Italian trains: Intercity


Italian Intercity trains

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Intercity train exterior


Italian trains: Intercity

Operated by Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company, Intercity trains are ideal to travel between major cities and towns. Slower than high speed trains, Intercity are ideal to discover Italy at a less frenetic pace. Intercity trains in Italy are equipped with first and second class carriages. Intercity trains operating at night are called Intercity Notte.

Practical information

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Booking :
  • Italian trains: Intercity tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by InterCity trains
First classSecond class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.

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Travel from paris to nice to rome to munich Hello, we are looking to travel from: Paris to nice Nice to Florence Florence to Rome Rome to Venice Venice to Munich With overnight stays in between. Is the best option a rail pass or single tickets? (...)

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Perugia to Rome  | Vincent d. | 2016/06/15
    "No train between 11.00hrs and 18.00hrs on a Sunday is a very long gap. Trip itself was excellent "

  • European Grains | Carolyn c. | 2015/11/22
    "Train was very smooth, clean and comfortable. It is a shame that the design for getting onto the train is bad, high steps (too bad if you have any incapacity or are short) and certainly not good for trying to get luggage on board. Suggestion - add a luggage booking service "

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    Good train - on time | Vicki h. | 2015/11/14
    "Train was on time and very good. Tricky with heavy luggage but OK "

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    Welcome to Italy! | Candy a. | 2015/09/30
    "Great introduction to our stay in Bologna! All good in terms of comfort, service "

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    Venice to Perugia via Florence | Dianne g. | 2015/08/03
    "This was a fast train and advice "

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    Firenze to Pisa | Leanne s. | 2015/07/20
    "Although no allocated seats, a very comfortable journey. "

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    Excellent | Kaye o. | 2015/06/21
    "A pleasure to travel on this train. "

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    Torino to Foggia | Nigel d. | 2015/06/02
    "This was an overnight train journey. We had a sleeper / bunk compartment as we traveled first class. The sleeper cabin is rather small and cramped, but the bed was very comfortable and we had a good sleep on the train. The amenities provided were good. However, the toilets in the compartment were not working and were closed; so we had to go across to the next compartment at night to use the toilets there. It was good value for money and other than that we arrived at Foggia at 0530am and had to get up early, the journey was good. "

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    Great train journey | Peter s. | 2015/05/15
    "Excellent train that avoided several train changes for a journey between Bordeaux and Toulouse. "

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    Frecciabianca very average | Rhona c. | 2015/05/11
    "The Frecciabianca is a bit of a come down after the rossa trains but it is still a very convenient way to get around. So long as you do not pay too much for the ticket it is fine. "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Can I change seats after the train departs?

  • Q. Will I be sharing my sleeping compartment with strangers?

  • Q. Are train tickets exchangeable and refundable?

  • Q. What information do I need to provide in a booking to purchase with Rail Europe?

  • Q. Where do I my send train tickets and/or rail passes for refund?

  • Q. If my train crosses a border, will I need to show my passport to the conductor?

  • Q. Do restaurant cars cater to specific dietary needs like vegetarian, diabetic or kosher?

  • Q. I’ve already booked my rail pass, but think I’d like a different one. Can I exchange it? It’s totally unused.

  • Q. I just placed a booking and realized I made a mistake. How can I make changes?

  • Q. Once on the train platform, how can I find my car? Is there a difference between where first and second class carriages are located or how they look on the outside?

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