Tourist information on how to get to Italy by train, by car, and flying to Italy and its major cities such as Venice, Rome & Florence. As well as useful information on how to get around Italy once you have arrived.
Numerous airlines have direct flights to the major airports of Italy. The national carrier of Italy, Alitalia has daily flights into Italy from around the globe. Rome & Milan are the principal airports for intercontinental flights arriving into Italy. Most people choose to arrive in Rome and depart from Milan, touring the three principal cities of Rome, Florence & Venice in-between flights.
Florence does not have an international airport, but Venice airport has a daily non-stop connection with New York on Delta. Others may arrive in Italy by air from another European country. If you are visiting Italy as part of a European tour you might consider utilizing a low-cost airline to travel between countries.
Airlines like Easyjet and RyanAir offer great value in airfares, as well as the opportunity of booking one-way tickets through which you can build a nice itinerary through the major destinations of Europe. It seems that each European country has a host of these low-cost airlines so shop around for the best deal.
For North Americans visiting Europe via the UK, book your transatlantic flight into London, with the number of airlines flying into London the prices are usually low, and then book your onward travel via low-cost airlines. This method can result in huge savings when compared to booking flights from the US directly to Italy & Greece in particular.
Another common way to get to Italy is by train. But how? Using Eurail Passes. Travelling by train you'll see a lot of Italian countryside. You can arrive to Venice or Milan via the Alps. Use Eurostar trains, where you can make seat reservations and be guaranteed to travel on the most comfortable trains. Beware of night trains which connect various cities all along Italy, because sometimes local TV programs and newspapers feature many nightmare stories of passengers sleeping in insect-infested couchettes.
Along with the low-cost airlines, you'll also find a wide selection of low-cost bus companies operating services from numerous European countries into many various Italian cities. In fact, most tourists arrive in Italy by bus, and if you are a single-traveller and young or young at heart you'll find many companies that will offer basic, but good value services including overnight buses to save on accommodation costs. Many of these bus companies have pre-arranged deals with local campsites or hostels through which you can enjoy further savings once you arrive at your destination.
If you are planning to use the car, learn how to get to Italy by car here below. You'll find that it's easy to travel all along the Italian peninsula via autostrada (toll highway). Usually, the toll fee for the highway from Venice to Rome is around €60, to which you have to add the cost of petrol/gas, prices that here in Italy, unfortunately, are the highest of the mainland Europe – around $5.50 US per gallon. Once off the main routes, you'll learn that driving in Italy is not so easy, because Italian drivers won't give you the time to think. Furthermore, nowadays, many city centers are very confusing because of the complex system of one-way streets.
Also, note that travel in July & August can be chaotic, as during this time around 16 million Italians take their annual vacation. Italy is also going through many different changes in regards to the use of motorized vehicles. Many cities like Florence have banned vehicles from the city centre. If you are only visiting a city for a day, try to park on the outskirts and take public transportation in the city to avoid heavy parking fees and losing your patience.