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Trains in Italy

General Information about Italian Rail

The high-quality rail network and transportation infrastructure have made trains one of the most popular ways to travel in Italy for work or pleasure. From popular destinations and train routes to information about Italian train companies and how to buy cheap train tickets, this page provides an overview of everything you need to know about train travel in Italy. Alternatively, if you are planning on taking multiple train trips you can choose to purchase a Eurail pass for train travel in Italy.

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The first step of taking a train in Italy is by booking your train ticket. But there are already many questions: where to book your ticket, online on the company's website or directly in the railway station in Italy? How to book a cheap train ticket in Italy?


  • Online booking: You can book your e-ticket online directly on GoEuro or the website of the train company. To book a train in Italy you can do it with Trenitalia or Italo depending on the company you have chosen. To buy your train ticket in English, and to compare over 300 train and bus companies on the GoEuro app.

  • Purchase tickets at the train station: You can also buy your ticket directly at one of Italy's many train 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 when it comes to high-speed trains.

  • 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 train directly to 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 train. Payment is made by cash or credit card.

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Italy Train Map

Click on the interactive map below to discover the most popular train routes in Italy. Simply select the departure city to view the routes of the different destinations, complete with a minimum price and minimum journey time.

The prices on the graph are based on internal data of the most popular route searches by our users. All prices are one way and may be subject to change. The journey times are derived from the average high-speed train times for each route except Florence to Pisa, Milan to Como, and Milan to Genoa who do not offer high-speed trains.

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Trains in Italy: FAQ

Italy is one of the most popular countries in Europe for travelers from North America, offering many famous cities, vacation regions, and smaller towns. Visitors to Italy will find that taking the train makes traveling through the country easier. Here are four things you need to know when taking the train through Italy.

What are the advantages of taking the train in Italy?

Taking the train is the easiest way to explore Italy. All of Italy's major cities are connected via high-speed rail, and booking a ticket to the Italian countryside is simple. Choosing express trains provides a fast way to travel between Italian cities, carrying you from Rome to Naples in under two hours. Cross-country trips from Venice to Reggio Calabria offer views that you would miss otherwise. Italian trains allow you to sit back in a comfortable seat and avoid confusing roads that you would encounter if traveling by car. Book your train tickets online and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you travel through Italy.

What should I keep in mind when booking train tickets in Italy?

Booking train tickets in Italy offers a seamless transaction, whether at the train station or through the internet. Keeping in mind that train stations are abbreviated will help you avoid any initial feelings of intimidation or uncertainty. Longer train trips may be perfect for meeting locals, whereas express trips will help you keep it short but sweet. Your train date and time may be changed if you prefer. Regardless, save paper by keeping your confirmation email on your cell phone if possible.

What are some useful travel hacks when taking the train?

  • Start off by purchasing your train ticket in Euros, the local currency of Italy. Nothing makes losing money easier than converting currencies. Bringing local change with you to the train station is worth the extra step if you're carrying other bills.

  • Although some trains offer a cart selling food, stop by a local restaurant or shop on your way to the train station. Fresh cuts such as bologna or bread baked that very morning are great snacks to have.

What are good train routes to take when traveling through Italy?

One can imagine an endless trip through Italy, so picking where to visit can be difficult. Although all of Italy is good for a visit, some quick itineraries are best for sightseeing and ideal for those who want multiple compelling stops. Begin in the north of Italy with Milan, then tour along the southern route to Rome for destinations filled with history, fashion, and nature. A stop at the Colosseum is a favorite of many, followed by pizza tasting in Naples and village exploring in Cinque de Terre. Take the ferry to Sicily once you reach the southern coast, then continue on rail. When it comes to booking your train ticket in Italy, follow our tips for a convenient booking experience you'll never forget. Learn more about GoEuro's suggested tour of Italy.


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Train Companies in Italy

Everything you need to know about Italian train companies

There are two main train companies that operate throughout Italy, Trenitalia and Italo. Trenitalia, which was Italy’s national rail provider until 2011, still covers most Italian train routes. Italo currently only offers high-speed train routes between major Italian cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan, Turin and Bologna. Trenitalia Frecciarossa and Italo’s NTV are high-speed trains, which run routes between Italy’s largest cities.



Trenitalia: Trenitalia is Italy's main train company, traveling between 200 cities in Italy. Trenitalia also operates Intercity Night trains between distant Italian cities.
Trenitalia Frecciarossa: Trenitalia's Frecciarossa and Frecciarossa 1000 trains are the fastest trains in Italy, reaching top speeds of 300 km/h and 400 km/h respectively. Frecciarossa trains run along 4 routes in Italy:

  • Turin - Milan - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Milan - Reggio Emilia - Bologna - Rimini - Ancona - Pescara - Termoli - Foggia - Bari - Brindisi - Lecce
  • Venice - Padua - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Milan - Brescia - Verona - Vincenza - Padua - Venice
Trenitalia Frecciargento: Trenitalia Frecciargento trains are the second fastest type of train in Italy, reaching top speeds of 250 km/h. Over 50 Frecciargento trains travel through Italy every day. For example Frecciargento trains travel from Rome to Verona in 2 hours and 50 minutes and from Rome to Venice in 3 hours and 19 minutes. The newest Frecciargento train route travels from Rome to Bolzano in 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Trenitalia Frecciabianca: Frecciabianca trains are the third fastest type of Trenitalia train. Frecciabianca trains run 86 routes in Italy every day, primarily between large and medium sized cities. For example, Frecciabianca trains travel from Milan to Ancona in 4 hours and from Genoa to Rome in 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Trenitalia Thello: Thello is an Italian railway company created in 2010 by Trenitalia and Transdev following the end of the partnership between Trenitalia and SNCF. Thello trains connect major Italian destinations with the main cities of southern France. Thello operates two lines between Italy and France:

  • Marseille - Nice - Milan
  • Paris - Venice
Italo: Italo is a high-speed train company created in 2011 as an alternative to Trenitalia. High-speed Italo NTV trains travel up to 360 km/h and travel along 4 routes in Italy:

  • Turin - Milan - Reggio Emilia - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Turin - Milan - Reggio Emilia - Bologna - Rimini - Pesaro - Ancona
  • Venice - Padua - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Verona - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples

Facilities & Services for Major Train 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.

Popular Train Routes in Italy

Most Italian cities are linked by rail. The most popular train routes in Italy are between major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and Naples. All large cities are connected by Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa and Italo’s NTV high-speed trains. Regional and scenic routes are also quite popular given Italy’s undeniable beauty. Specifically, there are two train journeys worth noting for traversing some of the most scenic landscapes in Italy - the Bernina Express between Italy and Switzerland, which journeys across the Alps, and the Trenino Verde or Little Green Train, one of the longest tourist rail routes in Europe traveling through 404 km of wild and unspoiled scenery on the Italian island of Sardinia.

 

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Market Analysis

Taking the train is one of the most popular ways to travel in Italy. Trains are often more convenient than taking flights since they usually depart and arrive in city centers and do not require lengthy waiting times at the airport. Trains also usually allow more luggage when compared to flights.

The train network covers Italy's 20 regions with upwards of 16,000 kilometers of railway tracks and more than 2000 train stations. Italian trains transported over 854 million passengers in 2013. Traveling by train in Italy has grown in popularity by over 100 million yearly passengers over the past decade. The opening of European train markets to private business has resulted in competitive prices between companies. Travel search engines like GoEuro are a valuable tool for finding the best deals on train tickets.

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