Train Travel in Italy

 

Riding Trains in Italy

Trains in Italy in Station Train Travel in ItalyRiding the trains is a great experience. The trains are wonderful. First, you can relax and enjoy the scenery! No worries about which road, turn or street sign to look for. Traveling by train is FAR LESS stressful than driving – especially in Italy. You’ll also have time to read, talk, play cards, write out your postcards, and even get up and walk around! Read more…


The Types of Train Tickets in Italy

Trains in Italy Types of tickets Train Travel in ItalyOne of the most confusing aspects of traveling by train in Italy is which ticket to purchase. There are probably – on some runs – more than ten different types or classes of tickets to purchase. In addition, there are tickets that are available only to specific groups. What tickets give you the travel experience? And how do you get those great low-price tickets that you hear about? Read more…


Trenitalia’s Family Offer

Trains in Italy Family Offer Train Travel in ItalyThe Family Offer may give you an excellent opportunity to save money. There are many conditions you must meet to purchase Family tickets. This offer is available for “family” groups from 2 to 5 persons and there must be at least one adult and one child LESS than 12 in the group. These tickets are limited by Trenitalia to a certain number of tickets per train. Read more…


Should I choose 1st Class or 2nd Class?

Trains in Italy 2nd class Train Travel in Italy“Should you ride in 1st or 2nd class on a train and what’s the difference? “Is is worth the cost to purchase a 1st class ticket?” These are common questions regarding train travel. For most folks, it’s a matter of personal preference… and budget. GAC, “an Italophile living in Los Angeles.” who posts extensively on several travel websites provides some good advice in this “class debate.” Read more…


Trenitalia Announces Frecciarossa Train With Four Classes of Service!

Trains in Italy business Train Travel in Italy Just when we’ve finally figured out whether to sit in 1st or 2nd class, Trenitalia creates new “service levels” that may make your buying process more difficult. Starting in late November 2011, on runs from Milan to Naples, Trenitalia announces the “new” Frecciarossa train which has, not two “classes”, but FOUR levels of service! The four classes of service on this train are called Read more…




Italo – An Alternative to Trenitalia

Trains in Italy Italo Train Travel in ItalyAfter years of speculation, planning, and spending, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) have started operations in Italy under the name Italo. This train service will offer the first substantial competition to the State-operated railway, Trenitalia. Hopefully Italo will reduce prices and improve service at both companies, benefiting all travelers. Read more…


The Leonardo Da Vinci (FCO) Airport Train Station

FCO Trenitalia counter Train Travel in ItalyThe FCO Airport Train Station is easy to find and very convenient for arriving and departing passengers. You can get ALL your tickets for train journeys throughout Italy at the full-service Trenitalia counter in the FCO train station. Here you can purchase tickets, talking directly with a Trenitalia representative. Or you can use one of the self-service kiosks in the station. Read more…


The Roma Termini Train Station

Trains in Italy Roma Termini Train Travel in ItalyThe Roma Termini Train Station is a busy connection point for the two metro lines, multiple bus routes, and Airport, Regional, National and International trains. If all roads lead to Rome, most segments of the transportation system lead to Roma Termini. You can stop there, shop there, eat there, meet there, rent a car there, and leave from there! Read more…


The Roma Trastevere Trenitalia Rail Station

Trains in Italy Roma Trastevere Train Travel in ItalyRoma Trastevere is one of Rome’s major train stations located on the southwest section of Rome. It’s a jumping off point for many people arriving in Rome. It’s also a connection station for travelers headed to Civitavecchia. And lastly, it’s a alternative for getting back to the Fiumicino Airport. The FR1, FR3 and FR5 commuter lines all pass through the station. Read more…


Buying Train Tickets – Using a Kiosk in a Train Station

Trains in Italy kiosks Train Travel in ItalyIf you wait until you get to Italy to purchase your tickets, one of the “best” purchasing options may be to use the kiosks found in most larger stations. The kiosks allow you to buy tickets in a multiple of languages. They are quite easy to use and some units take both credit cards or cash. For a step-by-step guide to using these kiosks, Read more…


