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In recent years, Italian trains have been renowned for their efficiency and frequency. Since 2011, the service has been provided by either Trenitalia or NTV Italo Train. These two companies offer a variety of train options with local and long-distance journeys as well as regional and high-speed trains. While trains in Italy are not always considered the most inexpensive in Europe, there are often a range of fares available, with various promotions and discounts.

Ongoing Trenitalia Offers:

  • Trenitalia 2 for 1 Offer Trenitalia is currently offering an exclusive deal that allows you to travel as a pair paying the price of just one ticket (base fare) on Saturdays. Tickets must be booked 48 hours before departure and can be purchased directly with Omio.
  • Insieme Group Travel Offer Traveling with friends and family? The Trenitalia's Insieme deal is perfect for you! Groups of 2-5 passengers will receive 30% off. With Omio, you can book the Insieme ticket on more than 900 routes served by Trenitalia (see the terms and conditions below).

Trains in Italy

The Italian train network is one of the best ways to travel to and around Italy. Travellers can admire the beautiful scenery of the country as they pass through cities, mountains, countryside, lakes or by the sea. A few of the noteworthy routes with scenic views are the Bernina Express which goes from Italy to Switzerland crossing the Alps, the Trenino Verde which travels across the island of Sardinia, and the Cinque Terre Express which passes by all five towns of Cinque Terre. The majority of the main cities in Italy have routes that directly connect (such as Turin, Milan, Florence, and Rome). Trains in Italy also offer routes that connect to neighboring countries like Switzerland, France, and Germany. The Italian train network offers a variety of train types and train companies that visitors may choose from while planning their trip to Italy. The main trains in Italy are Trenitalia, Italo, and Thello. These companies service high-speed trains, international trains, and the regional train. With Omio travellers will be able to see which trains better fit their need, for example depending on price and travel time, as well as see whether the train is high-speed or regional.

Booking with Omio

When booking train tickets in Italy with Omio, you will be able to plan your trips efficiently and smoothly thanks to its journey app planner. To book a trip, first select where you want to travel to (in Europe, the U.S. or Canada) as well as the dates for your trip. Once you have decided on these details, you'll see clear and up-to-date information on which options are available to you including train types. At this point, travellers will have the choice to pay in different currencies, add on any personal discount cards, as well as having the chance to decide how to travel (i.e. slower for lower price or by picking the fastest travel time). Once booked, you will have access to all the tickets needed for your journey directly on a mobile device—no printer needed!

Train companies in Italy

Italy has two main train companies which offer routes going all over the country. Trenitalia is the main train company in Italy and it provides both high-speed and regional trains, as well as airport transfers (Malpensa Express & Leonardo Express). Trenitalia is divided into a few services, Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca. Frecciarossa has routes that go from Venice to Salerno, Trieste to Turin, Turin to Salerno, and Roma Termini to Fiumicino Airport. The Frecciargento routes lead from Sibari to Bolzano, Fiumicino Airport to Udine, Rome to Trieste, Rome to Verona, Rome to Mantua, Rome to Genoa, Rome to Lecce, Rome to Reggio Calabria, and Naples to Bolzano. The Frecciabianca has routes that go from Milan to Lecce/Taranto, Venice to Bologna, Rome to Reggio Calabria, and Turin to Ancona. Another Italian train company is Italo, which only offers high-speed trains and exclusively provides routes from Milan to Salerno and Turin to Venice. These routes include stops in various cities such as Bergamo, Florence, Rome, Udine, Bolzano, and Naples. Lastly, travellers have the choice of using the train company Thello (a joint venture between SNCF and Trenitalia), which offers night trains and operates between Italy and France. The routes that Thello provides go from Venice to Paris, and from Milan to Marseille.

Popular train connections in Italy

Popular International Routes by Train

Travellers that plan to visit Italy using the trains as their means of transportation will find that Omio provides a service that makes planning easy and efficient. Being located in the proximity of other countries, Turin and Milan are two of the main cities for travellers wanting to arrive in, or depart from, with trains in Italy. The most popular routes these cities offer are the following:

  • Milan: some of the direct international routes from Milan go to Zurich (Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), to Paris (TGV and Thello), to Nice Ville (Thello) and Genève Cornavin (Thello).
  • Turin: a couple of the direct international routes from Turin go to Paris (TGV), and go to Lyon (SNCF).

International train travel is also available to other Italian cities, such as Florence and even Naples, although a change of train (or several) will be required.

When arriving

If travellers decide to visit Italy they should be aware of the following information. Firstly, although tipping is not a custom in Italy, many cafés and restaurants will have a coperto fee on the receipt. The coperto is not a scam for tourists, it is a normal fee which is always charged to locals and travellers alike. Secondly, many public restrooms require an entry fee (usually 50 cents or 1 euro), therefore travellers are advised to always carry a couple of extra coins in their pocket while travelling around Italy.

