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Italy Train Guide

Welcome to TrainPal's Italy Train Guide, where we will show you the most popular train routes in Italy, such as those to Rome, Florence, and more. Plan your train journey with our train journey planner, compare train times and prices, and book your cheap train ticket now!

Discover which high-speed trains are faster and more convenient, like Trenitalia's FR trains that can reach speeds of up to 224 mph, connecting famous cities like Milan and Rome, or Italo's high-speed trains that can take you to Naples and Florence.

If you prefer to explore smaller towns at your own pace, regional trains like Rock Train will immerse you in the authentic Italian experience.

Feeling tired and need to get to the airport? The Italy Airport Trains, like Leonardo Express will swiftly take you there in just 32 minutes. Additionally, we offer various international trains and Passes for your convenience, along with a helpful FAQ section.

Booking in advance will be cheaper, and there are various discount vouchers waiting for you. TrainPal can help you plan your trip and find all kinds of train information anytime, anywhere!

Italy High-Speed Trains

High-speed trains in Italy are designed to provide rapid transportation between major cities and regions in the country.

The table below presents four types of high-speed trains and one long-distance train provided by Trenitalia and Italo, two railway companies. All of them have the opportunity to visit Milan, Rome, and Venice. Their differences are mainly reflected in the routes, train speeds, and the train classes provided.

Train Companies and TypesTrain SpeedTrain Classes
Trenitalia Frecciarossa (FR) trainsUp to 224 mph

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Trenitalia Frecciargento (FA) trains Up to 155 mph

1st class

2nd class

Trenitalia Frecciabianca (FB) trains 124 mph

1st class

2nd class

Italo high-speed trainsUp to 224 mph

Smart Class

Prima Business Class

Club Executive Class

Trenitalia InterCity (IC) trains99-124 mph

1st class

2nd class

Frecciarossa (FR) Train Routes

Frecciarossa (FR) trains are some of the fastest trains in Italy and can reach speeds of up to 224 mph. They make more than 120 daily connections* throughout Italy, from Turin and Milan in the north, to Salerno and Bari in the south. Frecciarossa trains cover the following 8 routes:

Turin – Milan – Reggio Emilia AV – Bologna – Florence – Rome – Naples – Salerno

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This route covers a significant portion of Italy, facilitating seamless travel between the country's major urban centres and popular tourist attractions.

Venice – Padua – Bologna – Florence – Rome – Naples – Salerno

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This route spans across the picturesque regions of northern and central Italy, it presents an incredible opportunity for travellers to immerse themselves in the rich cultural and historical heritage of these cities.

Venice – Padua – Vicenza – Verona – Brescia – Milan

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The route is particularly popular among art and architecture enthusiasts, as it features some of the most iconic landmarks and monuments in Italy, including the historic city centre of Venice, the Roman amphitheatre in Verona, and the Gothic cathedral in Milan.

Rome – Florence – Bologna – Verona

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This route showcases the cultural and historical richness of central and northern Italy. Starting in Rome, the eternal city, you'll explore iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Trevi Fountain.

Turin – Milan – Bologna – Rimini – Ancona – Foggia – Bari – Lecce/Taranto

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This route takes you through several cities in northern and southern Italy, offering you the diversity of experiences, from cultural and historical landmarks to beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine.

Venice – Padua – Ferrara – Bologna – Rimini – Ancona – Foggia – Bari – Lecce

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This route takes you through several cities in northeastern and southern Italy. Starting in Venice, a city renowned for its canals, architecture, and art, you can explore the iconic St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, and the Rialto Bridge.

Rome – Florence – Pisa – La Spezia – Rapallo – Genoa

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This route takes you through several iconic cities in central and northern Italy. Starting in Rome, the capital city of Italy, you can explore ancient ruins such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon.

Rome – Naples Afragola – Salerno – Paola – Lamezia – Rosarno – Reggio Calabria

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This route takes you through several cities in southern Italy, allowing you to experience the beauty and culture of southern Italy. From the ancient wonders of Rome to the coastal charm of Salerno and the natural beauty of Calabria, this journey offers a diverse range of experiences for travellers.

