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Italy's train that flys - 362 km/hr
Eurostar AV Fast, together with all other Eurostar services, are the cream of the Italian train services, a network of high-speed premier trains connecting Italy’s main cities and towns. Enjoy first rate customer service and beautiful scenery during your superfast, comfortable journey across Italy. All coaches are air conditioned and pressurized; please remember that smoking is forbidden on all Italian trains.
Sample travel times:
Milan - Venice: 2 hours 20 minutes
Rome - Milan: 3 hours 30 minutes
Rome - Venice: 3 hours 59 minutes
Bologna - Milan: 1 hour 5 minutes
Rome - Naples: 1 hour 21 minutes
Reservations are always compulsory on all ES* Italia services and your fare includes the cost of the ticket, the supplement fee and the reservation fee for your allocated seat.
If you are buying a pass rather than a city-to-city ticket please be aware that your pass does not include any reservation and you have to make one either via our website or once you arrive in Italy in order to board these trains.
Services Onboard the ES* Italia
Passengers travelling in 1st Class will receive a ‘welcome onboard’ service, which includes a small snack and a hot or cold drink served at your seat; on morning trains a daily newspaper will be offered to you. Assistance is provided to all passengers with disabilities.
Eurostar Italia trains are operated by different train types, the top of the range being the ES* AV Fast and ES* AV; and the others being the ES* Fast, ES* Italia and ES* City
The version ETR 500 Y1 achieved 362 km/h on the Bologna-Florence line on 4 February 2009, a new world speed record in a tunnel.[
Until 30th September 2009 the Super Offer-60% lets you travel with a discount of about 60% in 2nd class only (with the exception of the Milan-Rome section, for which a differentiated discount applies). You can buy it at least 30 days in advance and only: on their website, through our Call Center (fee-paying numbers) and with the ticketless procedure also from the approved travel agencies.
The offer is valid on the following trains and connections:
AV/AV Fast: from Milan to Rome and to Naples and return.
ES* Fast: from Rome to Venice Mestre/S.Lucia, Padova, Verona, Genoa , Rimini, Bari, Brindisi, Lecce, Lamezia T., Reggio C., Villa S. Giovanni and return.
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Standard gauge Trenitalia railways connect all major Italian cities. Train traffic is far from perfect, but at least it's reasonably priced and by far the best way to travel in Italy. I used regional trains for two daytrips from Rome. Ticket to Fondi-Sperlonga 110 km from Rome cost just 6.20 euros, to Tivoli it was a real bargain - just 2.30. Trains were usually about five minutes late, but when my travel companions were returning from Sperlonga, it was half an hour late! Luckily, I had taken the previous train, which was on time.
There are several different types of trains - from the slowest and cheapest regional trains to the fastest and most comfortable Alta Velocitta (high-speed) Eurostars. There aren't many high-speed railways in Italy yet, but they're being developed. At the moment, it's possible to take AV Eurostar train from Rome to Napoli or Firenze. New railways from Milano to Firenze via Bologna and from Milano to Padua are currently under construction. These new tracks are good for speeds up to 300 km/h, unlike those in use today which allow only 250 km/h. Milano-Bologna new railway should be in service by 2009.
The most convinient way to buy your tickets is to use a ticket machine at station - it's easy and all instructions are in English. Some machines take cash, but all accept cards. Remember to stamp your ticket in orange validating machine on platform before boarding!
From Leonardo da Vinci (FCO) to city center
Frequent Trenitalia trains take you from Rome's biggest airport to the city center in 30-50 minutes. I prefer FR 1 regional train to Roma Tiburtina station where you can easily take metro B to Termini or anywhere else on the metro. Trains depart every 20 minutes and take 45 minutes to Tiburtina, ticket is 5.50. Another possibility and the most convenient one is to take Leonardo Express departing every 30 minutes to Termini. Train takes just over 30 minutes but in my opinion is badly overpriced (as is FR 1 compared to other train lines - you can get for example to Fondi-Sperlonga 100 km from Rome for just 6 euros). If you're going from city to the airport in the morning's peak hour, Leonardo Express might be worth the extra price since the regional train is very crowded and it isn't fun to get in and out of the train in every station with all your luggage. The train station is conveniently situated in airport and there's no problem finding it. The tickets can be bought in the station - just remember to validate them in the yellow machine on the platform before boarding. For information about using the ticket selling machines, check my "Trenitalia trains" chapter.
Trainfs to Fiumicino Airport
No trains go direct to Rome's airport (assuming you mean Fiumicino). You must go to Rome's Termini station and catch the express train to the airport. To get from Naples to Rome is roughly 3 hours. There are many types of trains, regional, express etc. Try to get an express or Inter Regionale as they stop less frequently. The regionals will stop more often and almost double your travel time. You should be able to find a schedule based on your travel times here: http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/ferrovie/util/inglese.jsp They are fairly accurate by my experience.
I've been looking for an English link to the Italian railway system and finally found it.
We used the train coming from the airport into Roma Termini station. And also to go to Ostia Antica, a half hour ride.
Grand Stanzioni - TERMINI
Evrything comes to Termini ( trains, buses and metro).
Its a huge station with shops, caffes and pizzerias ( were you can have you morning coffe ) and many many other...............
Taking the Train
While in Italy I travelled from city to city on the trains - Trenitalia. I used both the Inter City trains and the Eurostar. The Eurostar trains get between destinations faster (as they have fewer stops) and in general are kept in better condition than the Inter City ones. The trains I went on had either restaurant cars or snack bars on board.
To get to Rome I came by train from Milan - an Inter City train - this took me 6 hours. Next time I think I would take the Eurostar - which only takes 4.5 hours. After leaving Rome I took a Eurostar train to Florence - a much nicer way to travel!
I had a railpass when I was in Italy, which was very handy. Although on some trips when I wanted to book a seat I had to pay a few euro extra - but it was either that or run the risk of standing up for a few hours. If you plan on doing a bit of train traveling while in Italy, I recommend getting a rail pass as this can save you money.
The website below is very helpful, you can look up timetables of the trains, prices and even book your tickets online.
Warning: Just beware at Roma Termini of people coming up and asking for your change (I had a lady stick her hands in my face) or people who are just standing around the station trying to sell you their tickets - it's most likely not legit.
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Handicap Access - Rome and trains
This is a note I posted on a forum on handicap access from Leonardo da Vinci to Civitavecchia:
First, how to get from the airport (Leonardo da Vinci, or "Fiumicino" as the locals call it (from the town that it is in)) to Civitavecchia:
1. At the airport itself, take the train to Stazione Termini (Rome's main train station)
2. At Stazione Termini, take one of many trains to Civitavecchia (about an hour ride, I think).
3. At Civitavecchia, take a taxi to the port - actually, I am told that the distance is not far, but for anyone travelling with luggage, much less a handicap, why not take a cab?
For the airport, look at http://www.adr.it/content.asp?L=3&IdMen=630 . At the bottom of the page is a link for "special assistance" and lists locations of lounges for special needs. One of them is at the train station in the airport. Note that I recently emailed a question to the email@example.com (editorial staff for the website), and I got an answer within a day(!!!), so you might try, too.
For the Italian train system, I have found two pages, but, unfortunately (perhaps), they are only in Italian. The page for wheelchair-bound people is http://184.108.40.206/disabili/viSed.html, while a list of offices to contact is at http://220.127.116.11/disabili/hodi.html . In any case, it is clear that some trains, at least, are able to handle wheelchair bound passengers, and major stations can use lifts to load the passengers. Your travel agent should be able to use this information to get more specifics.
Also, if you're in Rome a while, there is a page by ATAC (Rome's bus system) on handicapped access - see http://www.atac.roma.it/disabili/index.asp?A=3&S=36&lng=2 - this is in English.
Cruise Port train to Rome
It is a short walk from the cruise port to the train station and for 9 euros you can purchase a round trip BIRG ticket on the Regionale Train (there are 2 or 3 every hour)which will also give you free bus and Metro passes in Rome for the day. It sure beats hiring a limo driver in Rome to drive to Civitavecchia, pick you up and return to Rome for a tour, deliver you back to Civitavecchia and then return to Rome himself. We traveled from the cruise port to Rome by train, hired a private guide at $40 per hour, split the cost with 2 other couples, prepaid all admissions with no standing in line, visited all of the sites you mentioned, and including our BIRG tickets our day trip to Rome cost us $100 USD each.
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Waiting at Stazione Termini
Instead of waiting IN the station, go THROUGH the station cafeteria and over the road. There's a place there, just on the other side of the street, called "SFIZIO PIZZA", where you can get a beer or a coffee or something to eat and sit and wait for as long as you like. It costs less than the station cafeteria too. Address Via Gioberti, 1.
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The Eurail pass is the biggest scam going, imo. Its so much cheaper and easier to just buy you're tickets for the next city the day you arrive. I mean you're in the train station anyways so might as well.
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Pisa to Rome: The Cheapest Way
17.85 Euros, 2nd Class Regional Train is dead cheap for more than 200 miles of journey. So, if you want to save some good pennies than this is the right option for you. First class of this train costs 26.90 Euros but then there is not much difference between the two, so why not pay less.
