Italian trains : Intercity
Italian Intercity trains take travelers comfortably between major cities and smaller towns in Italy.
- Book up to 90 days in advance
- Regional trains
Italian trains : Intercity
Intercity trains in Italy are a comfortable and quick way to travel between major cities and towns. These trains are operated by Trenitalia, the national railway company of Italy.
These trains are not considered high-speed trains, as they have more frequent stops along their routes than the high-speed Le Frecce and Italo trains.
Seat reservations are mandatory for these trains ; for travelers who purchase a point to point ticket, the reservation will be automatically included with the ticket. For travelers who purchase a rail pass that includes Italy, a seat reservation supplement will need to be booked.
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- Italian trains : Intercity tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
- Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
- Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
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Classes of service
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|Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.|
|Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.|
|Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.|
|Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.|
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Q. I have a question about my Rail Europe Gift Card. Who should I contact ?
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Q. Can I give or resell my train ticket to someone else ? Or can I travel with someone else’s ticket ?
A. It depends if the train ticket has your name printed on it or not. In general, most tickets that include a reservation are name-specific and should only be used by the traveller whose name is printed.
Open tickets, on the other hand, are not name-specific. Different travellers can use them as long as the new traveller is eligible for the fare issued.
Q. How much luggage can I take on the train ?
A. Technically, you’re not restricted in terms of luggage. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to carry your bags through the train station and onto the train. Once on board you’ll need to find a place to put your bag(s). Small and medium sized bags typically fit on racks located above the seats. Larger suitcases and such can be stored in luggage racks found near the train door entrance.
Be aware that you are responsible for your luggage. The railways assume no responsibility in case of loss or theft of baggage carried on board.
When traveling on a Eurostar, Thalys, or TGV train, you are limited to two large items per traveller (one large item per child on Eurostar trains), maximum 85cm (33 inches) in any one dimension, plus one small item of hand luggage.
Your bag(s) must be properly labeled with your first and last name. In general, it’s a good idea to keep luggage tags on your baggage for easy identification.
Q. How are sleeping compartments kept secure ?
A. Overnight trains have conductors on duty throughout the duration of the train ride. In addition, sleeping compartments have locks on the doors that you control.
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Q. I'm looking to book a train on your site but I can't find it, why ?
A. We know it can be frustrating when what you’re looking for is not displaying, let us help, as there could be several reasons for this happening.
1. It could be the case that it is too soon to book the train you wish to travel on. Typically, trains can be booked 3 months in advance. Of course, this can vary by carrier and time of year. Some trains have a longer booking horizon.
2. The train or fare you are looking for is not available. Depending on the time of year, time of day, or train you are looking for, it could be the case that there are no available seats for booking. If your travel dates are flexible, you can select an alternate travel dates to see if the train you are looking for displays.
3. Scheduled track work or maintenance could be scheduled for the day/time you are looking to travel. Carriers will close reservations for these scheduled dates, meaning they will not appear on our site to book.
4. Some trains are private lines or operated by carriers that do not allow other distributors to offer them. In these cases, tickets will need to be secured locally at the station.
Q. What happens if I board a train with my rail pass but forgot to purchase a reservation ?
A. We suggest advising the conductor as soon as possible of the situation and purchase the required reservation. If you’re traveling on a train that requires a reservation you could be fined.
Q. What happens if my train crosses an international border during the night ?
A. If you travel in a sleeper compartment, you provide the train attendant with your reservation voucher, rail pass or train ticket, and passport as you board. They can then take care of everything with conductors and customs officials so you can sleep uninterrupted.
If you travel in a regular train that just happens to cross the border at night, customs and border control officers may come directly to you and ask for your passport.
Please note that there will be no passport control (day or night) when traveling between countries that signed the Schengen Agreement. Not all countries belonging to the EU are part of the Schengen Agreement (e.g. Britain). On the flip side, some countries that are not part of the EU are part of the Schengen Agreement (e.g. Switzerland).
Q. Will the train cars be air conditioned/heated ?
A. All European trains are fully heated and many are air-conditioned, as well.
Some regional trains servicing local villages for short distances may not have air-conditioning. In these situations, travellers are permitted to open the train windows.