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Buses in Italy
General Information about Italian Buses
Italy is dotted with cities renowned for architectural beauty, vast historical centers, and fascinating monuments. The Italian coach network has developed into a simple and reliable way to travel between many of Italy’s main urban regions and centers. Within cities, suburban areas rely heavily on public transport, in some cases enhanced by private operators, and integrated with trams, trolley buses, and electric vehicles. Greater development of long-distance and suburban transport has meant bus options now provide travelers in Italy great options and reasonable prices to allow it to better compete with the train network.
Book your Italian Bus Ticket with GoEuro
The first step of taking a bus in Italy is by booking your ticket. But there are already many questions: where to book your ticket, online on the company's website or directly in the bus station in Italy? How to book a cheap bus ticket in Italy?
- Online booking: You can book your e-ticket online directly on GoEuro or the website of the bus company. To book a bus in Italy you can do it with Baltour or BusCenter depending on the company you have chosen. To buy your bus ticket in English, and to compare over 300 train and bus companies on the GoEuro app.
- Purchase tickets at the bus station: You can also buy your ticket directly at one of Italy's many bus stations. You can buy your ticket at one of the station's sales offices, in advance or directly on the same day. In general, it is more advantageous to buy your ticket in advance.
- Printing e-tickets at the station: Some electronic tickets must be printed on the automatic terminals, be careful when booking online. With GoEuro, you will not need to print your e-ticket and you can travel by bus in Italy with your phone. To collect your tickets in the automatic stations, you must bring your reservation code received by mail. You can also buy your tickets directly at the stations at the automatic stations until 5 minutes before the departure of the bus. Payment is made by cash or credit card.
Bus Companies in Italy
Everything you need to know about Italian Buses
The main bus providers in Italy include Ibus, which is an alliance of 9 operators (Baltour, Bus Consortium, Di Fonzo, Satam The Group Overview, Intersaj, Bus Marino, Rome Marche Lines, and Autoservizi Salemi Sulga) and Italybus which offers national, international and long-distance connections. The company Motorway is also a popular provider and connects the center of Milan and Turin with Milan Malpensa, Linate, Orio al Serio and the mountain and beach resorts in the northeast. Interbus and Saj also operate frequent connections between Sicily and Calabria. Italy's bus transport is divided into city buses, intra-urban, suburban (covering the connections between regions) and long-distance coach services used mainly for links to tourist destinations. City buses are used mostly for transit and have limited facilities outside the standard ones such as wheelchair accessibility and the capacity to carry small to average amounts of luggage. When traveling with suburban or regional services, you can usually expect the buses to provide air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV entertainment, toilets, discounts for children and seniors as per the provider, bicycles and large luggage transport, as well as the possibility of bringing pets.
|Baltour: Baltour, a subsidiary of Eurolines, is the main bus company in Italy and the Adriatic zone. Baltour travels to over 500 destinations across 17 Italian regions and 23 European countries. Over 4 million passengers travel with Baltour every year.|
|BusCenter: Buscenter is an Italian bus company which combines 5 different bus lines under one brand: Segesta, Interbus, Onbus, Etna Trasporti and Sicilbus. BusCenter's head office is located in Palermo and offers bus routes throughout Italy and abroad. Buscenter also offers a regional transport service in Sicily, with transport to and from the airports of Trapani and Palermo, making it possible to reach Puglia or Northern Italy from the island.|
|FlixBus: FlixBus is the primary bus company in Germany and is now rapidly expanding its coverage throughout Europe. FlixBus operates routes to dozens of cities in Italy including Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Pisa, Turin, Naples and Palermo.|
|Hellö: Hellö travels to 25 destinations across 6 European countries. Hellö buses travel to multiple cities in northern Italy including Milan, Venice, Verona, Genoa, Bolzano, Udine, and Trieste.|
|Ouibus: Ouibus is one of France's main bus companies, operating over 180 routes both throughout the country and internationally. Ouibus travels to Milan, Turin, and Genoa in northern Italy from multiple cities in France.|
|RegioJet: RegioJet (the rebranded name of Student Agency) is the main bus company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. RegioJet also travels to multiple cities in Italy including Milan, Venice, Padua, Bologna, Genoa, Udine, Florence, Rome, and Naples.|
Facilities & Services for Major Bus Companies
Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.
Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.