Travel within Italy by Rail


Travel within Italy by Rail

The Italian rail system is operated by TRENITALIA http://trenitalia.com.
The rail network is adequately developed and widespread, especially between major urban centres and tourist areas. The fastest trains operate on the networks between the major cities while the regional trains are fairly slow. You will find that rail travel in Italy is cheap and efficient.


A NO SMOKING POLICY APPLIES ON ALL TRAINS IN ITALY


TRAIN CLASSIFICATION

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 and ETR 500 to be used on very high speed tracks.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

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.