How to go to Venice from Florence?
Venice needs no introduction! Magical place, famous for Piazza San Marco and immortalized in books, films and poems! City of lovers, it is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The city on the water is charming and, without a doubt, it deserves a special visit! A must see: Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. But: how to go to Venice from Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
1) How to go to Venice from Florence? BY TRAIN
The first option that we are going to present is, of course, by train. At the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence, take the train to Venice and get off at the Santa Lucia station. Do not confuse with Mestre Central Station, which is on the mainland. You can buy tickets online and, I really suggest you to buy them in advance, so that everything is better planned and, with that, you save a lot of time (and MONEY!)! Always remember to authenticate your tickets at the stations, ok?!
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- Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot of money and time! Read our post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.
- Trip duration: average of 2 hours, departures approximately every 60 minutes;
- You can get off: at Santa Lucia station, which is at the entrance to Venice;
- From the station you can go: walking, but be prepared to go up and down numerous steps; using vaporettos, a typical transport in Venice, works like a water bus. If you go on foot, and have time, stop at one of the many bars for a coffee. If it is a one day trip, I do not advise it!
- Another detail worth mentioning: get ready because, usually, the regional railway trains are very bad and sometimes very dirty, so don’t create high expectations! If you use the train, always choose the high speed train to avoid that problem, ok?
- To understand the differences in trains, see this post: What is the difference between trains in Italy?
2) How to go to Venice from Florence? BY BUS
This trip can take up to 3 hours! You need to take the bus at Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence, number 9988, to Venice Marco Polo Airport; from there, take bus 35, bound for Santa Lucia.
- Very important information! Train and bus schedules change during the winter and also in the summer, check before leaving.
- Ideal option for people who like to do things at their own pace;
- For people who are used to traveling, mainly by train.
- For young people; for those who are backpacking.
- And especially for people who want to save money and are in no hurry!
- For families with toddlers and for elderly people it ends up being very tiring. I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT!
- Having to adapt to the fixed schedules of the outbound and return trains.
- Having to go to the tourist spots alone, without knowing the city or speaking the local language.
- Time wasted on public buses from the railway stations to the places where the sights are located or the money you will spend extra on a taxi once you reach your destination.
3) How to go to Venice from Florence? GROUP TOUR
This option is PERFECT for those who want to be calm and without having to think about organizing their trips by themselves. It is worth remembering: many of these tours are usually made in large groups and with guides in Spanish or English.
The group tour offers, more or less, what a private tour offers. The difference is that the City Tour has fixed days to carry out the tours. This type of suggestion is unique, in terms of quality and benefit, as you will get a much better price, since the values can be shared with more people.
Group tours are a great alternative for those who do not want to spend so much and for those who are not used to traveling alone and therefore prefer to be in a group, where there will be a person who will organize all the day’s tours! That way you don’t have to worry about anything! Just being rested and willing to visit magnificent places!
- IDEAL option if you are alone, as a couple or with up to seven friends!
- Save time that you would probably lose by going to the train stations to catch the trains, or with transportation to get to the tourist places to be visited.
- Visit more cities on the same day!
- Spend less time (and money) on travel, taxis, trains and buses.
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after drinking!
- You travel safely and comfortably!
- There is practically none! Just the fact that you will have to adapt to the program of the day, and respect the tour schedule!
- Remember to always evaluate customer testimonials before proceeding with the booking!
4) How to go to Venice from Florence? WITH RENTED CAR
If you prefer to do things with more tranquility and freedom of time, you can choose to rent a car to take this tour! The car is the ideal choice if you don’t care about taking a few, let’s say, unnecessary turns. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know and it varies from person to person, of course, and the type of travel you are used to.
How to get there…
From Florence, take the SS67 highway towards Livorno, then take the A1 / E35 and take the Venezia / Ravenna / Mestre exit, finally take the A4 / E70 with the indication Venezia. We will have to leave the car at Piazzale Roma which is located 5 minutes from Venezia Santa Lucia train station (just across a bridge).
- Use a GPS. Despite being well signposted, the roads can confuse those who are not used to driving on Italian roads.
