About Train Travel to Italy

About Train Travel to Italy
Whether you are looking forward to Italy's rugged coast and pristine beaches, waterfalls and lakes of Tuscany or jagged alpine peaks, rail travel provides an excellent way to discover this European nation.



Things You'll Need

To travel to Italy, all travelers must have a photo ID. European Union citizens can use national ID cards, while all other travelers must have a passport with at least six months' validity after your planned departure from Italy. Nationals of some countries must have a tourist visa, although for nationals of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Japan and Brazil visas are not required.

Bordering Countries

Most rail travelers depart for Italy from cities within the bordering countries of France, Switzerland, Austria or Slovenia.

Travel Hubs

Euro City (EC) trains frequently run between Italy's major cities and other major European cities. For destinations in northern Italy, Turin, Milan and Venice serve as transport hubs. Central Italy's major transport centers are Pisa, Florence and Rome, while the transport hub for southern Italy is Naples.

Rail Classes

The majority of trains in Italy offer first-class and second-class seats and couchettes.

Rail Passes and Tickets

If you plan on traveling extensively by rail in Italy or in both Italy and other European countries, you should consider getting a Eurail pass. A rail pass for four days of unlimited travel during a two-month period in Italy and France cost $249 for anyone 25 and under in 2009. Adult passes started at $349. If you don't plan on traveling a lot, buy single journey tickets online at www.raileurope.com.


Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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