How to Travel in Italy by Train plus 20 Useful Phrases for your Train Travel

Train travel is so inexpensive in Italy that it is very widely used.

The Italian rail network connects just about every major city in Italy, runs like clockwork, and often includes spectacular views of the countryside.

During the holiday season, traveling by train can be difficult, so, wherever possible, you should reserve your seat well in advance.

Considerable reductions are available for families and individuals on shortterm season tickets.

Sleeping cars are available on most domestic long-distance night services, and most long-distance trains have restaurant cars.

Trains on Italian State Railways (Trenitalia) are classified as follows:


High-speed trains



Frecciarossa trains cross the Italian peninsula reaching the speed of 300 km / h, entering in the heart of big metropolis crossed by the Italian High-Speed line and shortening distances.



Frecciargento are trains running through both the high-speed and traditional lines travelling up to km/h with connections that shorten the distance between Rome and the major metropolitan basins of the North-East and South sides of the Country.

Every day it’s possible to choose among 52* connections in comfortable and frequent times




Frecciabianca runs on traditional lines outside of the High-Speed network, guaranteeing comfort and quality service.

86 trains a day connect large and medium-sized centres, from 5 AM to 9 PM, meaning you can always get where you need to go:


Other Trains


EC (Eurocity): A fast international train, with first and second class compartments. A supplement must be paid in advance, but there is no charge for booking a seat in advance.
IC (Intercity)

Fast national train. Most ICs have first and second classes, but there are still a few with first-class only.

IC connect major cities with a limited number of stops in intermediate stations.


Regionale trains connect provincial cities and smaller towns to the major cities and have more intermediate stops. These are slower and less plush but can be a good way to experience the sights of rural and provincial Italy.






You should find out in advance whether you will be taking an IC or EC train and ask to pay the supplement when you buy
your ticket.


Validating Tickets

Visitors are often caught unawares by train and transport systems requiring validation and this can result in being fined a minimum of 50euros.

Tickets bought in Italy for Regionale trains are not marked for any particular time or train and become valid only when time-stamped at a validation machine.

Without this validation, train operators assume the rider is trying to fare dodge, since the ticket could be reused. So validation is absolutely essential before boarding


20 Useful  Phrases for your Train Travel

1 A che ora parte il treno per Firenze? When does the train for Florence leave?

A che ora arriva il treno da Roma?

When does the train from Rome arrive?

A che ora c’è il prossimo treno per Venezia?

When is the next train to Venice?

Devo pagare un supplemento?

Do I have to pay a supplement?

Vorrei prenotare un posto

I’d like to reserve a seat

A che ora c’è il primo/l’ultimo treno per Torino?

When is the first/last train to Turin?

Quanto costa il biglietto per Napoli?

What is the fare to Naples?

Il treno ferma a Padova?

Does the train stop at Padua?

Quanto tempo ci mette per andare a Trieste?

How long does it take to get to Trieste?

Dove posso comprare il biglietto?

Where can I buy a ticket?



Un biglietto di sola andata/di andata e ritorno per Bologna, per favore

A one-way/round-trip ticket to Bologna, please

È questo il treno per Genova?

Is this the right train for Genoa?

È questo il binario del treno per Palermo?

Is this the right platform for the Palermo train?

A che binario parte il treno per Perugia?

Which platform for the Perugia train?

Il treno è in ritardo?

Is the train late?

Dov’è il capotreno?

Where is the train conductor?



Things You’ll Hear


 Il treno per Roma parte dal binario 3

 The train to Rome leaves from platform 3

 Il prossimo treno parte alle diciotto

 The next train leaves at 18:00

 Deve pagare un supplemento

 You must pay a supplement

 Il treno parte con un’ora di ritardo

 The train has been delayed by one hour



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