Italian train travel is:
We enjoy traveling by train when in Italy, especially by first (or business) class (which can be quite affordable). ItaliaRail offers many benefits for travelers:
- Seamless ticketing system/experience with direct (real-time) connectivity to the Italian Rail reservation system—Trenitalia.
- Ability to see a whole day worth of trains in the search results and not just a couple hour block.
- Clearly-stated duration of trip (very helpful when trying to make it somewhere on the quickest train).
- Online support through their help desk with extensive rail knowledge, guidance, and expertise.
- An all-English website with 24-hour customer service with English-speaking representatives. If for any reason you can’t get a hold of their customer service, you can take your eticket to any Trenitalia counter.
- Competitive prices with minimal booking fees. One ItaliaRail benefit for pricing is that they pass any discounts that the train system is offering on to customers. And they combine promotions if possible, so if there is only one seat left at lower price (and you need two or more), ItaliaRail will book that lower price and then buy the next ticket(s) at higher price. Trenitalia only shows you higher prices if there isn’t the full number of tickets at lower price. ItaliaRail also allows you to fairly easily see the cheapest trains and where 1st class is a good value.
- A competitive foreign exchange rate and customers can pay in USD, Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound, or Euro so they aren’t charged foreign transaction fees.
- Ability to buy “Rail Aid” protection policy for decent rates which includes the following benefits: trip changes and cancellation, trip interruption, access to VIP Italiarail lounge, and a dedicated toll-free line.
- Most of the time, passengers get etickets so don’t have to worry about losing them or having them delivered.
- Group discounts and the ability to book up to 20 people at a.
- Travel deals in Italy through their ItaliaPass, which offers special benefits and discounts on tours, transfers, car rentals, and more.
If you’re looking to book a train trip on your own, here are some of my ideas: Italy by Train–Do’s and Don’ts
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