Venice to Milan

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How to get from Venice to Milan

As Italy’s economic capital, Milan is where luxury and art unite. It’s the city where you want to be for the best in fashion and art.

Milan is home to a massive collection of old and new masterpieces, particularly Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Here, everywhere you look is jaw-dropping architecture – from its more recent skyscrapers to the age-old Milan Cathedral. And although shopping is expensive, we highly recommend a visit to the iconic Galleria, even just to window shop!

2 ways to get from Venice to Milan

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Train2.5-3.5 hours€21 ($21.50)Check Train Tickets
Bus3-4.5 hours€13 ($13.50)Check Bus Tickets

There are 2 ways you can travel the 280 km distance from Venice to Milan: via a 2-5 to 3.5-hour train or a 3 to 4.5-hour bus. Fares start from €21 ($21.50) and €13 ($13.50), respectively.

Travelling by train from Venice to Milan is both fast and convenient. You can take the train from the Venice tourist centre and arrive just on the northern edge of Milan city centre. There are also plenty of train choices from morning until night with ticket prices from €21 ($21.50).

The bus is the cheaper option with fares as low as €13 ($13.50) from Venice to Milan. This low rate isn’t always available, though. You’ll have to book your tickets at least several days to a week before your trip. Travel time with the bus can range from 3 to 4.5 hours. It’s worth noting that the bus terminal in Milan is located a bit outside the city centre.

Itinerary from Venice to Milan

Venice to Milan by Train

Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours
Cost: from €22 ($22.50)
Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours
Cost: from €22 ($22.50)

The train is an efficient way to travel from Venice to Milan.

There is at least one departure every hour from 06:10 to 20:10, so you can be flexible with your travel itinerary. Also, the train stations for both cities are accessible because they’re located within the tourist centre.

You can choose from three different kinds of trains:

  • Regionale is the cheapest option with fares from €21 ($21.50). That’s half the price of high-speed trains and only an hour slower. Note that all regionale trains are indirect, and you’ll have to make one transfer at Verona Porta Nuova.
  • Frecciarossa is the fastest option with a travel time of around 2.5 hours. It’s the most expensive with fares from €40 ($41.50). However, from 09:00, the only trips available are indirect trips that stop in Bologna Centrale. These trips take up to 3.5 hours and are more expensive at €70 ($72).
  • Italo is high-speed like Frecciarossa, but privately owned. A ticket costs €35 ($36) for the 2.5-hour journey.

Train schedule from Venice to Milan

TrainScheduleDurationCosts
Regionale14x departure from
06:10 to 20:10
3.5 hours€21 ($21.50)
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Freccia11x departure from
05:40 to 19:25
2.5 hours€40 ($41.50)
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Italo12x departure from
08:09 to 18:09
2.5 hours€35 ($36)
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Ticket prices are cheaper the earlier you book, so we highly recommend buying your tickets online beforehand.

Departure and arrival station

There are two train departure points in the City of Canals.

  • If you’re coming from the islands of Venice, you can begin your journey at Santa Lucia Station. This station is located just 2 km west of Piazza San Marco.
  • However, if you’re already in mainland Venice, you can also board the train at Mestre Station.

Trains from both stations drop passengers off at Milan Centrale. This station is around 4 km away from Milan Cathedral.

Venice to Milan by Bus

Duration: 3-4.5 hours
Cost: €13 ($13.50)
Duration: 3-4.5 hours
Cost: €13 ($13.50)

The bus is a cheap alternative to taking the train, albeit slower, when travelling from Venice to Milan.

FlixBus offers several bus trips daily with fares from €16 ($16.50). Itabus also has 1-4 trips daily that cost around €13 ($13.50). The bus journey from Venice to Milan can take 3 to 4.5 hours.

Departure and arrival station

There are two bus terminals in Venice – one on the island and another one on the mainland.

  • If you’re departing from the main tourist area, the nearest bus station is in Tronchetto, located about 3 km west of San Marco. Note, though, that there are also lesser trips from Tronchetto to Milan.
  • If you’re coming from the mainland, you can board the bus at Mestre Station. Buses departing from Mestre have convenient travel times and will give you more choices with the departure times.

All buses park at Lampugnano Bus Station, which is still 10 km away from Milan city centre. From here, you can take the Metro to get to almost anywhere in the city.

Bus schedule from Venice to Milan

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
FlixBus
(from Venice Tronchetto)
5x departure from
01:00 to 21:00
4 – 4.5 hours€16 ($16.50)
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FlixBus
(from Venice Mestre)
10x departure from
01:15 to 20:10
3-4 hours€16 ($16.50)
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Itabus
(from Venice Tronchetto)
4x departure from
08:40 to 18:40
4 hours€13 ($13.50)
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You can check the full daily schedule of FlixBus on their website and Itabus through BookAway.

Note that fares can get more expensive as the travel date nears. Thus, we highly recommend booking your ticket online at least a few days prior to your trip.

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