Ciao! Welcome to this guide that looks at the train stations in Venice, where they are located and how to get there from the airports or other locations.
Venice welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world, every single day.
Many travellers land at Venice Marco Polo airport and choose to get a water bus or water taxi to get to the historic centre of Venice.
There’s also a huge number of people arriving in Venice by train. There are two train stations in Venice: Venice Mestre, on the mainland and Venice Santa Lucia, which is the main terminal station, and the only real gateway to the Lagoon city.
Train Stations in Venice
In this guide you’ll learn about the train stations in Venice, where they’re based, services you can find inside and how to get to and from them to the city centre.
In the following section you’ll find a practical map of both train stations which shows their exact locations in Venice.
Venice train station map
The main difference between the two train stations is that Venice Mestre is located on the mainland, and it’s only one (sometimes two) stops away from Venice.
Venice Santa Lucia is located in Venice city centre and you get there by crossing the Liberty Bridge, a bridge that connects the mainland to Venice.
See the map above to get a clear idea of their exact locations. If you want to visit Venice in the near future, then you should look to stop at Venice Santa Lucia.
Types of trains in Venice
Below I have written a list of the different type of trains that you can book during your stay in Italy and the trains you can get from the train stations in Venice.
Things to know when arriving in Venice by train
Riding the train in Italy is part of many travellers’ experience and I suggest trying it as a way to see more places during your stay (if you have the chance).
Especially when you consider that from Venice, you can visit other towns and cities in the Veneto region and beyond, thanks to the great train connections.
For example, you can get to Padua in 20 minutes and in 1 hour and half in Verona. See a couple of my local’s tips about riding trains from Venice and Veneto below.
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Venice Santa Lucia Station
Venice Santa Lucia is a terminal station, the main gateway to the Lagoon city. If you have read my post on how Venice was built, then you should be aware of the fact that it was erected on 118 small islands connected by bridges.
You can reach this train station by crossing the Liberty Bridge, and get directly to Venice historic centre. Venice Santa Lucia station is frequented by an average of 82,000 people a day and around 30 million visitors a year.
Inside the station you can find different eateries and bars, souvenir shops, clothing stores and the main services such as the Trenitalia and Italo ticket offices, ticket machines, luggage storage, information desks, toilets and railway police.
To get around Venice, from the railway station, you can easily just get a vaporetto (water bus) in front of the stop ‘Ferrovia’, right in front of the station.
The urban and extra-urban road transport services are concentrated in Piazzale Roma, the bus and tram terminals. Piazzale Roma is 400 metres away from Venice Santa Lucia and it takes 6 minutes on foot to get there.
Where is Santa Lucia Station?
Venice Santa Lucia station is on the Fondamenta Santa Lucia and it’s the closest railway station to the main attractions of Venice historic centre.
From here, you can get to:
You can also get a water taxi to move around the city and get to the other islands in the Venetian lagoon, but at a higher cost. See this guide on how to get to Murano from Venice for example, which is a popular day trip for many visitors.
You can use Google Maps to move around Venice, check the water bus stops and time, but don’t rely completely on it as the signal is not very good.
You can always follow the yellow signs usually with directions to Piazza San Marco, Rialto, Ferrovia (railway station) and Piazzale Roma (bus/tram station and car parking).
How to get to Venice Santa Lucia Station from Marco Polo?
You have a few options for getting to Venice Santa Lucia from Venice Marco Polo airport:
How to get to Venice Santa Lucia Station from Mestre?
The best way to get to Venice Santa Lucia station from Mestre is by getting regional or fast regional trains.
There are trains leaving almost every 10 minutes Venice Mestre station to Venice Santa Lucia, so you won’t have to wait long to get on one.
It takes just 10 minutes to get to Venice city centre. You can simply get your ticket from the ticket office or ticket machines or buy it from the Trenitalia official website or via the Trainline app.
Some trains might stop in Porto Marghera, that it’s not the right stop, wait to cross the Liberty Bridge and to see the lagoon around you.
Venice Mestre Train Station
Venice Mestre is the train station in Venice’s mainland. This is the 7th largest Italian station, with a traffic volume estimated at around 85,000 daily transits and 31 million visitors a year.
Venice Mestre is an important transit station and a strategic point for the complex extra-urban public transport system of the Venetian hinterland.
The services you can find inside or just outside the station are: car rentals, Trenitalia and Italo ticket offices, information desks, car parking and luggage storage. The Mestre bus station is only 20 metres away from the railway station.
Where is Mestre Station?
Venice Mestre station is located in Viale Stazione, 30171 in the city of Mestre. This is the second (or third) closest train station to Venice historic centre.
From here, you can get to:
How to get to Mestre Station from Marco Polo?
If you want to get from Marco Polo airport to Venice Mestre station.
You can get:
How to get to Mestre from Venice Santa Lucia Station?
The best way to get to Venice Mestre from Venice Santa Lucia station is by fast regional train or by bus. There are constantly trains going to Mestre.
This is the first station, after Venice, based on the mainland and from here all the railway networks leave.
From Piazzale Roma, you can get the ACTV buses number 2, 7, 7E and the E015-Z by Busitalia Veneto that stop a couple of minutes walk or in front of Mestre railway station.
The bus ride only lasts 10 minutes, but it might change based on the time of the day and road traffic conditions.
Venice train station FAQs
Here are questions people ask before arriving at the train stations in Venice:
Train stations in Venice
With this travel guide I clarified which are the train stations near Venice: Venice Santa Lucia, based in Venice historic centre, and Venice Mestre, located on the mainland. If you want to visit Venice, your train stop is Venice Santa Lucia.
Let’s say, you have already booked your accomodation in Mestre for example, then you’ll just need to get the train from Venice Mestre station to get to Venice.
There are many ways to travel to and from Venice and this guide shows you the best way and gives you links to book your preferred mode of transport in advance.
If you are currently getting ready for a trip to Venice, be sure to read my guide Venice tourist attractions too for more practical advice on where to go while here.
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