Interrail benefits in Italy

View of the St. Peters church in Rome, Italy

If your Interrail Pass is valid in Italy, you can get discounted and free ferry crossings, as well as other great offers.

Show your Interrail Pass to receive your discount or special offer or contact the specific company in advance. The benefits apply during the validity of your pass, whereas free travel on trains, buses or ferries is only valid on travel days.


Ferry between Italy and Greece
Ferry between Italy and Greece

Travel between Italy and Greece with Superfast Ferries International

Interrail Pass Holders with Pass valid in Italy and Greece can travel on the routes:

  • Ancona - Patras (Greece)

  • Bari - Patras (Greece)

  • Venice - Patras (Greece)

  • Ancona – Igoumenitsa (Greece)

  • Venice - Igoumenitsa (Greece)

  • Bari – Igoumenitsa (Greece)

  • Ancona/Bari - Corfu (During summer only)


1st class: Free airline-type seats or dormitory*.
2nd class: Free economy seating.


Interrail Pass Holders with a One Country Pass valid in Italy or Greece get a 30% discount on these routes.


*Dormitories are not available on ferries that operate on the routes:

  • Patras (Greece) – Igoumenitsa / Corfu (Greece) – Bari (Italy)

  • Bari (Italy) – Igoumenitsa / Corfu (Greece) – Patras (Greece)


At the moment it's not possible to book ferries online between Patras, Igoumenitsa and Bari. For reservations please contact the Attica Group's help desk by email:


Please note that pass holders (except those with a Greek Islands Pass) do have to pay seasonal surcharges, port taxes and fuel surcharges.

Booking information
Reservations can be made at the port where you depart on the day of travel. You can also book on the Superfast Ferries website. Please note that there are special instructions for Interrail travellers' discounts.


For more information e-mail the Attica Group.


Additional charges/Conditions

  • Seasonal surcharge:
    - June & September €10 per person
    - July & August €20 per person

  • Port taxes: €7

  • Fuel surcharge: may apply

  • Check-in time: 2 hours


Bari is a 4 hour train ride from Rome. From Bari’s train station, take bus 20 to the ports.

Ancona is a 3 hour train ride from Rome. From Ancona's train station, take bus 1 or 4 to get to the ferry terminal.


Minoan Lines
Minoan Lines

Free and discounted ferry travel on international routes with Minoan Lines

With an Interrail pass valid in Greece and Italy, you can travel for free on the routes:

  • Ancona/Ravenna/Trieste – Igoumenitsa/Patras (Greece)


2nd class pass holders travel for free on the deck and 1st class pass holders get free airline-type seats between Italy and Greece.


Interrail pass holders with a pass that is valid in Greece or Italy receive a 30% discount on this route.

Booking information
For booking information visit the Minoan Lines website or e-mail the Minoan Line port office of AnconaVenice or Piraeus (Greece). You can also call the offices at +39 071 201708, +39 041 5041201 or +30 210 4145700.


Additional charges/ Conditions

  • Seasonal surcharge:
    - June and September €10 per person
    - July and August €20 per person

  • Port Taxes: € 7

  • Fuel surcharge: €15 (excl. infants)

  • Upgrades available with reduced fares upon embarkation

  • Check-in time: 2 hours


Ancona is a 3 hour train ride from Rome. From Ancona's train station, take bus 1 or 4 to get to the ferry terminal.

Venice's passenger terminal is located near the city centre. There’s a shuttle bus service that can take you from Piazzale Roma to the terminal. Please note that you have to contact your ferry company for timetables and more information.


Grimaldi ferry
Grimaldi ferry

Set sail for Greece, Spain, Sardinia or Sicily with Grimaldi Lines

Interrail Italy passholders receive a 20% discount on official fares (port taxes and fixed dues excluded) on the routes listed below.

