Important: Seat reservations are mandatory on Intercity plus trains and on most Intercity trains.
Be sure to validate your ticket before boarding the train if your ticket is not for a specific date and time - see how to validate an Italian train ticket.
Question: When Should I Buy My Train Tickets for Italy?
Travelers to Italy often ask why they can't buy their Italian train tickets six months in advance or whether they need to buy them ahead of their train travel date.
The answer is different for tickets on each type of Italian train.
Answer: Here's what you need to know about when to buy Italian train tickets for each type of train: Tickets for trains, high-speed trains that run between Italy's major cities, can usually be bought within four months of your travel date.
Discounts are often available on fast trains for advance purchases, same day return, or for groups of three or more but note that some discounted and advance tickets may be non-refundable or non-changeable so check carefully before you buy. E-tickets or tickets that have the seat reservation on the ticket do not need to be validated but if you have a ticket and a separate seat reservation you should validate your ticket - see how to validate an Italian train ticket.
Intercity and Intercity plus train tickets currently can only be bought within four months of your travel date.There are sometimes discounts available for purchases from a month up to a day before your travel date or for group travel but note that some discounted tickets may be non-refundable and non-changeable.Intercity train tickets can be bought at a Biglietteria in any train station in Italy or online through Rail Europe.There is rarely any discount for buying a regional train ticket in advance.A regional train ticket does not have a specific date or time, it is valid for two months from date of purchase for that train route.Exception: If you buy your ticket from a ticket machine at the station, it may have a date and time stamped on it.