronchetto car parking.
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Getting from Naples to Venice
Now you have an idea of all the options available to get to Venice from Naples.
If you want to arrive as fast as possible, the Naples to Venice high-speed train is the best option! Being on the road and stop whenever and wherever you want is more your style of travelling? Then rent a car and all your way up to Venice.
The bus is an option to take into account, in particular if you’re a solo traveller or travelling on a budget. Whether you choose one or the other, I can guarantee you that visiting Venice will definitely be worth your time and money.
If you’re undecided on how much time you should spend in Venice, read my page that covers in detail how many days in Venice I recommend for new visitors.
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