Also known as “The Floating City,” Venice is built on over 100 islands interconnected by more than 400 bridges. Its landscape alone is already a masterpiece, and it’s made even more beautiful by its architectural grandeur. No wonder it is one of the most romantic cities on Earth.
Venice is best explored on foot or on a gondola. Among its highlights are St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, but you’ll find tons of lovely surprises while walking around town. Its many alleys (and canals) are at their most serene in the early morning or in the evening when there are fewer daytrippers on the island.
There are 3 ways to travel the 280km distance from Milan to Venice: a 3.5-hour train, a 3-hour bus, and a 14-hour day trip. Rates range from €14 ($17) to €129 ($156).
The train is a very convenient way to travel from Milan to Venice. Trains depart and arrive at the city centres and there are plenty of departures throughout the day. Fares start from €22 ($27) and travel time with a regular train is around 3.5 hours.
The bus is the cheapest option with rates from €14 ($17). Unlike the train, buses don’t depart from Milan city centre. Also, the departure and arrival times are during odd hours. But if you’re looking to save on transport costs, then the bus is the way to go.
Planning to visit Venice only for a day? You can also join a day trip from Milan to Venice. Rates per person start from €129 ($156) for a 14-hour day tour.
What we like most about taking the train from Milan to Venice is that they depart and arrive at the city centre. That means you can simply walk or take a short taxi ride to and from the train stations. On top of that, you can be very flexible with your schedule as trains are available from 06:25 in the morning to 20:25 in the evening
You can choose from 3 different types of trains depending on your budget.
Regionale – the slowest and cheapest. Fares start from €22 ($27) for the almost 3.5-hour journey. Note that none of the regionale trains from Milan to Venice are direct. You’ll have to make one train transfer at Verona Porta Nuova, a major transit station in Verona.
Freccia – direct and high-speed trains that can complete the journey in around 2 hours 15 minutes. Ticket prices start from €42.50 ($52), twice the cost of a regionale train.
Italo – also high-speed but privately-owned, unlike the other two options. Rates start from €36 ($44).
You can board the train at Milan Centrale, which you can find 4km north of Milan Cathedral.
Train arrival in Venice
There are two different arrival points in Venice. The central station on the island is Santa Lucia Station, 2km west of Piazza San Marco.
If your hotel is located on the mainland, you can also get off at Mestre Station.
Milan to Venice by Bus
Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes Cost: €14 ($17)
Are you on a budget? The bus is a cheap way to get from Milan to Venice. FlixBus offers several daily trips with fares from €14 ($17).
The buses are not as convenient as the train when you consider the departure and arrival points. But if your goal is to save on transportation costs then we think the bus is a really good option.
Bus departure in Milan
The buses depart from Lampugnano Bus Station, located 10km northwest of Milan city centre. You can get there by taking the Metro. That’s around 20 minutes, depending on where you’re coming from in the city.
Bus arrival in Venice
There are two arrival points in Venice.
The more convenient one is in Tronchetto, which is located on the island itself. However, buses bound for Tronchetto either arrive very early in Venice or depart in the middle of the night from Milan.
The other drop-off point is at Mestre Station. The bus schedules to Mestre are more convenient, but it is located on mainland Venice. From here, you’ll still have to take a 15-minute train to the historic centre.
Below are some of our recommended bus schedules from Milan to Venice.
If you only have one day to spend in Venice, then there is also the option to join an organized day trip.
GetYourGuide offers a few tour options from Milan to Venice. Our favourite is a 14-hour day trip that includes a guided walking tour and a boat trip along the Venetian Lagoon. Rates start from €129 ($156) per person.