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Getting around Italy



When considering about how to get around Italy, you can choose from flying, taking a train or bus or renting a car. The largest and the most busiest Italian airport are Fiumicino Rome airport and Milan airport.

These airport have air connections with most smaller cities through Italy. Travelling by trains is one of the most affordable options of getting around Italy. You can travel to almost every corner of Italy by train.

Renting a car will help you see Italy from entirely different perspective. This way you will get to the small countryside villages and experience true Italian way of life. Italy has long coastline which means that travelling by boat is another option.

Getting around Italy by plane

Flying to Italy would be the fastest and most comfortable way of reaching it.

Italy has airport throughout the country with two biggest airports, Milan Malpensa airport and Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, known as Fiumicino Airport, Rome's main airport.

These airport handle flights both from the European destinations as well as from North America and Asia. Regional Italian airports mostly serves flights from European destinations.

Milan Malpensa Airport close to Milan is the airport that serves Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria regions in the north of Italy. There is also Venice's Marco Polo Airport with 40 airlines having regular flights from this airport to domestic, European and international destinations.

If you are travelling to Tuscany you might fly to Rome and continue your travel to your final destination by train. Tuscany itself has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. The Pisa airport is the larger and the main airport in Tuscany.

If your destination is Amalfi coast you will probably fly to Naples Capodichino Airport, as this popular region is situated south of Naples. This airport which is located just 6 km from the city center, has connections to a number of international destinations as well as domestic ones.

The largest international air companies operate flights to Italy (Air France, Lufthansa, American Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Finnair, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and many others).

Many low-cost companies offer their flights to Italian destinations (EasyJet, Ryanair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Jet2.com, Vueling, Volotea, TAP Portugal, Germanwings and others).

Alitalia is Italy's major airline with flights to both domestic and international destinations. Some domestic routes are operated by Meridiana and Blue-Express.

Getting around Italy by ferry

As Italy is a country that has a long coastline, ferry travel is one of the common means of travelling either to Italy or between Italy mainland and its islands.

Italy being the country with more then 4000 miles of coastline and has numerous islands, makes boat travel may just be a part of your Italian vacation experience. If you are travelling to Italy's largest islands, Sardinia and Sicily, you can easily reach them by overnight ferry or a several-hour hydrofoil from ports of Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Sorrento and Naples. On the Amalfi coast, there are numerous ferries running from mainland cities to the islans of Capri, Ischia and Procida. 

If you are travelling to Italy's largest islands, Sardinia and Sicily, you can easily reach them by overnight ferry from ports of Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia or Naples. On the Amalfi coast, there are numerous ferries running from mainland cities to the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. From ports of Genoa, Livorno and Civitavecchia you can also travel by ferry to Spain, Algeria and Tunis.

Getting around Italy by train

It is possible to travel from most European destinations (Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia) to Italy by train. If you are travelling to northern Italy you have an option of taking trains to Venice, Milan or Turin.

Milan is a key transport hub of northern Italy with connections to the Italian lakes and other northern Italian destinations. Rome is the gateway for the central and southern parts of the country. From Rome there are fast trains to most Italian cities and slower trains connecting to smaller destinations.

The train system of Italy is very spread and also very reliable. The national train company of Italy, Trenitalia, operates three kinds of trains: Frecciabianca, Frecciargento and Frecciarossa. Other option would be privately owned Italo trains, which offer attractive interiors, free Wi-Fi and a cinema car.

Getting around Italy by bus

One of the ways to travel to Italy is by bus and it can be the great way of exploring the country. The bus travels on the motorways and there are stops every so often to allow some stretching and buying refreshments at service areas. Eurolines runs regular services between Great Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. 

Buses are ideal for reaching destinations not serviced by trains, but a nationwide coach operator simply does not exist in Italy. long distance bus service is avaliable only on a few routes.

For example, SENA bus has bus service from Rome and Milan to Siena while Sadem has buses from Turin to Milan Malpensa airport and the Val d'Aosta. Savda connects Milan to the Val d'Aosta. Sitabus has regional services in various areas of Italy as well as a few long distance links. Marinobus operates several long distance services between several cities in Northern Italy and the South.

Autostradale operates various (mostly seasonal) bus links between Milan and various resorts on the seaside and in the Dolomites. Sulga has services in central Italy, such as Ravenna/Rome or Purgia/Milan and others.

The Italian capital is also a bus transport hub and is connected to many Italian and European destinations. Generally, bus tickets are cheaper than train and plane tickets making travelling by bus ideal if you have a limited budget. 

In Italy there are several bus companies operating in certain regions. Baltour is the leading bus operator in Italy which offers direct bus connections from Rome to Bologna, Siena, Milan and Bari in the south of Italy. Internationally, Baltour collaborates with Eurolines to extend its network to 23 European countries making it possible to reach Rome from cities such as London, Paris or Marseille.

Marino Autolinee connects south with north of Italy and also extend services to Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland and the Benelux). Onboar their modern buses you can travel from Rome to numerous destinations across Italy (Bologna, Foggia, Genova, La Spezia, Milan, Modena, Padova, Parma, Pisa, Pordenone, Reggio Emilia, Torino, Treviso, Verona, Vicenza). 

Marozzi company operates network of bus connections from destinations in Apuglia and Basilicata to cities in central and northern Italy. Using their buses you can travel to Rome from Brindisi (6h 30 min), Gallipoli (9 hours), Foggia (4h 40 min), Matera (5h 45 min), Bari (5 h 30 min) and Taranto (7 h 40 min).

Sulga bus company operates buses in in the regions of Campania, Lazio and Umbria. If you plan to travel from Rome to Umbrian destinations such as Perugia, Todi or Assisi. You can also travel between Rome and Ravenna in Emilia-Romagna region. SENA bus has bus services from Rome to Siena.

Flixbus offers bus connections to numerous destinations across Italy at affordable prices. Their buses have large comfortable seats, a toilet, WI-Fi and power outlets.

Most buses to Rome terminate at the Tiburtina Bus Station which is linked by overground train network as well as metro with Termini Station. 

Renting a car in Italy

If you are planning to visit only larger Italian cities you simply don't need to rent a car. Most cities have excellent public transport. In the case you plan to travel to the countryside to visit off beaten path you may consider to rent a car. Exploring Tuscany or Umbria by car will be great experience.


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