  • Civitavecchia – Barcelona (Spain)

  • Porto Torres (Sardinia) - Barcelona (Spain)

  • Savona - Barcelona (Spain)

  • Livorno – Barcelona (Spain) 

  • Brindisi - Igoumenitsa/Patras (Greece)

  • Civitavecchia – Porto Torres (Sardinia) 

  • Livorno - Palermo (Sicily)

  • Salerno - Palermo (Sicily)


Please note that on most routes the ferries do not sail daily. Check the Grimaldi Lines website for detailed information about departures.

Booking information
Reservations need to be made by phone ( (+39) 081 496 444 or (+34) 902.531.333) or by email ( or Please note that  when you make your reservations you'll have to send Grimaldi Lines a copy of your Interrail pass.


You can also visit one of the Grimaldi Lines Travel Agencies in Italy:

  • Grimaldi Tours Napoli, Via Marchese Campodisola 13

  • Grimaldi Tours Roma, Via Boncompagni 43

  • Grimaldi Tours Palermo, Via Emerico Amari 8


Civitavecchia’s Port can be reached by train from Rome in about 1 hour. Grimaldi Lines operates a shuttle bus service from Napels to Civitavecchia. Purchase a ticket on board your ferry or the bus (€24).

Livorno can be reached by train from Rome in about 2.5 hours. From Livorno's main train station, take bus 1 to Piazza Grande, where you can find the passenger terminals.

Porto Torres can be reached by train from Calgliari (south of Sardinia) in about 4 hours. Shuttle buses will take you to the commercial port. 

From Palermo’s central station, take bus 139 to Via Francesco Crispi. From there it’s a short walk to the passenger terminal.

Salerno is a 2 to 3 hour train ride from Rome. From Salerno’s main train station, you can take a bus to the docks.

Scenic view form the train window in Austria
Scenic view form the train window in Austria

Express buses through breathtaking scenery

Your Interrail Global Pass is valid on the ÖBB InterCity bus on the following route:


  • Venice (Venezia Mestre & Tronchetto) – Villach – Klagenfurt (Austria)


For this route, passes must be valid in Italy and Austria.

Booking information

Reservations for the route Klagenfurt – Venice can be made on or through the ÖBB call centre (phone number: +43 5 1717 (open 24/7) ).


Please keep in mind that you'll have to pick up your reservations made on the fsitaliane website at an Italian train station or have them shipped to an Italian address.

For more information visit the ÖBB website


Additional charges
- 1st class €13 / 2nd class €9

Thello night train
Thello night train

Sleep your way from France to Italy with Thello

Looking for a comfortable way to travel between France and Italy? The Thello night train connects Paris to many Italian cities, such as Milan, Verona and Venice. On this train, Interrail pass holders get a 25% discount!


Reservations are compulsory. We recommend you make your reservation well in advance.

Visit the Thello website for more information.

Travel directly from Milan to Munich

Travel by bus between Italy and Germany on the following route:

  • Milan-Munich

Pass holders with a Global Pass need a reservation only (regular reservation fee). Pass holders with a pass which is not valid in all countries through which the bus passes need a reservation and a ticket for the section not covered by the pass.

Tickets and reservations are available at railway ticket windows in Germany or by calling the DB.

Travel by ferry to the Italian islands and Croatia

With your Interrail pass, get a 20% discount on SNAV ferries travelling to Italian islands and from Ancona (Italy) to Split (Croatia). The discount applies to all types of accommodation.

  • Ancona - Split/Hvar (Croatia)

  • Napoli - Eolian Islands (Stromboli, Panarea, Salina Santa Marina, Vulcano, Lipari)

  • Napoli - Ischia Casamicciola

  • Napoli - Ventotene / Ponza (booking by email/phone only)

  • Napoli - Procida (booking by email/phone only)

Bookings can be made on the SNAV website, by using code snaveurail2017. You can also book by email or call to +39 081 428 5555.



See the stunning cities of Italy

Interrail Italy pass holders get a 20% discount on City Sightseeing buses in Florence, Milan, Naples, Rome and many more cities.

For more information and details, visit the City Sightseeing website.

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