Italian train tickets - ticket types & discounts

There are a range of Italian train tickets, including special offers and promotional fares with discounts of up 60%. We have a direct connection to the Italian rail operator, Trenitalia, as well as the new private high-speed operator, Italo, so it's possible to find all cheap Italian train tickets on Loco2. We've outlined ticket types and special offers below.

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Most Italian trains open for booking four months in advance (Regionale trains open two months in advance), when you'll find the cheapest tickets. We recommend booking in advance to get the cheapest Italian train tickets. For more details on booking horizons, see How far in advance can I book?

Italian train ticket types and discounts

Fare conditions vary, with the cheapest tickets offering the least flexibility, while more expensive tickets usually permit refunds and exchanges. You should always check the fare conditions associated with your tickets before buying, and if necessary read more general information about  Ticket Types: Fares & Flexibility.

Fare type Details Price/Discount
Super Economy Super Economy are the cheapest trains tickets for travel within Italy, and are available on all domestic Trenitalia trains. Book up to midnight the day before departure. Tickets are non-flexible (non-exchangeable and non-refundable). Up to 60% discount on Base fares. From €9, €19 & €29 depending on distance
Economy Economy tickets include up to 40% off Base fares. Available on all domestic Trenitalia trains. Book up to midnight 2 days before departure (Italian time). Tickets are semi-flexible prior to departure, and can be exchanged at the station but not refunded. Up to 40% discount on Base fares
Base Full price tickets, subject to availability, on all long distance domestic Trenitalia trains. Available up to and including the day of travel. Tickets are semi-flexible and can be exchanged and refunded for a fee (usually 20%). Full price tickets
Ordinary  'Ordinaria' fares are available on regional Italian trains. Available up to and including the day of travel. Tickets are semi-flexible and can be exchanged (time/date change only). Tickets with a value up to €10 can be refunded for a fee (usually 20%). Tickets are valid on the route specified on your ticket for 4 hours from the stated departure time.   Full price tickets
Mini The cheapest tickets for international Trenitalia trains to/from Italy and Switzerland only. Book up to 21 days before departure. Up to 88% discount on Flexible fares. Tickets from €9
Smart Cheap tickets for international Trenitalia trains to/from Italy and Switzerland, France and Germany. Book up to 14 days before departure. Up to 75% discount on Flexible fares. Tickets from €19
Smart 2 The next price level on international Trenitalia trains, available after the cheapest "Smart" fares have sold out. Book up to 7 days before departure. Up to 60% off on Flexible fares. Tickets from €29
Flexible Full price tickets for international Trenitalia trains to/from Switzerland, France and Germany. Available up to and including the day of travel. Full price tickets. Tickets from €72
Smart (Thello) The cheapest tickets on Thello trains, including overnight and daytime services. Book up to 7 days before departure. 60% discount on Flexi/Standard fares. Tickets from €30
Go (Thello) The next price level after the "Smart" fares have sold out. Book up to 7 days before departure. 20% discount on Flexi/Standard fares. Tickets from €56
Imminent (Thello) Non-flexible tickets, available at short notice (within 24 hours of departure). Full price tickets. Tickets from €70
Flexi/Standard (Thello) Full price tickets for Thello trains, available up to and including the day of travel. Full price tickets. Tickets from €70
Low Cost (Italo) Low Cost tickets can be purchased in any class on high-speed Italo trains in Italy. They're available up to and including the day of travel, but are subject to availability so are often sold out by the date of departure. Up to 60% less than Flexible fares. Variable price, based on distance.
Economy (Italo) More expensive than Low Costs fares, but with fewer restrictions. Available in all classes on Italo trains. Available up to and including the day of travel, depending on availability. Discount of up to 40% (sometimes more) versus Flexible tickets. Price varies per route.
Italo Special Italo Special tickets offer 50% off Flex fares for travel during off-peak times (Tuesdays or Wednesdays 09:30 and 13:30, or any time on Saturdays). Available up to 2 days prior to travel, depending on availability. 50% off Flex fares.
Flex (Italo) Full price tickets for Italo trains, with maximum flexibility. Full price tickets, price varies per route.

Special offers on Italian trains 

In addition to the discounts offered on everyday tickets, Trenitalia also has some special offers for Italian trains. If your search is eligible, we'll show applicable discounts and fares in the drop-down menu that contains your tickets. If you're not sure how to change your ticket type, check out  Getting started with Loco2 for some tips.  

Special Offer Details Price/Discount
Bimbi Gratis Bimbi Gratis is a special offer for families, allowing children under 15 to travel for free in groups of 2-5 people, with at least one adult (min. one adult, one child). Available on Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabiana and Intercity trains for travel within Italy. Free for children under 15, Base fare for everyone else.
Familia Similar to Bimbi Gratis, but for night trains (Intercity Notte, Espresso & couchettes). Available for groups of 2 to 5 people, with at least one adult (min. one adult, one child). Discount applied to group. Child discount up to 50%, adult discount up to 20%
2 for 1 Special offer for two adults travelling together, valid every Saturdays on all domestic Trenitalia trains excluding Regionale and night trains. Book up to midnight the day before departure. Buy one adult Base fare, get one free.
Weekend Return Depart on Saturday and return on Sunday for a fixed price on all Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca services. Book up to 24 hours before the day of departure. Likely to be cheaper than Base fares at short notice, when other offers (e.g. Super Economy) are no longer available. Fixed price tickets, discount varies depending on route.
Same day return This special offer is for a same-day return trip on Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains. Only applicable for direct trains. Book up to midnight the day before departure. Fixed price tickets, discount varies depending on route.
Milano Special (Italo) Milano Special offers a 50% discount off for non-refundable tickets in Smart (Standard), eXtra Large (Premium) and Prima (Business) Class. Book at least 2 days before departure. No changes or refund permit, subject to availability. 50% off flexible fares

Railcard discounts in Italy

Railcards Details Price/Discount
Green Card Carta Verde Available for travellers aged 12 to 26. Card must be purchased prior to booking, from station ticket offices and authorised travel agencies in Italy. Eligible to obtain discounts on all domestic and some international trains Card costs €40, and is valid for one year. 10% discount on Base fares on domestic routes. 25% off Base fares on international services.
Silver Card Carta d'Argento Discount card for travellers over the age of 60. Card must be purchased prior to booking, from station ticket offices and authorised travel agencies in Italy. Eligible to obtain discounts on all domestic and some international trains Card costs €30, and is valid for one year. 10-15% discount on Base fares on domestic routes. 25% off Base fares on international services.
Important things to note 
  • All tickets and special offers are subject to availability
  • Please refer to the fare conditions for applicable terms  
  • Tickets are available in Euros or converted in GBP
  • We aim to keep this information up to date, but it should be referred to as a guide only. Please let us know if you think something needs updating  

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