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.


  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 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.

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


    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 🙂


    • 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.