In this video, I’ll be showing you the COMPLETE guide on how to book a train ticket to travel around Italy and also the difference between first class and second class seats for Italian trains.
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*Differences Between Regional and Long Distance Trains in Italy*
First off, there are two types of trains: One that goes long distances using the high speed rail, like going from Rome to Florence.
The other train is the regional trains. These go shorter distances like Milan to Como.
*How to Book a Regional Train in Italy*
Example train routes:
Milan to Como
Florence to Pisa
– The Regional trains don’t need to be bought in advance.
– Once you’re at the station there will be ticket machines to purchase the tickets.
– The prices are fixed so it isn’t cheaper if you buy in advance. There are no assigned seats so if you want a seat get on the train right when it arrives.
– Also don’t forget to validate your train ticket before hopping on. If you don’t do this, you’ll get fined!
The regional trains make it super easy to do little short one day trips to another city.
*How to Book a Long Distance Train in Italy*
The below is the cheapest and easiest method to book a long distance train from two cities such as Venice to Florence.
– All seats on these trains are reserved.
– I found that buying my ticket from Italiarail.com was the easiest to use. Some say it could be cheaper if you are buying two or more tickets. I’ve looked on other sites and it was the cheapest I could find at the time.
– The website charges a small service fee of 3.50 euros per transaction. HOWEVER, if you book it with Seat61.com, you can email them afterward to get the service fee refunded.
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If you are traveling with two people I suggest getting seats facing each other on the side.
* The Difference Between First and Second Class Seating*
– Decent space to put luggage
– Cloth seats
First Class seating:
– 25 euros more/person on avg.
– Leather seats
– A bit more leg room
– Free drink and snack
– Extra room for large luggage
Overall, I don’t think it’s worth the extra cost.
*Common Italian Train Station Names (Translated English to Italian)*
Rome: Stazione Terimini
Venice: Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia
Florence: Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Milan: Milano Centrale
For Rome the main station you should take is Station Termini because it is walking distance to all the sights. Roma Ostiense and Roma Triburtina stations are all on the outskirts of the city so you would have to take a local train or taxi into the city center.
Here are how long the train takes from one city to the next:
Rome to Florence 1 hour and 32 minutes
Venice to Florence takes 2 hours and 5 minutes
Florence to Milan takes 1 hour and 41 minutes
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