There are several types of trains in Italy, from high-speed and luxury trains to the so-called “milk run” trains that connect small towns. The type of train you take in Italy can depend on where you’re going, how much time you have, and what your budget is.
Italy’s high-speed trains are sleek and efficient, with relatively inexpensive ticket prices if purchased in advance. High-speed trains always require reservations. Trenitalia, Italy’s state-run rail network, operates most of the high-speed trains. Others are run by a private company, Italo. The two options are competitively priced and reasonably similar, though they sometimes serve different train stations. High-speed train tickets usually cost more than slow trains, but they’re much more efficient if you’re short on time.
Regional trains in Italy are slower, but serve a much wider network of cities and smaller towns throughout Italy. Many don’t require reservations, and some have only second-class cars. Regional trains may be your only option if you’re traveling through rural parts of Italy. They take longer, but are sometimes the cheapest option.
Other types of trains in Italy include overnight trains for long-haul trips and privately-run scenic trains that are excellent options for sightseeing day trips.
Frecciarossa high-speed trains, operated by Trenitalia, reach speeds of 300 kilometers per hour and offer maximum comfort, making trips between Italian cities as smooth and short as possible. Read More >>
Frecciargento trains run through both the traditional and high-speed lines with connections between Rome and other major cities of the North-East and South sides of Italy. Read More >>
Frecciabianca trains are part of the Frecce high-speed long-distance rail service between Italy's main cities. The trains, operated by Trenitalia, travel at a speed of up to 200 kilometers per hour. Read More >>
Inter-City trains connect major and minor cities in Italy to meet the different mobility requirements of medium to long distances. Read More >>
Find all of Italy's most popular train routes below. Our list includes top cities like Rome and Venice and smaller regional destinations such as Bologna and Pisa. Each route page contains need-to-know information about train travel to and from these destinations, as well as details on train stations, train types, and special services and offers.
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