- Parking at Piazzale Roma costs an average of 30 Euros per day, I always advise leaving the car in Venezia Mestre, a city next to Venice, and from there take a bus that usually stops there every 20 minutes and will take you to Piazzale Roma (the ticket costs an average of 2 Euros). This if you want to save money, obviously with this organization you end up wasting time, so you must evaluate if it is worth it!
- In addition, it is important to know that in tourist cities there are places where PARKING is PROHIBITED, and can only be used by people who live there! So it is important not to go to these places so as not to take unnecessary fines.
- How to understand what these places are? See the post with important information about car rental that talks about it, but in any case another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside the center and go to the center on foot or, spending a little more, using taxi or other public transport.
- Piazzale Roma is the gateway (land) of Venice, so if you arrive with a taxi, car or bus, you will always reach Piazzale Roma and from there you will have to move on foot or with a water transport (vaporetto or private transport that will take you very close to your hotel).
- Among the first three options, precisely because it does not have fixed times, the rental car is the ideal choice if you don’t worry about taking a few, say, and unnecessary turns. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know – it depends on person to person and the type of trip you are used to, so I always advise to have a GPS or use the Google Maps to simplify this car trip.
- If you are in a group with 4 or 5 people it will be a great option instead of taking the train;
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- It is the best form of transport for people who are used to driving anywhere and it is easy to locate!
- IF YOU DRIVE: DO NOT DRINK!
- Generally, those who drive cannot enjoy the beautiful view around, because you can’t take your eyes off the road!
- Extra expenses with GPS (average price of € 10.00 / € 15.00 – A DAY) so you don’t get lost so much.
- Another thing, folks: to drive in Italy, as I have explained several times, is it essential to have an International Driver License AND your original driver license (in English) or with an official translation, ok?! If you don’t have these documents: DO NOT DRIVE, as you will have a lot of problems if you are stopped by the Italian police! READ ALSO: DO I NEED THE IDL TO DRIVE IN ITALY?
- Those who drive cannot drink, the Italian laws on this are very strict and you take the risk of getting a really huge fine. So if you intend to taste great Italian wine during lunch pay attention! Don’t risk ruining your vacation!
- It is not a suitable option for people who do not have the confidence to ask for information, especially if they do not speak Italian, as with the train or the bus not knowing the territory you can end up wasting precious time that could be used for tourist visits.
Traveling by car in Italy
How about if I give you a rental car option? Are you ready for it? If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy . In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
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5) How to go to Venice from Florence? WITH A PRIVATE TOUR
The last option is a private tour. The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time using it to get to know other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places.
In addition, of course, the arrival will not be at the train or bus station, but directly at the tourist spot you want to visit. And if you book in advance, you will often be able to have the driver speaking your language, so you can easily ask for clarification about the trip.
This type of tour is ideal for VIPs, who want to enjoy the trip from the beginning to the end. Excellent option for small groups of people or elderly people. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!
- IDEAL option if you are a couple or with up to seven friends!
- It is safe, comfortable and you make your own schedules!
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they drank (even a small amount of alcohol);
- You won’t have to worry about train or bus schedules, you won’t have to worry about whether you will be able to return to Rome or not.
- No need to ‘stick’ to schedules and itineraries.
- You will save a LOT of time, which you would lose with commuting by bus and train.
- The rate is a little higher, but a worthwhile investment! Especially if you like to do everything on your own time, with no pressure.
Arriving in Venice, how to get to the downtown?
Arriving in Venice at Santa Lucia Station or at Piazzale Roma how to get to the downtown? There is no necessity! Once at Santa Lucia station, you can easily walk to the main points of Venice on foot. If you prefer, use water taxis or vaporettos! You should be concerned with transport to downtown of Venice if you are staying there, because of the bags, if the hotel is far from the Train Station (Santa Lucia) or Piazzale Roma.
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How to go to Venice from Florence? Let’s be careful, the cheap is expensive sometimes, especially in a place you don’t know, and without knowing how to speak the local language! So I suggest you to think carefully about the options presented above, especially if you are traveling with children and/or the elderly! Don’t take any risks, invest a little more and travel safely, comfortably and without worries or risks of ruining your long-awaited trip!