Travelling by train in italy: tips for beginners
Traveling by train in Italy is one of the preferred options for most people when it comes to connecting different cities within the country. In this article I will tell you what alternatives there are and share some tips and information to make your experience traveling by train in the peninsula a success!
The Italian railway network is huge, connecting the country from north to south and from east to west. In turn, you will find different types of trains from which you can choose depending on the connection you need to make and your budget. Here are the main options to travel by train in Italy, helping you to choose your ticket at the time of purchase.
High-speed trains are those that connect the main cities throughout the country in a very short time. They run on an exclusive railway line that allows them to reach up to 300 km/h. I must admit that, although they tend to be a bit more expensive, they are my preferred choice for train travel in Italy.
But the country is not only connected by high-speed trains. You will find that some routes are connected by other types of trains (which doesn’t mean they are bad or uncomfortable). They have only two categories (first and second class) and are more economical. These are:
Train in italy prices
That is why there are thousands of routes to travel around Italy, one would like to have a lifetime to travel around the country. The list of places to visit is huge, but making an itinerary through Italy in a couple of weeks can be really profitable if everything is well organized.
That’s why in this article I’m going to tell you about a 15-day itinerary through Italy by train. I would also like to mention that I put together this itinerary with the objective that you are not going to be rushing, even though it is only a few days, I tried to make you really see each place and explore it calmly.
Beyond the importance or even trying to convince you to always travel with insurance, something you should know is that if you plan to travel to Italy it is a requirement to have insurance and if they ask for it and you don’t have it, they can’t let you in.
Do not take the risk of not having medical insurance, even if everyone has told you that they never used it or that they were not asked for it at the entrance of the country, believe me it is not worth the risk. Also, the cost of medical attention in Italy is expensive, if something happens to you (even if it is minimal), you will have to pay a good amount of euros to get treated if you don’t have medical insurance.
Trains in italy timetables and fares
Would you like to receive personalized advice and take the pass directly with you? Then you can also buy the Interrail Pass at our travel centers (Reisezentren) and at many travel agencies.
One Country Pass: With the One Country Pass you cannot travel in your country of residence. Global Pass: The Global Pass includes 2 journeys in your country of residence. One of these legs is for travel abroad and the other is the return trip.
You can make your reservation for almost all European trains at DB sales points and at www.interrail.eu up to 2 months in advance of departure; on some trains up to 3 months in advance.
Exchange before the first day of validity: free of charge. Cancellation up to the first day of validity: possible for a fee of 15%. Exchange or cancellation after the first day of validity: not possible.
Trains italy official
Italy has an extensive network of high-speed trains that will get you where you want to go much faster than the regional train system. However, for the high speed trains you will need to reserve your seat. You will find more information about reservations later on this page.
When traveling in Italy by train, you may need to reserve seats on trains in advance. As you plan your trip, take note of what types of trains you will be taking. Use the table below to find out whether or not reservations are required.
We recommend that you reserve seats for high season (May to September) and European holidays as early as possible. Book up to 3 months in advance. Contact the reservation center or visit a European train station to check train availability.
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