Interrail in Italy

How to travel by Interrail in Italy. Overview and information to travel routes, Italian train types, night trains and Interrail reservations.

The Interrail pass is NOT available for purchase in your selected country of residence (USA). You have to travel with an Eurail pass.


Interrail is valid on all trains of Trenitalia (State Railways), Trenord, SAD and in the IC Buses of ÖBB.
Discount available on Thello trains.
Not valid on Italo, RZD, FdC, FdS, FSE,...
For more information about train companies in Italy click here.

Reservation and supplement:

Day trains: Reservation is compulsory on the „Le Frecce“ high speed trains of Trenitalia: Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca, as well as on TGV and Thello trains to France, EC trains to Switzerland, from Venice to Vienna and IC Buses from Venice to Klagenfurt.
A supplement is payable on board of EC trains from Bologna, Venice and Verona to Munich.
Reservation is recommended on domestic IC services.
For more information about reservations in Italy click here.

Night trains: Interrail is valid on all night trains except the night train Moscow – Nice operated by RZD. On the Thello night train Venice – Paris a reduction is available.
Reservation is compulsory on international night trains, on domestic night trains reservation is recommended.
For more information about night trains in Italy click here.

Good to know:

The Italian rail network is dense and trains on main and high speed lines are fast and reliable. Since the high speed trains have compulsory reservation we recommend to plan your route so that you can avoid these trains on shorter trips and use other trains instead to save on reservation costs. The most important line is the north-south high speed line from Turin via Milan – Bologna – Florence – Rome – Naples to Salerno where trains run up to 300 km/h. Other important lines run along the Mediterranean coasts in the east and west of the country and from Venice to Milan and Bologna. Additionally many local lines run to more rural areas.

Timetables of all services of Trenitalia are available in our schedule planner or the Interrail app which include all trains and timings. You can also check on the national schedule planner. For timings of private operators we recommend to look on the websites of these railways.

Besides the high speed trains of state railways Trenitalia there are also the trains of private operator Italo. Interrail is not valid on these trains! There are many other private railways running mostly on their own tracks. Interrail is valid on only a few of them, and you need to buy separate tickets for them. However, these are not very expensive.

There are many ferry connections starting from Italy. Ferries to Greece are included in your Interrail pass. Other connections run for example to Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Bar, Durres and Barcelona.
For more information on ferries in Italy have a look here.

Do you have further questions and need assistance? Do not hesitate to ask in our friendly forum where you always get detailed help.

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