A trip from Milan to Venice showcases two sides of northern Italy—while Milan has the shopping and the swagger, Venice is all about history and romance, with a tangle of canals and palazzi. Here's how to take your own day trip from Milan to Venice.
Things to Know
Milan and Venice lie 168 miles (270 km) apart, connected by the fast Autostrada A4. By road, the journey takes up to three hours, but the train is slightly quicker and saves you the headache of parking. Be sure to hop off at Venezia Santa Lucia station, not Venezia Mestra, which is the last mainland stop.
Day trips to Venice from Milan generally last about 14 hours, including travel and activities, so prepare for a long day.Aside from comfortable shoes—you'll do a lot of walking in Venice—change is also helpful to have. You'll need coins for any public transit, and spare change is especially handy if you find yourself wanting to hop on a traghetto boat to cross the Grand Canal.Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off, affording you a stress free day of exploring.