Zurich to Venice Train

Is it possible to take a direct overnight train from Zurich to Venice? I've been scouring the Eurail, Rail Europe, DB, SBB sites with no luck. I found some trips with five hour layovers in Milan, very early in the morning- I don't know how overnight trains work exactly- can one stay on the train during the layover? Thanks!

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10846 posts

What ever you do, you will change trains in Milan.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6696 posts

Overnight trains in and out of Italy generally go north/south or east/west. To come south from Zurich and then to the east to Venice, you will change trains. You may have seen the train out of Zurich with a train change in Innsbruck at 10:10pm and departing at 11:05 (55 minute layover). The first train is not a night train but the second train is part of the City Night Line network. It arrives in Venice at 6:38.

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3577 posts

I'm with Larry - go back to SBB.ch. You might even consider an early train the next day; the trip takes 6.5-7 hours, and you could gather lunch supplies the day before, eat on the train, and arrive in early afternoon. Depending on the number of travelers, it could be much cheaper than a night train. And you may be MUCH more rested... Which date are you looking at? I can't find - even on RE LOL - anything with a 5-hour layover in Milan... The main thing you want to pay attention to is the number of connections - you don't want to have to stay up all night because you're changing trains every 2-3 hours :-(