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Buying Train Tickets – Online Using the Trenitalia Website

Trains in Italy fast train Train Travel in ItalyBuying online – in advance – can save you a great deal of money. You ARE locked to a specific train, but savings can be up to 60% on some routes. When using the online service you are going ticketless in Italy! As per the Trenitalia website, Ticketless is the purchasing solution that lets you board your train without having to pick up a printed train ticket. The ticketless option is accepted on almost all trains. Read more…


Going “Ticketless” and Using PNR Codes on Trenitalia

Trains in Italy PNR Train Travel in ItalyWhen you buy your tickets online through the Trenitalia website, you’ll go “ticketless.” Instead of a ticket sent to you in the mail, you will receive – via email – a PNR code (stands for Passenger Name Record). The PNR code IS thus your ticket. When you buy online, you don’t need to print out your train tickets. You simply give this number to the conductor walking through the train. Read more…


Ticket Purchasing Issues Using the Trenitalia Website

Trains in Italy Problems Train Travel in ItalyRecently Trenitalia implemented a “new,” updated website. It looked good – but unfortunately has resulted in numerous problems. Historically, the Trenitalia site has not been the easiest website to use. The “ticketless” option in today’s electronic world certainly is practical and becoming almost ubiquitous. The primary complaint about the Trenitalia website has been Read more…


Trenitalia Changes Fare Structure – No More Mini Fares

Trains in Italy On the platform Train Travel in ItalyWith the most recent update of new schedules and rate changes, Trenitalia has implemented a new pricing structure – the introduction of three new pricing levels: Super Economy, Economy, and Base. These purchase options all come with different price points and restrictions. The other big change… the VERY popular discounted ticket – the MINI ticket – is NO MORE! Read more…


Train Connections …in 10 Minutes or Less

Trains in Italy station board Train Travel in ItalyFor many folks, riding a train in Europe might be their first train ride ever. And changing trains – especially if you have a limited amount of time to get to your next train – can be a challenge. There are a few steps you can take to make your connection, and thus your journey, easier. Here are some basic guidelines to make your “connecting” easier. Read more…




Luggage Storage Options for the Traveler

Trains in Italy Left Luggage Train Travel in ItalyFor many travelers, storing your luggage on a brief stay in a city – traveling by train or plane – can be a problem. Most of the larger cities and airports do have a “LEFT LUGGAGE” service (deposito bagagli). The fees are very reasonable and I’ve used this service at multiple train stations and airports throughout Europe. It is quite pratical and your goods will be secure. Read more…


Traveling from Rome to Venice – Train or Plane?

Trains in Italy Train and poppies Train Travel in ItalyWhich is the best way to travel between Rome and Venice? Having lived in Spain, I remember this same debate when heading to Barcelona from Madrid. To provide some answers, we’ve again enlisted the expertise of GAC, a regular contributor on RinR and multiple travel boards. Again, we appreciate GAC allowing us to publish these observations. Here are those thoughts: Read more…


The Leonardo Express – Trenitalia’s Nonstop Train to and from Rome

FCO LE Train Travel in Italy10+ years ago I first rode the Leonardo Express from the airport to the center of Rome. It was far less expensive then it is today! Yet, ten years later it is still the only non-stop train transport from the FCO airport to the center of town. The Leonardo Express departs twice an hour to and from Rome.Read more…


The FR1 Metropolitan Train To and From the Fiumicino (FCO) Airport

FCO FR1 Train Travel in ItalyThe FR1 Metropolitan Service connects FCO with the stations of metropolitan Rome and travels as far as Fara Sabina and Orte, which are towns on the north east side of Rome. For visitors, this is primary transportation getting to and from the FCO airport. For locals, it’s often a commuter train, to and from work. Read more…


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