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Italy Flexipass

Intercity rail service in Italy is excellent; there are hourly high-speed trains between any pair of the major rail centers: Rome, Naples, Florence, Milan and Venice. The regional rail service is also good with hourly trains to tourist destinations like Pisa, Siena, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Orvieto, Padua or Verona. Rail tickets are cheaper in Italy than in most of Europe, but buying tickets in Italy can be confusing and time-consuming, even to rail veterans. If you buy early (up to 120 days out), discounted tickets are available, but as these tickets are date and time specific, you must be sure of your itinerary (refundability will be limited and penalties may apply to change your ticket). For a few short trips, point-to-point tickets will make the most sense; however, if taking several longer trips, consider the convenience of a railpass even if not saving a great deal of money. By taking care of all of your rail ticketing at home before you go, you can make the most of your precious (and always too short) vacation time. Why waste time at the train station, standing in a ticket line, when you could be strolling the ancient cobbles of the Roman Forum or sipping heavenly cappuccino at a cafe on the majestic San Marco Square in Venice.

Italy Flexipass Details
  • Choose 3, 4, 5, or 8 days of rail travel to be used anytime within 1 month (rail days can be used consecutively or non-consecutively) on the Italian national railway system.
  • The Italy Flexipass is available in either 1st or 2nd class.
  • Discounts:
    • Saver:  2 or more people always traveling together get about a 15% discount per person off the adult fare.
    • Youth:  Travelers under the age of 26 on their first travel day can get a discounted pass in either 1st or 2nd class.
    • Children:  For families 2 children (aged 4-11) travel free per 1 adult or senior (children under 4 are always free).
    • There is no senior discount available.
  • Seat Reservations:
    • Seat reservations are an extra charge: they are not required (usually not even possible) for local, regional or inter-regional trains; however, they are required for all premier and long-distance trains (reservations are easy to make locally usually right up to the time of travel--so there is not any need to make them before you go if you want more flexibility). Also, international trains to France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany must be reserved.
  • Private Trains in Italy:
    • The Italy Flexipass is not valid on the private Italo trains, which run mostly between Naples, Rome, Florence and Milan or Venice. This is not a problem for passholders as Trenitalia (the national rail company) runs these same routes at least every hour.
    • The Italy Flexipass is not valid on the Circumvesuviana trains that go from Naples to Sorrento on the Amalfi Peninsula, but the cost is only a few dollars. See For Your Information for more details.
    • The Italy Flexipass is not valid on the Thello trains that go between Italy and France (Venice/Milan-Paris night train or Milan-Nice day train; passholders are eligible for a 25% discount). See For Your Information for more details.
       

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Italy Flexipass Prices
 
Choose 3, 4, 5 or 8 days of unlimited rail travel to be used anytime within a 1-month period on the national railroads of Italy.
Validity
(in 1 month)
Adult1
Single Traveler
1st Class
Adult1
Single Traveler
2nd Class
Saver2
2 Adults
1st Class
(Price/Adult)
Saver2
2 Adults
2nd Class
(Price/Adult)

Youth3, 4
Ages 12-25
2nd Class

3 days
4 days
5 days

8 days
$228
$274
$316
$426
$184
$220
$254
$342
$195
$234
$269
$363
$157
$189
$217
$292
$150
$180
$207
$279
  1. Children 4-11: 2 children are free per adult; additional children 4-11 buy Youthpasses (no child fare) -- children under 4: free.
  2. Price is per person based on two or more people traveling together; children 4-11: see child policy in footnote 1.
  3. You must be less than 26 at the time you activate your pass in Europe, but you can continue to use your pass if you turn 26 during the validity period of your pass.
  4. The Youthpass is also available in 1st cl (cost is about 23% more than the price of a 2nd-cl pass).

Pass must be validated within 11 months of purchase. Prices are in U.S. dollars, and are subject to change due to fluctuations in the dollar to euro exchange rate.


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First Trip to Italy


This two-week trip, consisting of all three-star sites, is an ideal introduction to Italy and sure to please everyone as it covers five widely different slices of Italy. The rails will take you from the splendors of Rome to the volcanic-ash preserved ruins of Pompeii; from the veritable open-air museum of the Renaissance, Florence, to the rugged coastal fishing villages of the Cinque Terre; and, of course, to one of the most unique places in the world, the seaside canal-city of Venice.

