Did you know that Venice, the most romantic city of the world is less than a two hour train ride from Lake Garda, making it an achievable addition to your Lake Garda holiday itinerary.
Trains for Venice depart from Desenzano and Peschiera at regular intervals throughout the day, for as little as €9 each way. It’s best to arrive at Desenzano early to be sure of one of the free parking spaces, which are just a minutes walk from the station.
There are trains for the return journey at regular intervals between 4.00pm and 9.00pm so you will have plenty of time to spend an amazing day out experiencing the facinating city.
The train takes you to the heart of the city so there is plenty of time to reach Piazza San Marco by navigating the bridges and canals, to take a ride in a gondola and to sample the bacari, a glass of wine with appetizers a true Venetian tradition.
You can check out the timetable, fares and even book your Lake Garda to Venice tickets with Omio.
Venezia Santa Lucia is the train station that takes you into the historic center of Venice. Just outside of the station you can catch a water bus or water taxi. It is also just a 10 minute walk to the Rialto Bridge and 20 minutes to St. Mark’s Sqaure (Piazza San Marco).
Please always remember that train tickets in Italy need to be validated. This is done by stamping your ticket in one of the machines in and around the station or on the platform. Once the ticket has been validated it must be used within the time frame stamped on the ticket.
Please be aware that it may be necessary to book tickets in advance during the high season.
treno – train
partenze – departures
arrivi – arrivals
in ritardo – late/delayed
stazione ferroviaria – railway station
binario – track
marciapiede – platform
ovest/est/sud/nord – west/east/south/north
convalidare – to validate ticket
posto – seat
biglietti – tickets
ferma a – stops at
Lake Garda To Venice by Car
Venice is also easy to reach by car so it’s another option if you don’t mind the drive and have a rental car, it takes around 2hrs, the same as the train by the time you include your drive to the station. You just follow the A4 virtually all the way and once you arrive there is a very well set up park n ride(or walk) system. There are a number of park and ride companies in Venice, one of the cheapest, at €10 for 12 hours is Terminal Fusina. Terminal Fusina is easily reachable from the A4 as you can see on this map. It also offers a fun way to get into the heart of Venice with transfers via the public ferry. Within 20minutes you will be at Venice Central, Zattere, which is just a 15minute walk from St Marks Square.
Sightseeing tours from Lake Garda to Venice
A trip from Lake Garda to Venice by train or by car may not be so appealing if you are staying in one of the nothern resorts such as Riva, Limone or Malcesine. The extra costs and time to get down to the train stations or motorway may be put you off, but fear not there is an alternative!
Isango are one of the leading booking companies in the world for tours, experiences and attractions…..and it just so happens that they have sightseeing tours from Lake Garda to Venice. With pick up points in Limone, Riva, Torbole, Malcesine and Garda this is the perfect solution for those who want to take the strain out of their day trip.
Once you’ve visited the beautiful city and are looking for more things to do on your Lake Garda holiday, Isango have a lots more Lake Garda tours and activities including, sightseeing tours to the Dolomites, Florence, Verona.
I have been visiting Lake Garda since 1998 and have grown to love the region so much that when I come here it is like coming home. Needless to say I am very familiar with the region and I would like to share what I know with you. As you may from my pages my particular passions are the local food and wine.