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Train Companies in Italy

There are two main train companies that operate throughout Italy, Trenitalia and Italo. Trenitalia, which was Italy’s national rail provider until 2011, still covers most Italian train routes. Italo currently only offers high-speed train routes between major Italian cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan, Turin and Bologna. Trenitalia Frecciarossa and Italo’s NTV are high-speed trains, which run routes between Italy’s largest cities.

Trenitalia: Trenitalia is Italy's main train company, travelling between 200 cities in Italy. Trenitalia also operates Intercity Night trains between distant Italian cities.

Frecciarossa: Trenitalia's Frecciarossa and Frecciarossa 1000 trains are the fastest trains in Italy, reaching top speeds of 300 km/h and 400 km/h respectively. Frecciarossa trains run along 4 routes in Italy:

  • Turin - Milan - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Milan - Reggio Emilia - Bologna - Rimini - Ancona - Pescara - Termoli - Foggia - Bari - Brindisi - Lecce
  • Venice - Padua - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Milan - Brescia - Verona - Vincenza - Padua - Venice

Trenitalia Frecciargento: Trenitalia Frecciargento trains are the second fastest type of train in Italy, reaching top speeds of 250 km/h. Over 50 Frecciargento trains travel through Italy every day. For example Frecciargento trains travel from Rome to Verona in 2 hours and 50 minutes and from Rome to Venice in 3 hours and 19 minutes. The newest Frecciargento train route travels from Rome to Bolzano in 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Trenitalia Frecciabianca: Frecciabianca trains are the third fastest type of Trenitalia train. Frecciabianca trains run 86 routes in Italy every day, primarily between large and medium sized cities. For example, Frecciabianca trains travel from Milan to Ancona in 4 hours and from Genoa to Rome in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Trenitalia Thello: Thello is an Italian railway company created in 2010 by Trenitalia and Transdev following the end of the partnership between Trenitalia and SNCF. Thello trains connect major Italian destinations with the main cities of southern France. Thello operates two lines between Italy and France:

  • Marseille - Nice - Milan
  • Paris - Venice

Italo: Italo is a high-speed train company created in 2011 as an alternative to Trenitalia. High-speed Italo NTV trains travel up to 360 km/h and travel along 4 routes in Italy:

  • Turin - Milan - Reggio Emilia - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Turin - Milan - Reggio Emilia - Bologna - Rimini - Pesaro - Ancona
  • Venice - Padua - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Verona - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples

Trains in Italy FAQs

Italy is one of the most popular countries in Europe for travellers from the UK, offering many famous cities, vacation regions, and smaller towns. Visitors to Italy will find that taking the train makes travelling through the country easier. Here are four things you need to know when taking the train through Italy.

What are the advantages of taking the train in Italy?

Taking the train is the easiest way to explore Italy. All of Italy's major cities are connected via high-speed rail, and booking a ticket to the Italian countryside is simple. Choosing express trains provides a fast way to travel between Italian cities, carrying you from Rome to Naples in under two hours. Cross-country trips from Venice to Reggio Calabria offer views that you would miss otherwise. Italian trains allow you to sit back in a comfortable seat and avoid confusing roads that you would encounter if travelling by car. Book your train tickets online and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you travel through Italy.

What should I keep in mind when booking train tickets in Italy?

Booking train tickets in Italy offers a seamless transaction, whether at the train station or through the internet. Keeping in mind that train stations are abbreviated will help you avoid any initial feelings of intimidation or uncertainty. Longer train trips may be perfect for meeting locals, whereas express trips will help you keep it short but sweet. Your train date and time may be changed if you prefer. Regardless, save paper by keeping your confirmation email on your cell phone if possible.

What are some useful travel hacks when taking the train?

  • Start off by purchasing your train ticket in Euros, the local currency of Italy. Nothing makes losing money easier than converting currencies. Bringing local change with you to the train station is worth the extra step if you're carrying other bills.

  • Although some trains offer a cart selling food, stop by a local restaurant or shop on your way to the train station. Fresh cuts such as bologna or bread baked that very morning are great snacks to have.

What are good train routes to take when travelling through Italy?

One can imagine an endless trip through Italy, so picking where to visit can be difficult. Although all of Italy is good for a visit, some quick itineraries are best for sightseeing and ideal for those who want multiple compelling stops. Begin in the north of Italy with Milan, then tour along the southern route to Rome for destinations filled with history, fashion, and nature. A stop at the Colosseum is a favorite of many, followed by pizza tasting in Naples and village exploring in Cinque de Terre. Take the ferry to Sicily once you reach the southern coast, then continue on rail. When it comes to booking your train ticket in Italy, follow our tips for a convenient booking experience you'll never forget. Learn more about Omio's suggested tour of Italy.