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Buses in Italy: Providers, Schedules and Routes

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Reach the smallest towns of Italy thanks to the widespread ground transportation and discover the hidden gems of this country traveling by bus.

The Italian bus network

Travel by bus in Italy lets you reach destinations which, due to Italy’s geography, are not connected to the rail network. Many bus providers offer low cost bus tickets, so that choosing to travel by bus is also a penny-wise choice. Thanks to the liberalizations of the transportation market, indeed, many new low cost bus carrier are connecting Europe, and also Italy, at very cheap prices.

Many bus companies travel in Italy, like Baltour, which deals with national routes like Rome - Siena or Milan - Naples, and Eurolines and Flixbus, european groups that connect Italy to many european destination, like Barcelona or Paris. Unlike the Italian railway service, there isn’t a national bus company in Italy.

What to expect from a bus trip: benefits and services onboard

In the past years buses in Italy were especially chosen for short and medium haul journeys, especially for local, regional or interregional routes. In the last few years national and even international bus tickets have been sold more and more consistently, thanks to the presence of low cost coaches, with prices starting from just 1€. Why do so many people choose to travel by bus in Italy? For sure low prices are one of the main reasons. Moreover, there are lots of night buses available, especially for longer journeys. Finally, buses take you to minor destinations as well, which aren’t always served by the railway system. If you’re travelling on long distance routes by bus (trips that take more than 5 hours) you can expect to find wi-fi connection, air conditioner and an onboard toilet. Short breaks of about 20 minutes are usually made, so you can stretch your legs, buy something to eat or go to the toilet at the motorway service area.

How to buy your bus ticket in Italy

It is usually possible to book bus tickets directly from the bus companies or, if seats are still available, directly on board. More and more travellers choose to book bus tickets online, for example with Wanderio, to take advantage of a full comparison of the routes available and promotional discounted tickets.

With Wanderio you can seamlessly compare fares and schedules from different providers, like Baltour, Sena or Eurolines, and book your tickets with no additional charges. Just decide your destination, compare the available alternatives by bus or other means of transportation like trains or flights and book your ticket. With the Wanderio free App for Android and iOS you can book in a easy and fast way and access your tickets anywhere, also offline.

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Peak hours and days on buses in Italy

Routes connecting the most important cities in Italy usually have daily schedules so there’s plenty of options to choose from. Here’s a pro tip: if you book a few weeks in advance you could get up to 50% off regular bus ticket thanks to special promotional fares offered by the low cost bus companies. Seats are assigned on the bus when booking online, so your journey will never be overcrowded; however, booking a bus ticket at a time around the major Italian holidays means that buses are very much demanded. Our suggestion is to book in advance your ticket if you want to travel around August 15th, December 8th or during Easter and Christmas times. Finally, your bus trip is subject to traffic: night rides should be perfect if you want to avoid any inconveniences; if you travel during the day, keep in mind that motorways and city streets are often congested in the evening and during weekends, bank holidays and holiday periods, when lots of Italian take trips.

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