Most travelers have heard of the Eurail Pass (or, if you’re in Europe already, the Interrail Pass) and countless people have used a Eurail Pass to get around Europe on a budget. But did you know there are regional country-specific rail passes, too? Among many others, there’s even an Italy Rail Pass if you’re just going to be traveling within Italy.
The main question you need to answer when you’re considering an Italy Rail Pass is whether it will be cheaper to go with a pass or go with buying individual tickets once you’re in Italy. If you’re anything like me, you’ll avoid math whenever possible – but this is a case when you’ll want to dust off the calculator and do some figuring.
It used to be the case that it was almost always going to be cheaper to buy individual tickets instead of an Italy Rail Pass – provided you were only going to be taking trains in Italy and not going to other countries besides – but that’s changed over the years. As Italy adds more high-speed rail lines and routes to its network, ticket prices on those trains are going up. And it’s high ticket prices that make getting an Italy Rail Pass such a good bargain.
For those who will only be taking the slowest trains in Italy and will forgo the modern pleasure of zipping through the countryside on a high-speed train, buying individual tickets may still be the cheaper option. But for most people – especially those whose vacation time is limited and precious – taking high-speed trains maximizes the amount of time you get to spend actually on vacation instead of in transit. And that’s when an Italy Rail Pass is not only a money-saver but a time-saver as well.
Eurail Aid Offices
There are offices throughout Europe where you can get assistance with your Eurail Pass – you can even buy passes from some of these offices, too, albeit at a higher price than if you bought it at home (and not all passes are available once you’re in Europe). Assuming you’ve already got your pass and you’re just looking for some help with it, here are the Eurail Aid Offices in Italy.
- Stazione Bari Centrale – Daily: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Stazione Bologna Centrale – Daily: 6:15 am – 10:10 pm
- Stazione Firenze SMN (Florence) – Daily: 5:45 am – 9:50 pm
- Stazione Genova PP – Daily: 6:00 am – 8:30 pm
- Stazione Milano Centrale (Milan) – Daily: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Stazione Napoli Centrale (Naples) – Daily: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm
- Stazione Pisa – Daily: 7:20 am – 8:40 pm
- Stazione Roma Termini (Rome) – Daily: 6:30 am – 10:55 pm
- Stazione Torino PN (Turin) – Daily: 7:30 am – 8:30 pm
- Stazione Venezia Santa Lucia (Venice) – Daily: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm