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If you want to travel from Italy to Albania the direct way, you have to use a ferry. Ferry connections are available for example from Bari (Italy) to Durrës (Albania).
To travel by train from Italy to Austria, the most comfortable way is by direct night train. But there as well direct day trains available.
First buy a train ticket from your departure place in Italy to one of the night train departure cities. Then a second ticket for the night train to Austria. Departure of the night trains from Milan, Rome and Venice in direction of Austria (Salzburg, Vienna).
To travel from Italy to Switzerland by train, first travel to Milan (Italy). Of course it depends on where you start in Italy, but from Milan you have frequent connections to Switzerland by the direct EC trains to Zurich. To reach Milan, use one of the Italian high-speed trains. Or for long-distance travel, one of their night trains. Therefore you have to buy your first ticket for your travel from your departure station in Italy to Milan. And a second one for the journey from Milan to your destination in Switzerland. Please use the following booking links to find schedules and ticket prices. In Italy discount tickets are often available if you avoid peak travel times. Instead of the direct route from Italy to Switzerland, you can also have a very scenic trip trough the Alps. Read therefore our blog.
To travel by train from Italy to Germany you have two main routes. The western one on the line Milan-Basel-Frankfurt and the eastern one Venice-Munich. Use the booking links we provide, there you will find as well special price tickets.
There are interesting night train connections from Rome, Venice and Milan to Germany.
To travel by train from Italy to Spain in one day is possible on the route Milan (Italy) to Barcelona (Spain). Please use the following booking link.
A more relaxing way is to have an overnight stop in between, for example in Nice (France).
If you want to use a ferry, have a look at the connection from Civitavecchia (Italy) by overnight ferry to Barcelona (Spain). Civitavecchia is located one hour away by train to Rome.
There are several daily train connections from Italy to France. You have good connections from every city in Italy to Milan. From there continue either directly to Paris or along the Mediterranean Sea. You can use as well the night train from Venice and Milan to Paris. Please use the following booking links to find schedules and ticket prices.
To travel from Italy to Greece, you have to take the ferries of Minoan Lines or Superfast Ferries. These run from Bari, Ancona, Venice and Trieste via Igoumenitsa to Patras. All ferry ports except Igoumenitsa have railway connections.
Patras is located on the Peloponnes and has a railway connection to Athens. However, between Patras and Kiato currently a replacement bus service is operating. Igoumenitsa is located in the north of Greece and has bus connections to Kalambaka and Thessaloniki.
To Bari and Ancona you will find frequent train connections from cities such as Rome, Naples, Florence, Bologna and Milan.
To travel from Italy to Croatia, make use of the ferry connections from Ancona (Italy) to Split (Croatia) or Bari (Italy) to Dubrovnik (Croatia). If you want to travel the whole route by train, travel first to Gorizia (Italy). Cross the border to Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and on to Ljubljana (Slovenia). There you change to Zagreb (Croatia) from where you continue to your destination in Croatia.
To travel from Italy to India, there is no rail connection available. We recommend to book a direct flight via the given booking link. Train tickets in India are available via 12go.asia.
To travel by train from Italy to Monaco first travel by Italian trains to the Italian-French border at Ventimiglia. There you change to a regional train to Monaco.
There are no direct trains between Italy and Slovenia. Border crossing is possible between Villa Opicina/Sezana and Gorizia/Nova Gorica. It is quite easy with alternative modes of transport. Please read therefore our detailed blog.
Trial operations from September 2017
With the ÖBB night train comfortably and fast to Italy
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With the RZD Night Trains
by train, boat and foot
Across the Alps along the Tenda line.
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