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Beginner’s Guide to Buying Italian Train Tickets

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

One of the easiest and most satisfying ways of taking in all the natural beauty that a country has to offer is by travelling through it by train. Without the stress of hiring a car and having to concentrate on planning a route to your chosen destination, the train offers everyone a chance to relax and fully enjoy the scenery on offer. Italy is one of Europe’s most popular destinations and this article takes a look at buying tickets and travelling on the country’s main train line, Trenitalia.

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Destinations and Types of Train
Trenitalia runs national services throughout Italy and also operates international trains to France, Germany, Belgium and Austria. There are two types of train to take into account when you book tickets to travel by Trenitalia – ‘Regional’ and ‘Premium’. Regional trains are the standard type and seat reservations are not available on this service. In contrast, reserving seats in advance is the only way of travelling on the Premium services, which are either long-distance or high-speed trains.

Booking Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at stations or online at Before booking your tickets, check whether the service you require is Regional or Premium. If you are travelling a shorter distance in Italy, then normally this will be on a Regional train. Regional tickets are not normally issued for a set date and can be valid for months ahead. Make sure you stamp your ticket at one of the machines before boarding the train, which can be found on the platforms.

As Premium trains require reservations in advance, it is better to purchase these online. Although these tickets are still available to purchase at the station, there is no guarantee there will be any seats left for your chosen train. Discounts can also be obtained by purchasing online. The price of your ticket will depend on the class you choose. The types of class available on Premium services are Base, Economy and Super Economy.

Whichever service you use on Trenitalia, be sure to check the official website for the latest offers available.

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Alana DeRiggi is an American poet and freelance writer. Currently located in Berlin, she loves all the art, music and cultural events the city has to offer. She teaches writing in the US and Germany.

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