There are a lot of reasons to travel by train in Italy: the romance, the convenience, the cost, and the scenic settings are the first that come to mind. However, the best thing about train travel in Italy is that it works like a charm – saving you time and money while also allowing you to see the country like a local.

Ready to explore Italy by train?

Here is the complete guide to how to travel by train in Italy, starting with why it is your best choice for getting around the country.

Why to Travel by Train in Italy

How to Travel by Train in Italy

Ready to climb aboard? Train travel in Italy is very straight forward if you remember a few general guidelines.

Potential Drawbacks of Traveling by Train in Italy

Every form of travel within Italy comes with pros and cons. In this case, the pros of traveling by train far outweigh the cons but for total transparency, here are a few drawbacks to

Flying within Italy

If you really are not convinced about train travel in Italy, or if you simply prefer to fly, then there are of course options for flights between many Italian cities. There are also a few cases – like if you need to go somewhere like Sicily or Sardegna – when flying within Italy is going to be your best option. Yes, there are ferries but most are overnight and are going to take you a longer time to travel. If that works with your schedule, then go for it!

I personally use SkyScanner whenever I am looking for flights within Italy (or around Europe). I find that it works slightly better than US-centric sites like Kayak.com because it does a good job of pulling in all of the low fare budget air carriers in addition to the national carriers.

Flights between Rome and Milan are under an hour, versus the four hours the trip takes by highspeed train. However, considering how much time you need to have to get out to the airport, go through security, wait for boarding, then get back into the city center at your new destination – the entire process of flying can actually take longer door-to-door.

Do you have any other tips or questions about train travel in Italy? What are you waiting for? All aboard!

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Natalie is a food and travel writer who has been living in Rome full time since 2010. She is the founder and editor of this blog and prefers all of her days to include coffee, gelato, and wine.

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