Buying Train Tickets in Italy

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Updated: January 18, 2019 • by Santorini Dave

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Buying train tickets in Rome train station.

The train station in Rome.

What Is The Best Site For Booking Train Tickets in Italy

ItaliaRail.com is the easiest and best site for booking Italy train tickets. It’s cheaper then Trenitalia.com if there are 2 or more passengers. It’s an online website that sells Trenitalia tickets in Euros, Pounds, and Dollars. It’s a better, cheaper, more efficient online booking site than Trenitalia.com in many ways. It shows a full day’s trains in the search results (not just an hour or two like other train booking sites), it can book up to 20 people at a time (Trenitalia only books up to 5 people), and it highlights the cheapest trains for each route. When 1st class tickets are cheaper than 2nd as a free upgrade those options are shown too. Although both sites access the same information, ItaliaRail.com can be cheaper for 2 or more people traveling together because it can combine the last remaining tickets at a cheaper price level with tickets at a higher level within the same booking. Trenitalia can’t, so will ignore any remaining tickets at the cheaper price level if there aren’t enough for all the passengers traveling.

Tickets between the major Italian cities do sell out so book train seats between Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, and Naples in advance.

You can always try buy train tickets at your train station of departure. There are ticket kiosks that accept credit cards and are fairly easy to use (though a little intimidating the first time as you’ll have a line of impatient Italians queuing behind you).

As a general rule, it’s always better to buy tickets at an online ticketing website within that country rather than a ticketing site for all of Europe. So buy Switzerland train tickets on a Swiss ticketing site, buy Germany train tickets on a German ticketing site, and buy buy France train tickets on a French ticketing site

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