With their history, culture and world-famous cuisine, it's no wonder that Rome and Venice are two of Italy's top cities for tourists. While they're about 288 miles apart as the crow flies, there are several ways to get from one to the other on the same vacation.
Here are some tips for the fastest, most cost-effective and most direct ways to travel easily between Rome and Venice.
How to Get from Rome to Venice by Train
Rome to Venice is a 3 hour, 45-minute train ride on a Frecciargento or a 3 hour, 24-minute ride on a Frecciarossa high-speed train, which are the fastest trains on this route. Visitors may find it easier to check train times, make reservations and buy tickets on raileurope.com.
You can also check current Rome to Venice schedules and ticket prices or buy tickets on the Trenitalia website. The Rome to Venice InterCity Notte (overnight) train takes almost 8 hours.
Most trains run between Rome Termini (Rome's main train station) or Tiburtina and Venice Santa Lucia train stations but a few trains only go to Mestre station, not into Venice. So if you need to get into Venice be sure to check the final destination.
You'll need to reserve a seat on the Rome to Venice Frecciargento or Frecciarossa trains when you buy your ticket. While you can probably buy your ticket at the station, it usually costs less to buy tickets for fast trains in advance.
Italy's privately owned high-speed rail line, Italo, also offers train service from Rome's Ostiense and Tiburtina stations (but not Termini station) to Venice Santa Lucia and Mestre stations. Buy Italo tickets here.
How to Get from Venice Train Station to other parts of Venice
There are Vaporetto (water bus) stops in front of Santa Lucia Train Station. Route number 1 goes along the Grand Canal. See Venice Vaporetto Information and have a look at our Venice Sestiere map showing Venice's neighborhoods to help you figure out where you need to go. There are also water taxis, an expensive option, available near the train station.
Flying to Venice
Venice has two airports: Marco Polo International Airport and Treviso Airport. Most visitors to Italy will fly into Marco Polo, which has flights from Italian cities and other parts of Europe. There are a few ways to get to central Venice from the airport, and while you can rent a car, Venice is a car-free city (you know, because of all the canals), so it may not get you far. You will need to use one of the big parking lots outside the city when you arrive.
ATVO Fly Bus bus will take you to Venice (Piazzale Roma) and other Veneto destinations. There's also a City Bus as an inexpensive option, but not all that practical if you'll be carrying a lot of bags with you.
If you don't mind sharing, take a water taxi (minimum of two people). Water taxis are on the expensive side, so it's worth splitting the cost if you can. Check out Venicelink for more information.
Where to Stay in Venice
Venice Visitor Information