Travel in Italy by train

Travel in Italy by train

The Italian rail system is operated by TRENITALIA

The rail network is adequately developed and widespread, especially between major urban centers and tourist areas. The fastest trains operate on the networks between the major cities while the regional trains are fairly slow and in bad conditions. You will find that rail travel in Italy is cheap and efficient.



ETR: (also known as Eurostar) – very fast trains stopping only at major cities –

1st and 2nd class – supplement payable – booking compulsory – ETR 450, ETR 460/480,  ETR 500 and ETR1000 used on very high speed tracks from Torino to Milano – Bologna- Firenze – Roma – Naples and Salerno. Also on the Venice to Milano and Venice to Rome.

INTERCITY: Fast trains stopping at major cities – 1st and 2nd class – supplement payable – booking recommended.

INTER-REGIONALI: Good trains stopping at many cities – 1st and 2nd class.

REGIONALI: Local trains stopping virtually at every city within the same Region. Normally 2nd class only.

SLEEPER trains operate between major Italian cities and to foreign countries.


Please be aware that once you have purchased the ticket, you must stamp it before boarding the train at the special yellow machines that can be found all along the platforms. Failure to do so will result in a fine.

Application for refund of unused tickets must be submitted at the office where the tickets were purchased within one year of issue. All unused tickets must be stamped “unused” by an official of the European Rail Roads. All refunds are subject to a 15% cancellation charge plus administration fees.

Note: Rates are subject to change without notice.

Courtesy of Enit UK