Come by Train to Venice
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Coach Beds... Does this evoke anything?
And definitely it is also a very good solution. The train leaves Paris at about half past 8 pm and it arrives directly at Venice at half past 9 am of the morning, 13 hours of itinerary. And there it is a Surprise.
Certain lovers of Venice come only by train; the plane here is too rushed. They scarcely are on the plane and barely an hour later, they spy a large black spot on some water: Venice.
Of course, if you only have a few days, the plane is of course indispensable.
Be careful to reserve a ticket for “Venice Santa Lucia”, the railway station of Venice and not for “Venezia Mestre” which is on the firm earth!
Finally, one of the benefits of a trip by train resides in the hotel savings. In effect, you sleep your first night in the train and the last also while at the same time you get the benefit of two whole days in Venice; an element which some people will take into account once they know the rate of hotels in Venice.
Little Practical Information upon Arrival
When you arrive at the Railway station of Santa Lucia, you can leave your baggage there provisionally, useful if you arrive early in the morning and that your reservation of room takes effect for instance only at midday.
You will find a baggage room in the Railway station of Santa Lucia with baggage next to the quay 14. It is open from 6 am until midnight.
There is also a service to make transport your baggage of the railway station in your hotel: Cooperativa Trasbagagli, their telephone number is +39 041 520 30 70.
To move you to Venice from the railway station of Santa Lucia you have the choice either of the vaporetto motoscafo (the luxury taxi at level price) or your feet. Neither cars nor trains can continue itinerary up to your hotel but what a silence in comparison with our big cities!
Venice in sleeping car with the FRENCH NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY With promotions, plan to spend about 160 euro per person in second class (by reserving a month in advance). But you can sometimes pay nearly the same price in first class with promotions.
Small detail, be wary you of first-rate notion for coach-berths. If you are in an Italian car, difference between the first one and the second class accommodations lies only due to the fact that in the compartment which counts 6 berths there will only be 4...
Furthermore, comfort is rather sparse and some people will find it difficult to sleep well, earplugs are mandatory and not to forget!
Our advice, if your budget allows it to you, instead of paying 320 euro for two in a coach-berth, pay about 470 euro and you will be able to have a compartment in two in sleeping car, which will far surpasses the coach-berth for level of comfort.
And know that the arrival in Venice by train is often splendid, nothing to compare with the plane. Regarding the question of baggage, there is no weight maximum. Finally, planes are postponed, or even delayed to the next day when they are the last of the day, much more often than the train is cancelled.
Venice Simplon-Orient-ExpressVenice Simplon-Orient-Express
Change of category and atmosphere, don’t think price, just think “experience”.
Please note, they are not every day. Certain months of the year they can even count a train Paris-Venice only one time a week.
The train departs Paris, passes by Innsbruck in Austria, and then passes by Verona to arrive finally at Venice. They leave in 22 hours Paris time and they arrive at Venice, two days later, and yes, in ancient, in 6 pm to Venice.
Here the price of pension is included: 2.600 euro per capita all inclusive. But what an unforgettable trip with prevails over Venice at arrival! Truly a once in a lifetime trip!
Internet Addresses to come to Venice by TrainVoyages-Sncf.com (in French only)
Railways Italians (Trenitalia.it) (Site in English)