There are many different types of trains in the Italian train system. Don’t let this intimidate you! The following is an easy guide to the types of trains you may encounter in the Italian train system.
EuroCity (EC) – An international express train in the Italian train system that connects main European cities. There are both first and second classes and reservations are needed. Pendolino – High speed trains that connect major Italian cities. There are both first and second classes and reservations are necessary. Intercity (IC) – Express trains that make few stops. There are both first and second classes and seat reservations are necessary. International service is available.
Rapido – Stops are made at major cities only. First and second classes are available. Espresso
(EXP) – Express trains stop at major stations
Diretto (D) – Slower trains that stop at most stations. Interregionale
(IR) – Trains that stop at main stations within a region
Regionale (R) – These are the local trains and stop at smaller stations. They are the slowest trains in the Italian train system. These are the trains that will take you to the smaller villages and towns not accessible on the faster trains.