The distance from Milan to Venice is 269 km (167 miles), and it will take about 3-4 hours to get from one point to the other, depending on the type of vehicle.
The most comfortable way is a train. The cheapest option is a bus if you buy tickets in advance. If you want to see the cities along the way or visit Lake Garda – rent a car.
Let’s take a closer look at all the options:
By High-Speed Train
High-speed and regional trains Trenitalia, as well as ItaloTreno, run from Milan to Venice.
Since March 2019, my favorite ItaloTreno high-speed trains go to Venice from Milan every 2 hours! The first train departs at 6.34 a.m. and arrives in Venice at 8.34 a.m. Therefore, I would advise you to leave at 11.34 a.m. and check-in at the hotel after 2 p.m. Good option if you spend several days in Venice.
You can catch a LowCost tariff in advance for only 9.90 EUR or travel in Prima (business class) for 18.90 EUR.
Frecce – high-speed trains, leave for Venice from Milano Centrale station starting at 6.45 a.m. In Venice, arrive at the central station, Venezia Santa Lucia. The price for the tickets starts from 34.90 EUR. Travel time is 2 hours 25 minutes, and it is the fastest and most comfortable way to get there.
If you buy tickets a few months in advance, you can save a lot and find cheap options for only 14.90 EUR.
If tickets for the high-speed train are no longer on sale or there are options that you can’t afford, then you can get to Venice from Milan by regional trains. In this case, you will have to change trains in Verona. If the train from Milan is delayed, you can take the next one. This trip will take at least 3.5 hours. The ticket price is constant – 20.70 EUR, there are no discounts.
If you are planning a one-day trip from Milan to Venice, then consider the option to leave Milan at 7.45 a.m. and you will arrive in Venice at 9.40 a.m. There are three options to get back to Milan at 6.20 p.m., 7.20 p.m. or 7.50 p.m.
If you are traveling by car, then on the way from Milan to Venice, it makes sense to visit Verona, Brescia, Vicenza, and Bergamo. All these cities are worth spending at least a day. Also, don’t forget Lake Garda and one of the largest Italian amusement parks, Gardaland.
Based on the patrol cost of about 1.6 EUR / liter and the average fuel consumption of about 7 liters per kilometer. The trip to Venice from Milan with stops will cost you 33.6 EUR (300 km x 1.6 x 0.07).
FlixBus buses run from Milan to Venice every hour. Travel time is about 3.5-4 hours.
In Venice, the buses arrive at the train station in the Mestre district. From there you need to take a regional train or bus to get to get to Venice.
I’m sure this guide will be helpful and will save you money and nerves. If you need advice on how to get to Venice from Milan, I’ll be glad to answer your questions in the comments.