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Mestre to Venice by Train

From the inexpensive (and car-friendly) mainland district of Mestre, Venice's historic center is only 10 to 12 minutes away by commuter train.

From: Mestre, Italy

Commuter train in Mestre

ABOVE: A car speeds alongside a regional commuter train on the causeway between Mestre and Venice.

Venice has two main railroad stations: Venezia Santa Lucia in the city's historic center, and Venezia Mestre (sometimes abbreviated "VE Mestre") on the mainland. Many tourists stay in Mestre to save money on hotel rooms, or because they're traveling by car. If you're among them, here's how to commute into Venice by train:

VE Mestre railroad station

Go to the Venezia Mestre railroad station, which is on the edge of Mestre's city center, along the border with Marghera.

The station is directly across the street from three hotels: the Best Western Hotel Bologna (see illustrated review), the Plaza, and the Tritone. All three hotels have reasonable rates, offer parking on the premises or next door, and are good choices if you want to visit Venice from Mestre. Other hotels are nearby; see our Mestre Hotels page for more details.


Mestre train station - regional ticket machines

Look for the "Biglietti Self Service" regional ticket machines, which offer a quick way to buy inexpensive second-class train tickets to Venice and other nearby towns. You'll find these machines on platform 1 near the baggage office (shown above) and in the ticketing hall.

For instructions on how to use the machines, see our illustrated Trenitalia regional ticket machines article.

(Note: If you're intimidated by vending machines and are willing to stand in line, you can buy tickets at the station's ticket counter. Your hotel's reception desk may also have a supply of railroad tickets for sale.)


Mestre Station Platform 1 departures board

Check the electronic departures board on platform 1 to see when the next train leaves for Venice. (You shouldn't have to wait more than a few minutes.) Your destination is "Venezia S.L.," or "Venezia Santa Lucia."


Venice Mestre train station platform

An electronic signboard above each platform shows the next train, its scheduled departure time, and whether it's running on time.


Mestre ticket stamping machine

Before boarding the train, validate your ticket in one of the yellow stamping machines in the station. Listen for a "thunk" and check to see that your ticket was stamped.


Single-level train in VE Mestre station

Commuter train in Mestre

Some trains have traditional single-level cars, while others are modern double-deck commuter trains.

All cars on regionale trains are second-class, but other trains may have first-class carriages, so make sure that you board a second-class car if you're traveling with a second-class ticket.


Mestre-Venice train compartment

Trenitalia regional ticket

Settle back and wait for the train to leave. Keep your ticket handy, in case the conductor wants to see it.


Train entering Venice Italy

The train ride from Venezia Mestre to Venezia Santa Lucia takes only 10 to 12 minutes.


Stazione Venezia Santa Lucia

Ticket validation machine in Venice Santa Lucia railroad station

Later, when you return to Mestre from Venice's Santa Lucia Station, remember to stamp your ticket!


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