Venice Railroad Station
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ABOVE: A regional commuter train approaches Santa
Lucia station from the Venetian mainland.
Arriving in Venice by train
When you arrive at Santa Lucia, your train will pull into one of
The main train shed is directly behind the station hall or lobby. Most
long-distance trains arrive here.
Another set of railway platforms is to the right of the station as you
arrive from the mainland; this is used mainly by local and regional trains.
To reach the station hall, bear left as you leave the train platform.
the station hall, exit via the main doors. Steps and a ramp lead down to a broad terrace
alongside the Grand Canal, where you'll find the vaporetto landing, water taxis,
and the main pedestrian thoroughfare to the city center.
you're traveling with wheeled luggage, a stroller, or a wheelchair, you may
find it easier to bypass the crowded station hall on your way
out. In the main train shed, head toward the toilets near the left end of
the station and go through the passage at the corner. Once you're outdoors,
turn right at the sign and and follow the pavement down to the canal. See
our photo guide to the
wheelchair, stroller, and wheeled-luggage exit for more details.
The Venice Tourist Office operates a small branch inside the station,
but it tends to be busy, and the staff aren't always helpful. If you see a
long line, skip the tourist office and buy a map at a newsstand or bookstore
If you need to buy euros, ignore the "Change" booths and withdraw
money from a bank ATM away from the station. You'll get a better rate. (But
read our Europe for Visitors
before you leave home.)
If you need to park luggage during your stay in Venice, see our
FAQ: Baggage storage
If you're headed directly to the airport, see:
Railroad Station to
Marco Polo Airport.
Departing by train
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