Frecciargento (FA) Train Routes

Frecciargento (FA) trains are some of the fastest trains in Italy and can reach speeds of up to 155 mph. Frecciargento trains cover the following 3 routes:

Rome – Caserta – Benevento – Puglia

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This route provides you with the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the rich history, art, and natural beauty of Italy. From the majestic Royal Palace of Caserta to the delightful towns and picturesque landscapes of Puglia, this journey offers a wide array of experiences for travellers.

Rome – Naples Afragola – Salerno – Paola – Lamezia – Rosarno – Villa S. G. – Reggio Calabria

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This route takes you from Rome to Reggio Calabria, passing through several cities and towns in Southern Italy, providing you with the opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes, cultural heritage, and culinary traditions of the region.

Rome – Florence – Pisa – La Spezia – Genoa

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This route takes you from Rome to Genoa, passing through several iconic cities and towns in Central and Northern Italy. From the grandeur of Rome's ancient ruins to the beauty of Florence's Renaissance masterpieces, this journey offers a captivating exploration of Italy's cultural treasures.

Frecciabianca (FB) Train Routes

Frecciabianca (FB) trains are some of the fastest trains in Italy and can reach speeds of 124 mph. Frecciabianca trains cover the following 2 routes:

Rome – Pisa – La Spezia – Genoa– Milan/Turin

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This route takes you from Rome to Genoa, passing through some of the most beautiful and historic cities in Central and Northern Italy.

Rome – Terni – Foligno – Pesaro – Rimini – Ravenna

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This route offers a mix of historical, cultural, and coastal experiences, allowing you to explore the rich heritage and natural beauty of central and northern Italy.

Italo Train Routes

Italo high-speed trains are some of the fastest trains in Italy and can reach speeds of up to 244  mph. Italo trains cover the following 3 routes:

Turin - Milan - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno

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This route takes you from Turin in the north of Italy to Salerno in the south, passing through some of the most iconic cities in the country.

Turin - Milan - Verona - Venice

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This route takes you from Turin in the north of Italy to Venice in the northeast, passing through some of the most beautiful cities in the country.

Venice - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples

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This route takes you from the romantic city of Venice in the northeast of Italy to the vibrant city of Naples in the south, passing through some of the most iconic and historic cities in the country.

InterCity (IC) Train Routes

interCity (IC) trains are the most affordable and widely available means of rail transport, with 102 connections every day. You can reach small, medium, and large cities directly without having to change trains. These trains can reach speeds of 99-124 mph, making them a fast and convenient option for travel. InterCity trains cover the following 4 routes:

Northern Tyrrhenian Line

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Departures from certain northern cities, such as Turin, Milan, Genoa, Ventimiglia, to the towns on the Ligurian and Tuscan coasts, down to Rome, Naples and Salerno, and vice versa. With a regular connection, you can also reach Bardonecchia from Genoa and Turin.

Southern Tyrrhenian Line

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Departures from Rome to Calabria and Sicily, arriving in the centre of the main towns on the southern coast, and vice versa;

Adriatic Line

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Departures from Milan and Bologna, travelling through the entire Adriatic coast to Bari, Taranto and Lecce.

Sicily Line

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Departures from Rome to Messina, Syracuse and Palermo.

Cheap High-Speed Train Tickets

Trenitalia FR/FA/FB
Italo trains
InterCity (IC) trains
Train RoutesAverage DurationPrice
Florence to Rome1h 56mBuy from £4.61
Rome to Florence1h 50mBuy from £7.52
Venice to Florence2h 47mBuy from £10.61
Venice to Milan2h 41mBuy from £7.30

Italy Regional Trains

Italy Regional Trains are domestic train services in Italy. These trains connect various cities and rural areas, providing a convenient transportation option for residents and tourists.

The table below presents four major trains, Regionale(R), InteRegionale (IR), Diretto (D), and Espresso (E).

