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There are plenty of benefits to travelling around Italy by rail; services are quick, comfortable and reliable, usually taking you right into the heart of a town or city without having to worry about traffic, directions or parking. It's a more environmentally friendly option than driving, and if you choose to travel to or from Italy by train you'll pass through some beautiful scenery, from rolling countryside and pretty villages in France, to the snow-capped Swiss Alps.
Options are endless by train; you can travel all the way to Italy from either London St. Pancras, Ebbsfleet International or Ashford International, with an option to stop-over in Paris. You can catch the train from the airport and transfer yourself to the major cities in Italy, or simply explore the country with ease.
The seats on European trains are much more spacious than trains in the UK; they have lots of leg room, wider aisles, and usually a dining car on board so you can purchase food and drinks whilst stretching your legs. There is also normally an option to upgrade to First Class seats for only a little extra, giving you even more comfort.
Travelling by train uses less energy and generates lower emissions than travelling by air and car, making it a far greener way to travel. A comparison of rail and air on the London to Paris route shows that train journeys generate about ten times less carbon dioxide per passenger* than flying.
*Source: T&E European Federation for transport.
Multi-centre holidays can be made stress-free by travelling city to city easily by train without the hassle of transfers or car hire, whether it be a day trip or a complete journey from the UK to Italy.
Italy's fast inter-city trains can connect you to your chosen destination quickly and efficiently. Within a few hours you can travel from Rome to Venice or Milan to Florence, giving you more time to enjoy your holiday.
Whether travelling through France or Switzerland to get to Italy, or simply passing through towns and villages in the Italian countryside you can sit back and relax, enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way.
Travelling by train removes any chance of flight delays or traffic jams, the trains have regular services and are punctual, making journeys a pleasurable and hassle-free experience.