Day
Place
Train Travel Time
1-3
Sightseeing in Rome
 
4
Train to Pompeii
2.5 hrs (or as a day trip from Rome)
5
Train to Florence
4.5 hrs from Pompeii or 90 mins from Rome
6, 7
Sightseeing
Day trip to Siena
Day trip to Pisa (add 1 day)
 
90 mins
1 hr
8, 9
Train to Cinque Terre
3 hrs
10-12
Train to Venice
5.5 hrs
13
Return by train to Rome
3.75 hrs

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All Passes for Italy

Below is a complete list of all railpasses that are available for travel in Italy.

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Train Times From Rome

If arriving at the airport in Rome, listed here is quick synopsis of rail service from Rome to the most common destinations for people on their first trip to Italy.
Trains from Rome
Termini Station to:
Frequency
of Trains
Travel Time
Comments
Naples
  Centrale Station
at least
1/hr
70 mins
From Naples trains go twice an hour to Pompeii (takes 30 mins) and Sorrento on the Amalfi Peninsula (takes 1 hr).
Florence
SMN Station
2/hr
90 mins

Pisa: From Florence (SMN Station), there are 1-2 trains/hr; takes 50-70 mins.

Siena: From Florence (SMN Station), there is 1 train/hr; takes 90 mins. There is also frequent bus service; bus station is next to the SMN Station.

Milan
Centrale Station
1/hr
3 hrs
To get to Lake Como, take any train to Milan Centrale Station; then refer to "Train Times From Milan" for more details.
Venice
Santa Lucia Station
1/hr
3.75 hrs
 
Cinque Terre
         • Monterosso
         Vernazza
         • Corniglia
         • Manarola
         • Riomaggiore
every
2 hrs
4 hrs

At La Spezia, a few minutes south of the Cinque Terre, you need to change to a local train which stops at all five of the Cinque Terre villages.
Orvieto
every
90 mins
75 mins
 
Civitavecchia
Cruise Ship Port
2/hr
45-70 mins
The rail station in Civitavecchia is about a half mile from the ship terminal.

Train Times From Milan

If arriving at the airport in Milan, listed here is quick synopsis of rail service from Milan to the most common destinations for people on their first trip to Italy. Note: If you are railing from Switzerland to Italy, you will always end up in Milan where you will change trains to go on to any other Italian destination; if coming from Paris, you will also arrive into Italy at Milan.
Trains from Milan
Centrale Station to:
Frequency
of Trains
Travel Time
Comments
Venice
  Santa Lucia Station
1/hr
2.5 hrs
 
Florence
SMN Station
1/hr
1 hr

Pisa: From Florence (SMN Station), there are 1-2 trains/hr; takes 50-70 mins.

Siena: From Florence (SMN Station), there is 1 train/hr; takes 90 mins. There is also frequent bus service; bus station is next to the SMN Station.

Lake Como
          • Como*
          Varenna
to either town
1/hr
to either town
1 hr
* To Como: From Milan Centrale Station there is a fast train to Como about every 2 hrs, taking 40 mins; there is frequent local service from Milan Porta Garibaldi Station and Milan Cadorna Station, taking 1 hr.
Cinque Terre
         • Monterosso
         Vernazza
         • Corniglia
         • Manarola
         • Riomaggiore
every
2 hrs
3 to 4 hrs

There are 4 direct trains per day to Monterosso; to go to any of the other towns, you need to change to a local train at Genoa, Sestri Levante, Monterosso or La Spezia. These local trains stop at all five of the Cinque Terre villages.
Rome
Termini Station
1/hr
3 hrs
 
Naples
Centrale Station
1/hr
4.5 hrs
From Naples trains go twice an hour to Pompeii (takes 30 mins) and Sorrento on the Amalfi Peninsula (takes 1 hr).

Train Times From Venice

If arriving at the airport in Venice or by cruise ship, listed here is quick synopsis of rail service from Venice to the most common destinations for people on their first trip to Italy. Note: If you are railing from Germany or Austria to Italy, you will often be on a train to Venice; here you can change trains to go on to any other Italian destination.
Trains from Venice
Santa Lucia Station to:
Frequency
of Trains
Travel Time
Comments
Milan
  Centrale Station
1/hr
2.5 hrs
To get to Lake Como, take any train to Milan Centrale Station; then refer to "Train Times From Milan" for more details.
Florence
SMN Station
1/hr
2 hrs

Pisa: From Florence (SMN Station), there are 1-2 trains/hr; takes 50-70 mins.

Siena: From Florence (SMN Station), there is 1 train/hr; takes 90 mins. There is also frequent bus service; bus station is next to the SMN Station.

Rome
Termini Station
1/hr
3 hrs
 
Cinque Terre
         • Monterosso
         Vernazza
         • Corniglia
         • Manarola
         • Riomaggiore
every
1-2 hrs
6 hrs

If your destination is Monterosso, take any train to Milan Centrale and change to one of the 4 direct trains per day from Milan to Monterosso.
 
