Lake Garda to Venice by Train

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.

There are two options sightseeing options:

Tours, Experiences and Attractions In Venice

To top it all Isango also offer a number of ‘Must Do’ activities such as, gondola rides, walks and wine tastings, so you can get the most out of your day trip from Venice. Click on the link to view all of the Venice tours, activities and attractions that can spice up your day out.

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.

Click on the images to discover more!

  • Venice tours
  • Venice Gondola Rides
  • St Marks Square Venice

About the Author:

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.

67 Comments

  1. Jan Czekirda August 9, 2013 at 5:14 am - Reply

    We have been twice to Venice by driving to the multi story car park and getting the water buses into St Michaels square. It’s not cheap but gave us several hours to visit this beautiful city.

  2. Catherine August 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I am about to visit Lake Garda for the first time. Would love some feedback on the best restaurants to visit. Lake Garda has been a life long dream, so I want to make the most of my visit. I am travelling from Ireland.

    • admin August 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Catherine,

      Of course it depends where you are staying, Lake Garda is a very big region and I haven’t had a chance to try all the restaurants yet…..although I’m working on it:)

      You can find some of my favourites here.

      The local towns are always holding events to show off the local food, you can find many of them in my Events Calendar.

      You can subscribe to the calendar and have the events posted directly into you calendar.

      I’m adding restaurants and events all the time so keep checking back and click the ‘Follow’ button on the bottom right corner.

  3. Trish January 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Hi – I have just come across your post. I am going to be staying in Benzone in April and would like to do a day trip to Venice. According to Google Map this is not a feasible journey by public transport – is that the case? Would you advise a car hire for the day instead of getting the train? Thanks,

    • admin January 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Trish,
      Thank you for contacting us here at Love Lake Garda. If you are relying totally on public transport I have to admit I do not know the bus time table from Brenzone to Peschiera, where you could catch the train but I’m sure that this would be a less expensive option than a taxi.

      Car hire companies usually only arrange collection and drop off at the airports but I do know they also have offices in Desenzano try searching with this link http://bit.ly/LLGcarhire. You could maybe hire a car for a couple of days and include a tour around the lake, it’s a fantastic drive and this option would avoid you having to collect and drop off a car on the day you want to travel to Venice.

      Another otption would be an organized sightseeing tour to Venice tour through a company like this Isango, which is a very economical option.

      I hope this helps.
      Ciao
      Roy

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  5. Karen June 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I have just have a few questions i am wondering if you could help me with them.

    1. What bus goes from Verona Airport to Riva del Garda?

    2. What is the weather like in late September?

    3. I want to do a day trip from Riva to Venice, i have seen there is a bus that goes direct but i am having trouble finding information about it.

    Thanks 🙂

    Karen

    • admin July 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Karen, sorry for the late response, we just had 65 family over for a Lake Garda wedding and I’m just catching up.
      These are my answers to your questions;
      1. I’m struggling to find a direct transfer by bus but I did find this info:

      During summer time there are many bus connections between Verona and Lake Garda, in order to enjoy the best of “Riviera degli Ulivi”.
      Some lines connect Verona with Garda, passing through Peschiera, Lazise and Bardolino. From Garda, other lines proceed to Brenzone, Malcesine and Riva del Garda.
      Verona – Aeroporto – Peschiera – Lazise – Garda: 162, 163, 164, 183, 205.
      Peschiera – Lazise – Garda – Malcesine – Riva del Garda: 183, 184.

      So looks like you would need to catch two buses

      If you need help booking a taxi transfer let me know.

      2.The weather can be very pleasant in September, temps into the mid to high 20’s. It’s not so gauranteed as the high summer but it’s one of my favourite times of the year in Lake Garda.

      3. click this link for a great option for getting to Venice from Riva.

      Hope this helps.
      Ciao
      Roy

      • karen walsh September 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

        Hi Roy,

        No problem at all many thanks for your reply. Yes I emailed the hotel and they said about the two buses which I think would be a lot of hassle, so I booked the taxi that the hotel recommended its 280euro for two people there and back to the airport do you think that is a good price?

