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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
People often wonder about the travel costs and times between cities in Italy. Here are some of the more common trips people make from Rome by train. Naples and pompeii- the high speed train will take about 1.5 hours to get into Naples and cost 51.30 for first class and 39.90 for second class . The cost on the IC train is 1rst class-25.50 and 2nd class- 19.50 OW. From the Naples station you must go downstairs to the circumvesuviana train. This train makes multiple stops, but the trip to pompeii (pompeii scavi) only takes about 30 minutes. This ticket is less than 5 euros RT. This is an all day trip so leave Rome early and return late.
Florence for the day will take about 1.5 hours on the high speed train. This ticket will cost 56.10 for 1rst class and 39.90 for second class. The IC train will take about 2.5 hours and cost 35.00 for 1rst class and 26.50 for second class. This is a very easy daytrip to make. Leaving early and making reservations at the museums will give you the opportunity to see to see the best Florence has to offer.
From Rome to Pisa is a 3 hour train trip. The cost is 64.70 for 1rst class and 45.60 for 2nd class. This is a trip you might want to consider being an overnight.
From Rome to Venice is a 4.5 hour trip. This is an overnight trip (meaning you should stay overnight in Venice since the train trip is so long). The 1rst class ticket is 89.30 and the 2nd class ticket is 61.80. I buy the first class ticket as it is such a long trip and the seats are larger and more comfortable.
All of these times are for the high speed trains and the cost were taken from the trenitalia website. As for reservations and availability these trains hardly ever sell out and the seat reservation fee is included with the ticket. If you book a few days before you travel you may qualify for discounts. Book your tickets as soon as you get to Rome. The ES trains have a coffee bar or a restaurant car where you can purchase food. On longer trips this can be a life saver. Take your ticket with you if you go to the restaurant car so if the conductor asks for it you can show him. They can fine you if you don't carry your ticket with you.
I was really nervous about the train system but once I was there I found it surprisingly easy. I actually bought my ticket from Rome to Florence at Roma Termini the day before we left with no problem. This was for travel midday on a wednesday. The 29 euro fare was for one way on the fast train for which you need a reservation. You make the reservation at the same time that you buy the ticket.
If you are traveling on a weekend I would recommend making reservations and buying a ticket online or buying from the machines earlier in the week. The cost is the same either way. The official website is www.trenitalia.com and there is a page in English if you click in the top right corner. One of the most important things to know is the name of the stations (i.e. Roma termini to Firenze S.M.N. (Rome to Florence)) as there could be more than one station for bigger cities.
The ticket machines are easy to use and there are a few kinds. I used the gray ones which accept credit cards and offer very easy instructions in several languages. They give you every option for travel on every type of train they have running. Believe me it seemed as if they had a train running every 1/2 hour all day so I don't imagine you'd have a problem or that they'd run out of reserved seating (unless it were a holiday).
If you want a cheaper fare there are slow trains (about 3hrs between Florence and Rome). For smaller stations these are sometimes your only option (I rode one between Florence and Pisa in 1 1/2 hrs). You do not need a reservation for these but if you opt for this fare get there early enough to grab a seat, otherwise you could end up standing. Just remember to stamp it in the yellow machine before you board. You will see them as you are walking to the train.
Getting from Rome to Sorrento is no real problem. Take a train to Naples (Napoli). Check trenitalia.it for rates/times (~2hrs, approx 25€/person). In Napoli you have to change to Circumvesuviana train - the platform is also in the central station, just follow the signs. This trains brings you directly to Sorrento (~1hr, approx 10€).
Sorrento is a wonderful place as a staging point for Amalfi, Naples, Salerno.
Careful in Naples!!
I did an overnight train from Rome to Venice and it was a horrible experience. First of all the trains are packed and people are standing in the middle of the hallways and to find and get through the throng of people on the train is near impossible. I had to stand in the smelly hallway of the train for 3 hrs before I found my sleeper room. Not a very good experience and I will never travel by train at night again. One way you can avoid all the hassle of going through the crowd is look for your car number on your ticket and then stand in front of the area the car is supposed to stop at and embark there.