There is no national bus network in Italy like train network. Italy is connected to only European destinations like Paris (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic) by bus. Euroline operates all the international buses in Italy that connect major Italian cities like Milan, Rome, Florence, Siena and Venice to European countries.
When it comes to domestic buses, the government of Italy operates bus service in all the 20 regions of Italy. In regions like Tuscany, Latium, Veneto, Campania, Apulia and Basilicata, buses are operated by SITA.
Buses in Florence are operated by ATAF and LI-NEA companies, whereas Azienda Trasporti Milanesi manages all kinds of public transport in Milan. Two groups of Euroline, Baltour and Sena, operate buses within Italy.
In Italy, bus rentals are also popular and major companies offering these services are Florentia Bus, Linea Esatta and Busabout. Buses within Italy operate to and from destinations like villages in Amalfi and Sorrento, Ancona, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Rome, Cilento, Agropoli and Florence. Other destinations in Italy that are served by buses are La Spezia, Santa Maria di Castellabate, Sienna, Salerno, Venice and Pisa.
In Rome, the main bus station is located at Piazza dei Cinquecento that lies in front of Roma Termini railway station. International as well as local buses in Milan arrive at MM1 Lampugnano station that is the main bus terminal in the city. Buses in Florence arrive at and depart from Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station or the city centre.
Bus fares within Italy vary from region to region and also on the distance travelled. However, for travelling in international buses operated by Eurolines, one way ticket can cost anywhere between 53.81 USD and 151.78 USD. Euroline pass is available for tourists that allow unlimited bus travel in 41 European destinations.
Passes are available for 15 days or 30 days. For youth, the 15 days pass during high season costs around 400.14 USD and a 30 days pass during the same season costs 517.43 USD. An adult traveller needs to pay 476.03 USD for 15 days pass in high season and 627.81 USD for 30 days. The cost of these passes during the low and mid season fall significantly.
Me and my wife, from Pune,are planning to London sometime in July/August to visit my daughter. On our way we want to see Italy: Rome 2N, Pisa, Florence 1N, Venice, Padova 1N, Vatican: Vatican City, Switzerland: Lucerne 3N, Engelberg, Lauterbrunnen, Jungfraujoch, Interlaken and France: Paris 3N tentatively. Would like to know the best tour operator who provide service with value for money. I would also like to have comments about;
1. Thomas Cook
3. Cox and Kings
Look forward for an response,
My husband and I will b going to Italy, Pavia, to be precise which is 35 km south of Milan.
I would like to travel on my own while my husband is preoccupied with teaching at the
University. Can u help me out with some website/tips onthe safest and
cheapest method of travelling in Italy? Are there any travel outfits in
Italy catering to the lone traveller? Also are there any cheap motels,B&B
joints,hostels willing to accomodate a single person or later a family of 3?
Look forward to your responses.
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