The train takes 4 hours, which shows that it is among the slowest options but even than it offers a good trade off when money comes into play.
The first such train leaves Pisa 05:45 in the morning and it is the first train to reach Rome from Pisa, so save money and be there in Rome the earliest. Subsequent such trains leave Pisa on regular intervals: 07:45, 11:45, 13:45, 15:45, 17:45, and 19:56.
No advanced booking, no seat reservation, and no need to buy the ticket until you are in Italy. Tickets can be purchased via easy-to-use vending machines installed in abundance at Italian Train Stations via cash, credit card, or debit card. These tickets remain valid for one months; just buy one and whenever you wish to embark, go to the relevant platform, validate the tcikets from the yellow machine, and board-on. With Regional Trains, it is easier than it sounds, so nothing to worry about.
And if money is not such a big concern for you then see if one of the below options suits you (for 2nd Class):
Intercity Trains, IC; 29 E; 3 1/2 h; 3 per day
Intercity Night Trains, ICN; 26.50 E; 3 1/2 h; 1 per night
Euro Star City, ES*City; 39.50 E; 3 h; 5 per day
Euro Star Fast, ES*Fast; 42 E; 2 1/2 h; 1 per day
Above trains, in general, offer various discounts on advanced booking and require reservations. And trenitalia website is notorious for accepting Credit Cards, so its your luck.
Now, rest assured, this part of your journey is sorted-out, say a big NO to Eurail/Rail Europe, and have a great trip...
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185 Euro train sleeper Excelsior solo
I paid 185 Euro for a Excelsior sleeper single cabin from Siracusa to Roma. The webiste indicated that it was a Excelsior Single with services comparable with those of a high-class hotel with shower. Also, there would be a welcome drink, to enjoy at the reception or in cabin.
The carriage ended up to be, I believe, Tourist sleeper carriage with 17-18 cabins per carriage, which is the 3rd rank category of the sleeper, whereby the 2nd rank is classic sleeper carriage with 12 cabin carriage.
There was a wash basin, but there was no toilet or shower inside the cabin. The cabin is narrow and once I am inside, I need to sit on the bed. The breakfast was served as promised.
I understand that the solo classic or touristic carriage were charged 125 Euro and less for touristic carriage respectively. So I decided, on 11 Jan 2010, to lodge compliant for misrepresentation and overcharge of 3rd rank sleeper for first rank price.
See pics for the cabin and breakfast. What you see is what you get.
Florence to Rome in 16.1 Euros
If you are on a real tight budget, or even if you are not on a tight budget and just want it to be cheap for the sake of being cheap without much downside then there is no option but to go for the Regional Train. 2nd Class of Regional Train costs 16 Euros, takes less than 4 hours, and runs frequently between these two cities.
On a typical day, the train leaves Florence at 07:09, 09:13, 11:13, 13:13, 15:13, 17:13, 19:13, and 21:13. Further, there is no need to reserve a seat in advance, as you will find one quite easily. You may buy the open ticket, valid for one month, from the vending machine of any Italian train station or from other sources, and whenever you are like going to Florence, just go to the relevant platform, validate the ticket, and get aboard. This is simpler than it sounds. This train touches two stations in both of the cities: Roma Termini & Tiburtina in Rome and Santa Maria Novella & Campo di Marte, making it more flexible.
There is another cheaper option available but with some downside: a train "Freccia del Sud" leaves Florence at 15:25 on a typical day, takes slightly more than 3 hours, and the 2nd Class fare is just 13.90 Euros (after incorporating 20% Amica discount). And what are the downsides. The train does not leave from Santa Maria Novella, the main train station of Florence, but from Campo de Marte and arrives at Roma Tiburtina and not at Roma Termini, the main train station of Rome. The fact that main train stations of both these cities are located in the city center makes this train less cheaper than it seems. Further, 20% Amica discount is only applicable when booked 24 hours in advance. But then this is the cheapest of all the options.
Fast trains also run between these two cities with journey time of as low as 1 hour and 31 minutes and the base fare going up to 39.90 Euros and 56.10 Euros for 2nd Class and 1st Class respectively. These trains offer various discounts on early booking.
26.5 Euro, 2nd class, Intercity trains also connect both the cities on regular intervals and takes less than 3 hours. One may avail 20% Amica discounts on intercity trains.
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Luggage storage Termini Station
The left luggage and lost property facilities are located in the same premises and can be accessed via the moving walkway on the basement level of the Ala Termini wing.
06.00 - 24.00
4,00 € the first 5 hours
0,60 € /hour from 6th to 12th hour
0,20 € /hour from 13th hour on
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