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Trenitalia Regional Ticket Machines

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ABOVE AND INSET BELOW: Self-service regional ticket machines are easy to use: Just select a language and follow the instructions on the screen.

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In larger Italian railroad stations, you'll normally find two types of ticket machines:

  • Regional "biglietti self service" machines, such as the ones in the photo at the top of this page.

  • Trenitalia "biglietto veloce" or "fast ticket" machines, which are larger, dispense tickets for stations throughout Italy.

Until recently, regional ticket machines were more primitive than the national machines, but now they're modern, multilingual devices that are easy to use. Just follow the directions on the interactive screen, and you'll have no trouble buying tickets.

In an article at Rome for Visitors, we discuss how to buy tickets with Trenitalia "biglietto veloce" machines.

Tips:

If you're traveling to a mainland town such as Treviso or Vicenza and you want to know which trains will take you there, look for a ticket machine--even if you've already purchased your ticket. Go through the preliminary steps of buying a ticket, entering your destination and desired date-and-time range at the prompts. The machine will display departure times, train numbers, and other useful information that you can write down to help you find the right departure platform.

imageBefore boarding the train, validate your ticket in one of the machines near the station platforms. This is very important, because your ticket isn't valid unless it's stamped. If you travel without a valid ticket, you'll be subject to a hefty fine.


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