If you arrive for your Venetian holiday by train in Italy, then the nearest railway station to your hotels, or other city accommodation, will be the Venice Santa Lucia Station. This is a terminus for trains arriving from Milan, and other stops along the route. It is the next stop from the mainland railway station of Venezia Mestre.
Venice Railway Station is connected to the rest of Italy with Eurostar trains, Intercities and Interregional and local trains, including fast trains from central Rome Italy, Florence Santa Maria Italy and Milan city centre, Italy.
Santa Lucia was built during the 1860’s and got its name from the Convent of Santa Lucia, which had to be demolished to make way for the station. The rail station has been transformed several times over the years, with the current concourse opened in the 1960’s.
Nowadays the rail station is a modern building and is connected to the Grand Canal. The station is a great entrance to the antique city of Venice that has attracted international tourists and high profile events.
Some through trains do not terminate at Santa Lucia train station, stopping only at the Venezia-Mestre Railway Station on the mainland. All trains traveling to and from Santa Lucia stop at Mestre. A shuttle train service operates between Santa Lucia St and Venice’s other rail station (Venezia Mestre) which is located on the mainland.
Both Santa Lucia and Venezia Mestre are operated by the Italian company, Grandi Stazioni, and linked to each other by the Ponte della Libertà, or Liberty Bridge.
This busy station sees nearly 500 train movements a day, including national, regional and local suburban routes. It is also the final stop of the iconic Venice Simplon Orient Express.
If your Venice accommodation is away from Santa Lucia, and in the heart of the city, you will find it easy to get there either on Vaporetto Water Taxis, or on the People Mover Transit system. Or, for a real touch of old Venice, take a traditional gondola and be serenaded en-route.
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