Public transport in Italy is relatively complex, with many cities and provinces in the same region having transport systems operated by different companies that are not well connected. As a result, these regions don’t have the convenient regional pass like some other countries. However, some regions still have good regional ticket systems and they are suitable for short-term travel in these regions. Here I will introduce some regional ticket pass in Italy.
1. Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
This region consists of two autonomous provinces: Trentino and South Tyrol. There are no integrated regional tickets for the whole region, but each province has its own integrated tickets.
Mobilcard allows you to make full use of the South Tyrol’s Integrated Public Transport network. This network includes regional trains (not Freccia/Eurostar/Intercity) in South Tyrol plus regional train Trento – Bolzano, all urban and extra-urban bus services in South Tyrol. Mobilcard is available in three different versions: 1, 3 or 7 days, the cost are respectively 15, 23, 28e. Depending on how long you stay there, you may buy the appropriate card. Mobilcard must be validated at the beginning of each journey, and the expiry date will be printed on your card at the first validation. South Tyrol is very beautiful, with Mobilcard you can easy to explore it. You can purchase them at tourist offices or ticket offices at the train station. For the itinerary and timetable of public transportation, you can check on Sudtirol mobil website.
Trentino doesn’t have daily ticket, but you can purchase weekly Trentino Guest Card for 40e. This price is quite higher than Mobilcard, but it’s not only transportation. With this card, you can travel free on all public transport including trains in Trentino, and you also have free admission to more than 60 museums, 20 castles, and over 40 attractions. Moreover, if you stay at hotel or hostel in Trentino, you can ask them for the free Trentino Guest Card or at a reduced price. Or you can buy it at full price at the tourist information offices. This weekly card is 7-day card, and the expiration time is 7 days after the first validation. For the timetable of public transportation, you can check on this website.
The integrated regional ticket of this region is named “I travel everywhere in Lombardy” (“io viaggio ovunque in Lombardia” (IVOL) in Italian). IVOL have 4 versions: 1, 2, 3 or 7 days and the price are 16, 27, 32.5, 43e, respectively. With these tickets, you can use buses, tram, subways, intercity buses, regional train, some public cable cars, funiculars and also boats on Lake Iseo. So if you want to explore whole Lombardy region in some days, IVOL is the cheapest and best option for transportation. You can visit Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Iseo, Lake Varese and also the Lombardy part of Lake Garda. Even if you want to go to Verona or Venice, you just need to purchase a regional ticket from Peschiera del Garda (but remember to validate the ticket before boarding). You can buy these tickets at ticket offices or automatic ticket machines in any train station in Lombardy. This region doesn’t have all-in-one transportation network website, but you can use Google Transit to find the timetable of buses and trains.
Campania region has the tourist pass called Campania Artecard. With this card, you can easy to discover the wonders of the Campania region: Naples, Pompeii, Caserta, Amalfi coast… Artecard offers unlimited free travel on the UNICOCAMPANIA public transport system throughout the Campania region, including road transport (buses, intercity buses); and rail and cable transport (Metro Line, funiculars, trams, Circumflegrea, Cumana, Circumvesuviana trains, regional Trenitalia trains). Artecard also grants you free access to the first 2 or 5 sites you visit, followed by a discount of up to 50% on all sites after that. There are 3 Campania Artecard versions: standard 3 days pass (32e), standard 7 days pass (34e) and young person (18-25) 3 days pass (25e). You can purchase these Artecard at infopoint in Naples central train station or the major tourist hubs in Campania (for example: tourist office at museums or archaeological sites).
If you stay at Campania in one or two days and you only want to visit Amalfi coast, you can buy Amalfi coast 24 hours ticket of SITASUD. This ticket cost 8e, valid 24 hours after the first validation and allows an unlimited number of SITASUD trips in the Amalfi coast municipalities: Agerola, Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Massa Lubrense, Sorrento, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Salerno, Sant’Agnello, Scala, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare. You can buy this ticket at tobacco shop, bar, bus station or train station. For bus timetable, check here or use Google Transit.
Lazio region offers three kinds of integrated regional ticket: BIRG – Integrated Regional Daily Ticket (1 day), BTR – Regional Tourist Ticket (3 days), CIRS – Integrated Regional Weekly Ticket (7 days). The cost of these tickets varies depending on the number of travel zones. So, depending on where you want to visit, you can buy the ticket with travel zones that cover these sites. But the integrated regional tickets in Lazio are quite different than the other regions. With these tickets you only can use full of public transportation in Rome (buses, tram, metro…). In other provinces, you can use suburban Cotral bus and regional train inside the travel zone that you purchased, but you cannot use urban transportation.