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spocklogic spocklog…
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Takes Patience and Time Aug 07, 2016
Getting about by train, as opposed to renting a car, in Italy is certainly doable, but definitely requires patience and time. You have to be willing to be a little flexible and not expect to make a station by such a time to catch another train. This sometimes works out, but not always. In general the trains are fairly new, comfortable and nice inside, but there are some older ones still in service that are showing their years. Even these are older ones, however, are better than many trains that run in the USA on Amtrak, which are generally uncomfortable, dirty and occasionally smelly.

It is fairly convenient to get your tickets from a machine on the day of travel and not much need to book in advance. They are not all that reliable if using a charge card, but readily accept cash and give correct change. All major stations have these machines, but smaller stations just have the ticket window. They can usually be helpful in providing some guidance on making a train change, which is usually required when visiting smaller cities. Finding the correct track to make the change is usually the greatest challenge. If lucky, there will be a sign above the track waiting area indicating the next train. Smaller stations are not that big and usually have a couple/few tracks.

The Italian trains have reserved seats, so you must find your correct car and seat before boarding. The conductor will make you move if you sit where you are not supposed to be. There are also first class and second class tickets available. The first class is a little nicer and they give you a free drink, sandwich and snack, but the 2nd class is just fine for a cheaper price. Try to remember to validate your ticket in one of the small machines before boarding the train. There can be a hefty fine for not doing so. Over many years of train travel in Italy I have forgotten a few times, but the conductor said nothing about it. They may be more forgiving of tourists.
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spocklogic says:
The transfers can be tricky too.
Posted on: Jan 01, 2017
WalterC says:
Yeah, travel to or from the smaller cities does take patience, especially on the weekends.
Posted on: Dec 31, 2016
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nmcrae1 nmcrae1
17 reviews
Jun 04, 2007
I would like to add to Eric's review that, unless you really have no interest in getting anywhere in a timely fashion, definitely avoid the "Regionale" rail lines. These are like the IC trains in that they stop frequently, except that Regionale stop EVEN MORE frequently. They never really seem to get going. They stop at literally every town on the line. I took a Regionale from Florence to Chuisi and it took several hours longer than it should have. So unless you're going to one of the small towns that the other rail lines do not stop in, do yourself a favor by avoiding the Regionale lines.
Eric Eric
408 reviews
May 08, 2006
There are a few things to know when riding the train in Italy. One of the most important things is to avoid "IC" or "inter-city" trains if you are in a hurry. IC train tickets are generally cheaper, but they are also considerably slower. I took an IC train from Rome to Perugia and it seemed like we stopped every 200 feet, at any slight sign of habitation. To make matters worse, the train was uncomfortably cramped and hot, and there was a crazy teenager with headphones on dancing uncomfortably close to me for the entire ride. ES, or Eurostar trains are best for traveling between big cities. They are fast, reliable, and definitely more comfortable than the IC trains.Another thing to remember is to always validate your ticket! At most train stations there are small yellow boxes where you can just slide your ticket in. The yellow box machine will stamp your ticket with a time, and then you can go board your train. Don't forget to validate your ticket!For more information on riding the train in Italy, check out this excellent resource by Martha Bakerjian.
Wilsok says:
thanks for the post
Posted on: May 26, 2008
foolz0r says:
nice link! That's key, and super duper helpful =)

good job also on the 'validate your ticket' thing!
Posted on: May 10, 2006

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