R is the slowest here, with relatively cheaper fares, suitable for short-distance or regional travel;

IR belongs to the category of medium-speed trains, neither fast nor slow, and stops at some major stations;

D is a direct train that usually operates between two major cities and is faster than R and IR;

E is the fastest type of train, typically operating between major cities, with fewer stops and the shortest travel time.

And two types of new regional trains:

Rock Train, with a speed of up to 99.42 mph and a capacity of approximately 600 people;

Pop Train, with a maximum speed of 99.42 mph and a capacity of approximately 300 people.

Being aware of the following details will make your journey smoother. Most regional trains only offer second-class services and may or may not be air-conditioned.

Train Companies and Train ClassesMain destinations
Regionale(R)-Second classFlorence S.M.Novella
InteRegionale (IR)-Second classMilan Central
Regionale Veloce-Second classVenice Santa Lucia
Espresso (E)-Second classFiumicino Airport

Cheap Regional Train Tickets

Train RoutesAverage DurationPrice
Florence to Pisa1h 15mBuy from £2.47
Pisa to Florence1h 14mBuy from £2.47
Florence to Rome1h 56mBuy from £4.61
Milan to Venice3h 26mBuy from £7.30

Italy Airport Trains

When travelling in Italy, airport trains are a convenient way to connect major airports and cities. There are several train services available for major airports in Italy, catering to different needs. These include services from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Rome city centre, Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan city centre, and Fiumicino Aeroporto to Roma Tiburtina, among others.

Train Companies and TypesTrain SpeedTrain Classes
Trenitalia - Leonardo ExpressRome Fiumicino Airport-Rome city centre

1st class

Trenitalia - Malpensa ExpressMilan Malpensa Airport-Milan city centre

2nd class

Trenitalia - Fiumicino Aeroporto - Roma TiburtinaFumicino Aeroporto - Roma Tiburtina

Standard

Premium

Business

Executive

Malpensa ExpressCentral Milan - Malpensa Airport

Standard

TPER(Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia-Romagna)Bologna Airport-Bologna city centre

1st class

Cheap Airport Train Tickets

Train RoutesAverage DurationPrice
Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini38mBuy from £4.00
Malpensa Airport T2 to Milan CentralBuy from £4.33
Malpensa Airport T1 to Milan Central54mBuy from £9.29
Ciampino Airport to Rome Termini38mBuy from £1.46

Italy International Trains

Looking for convenient and efficient travel options between Italy and other European countries? Italy International Trains offer just that! Operating between Italy and popular destinations such as Paris, Zurich, Vienna, and Venice, among others. The table below will clearly show you the different cross-border train services.

Cross-border trainsMain RoutesTrain Classes
TGVMilan-ParisFirst/Second class
EuroCityMilan-ZurichFirst/Second class
EuroCityVenice-ViennaFirst/Second class
EuroCityMilan-MunichFirst/Second class
EuroCityVenice-LjubljanaFirst/Second class

Italy Train Pass

The Italy Pass is a ticket or travel document that allows unlimited train travel within Italy during a specific period. These Passes are available to both Italian residents and non-residents. Below, we introduce three types of Passes for you to choose from, offering unrestricted train travel within Italy!

Trenitalia Italy Pass For Non Italian

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Perfect for tourists, international students travelling within Italy

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Prices start at €139

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The Trenitalia Italy Pass is a travel pass designed specifically for non-Italian residents who wish to explore Italy by train. It is perfect for tourists, international students, and anyone looking to travel extensively within Italy. The pass starts at €139 and is available in four different types.

However, to use the pass, you must book your first journey within 11 months from the date of purchase and complete your travel within the chosen number of days!

Eurail Italy Pass for Non European Citizens

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Perfect for international travellers

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Unlimited train travel in Italy

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The Eurail Italy Pass is a travel pass designed for non-European citizens who want to explore Italy by train. It is perfect for international travellers who wish to discover the diverse landscapes, historic cities, and cultural treasures of Italy.

