Taking the train in Italy can be a fun and exciting part of your Italian vacation. But train times and train timetables can vary and be confusing depending on your destination and train company you use. And you’ll also hear some people grumbling that the train schedule is more of a guide and not actually accurate. But don’t despair! Things are changing, and Italy train schedule have vastly improved over the years and continue to improve. Faster and newer trains are running every day, and expansion plans are always in the works. However, it is a good idea to know how to read a train timetable and where to find them at the station. Let’s take the confusion out of figuring out a train schedule in Italy and be make sure you are getting where you want to go, on time and every time.
If you want to book ahead and are comfortable booking online, train schedules are available for you to peruse. Both Trenitalia which is the national rail service that is owned by the Italian government and NVT-Italo which a private rail company have useful websites. There are also independent websites such that may also have what you are looking for. Have a look at your options to compare dates, prices and times. Once you get to the website, translate the page into “English” by choosing the button at the top of the page. Then you can select either one way or round trip. After that, put in your information such as where you are traveling from, where you want to travel to, the dates, times and how many tickets you are looking for.
Once you click the continue button, the website will give you a list of options to choose from. They will include time, station, length of journey and price in different classes. It will also tell you if the trip is non-stop. For example, if you want to travel from Rome from Roma Termini (the central station) and travel to Milan (Milano Centrale station) a non-stop trip takes two hours and fifty-nine minutes and today costs 69 Euros in Smart Class (which is the standard service) on the NVT-Italo line. Similar information is available on the Trenitalia website, and prices will vary depending on date, time and how far in advance you book. But keep in mind, although online schedules are updated, they don’t always account for things like rail strikes or delays. Ask a ticket agent at the train station or the clerk at your hotel if you have any questions about things like that.
Once you get to the station, train schedules are shown on either large yellow boards or television type screens. Departing or “partenze” and arriving or “arrivi” will both be visible. But keep in mind. Trains are listed in advance of the track being assigned so you might have a bit of a wait to see precisely what track you must go to in order to meet your train. Also note that the city that you are visiting might not be the final destination of that particular train, so look for other stops along the way to locate yours.
So there you have it - an easy and accurate way to figure out your Italy train schedule. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.