Getting Around in Italy: What You Need to Know

trainviewWhen you’re planning a trip, size matters. Take, for instance, the idea of planning a visit to the United States, or Canada, or Russia. No one without an unlimited amount of time would make a general statement like, “I’m going on a trip to the United States” without being more specific about where in the U.S. they’re going. Why? Because it’s a big place, and it’s inconceivable that someone could visit the whole country in the space of a normal vacation.

Italy, on the other hand, isn’t so enormous that people don’t regularly say “I’m going on a trip to Italy” and mean it. I’d still contend that it’s impossible to see all of Italy in the space of a normal vacation, but it’s definitely possible to see the country’s highlights in just a couple of weeks. But that means it’s crucial that you learn your best options for getting around Italy so that you don’t waste your precious vacation time.

In this article, you’ll find links to all the articles I’ve written about how to get around in Italy – from tips on using different methods of transportation to the best ways to get between specific cities in Italy. I’ll keep updating the links list as I write more articles, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for here please leave a comment or send me a note – it could be I’ve forgotten to link it, or it could be that your request will spur me to write something new!




Methods of Transportation in Italy

Using Public Transportation in Italian Cities

Getting Between Specific Points in Italy

From Airports in Italy into Cities:

Between Specific Cities/Regions:


Getting from Italy to Other Countries

Getting to Italy by Plane

photo by Ruben Bos

8 thoughts on “Getting Around in Italy: What You Need to Know

  • Scintilla

    Hi, I wish that I had read this article a week ago. It took me ages to find buses for the kids for their return from Naples to London. I’ll certainly keep it in mind for next time!

  • Jessica Post author

    Thanks, Laura, I’m glad you liked the article! 🙂

    And Scintilla, was this during the time when flights were grounded because of the volcano? I think even the most detailed guide to getting around Europe would have been severely tested at that point!

  • Edwin

    Thank you so much for the post. It really helps me in planning my trip to Italy. Thank you for the wonderful article. I will follow you via RSS.

  • Emily

    Last summer, I trained around Italy, and that worked really well! We went from Rome to Perugia to Florence, and the rides weren’t too long. It definitely saved us money and the hassle of dealing with airports. Though on the ride from Rome to Perugia, we had to travel in a high-speed train that went through tons of tunnels. Every time we did, we felt so much pressure in our ears–everyone on the train had to plug their ears and winced. It was SO uncomfortable and strange!

  • Jessica

    This is a great compilation of articles. We get so many questions from people who try to fit in too much during a short stay and underestimate the distances and time needed to get from one place to another. Trains are my absolute favorite way to get around Italy, although there are some instances when buses work much better (Florence to Siena, for instance). Doing a bit of research ahead of time to get an idea of distances goes a long way in helping people plan.

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