There are a number of sites selling Italian train tickets. Most of these sites are valid and often times they are easy to navigate due to its catering for English speaking crowd. However, Trenitalia is the source from where all prices are pulled from!
The government of Italy owns Trenitalia. It is also the prime train operator in Italy. The original site is in Italian but they now have language options of English, French, Deutsche and Chinese.
As many of them are unsure about booking tickets on Trenitalia, I thought of sharing my experience of booking from them. It was very easy and took me very little time to get my tickets done from here.
Steps by Step Demo –
1) Log onto http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
2) Fill the following – To and From locations, date, time and number of passengers travelling as shown in the example screenshot below-
Keep in mind that the locations in TO and FROM fields are shown in Italian. See the examples below –
- Venice – Venezia
- Milan – Milano
- Florence – Firenze
- Rome – Roma
- Naples – Napoli
… and so on.
Additionally, the names of months are pulled up in Italian too! However, I am sure you will be able to figure that out or else you can just edit the date field as seen above – Just type the date!
3) Once ready, click SEARCH. As you click on Search you will get the below screen
4) Upon expanding the Plus sign around the price, you will get the below options –
5) Sometimes you will get a proposal to upgrade to a higher class for a certain fare. It will be a random pop-up! I got that choice here – as below –
6) The next step would be choosing your seats (i.e., if you have clicked the check box as shown in step 4)
7) In the next screen you will enter the passenger details. You have the option of continuing without creating an account too. That was what I did. Fill this page – include passenger details and choice of card for payment.
8) Below is the final page where you will have to enter the Credit Card details and you are all set! The tickets will be sent to your email ID!
Ensure you have opened a fresh browser (I would prefer Chrome) free of all cookies. Most often everything will be straight forward. Email them or call them if you freeze anywhere in the payment screen. They always get back to to users as soon as possible.
Trains are an excellent way to travel in Italy. Do check out my inputs about them –