Venice Day Trips by Train

There is more to the Veneto region than seeing Venice and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. The area in the north of Italy is home to several towns that can easily be explored on day trips. You could either base yourself in Venice or stay just outside of it as we did in Mogliano Veneto and travel by train to the various towns.

Trains in the Veneto region are efficient, comfortable, and a relaxed way to get to your destination. Venezia Mestre is the central station and the one from which most of the trains depart. If you are staying in central Venice, catch a vaporetto to the Ferrovia stop which drops you right in front of Venezia Santa Lucia station. From there, the train journey to Venezia Mestre station takes approximately 10 minutes.

Day Trip from Venice: TrainDay Trip from Venice: Venezia Mestre
Intercity fast train – Venezia Mestre Station

1. Day trip to Padova

Padova is a large university town and home to many students which gives it a young and vibrant feel. The train trip from Venezia Mestre to Padova station takes 15 minutes by intercity train and between 22 to 35 minutes if you take the regional train. Although it is best to start your journey early, Padova is a town that can easily be covered in one day.

Highlights of Padova: Cappella degli Scrovegni, Palazzo della Ragione, Chiesa degli Eremitani, Cafè Pedrocchi, Cavallo Ligneo, Corso del Popolo, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti, the Astronomical Observatory, St. Anthony’s Basilica.

Day Trip from Venice: Padova
Padova

2. Day trip to Vicenza

Vicenza is an elegant town with an area pedonale, a pedestrian zone that is easily explored on foot. There are maps everywhere to guide you to the major sights. The train trip from Venezia Mestre to Vicenza station takes 30 minutes on the intercity train and a little over an hour on the regional train.

Highlights of Vicenza: Basilica dei SS. Felice and Fortunato, Torrione del Tormento, Piazza Erbe, Basilica Palladiana, Duomo di Vicenza, Palazzo dei Chiericati, Olimpic Theatre.

Day Trip from Venice: Vicenza
Vicenza

3. Day trip to Mogliano Veneto

Mogliano Veneto is a quiet town located just 10 kms away from Venice and takes 10 minutes by regional train from Venezia Mestre station. It is on the same train line as Treviso so you can combine a visit with Mogliano Veneto in one day.

Highlights of Mogliano Veneto: Municipio building, Chiesa di Santa Maria di Assunta, Monday morning Mercato , occasional food festivals.

Day Trip from Venice: Mogliano Veneto
Mogliano Veneto

4. Day trip to Treviso

Treviso is a pretty town with waterways and tranquil surrounds that can be reminiscent of Venice. The train trip from Venezia Mestre to Treviso station takes between 17 to 27 minutes on the regional train. If you’re travelling from Mogliano Veneto, the trip is only 8 to 16 minutes.

Highlights of Treviso: Chiesa di San Nicolò, Duomo, Museo Civico di Santa Caterina, Palazzo dei Trecento, Piazza dei Signori, Palazzo dei Trecento, Museo di Santa Caterina, Chiesa di San Francesco, Chiesa di San Nicolò.

Day Trip from Venice: Treviso
Treviso

5. Day trip to Verona

Verona is an enchanting city and deserves more than a day trip. But if your schedule doesn’t allow it, it is worth paying for an intercity train ticket and starting your journey early in order to maximise your time. Don’t expect to see all the major sights in one day so it is best to plan your itinerary before you arrive.

The trip from Venezia Mestre to Verona Porta Nuova takes approximately 58 minutes on the fast intercity train or 2 hours 10 minutes on the regional train. The price variation is significant so check the timetable for departure and return times when you’re planning your journey.

Highlights of Verona: Piazza Bra, Casa di Giulietta/Juliet’s House, Giardino Giusti, Teatro Romano, Castelvecchio, Casa di Romeo, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Erbe.

Day Trip from Venice: Verona
Verona

As trains run more frequently during morning and evening peak hours, it is best to start your journey early in the day. For more information on train timetables, the English language website for Ferrovie Dello Stato is a good resource for planning your train trips.

Buon viaggio!

Update 2013: For train travel in Italy, check out the new, fast and affordable train services Trenitalia and Rail Europe

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

22 Comments:

  1. I love this idea, Corinne! Venice is amazing, of course, but I’m aching to venture forth and see the beauties of Italy in the surrounding areas. I love these photos. :-)

    • The Veneto is certainly worth spending time in, more than just a day visit of course. But we we were short on time and we wanted to see as much as we could hence the day trips. Thank you! I plan to post more detailed information and photos of the towns – each is just as enchanting as the next!

  2. Great tips! I’ve never been to Mogliano Veneto, but will have to visit it on my next trip. I just can’t pull myself away from all the Carnevale festivities.

    • Kathy, If I were you and I was there during Carnevale, I wouldn’t venture outside of Venice. You’re living a dream of mine :)

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  7. Lovely photos. Isn’t Italy just a beautiful country – and I’ve only seen it in photographs or on TV! Hoping all that will change later on this year as we MIGHT be going to stay with a friend between Rome an Naples for a few days.
    Julia

  8. Thanks for these, there are so many places in Italy I’m curious about. Still it could take a while to exhaust Venice and head further afield! From these, I’ve only got to Verona for a day where I got very excited about buying some shoes without using any English!

    • I agree it’s difficult to leave Venice but if you wanted to explore the area and you had the time, the day trips are easy to do. Just don;t do them on consecutive days like we did. It gets exhausting! Well done on the scarpe purchase :)

  9. Hi, Corinne!
    So, these trips are from Venezia Mestre? Does this mean that I’d have to go to Mestre to buy tickets or change trains?

    • Hi Jen – you need to get to Venezia Mestre from Venice, and yes you do change trains there. Mestre is a large station with many platforms but it’s easy to find your way around.

  10. These day trips are all lovely! I would agree that Verona would take an extra day, we had a few friends who were living there & couldn’t stop raving about it – looks like a perfect change-of-pace from Venice.

    • Verona couldn’t be more different than Venice! 2-3 days would be optimum to enjoy it at leisure, otherwise you’re running around all day. Of course, a night performance at the arena would be unforgettable!

  11. I love the photo of Treviso. So much good stuff to explore! :)

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