This is normally a direct train but unfortunately there was some disruption to the line that day so the train we were on was only stopping at Villach Westbahnhof and we needed to get off and change trains to get to Villach Hauptbahnhof (the Central Station). Luckily the bf speaks German and found this out from the conductor otherwise we'd be totally lost!
It was extremely cold with a bitter wind when we got off at the Westbahnhof and since it was almost an hour's wait for a connecting train, Keira and I sat in a stairwell for some shelter and warmth and snacked on some crackers we had got from a plane flight previously, we really were a pitiful sight! We met another lady who was travelling to Italy also, but she had accidentally got separated from her husband and mother who she was travelling with because she had jumped off the train at the wrong stop! This is honestly a reminder to me to always be prepared because she didn't have any of their mobile numbers, no money and no card, it was all with her husband. There was no info office at the station so she decided it was best for her to wait until her husband returned to get her. We gave her a "survival pack" =P which was a chocolate muffin and some food we had with us. When our train for the Hauptbahnhof arrived we said bye hoping she wouldn't have to wait there until night time :(
Once we had arrived at Villach Hauptbahnhof we took the coach to Venice, a 5 hour trip away. It was a long journey but the coach was really comfortable and the scenery was very beautiful through the Julian Alps :) The coach actually arrives in Mestre, and then you need to take a quick ride on any of the buses going onto Venice island.
Our route on the Villach to Venice coach...