After purchasing the pass, it is important to activate it within 11 months, allowing you to book unlimited train travel for 3, 4, 5, 6, or 8 days within a month. The Pass also offers various discounts and benefits for a memorable Italian adventure.

Interrail Italy Pass for European Citizens

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Ideal for European citizens or residents and British citizens

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Unlimited train travel in Italy

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The Interrail Italy Pass is ideal for European citizens or residents (including British citizens after Brexit), wishing to explore Italy by train. Children under 12 travel for free, and seniors over 60 are eligible for a senior Pass.

Whether you're planning an adventurous journey between cities or leisurely exploring the countryside, The Interrail Italy Pass offers unlimited travel on participating European train networks for a set number of travel days. With various validities to choose from, ranging from 4 days to 3 months, it's the ultimate ticket for exploring Europe by train!

Interrail and Eurail Global Pass

The Interrail Global Pass and Eurail Global Pass are two different train travel Passes, allowing you to travel across up to 33 countries in Europe. It's important to note that the Interrail Global Pass is designed specifically for European citizens or residents(including British citizens after Brexit), while the Eurail Global Pass is designed for non-European residents and requires activation.

Interrail Global Pass for European Citizens

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Perfect for European and British travellers

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Unlimited train travel across 33 countries in Europe

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The Interrail Global Pass is ideal for European citizens or residents (including British citizens after Brexit), wishing to explore up to 33 countries in Europe by train. This Pass is perfect for European travellers seeking an adventurous journey, visiting multiple countries, and experiencing the diverse cultures and landscapes of Europe.

Whether you're planning a backpacking trip, city exploration, or scenic adventure, the Interrail Global Pass allows you to travel freely and conveniently. Purchase the Pass and plan your travels within 11 months, such as 5 days within a month or up to 3 consecutive months. It offers unlimited travel and provides various discounts and benefits for an unforgettable European adventure!

Eurail Global Pass for Non European Citizens

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Perfect for international travellers

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Unlimited train travel across 33 countries in Europe

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The Eurail Global Pass is a travel ticket designed for non-European residents who want to explore up to 33 countries in Europe by train. This Pass is perfect for travellers from outside Europe seeking an adventurous journey, visiting multiple countries, and experiencing the diverse cultures and landscapes of Europe.

Whether you're planning a backpacking trip, city exploration, or scenic adventure, the Eurail Global Pass allows you to travel freely and conveniently. Purchase the Pass and remember to activate it within 11 months and plan your travels, such as 5 days within a month or up to 3 consecutive months. It offers unlimited travel and provides various discounts and benefits for an unforgettable European adventure!

What is the best train to use in Italy?

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The best train to use in Italy depends on your travel plans, budget, and preferences.
If you're looking for a fast and comfortable train, the high-speed Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains are a great option. They connect major cities in Italy and offer amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and food service.
For a more affordable option, regional trains like the Trenitalia Regionale and Trenord trains are available. These trains make more stops and have slower speeds, but they are a great way to explore smaller towns and cities in Italy.

Is it cheaper to buy Italian train tickets in advance?

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Yes, it is generally cheaper to buy Italian train tickets in advance. Train tickets in Italy are sold in different fare classes, and the cheapest fares are usually available for tickets purchased in advance. The earlier you book your ticket, the greater the chance of getting a cheaper fare.
In addition, some trains in Italy require seat reservations, and the cost of the reservation is separate from the ticket price. By booking in advance, you can also secure your seat reservation and avoid the risk of the train being sold out.
It's worth noting that some trains in Italy, such as regional trains, do not have seat reservations and have fixed prices. In these cases, it may not make a significant difference whether you buy your ticket in advance or on the day of travel.
Overall, it's a good idea to book your Italian train tickets in advance to save money and ensure availability.

What does it mean to validate a train Pass or ticket in Italy?

