Trains at Venice Airport (VCE)
Marco Polo Airport has no railway station on the airport property. The main train stations in Venice can be reached by bus.
The two bus services at Marco Polo Airport are ATVO Fly Buses and Actv public buses. Both of these services travel to the Venice-Santa Lucia Railway Station and the Mestre Railway Station. The Venice-Santa Lucia Station is the main train station in Venice, and is about a 10 minute walk from the Piazzale Roma, across the ‘Ponte della Constituzione’ bridge. There are trains to all major cities in Italy from the Venice-Santa Lucia Station, including fast trains to Rome, Florence and Milan. The bus trip to Piazzale Roma is about 20-30 minutes. To this station, passengers should take the Linea ATVO Air Terminal bus or the Actv linea bus No 5.
The Mestre-Venice Railway Station can be reached from Marco Polo Airport with the ATVO Fly Buses or the Actv Bus No 15. Trains to all parts of Italy are also available from this station.
Trains in Italy include national and local trains. National and international travel is provided by Alta Velocità (high-speed) Eurostar trains, and local travel by Trenitalia trains. Eurocity/Intercity trains travel between all of Italy’s towns and cities. Passengers can travel at night on the Euronight (EN) trains.
Night trains offer a variety of sleeping options. The Excelsior E4 Cabin offers a high-class area with single, double, triple or quadruple cabins. The Excelsior sleeper carriages have areas with single cabins, doubles or those for couples. Cabins with 1, 2 or 3 beds are comfortable in the classic and tourist class sleeper carriages. The other option on the night trains are the couchettes offering 4 or 6 sleeping places.
Train tickets can be purchased from the ticket offices at the train stations or from automatic ticket dispensers. Tickets can also be bought online from Trenitalia’s website. They are usually valid for up to two months after purchase, provided you have not stamped them yet. Distance validity tickets and those with voucher stickers do not expire.
Tickets must be stamped in one of the validation machines (‘obliteratrici’) at the stations before boarding the train. Most journeys must be completed within 24 hours of stamping the ticket. For distances longer than 200km, the trip must complete within 6 hours. Tickets are valid for 6 hours from stamping for journeys on regional trains that have departure and destination stations in different regions.
Italy and Europe has a vast, well-designed railway network. Passengers can expect safety, comfort and cleanliness on any of the trains. By train is definitely one of the best ways to travel in Europe.