To get to any of the other towns, take any train to Florence SMN, change to a regional train to La Spezia and, finally, change to a local train that stops at all five villages.
Naples
Centrale Station
every
2-3 hrs
5.25 hrs
From Naples trains go twice an hour to Pompeii (takes 30 mins) and Sorrento on the Amalfi Peninsula (takes 1 hr).
Verona
  P. Nuova Station
about
1/hr
70 mins
 
Padua
1-2/hr
30 mins
 

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For Your Information

  • Rome (Fiumicino) Airport:  Also known as Leonardo da Vinci, this airport is connected to the main train station (Termini) in central Rome by the Leonardo Express (30 mins; 2 trains/hr). If your hotel is near the train station, this is the fastest way into town. Cost of this rail ticket is about $20 (1st-class Italy Flexipasses are valid, but require the use of a rail day; upshot: only use the railpass if you are traveling on from Rome on the same day that you land). 
  • Rome to Sorrento: Sorrento is a good base for exploring the Amalfi Coast, the Isle of Capri and Pompeii. Take any high-speed train to Naples Centrale Station (1.25 hrs). From this station trains operated by Circumvesuviana Rail run to Sorrento twice per hour (1hr; not valid with a railpass, but a ticket costs about $5). Upon arriving follow signs for "Circumvesuviana" which will take you to the lower level of the station where you can buy your ticket and catch the train to Sorrento.
SITA buses run frequently from the Sorrento train station (and the ride is dramatic along the torturous Amalfi Coast) to Positano (35 mins) and Amalfi (85 mins); hydrofoils go often from the Sorrento port to Capri (20 mins); and Circumvesuviana trains go every half hour from Sorrento to Pompeii (30 mins).
  • Rome to Pompeii or Herculaneum:  Train from Rome to Naples Centrale Station (1.25 hrs) and change to any Circumvesuviana train going to Sorrento (as outlined above). These trains make a stop at the Pompeii Scavi station, located only about 100 yards from the entrance to the ruins (30 mins south from Naples). Before reaching Pompeii, the train makes a stop at Ercolano, where you can easily walk to the ruins of the Roman city of Herculaneum.

Trains Between Italy and Paris or Nice
  • Day Trains to Paris: Many travelers ask us about rail service from Italy to Paris. Currently, there are three daily trains to Paris, all departing from Milan (Porta Garibaldi Station); two depart in the morning and one in the afternoon. Despite the overall time of this trip (7hrs), this is an enjoyable ride as it takes you through a good stretch of the French Alps. People with railpasses must pay a supplement which includes a seat reservation. There is hourly train service to Milan from Venice (3 hrs), Florence (2 hrs), Lake Como (40 mins), Cinque Terre (3 hrs) and Rome (3 hrs). Depending on where you originated in Italy, you may have to transfer stations in Milan (from Centrale to Porta Garibaldi).
  • Night Train to Paris: There is now only a single sleeper train, the Thello, between Italy and France. It runs daily between Venice/Milan and Paris (departs Venice Santa Lucia at about 7:30pm, departs Milan Centrale at about 10:30pm, and arrives in Paris at about 9:30am the next day; in the opposite direction, departs Paris Lyon at about 8pm, arrives at Milan Centrale at about 6am the next day and terminates at Venice Santa Lucia at about 9:30am). Sleeper compartments consist of singles, doubles, triples and 4- or 6-person couchettes. These trains are often sold out, especially around holidays and in the summer months, and should be booked as early as possible (up to 120 days in advance). Railpasses are only accepted for a 25% discount off the adult fare on the privately-run Thello trains (for flexipasses, no use of a travel day is required); however, if you buy early, discounted tickets might well be cheaper than the passholder fare.
  • Day Trains to Nice: Thello also operates the only other through rail service to France, running three trains per day between Milan and Nice via Genoa (from Milan Centrale trains depart at about 7am, 9am and 3pm; from Nice trains depart at about 8am, 2pm and 6pm; travel time is 5 hrs). Railpasses are only accepted for a 25% discount off the adult fare on the privately-run Thello trains (for flexipasses, no use of a travel day is required).
If you have a railpass and want to avoid the Thello surcharge, you can take a state-railway train (Trenitalia) from Milan or Genoa to the Italian-French border (Ventimiglia) and then change to a local French train which goes frequently from the border to Nice or any village along the French Riviera. No matter which train you take much of the route is scenic, skirting a long stretch of the Mediterranean coast.
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