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In Italy, validating a train Pass or ticket means getting it stamped or validated before boarding the train. This process is done to ensure that the ticket is valid and has been used for a specific journey.
To validate a train Pass or ticket in Italy, you typically need to find a validation machine, which is usually located on the train platform or near the entrance to the platform. The machine will have a slot or a place to insert your ticket. Once inserted, the machine will stamp or mark the ticket with the date and time of validation.
It's important to note that failure to validate your ticket can result in a fine if you are caught by a ticket inspector during your journey. Validating your ticket is your responsibility as a Passenger, and it helps to maintain the integrity of the fare system.
It's worth mentioning that some types of tickets, such as those for high-speed trains or reserved seats, may not require validation as they are already specific to a particular train and time. However, it's always a good idea to check the specific requirements for your ticket or Pass to ensure proper validation.

How do I validate my train ticket?

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To validate your train ticket in Italy, you can follow these steps:

Look for a validation machine: These machines are usually located on the train platform or near the entrance to the platform. They are typically yellow or green and have a slot or a place to insert your ticket.


Insert your ticket: Once you find the validation machine, insert your ticket into the designated slot or area. Make sure to insert it in the correct orientation as indicated by any arrows or instructions on the machine.

Wait for validation: After inserting your ticket, the machine will stamp or mark it with the date and time of validation. It may also make a sound or display a message to indicate that the ticket has been validated. Wait for this process to complete before removing your ticket from the machine.

Keep your validated ticket: Once your ticket is validated, it is now considered valid for your journey. Remember to keep your validated ticket with you throughout your trip, as you may be required to present it to ticket inspectors during your journey.

It's important to note that the process of ticket validation may vary slightly depending on the specific type of ticket or Pass you have. If you have any doubts or questions, it's always best to ask station staff or consult the information available at the station.
Remember, validating your ticket is essential to avoid potential fines and ensure a smooth journey on Italian trains.

Do I need a reservation if I have a rail Pass?

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Yes. If the “seat reservation requirement” is stated on the purchase interface, it needs to be confirmed. If it is not stated, it is not necessary.

When and how do I make a reservation?

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The process and timing for making reservations can vary depending on the country and railway company. Here are some general guidelines:

Determine if a reservation is required: First, check if reservations are necessary for the specific train or route you plan to take. This information can usually be found on the railway company's website or by contacting their customer service.


Decide on the timing: It's generally recommended to make reservations as early as possible, especially during peak travel seasons or for popular routes. Some railway companies allow reservations to be made several months in advance, while others may have shorter booking windows.


Choose the method: There are typically several ways to make reservations, including online, at train stations, or through authorised travel agents. Online reservation systems are often the most convenient and allow you to book and pay for your reservation in advance.


Provide necessary information: When making a reservation, you will usually need to provide details such as your travel dates, departure and arrival cities, and the type of train or class you prefer. If you have a rail Pass, you will also need to provide its details.


Pay for the reservation: Depending on the railway company and the reservation method, you may need to pay for the reservation at the time of booking. Accepted payment methods can vary, so be sure to check the available options.


Obtain your reservation confirmation: After successfully making a reservation, you will typically receive a confirmation email or ticket. Make sure to keep this confirmation with you during your journey, as you may be required to present it along with your rail Pass.

What is an e-ticket for trains in Italy?

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In Italy, an e-ticket for trains is a digital ticket that can be purchased and stored electronically on a mobile device or printed out. It eliminates the need for a physical paper ticket.
When you book a train ticket in Italy, you will receive a confirmation email or a booking reference number. You can then use this information to retrieve your e-ticket. Some common methods to obtain your e-ticket include:

Online booking: If you book your ticket through TrainPal, you will receive your e-ticket via email. The email will contain a barcode or a QR code that can be scanned at the train station.


Mobile apps: TrainPal offers a mobile app that allows you to search for train schedules, book tickets, and store e-tickets directly on your smartphone. The app provides a digital ticket that can be displayed to the conductor when boarding the train.


Self-service kiosks: At some train stations in Italy, there are self-service ticket machines where you can purchase and print your e-ticket. You will need to enter your booking reference number or scan a barcode to retrieve your ticket.


It's important to note that when travelling with an e-ticket, you must have a valid form of identification, such as a passport, to verify your identity if requested by the conductor during the journey.

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