The Italian transports infrastructure is quite developed and modern. In this article, find an overview of the various means of transport available in the country.
Once in Italy, you will probably wonder about the different means of transport, whether to go to work, to explore the country, or simply do your daily errands. You can choose among different types of transports which are available in the country. In fact, Italy has a developed and modern transport network.
You will most probably depend on taxis on your arrival in Italy. Make sure to opt for official taxis, that is, white or yellow taxis. In general, most taxis are equipped with a meter. Thus, fares can be calculated in advance. So be careful if you are boarding a taxi which does not have a meter. Moreover, fares can be higher on public holidays, at night and if you are carrying luggage.
You can travel by bus once you have been accustomed to the Italian lifestyle. Bus stations are quite close to train and subway stations. Buses are quite regular and comfortable. But you are advised to buy your tickets in advance in shops and newspaper stands in order to avoid any confusion on board. In fact, Italian buses are regularly controlled.
If you prefer traveling independently, you can consider renting a car. However, you must be in possession of a valid driver's license. You also need to be very patient while driving in Italian cities with high traffic jam. Consider purchasing parking cards to access to public parking lots.
Good to know:
The Zona Traffico Limitato (ZTL), consisting of inner cities, is closed to tourist cars due to the narrowness of roads and lack of parking space.
You should also try to identify parking spaces on roads in order to avoid high parking fees. Free parking spaces are indicated in white paint while resident parking spaces are painted yellow. Paid parking spaces are marked in blue. You can purchase parking cards at special terminals. Prices vary according to the number of parking hours.
The Italian railway system is controlled and regularized by the Trenalia company. The train network covers the whole country, providing regular and comfortable trains. If you wish to travel from one city to another, the Eurostar or TAV, which are high-speed trains, may be more appropriate. However, advance booking and some financial saving are recommended. Interregionali trains are more appropriate for tourism and leisure trips.
You can also use the Diretto for short travels within a single region. The Regionali train is also very fast and regular. Intercity, for its part, links the different Italian cities. Advance booking is not required. But if you do, fees amounting to some 3 euros apply.
Bikes are also very popular in Italy. It is almost part of the Italian lifestyle. You will thus be able to visit numerous historical places and other tourist attractions where motor traffic is restricted. Bike rental shops are available in all Italian cities.