        That’s great about the weather I am not one for peak summer weather so that sounds perfect.

        Thanks for the info for Venice I will definitely book with them.

        Thanks for all the information,

        Karen

        • admin September 9, 2015 at 9:42 am - Reply

          Hi Karen,
          That sounds very slightly high, try emailing these for a quote [email protected].
          Don’t forget to Like our Facebook page and subscribe to our events calendar, so you can keep up to date with what’s happening around the lake in September.

          • Karen September 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

            Hi Roy,

            So I decided to rent a car I thought it would be cheaper in the long run. Any tips for driving in Italy as I have never driven abroad before.

            Thanks for all the info, its really helpful

            Karen

          • admin September 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm

            You are very welcome….

            The only tip I would give is try not to use the fast lane on the motorway and don’t expect good manners when you let people out or cross the road. It can get frustrating if your not used to it….

            Have a great holiday

  6. Lesley August 13, 2015 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Hello, I was wondering if you could help. Our family have visited lake Garda twice before and are visiting again in October this year. My son has just been diagnosed with coeliacs disease and we were wondering if gluten free options were common there. Fingers crossed ?

    • admin August 13, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Hi, there are many restaurants that cater for gluten free and the supermarkets are probably more advanced in this than in the UK. Hope this helps. Ciao Roy

  7. Anne August 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Hi heading to lake Garda next week for 7 days really want to do a trip in Venice by night and maybe a gondola ride staying in hotel splendid palace ,don’t want to hire and train won’t work ,what do u recommend thank you in advance Anne

    • admin September 1, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

      I’m really sorry I missed this comment Anne, hope I’m not too late. How about this solution and this for a Gondola ride.

  8. Sarah September 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hi. I’d be grateful for your help with the following please:

    1) I’m looking to get from Verona airport – Fasano. Cheapest private car I’ve found is €120 each way. Can you recommend anywhere cheaper please? Or is there an ‘easy’ train route please?

    2) I’d like to go to Venice and have looked at the link you supplied above for trains, however, I’m not sure which ‘Venezia’ location I choose as there were 7 options. Please could you advise which is nearest to the centre.

    Many thanks in advance for your assistance.

    • admin September 3, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah,
      Unless you want to spend half a day on a bus then private car is the only way to get to Fasano. The price looks about right but you could try our freinds at GTE Europe who are always very reasonable.

      Have you not considered renting a car? You could probably rent one via our car rental booking portal for the same price as one way in a taxi. Then you could use it to get to the station at Desenzano when you go to Venice, instead of having to take the bus or payout for another taxi.

      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).

  9. Christa January 1, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Hi
    My family will be staying in June in Madonna di Campiglio. We will have a car rental and want to spend a day at Lake Garda and then drive back in the evening to your house rental. My older kids and husband would like to go Canyoning. My younger kids and I would like to just explore the lake area. Can you recommend what area we should go to while my husband is canyoning?

    Thanks!
    Christa

    • admin February 17, 2016 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Christa, sorry for the late response I’ve been off the grid. There are many things you could do with the kids, check out our Lake Garda attractions page.

  10. Teresa February 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Hi, im for the lake garda in July and i can’t find any good websites about daytrips from Desenzano. Could you please help 🙂 i want to go to venice and milan. Thanks Very much

    • admin February 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Teresa, sorry for the late response, I’ve been off the grid.

      Venice and Milan both have a direct train link from Desenzano. If you read up the page there is a link for trenitalia website which will give you the times and fares.

      If you prefer an organised tour then Isango run trips to Venice

      You can also book Gondolas and other tours in advance on their website.

      Unfortunately they don’t run tours to Milan but you can pre-book tours and activities in Milan. The direct train from Desenzano is probably the best way to get there from the lake.

      Hope this helps.
      Buona vacanza

  11. stuart March 16, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Hi,we’re staying at my friends apartment from 2nd October for 1week,we would like to stay in Lake Garda for possibly 2nights travelling down by train,,could you recommend an area to stay,,thank you

    • stuart March 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Friends apartment is inVenice

      • admin March 20, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

        As you are only staying for two days I would suggest you stay in Desenzano. It has a direct train connection from Venice and is one of the biggest towns on the lake, so plenty to do. It is close to Sirmione which would be worth visiting.

  12. Mark April 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Hi – I will be spending my first holiday in Italy in May. I will be staying in Garda town. I wish to travel to Venice, possibly Milan and would be delighted to receive any assistance, information, or recommendations of places to visit. I will be flying into Verona airport on a ten day trip.

    Regards
    Mark.

    • admin April 3, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Mark,

      Isango offer a day out in Venice which departs from Garda, you can book it here or Venice by night here.
      You can also find out and book things to do in Venice, including gondola rides and guided walks.
      There are more tickets and tours for Venice and the rest of Lake Garda here.
      Alternatively you can catch the train from Peschiera.
      You can also catch the train from Peschiera to Milan. You can find out what to do in Milan and pre-book tours and attractions (including a ‘hop on, hop off bus’ here.
      I found this article that gives some good info for visitors to Milan.
      I hope this helps
      Roy

  13. OS.viola May 28, 2016 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Hey
    i will come to sirmione in october and i want ask if gardaland opening in october
    i see the schedule and they write in weekend just halloween magic so can we play in gardaland or just festival?
    the second question is i hired car so what is the best parking to one day trip to venice?

  14. Gladys Gurr June 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Hi We are going to Limone in July and will be booking days tours. Could you please give me information about were to book.

    • admin June 19, 2016 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Gladys, the tour companies we work with offer the tours found on this page of our website. Or alternatively you can purchase discount tickets for tours and most of Lake Garda’s top attractions here.

      I hope this helps……have a wonderful holiday!

  15. Annie June 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Roy,

    Thank you for sharing your experience – I am looking to visit Venice and wanted to take a day trip out to Lake Garda, is this something that is possible or would you need at least a few days to make the trip worthwile?

    Many thanks for your advice.

    • admin June 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Ciao Annie, I would say that if you were staying in Lake Garda and visiting Venice that a day trip would be definitely worthwhile, the other way round I think you would need a few days. If you do want to go for just a day I would suggest visiting Sirmione and taking a boat tour do that you can see as much of the lake as possible. Bertoldi boats are based in Sirmione and they will help you have a wonderful experience. If this is something that may interest you then contact them via our page here.

      I hope this helps….have a wonderful stay in Italy and if you don’t get to Lake Garda you should come back and visit it next time.

  16. Kathy August 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Hi, my family and are looking to take a trip to Italy in June 2017. Want a balanced trip of history, adventure, and relaxation. Saw some info about canyoning in Lake Garda that looks like a must do!

    Thinking of flying into Rome and going to Florence and Venice. Fly out of Venice with a trip to the Lake before we leave.

    Suggestions on who to book the canyoning with and best way to get there. Other adventure activity suggestions?

    Thank you!

    • admin August 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Kathy,

      We used liberavventura when we tried canyoning, you can get there details on our page. XMountain are another option, both offer other adventure activities you could try.

      Walking and Hiking in Lake Garda is great for the adventurous types, you can read more on our page.

      I don’t know what to say about the best way to get to Lake Garda from Venice as I don’t know if you’ll hire a car. If you read our Lake Garda to Venice page you’ll get an idea of the options.

      Hope this helps
      Roy

  17. Tarsheeni September 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Hi Roy,
    I am thinking of taking a 3 nights trip to Verona. Within these 3 nights, I was thinking of doing a day trip to Lake Garda. Do you think it is worthwhile? Would love to hear your suggestions.

    • admin September 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Tarsheeni,

      Sorry for the late response. i’ve been visiting Lake Garda for the last 18 years and spent all the summers of the last six years there…..I’ve barely scratched the surface. But if you want a little taster on a day trip from Verona then I suggest you visit Desenzano and Sirmione. This will mak