Plan Your Trip - Transportation
- Italian railway site - user friendly and in English
- International trains - (Rome-Paris, Berlin Zurich etc) and prices. Many trains, current schedules and prices listed.
- TRA-IN is the main Siena bus company; site in Italian. Go to EXTRAURBANO and plug in the destination cities (URBANO means buses within the city.) Shortly this site will be in English.
- SENA runs buses to Rome, Assisi, Bologna and Perugia that can be faster than the train.
- Another site with Florence- Siena bus schedule information, in Italian.
- New site trying to combine all the above and not yet quite working
- See Travel Tips Driving for more information.
- Driving times and directions
- Maps when you plug in a city name
- Fodors and Slowtrav forums (see general tourist information) are very helpful in addressing specific driving AND PARKING questions. Slowtrav.com goes on and on about the Rome airport and rental pickups.
- Italian Road Signs - Street sign graphics and European driving tips.
Note - there are ways to get compensation for bumped flights and similar trouble, nowadays more frequent than ever. Google IATA, read the fine print on your travel insurance. Buy travel insurance. We hear good things about www.accessamerica.com.
Note departure and arrival times are always shown using the 24 hour clock, instead of 'am' and 'pm'.
Codes often used in Italian schedules:
- "giorn" = daily (giornaliero), Mon-Sun
- "fer" = workdays (feriali), Mon-Sat
- "-sab" = not Saturday (Sabato), so Mon-Fri
- "sab" = Saturday only (sabato)
- "fest" = holidays (festivi), so Sundays and holidays
Thus, for example, if you want to catch a bus on a Sunday, look on the schedule for those buses marked "giorn" or "fest". There will be fewer of these than 'weekday' buses, and perhaps no faster service available.
In the USA
- Limo service to airports (we don't know them personally, customer comments welcome.)