Travelling on Italian Intercity trains

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • Regional train
  • Italy


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Intercity trains in Italy are run by Italian state-owned Trenitalia. Comfortable Intercity services travel between the country’s major cities and towns, making more regular stops than the high-speed Trenitalia Frecce fleet of Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca and Frecciargento trains.

While Intercity services might be slower than Trenitalia's high-speed Frecce fleet, their frequent stops mean they are perfect for exploring the beauty of Italy’s countryside and its lesser visited towns and cities. With an expansive rail network, Italian Intercity trains cover the length and breadth of the country, reaching more than 200 Italian destinations including a few Italian imperatives such as Rome, Milan, Venice, Genoa, Naples and Bologna.

Nighttime Intercity trains are called Intercity Notte.

As with all Trenitalia trains, you can expect comfort, style and attentive customer care on your Intercity adventure.

Practical information

Before you board

There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding Italian Intercity trains. However, it is advisable to arrive at the train station at least 15 mins before your scheduled train’s departure time. Please note that ticket control will occur once onboard.


Italian Intercity trains are very comfortable, air conditioned, have plenty of legroom and good space for luggage.

Generally, a bar/bistro car is found on Italian Intercity trains selling snacks, hot and cold drinks. There are also no rules against bringing your own food and drink to enjoy onboard.

Booking and printing options

Italian Intercity train tickets are open for bookings 180 days in advance.

Seat reservations are mandatory on Italian Intercity trains.

Get the lowest prices on Italian Intercity trains by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Opt for off-peak Italian Intercity trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak trains are more affordable than ones that run mornings and evenings, Fridays and Sundays or during popular holidays.

Classes of service

Italian Intercity trains provide two comfortable classes of service: Standard Class and First Class.

Italian Intercity First Class

In airy open-plan carriages, seating in First Class on Italian Intercity trains is comfortable and spacious with three seats across the central aisle rather than four. There is greater legroom in First Class and more power sockets than in Standard Class. Intercity First Class is the perfect place to unwind, work and take in the sweeping beauty of the fine Italian landscapes rolling by.

Italian Intercity Standard Class

The accommodation offered on Italian Intercity trains in Standard Class has spacious, comfortable seating and luggage racks are available at the end of each carriage. Electrical sockets are not always available at every seat in Standard Class, but with such beautiful vistas outside the windows, Standard Class provides the perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy the beauty of Italy's colourful countryside.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.