A Eurostar Italia ETR500 power car

To buy train tickets within Italy, use www.italiarail.com or Italian Railways' own website www.trenitalia.com.

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       Train information is current for 2017.

This page explains how to travel by train from Naples to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Naples as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Naples to Rome, Venice, Florence & other Italian cities from €19.90 - www.italiarail.com...
Naples to Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi...
Naples to to Palermo, Catania, Siracuse & Sicily...

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Naples to London from €99...

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Naples to Paris from €59...
 

 

Option 1, Naples to Paris in a single leisurely day, by high-speed trains from €58 - fastest & cheapest option...

Option 2, to see all the scenery in daylight, use high-speed trains from €58 with an overnight stop in wonderful Turin - the option I'd recommend!

Frecciarossa power car   Frecciarossa Business class

Step 1, travel from Florence SMN to Turin Porta Susa by Frecciarossa ETR500 high-speed train...

 

Business class, all seats with power sockets, complimentary coffee, juice or prosecco included.

Frecciarossa Premium class   Frecciarossa restaurant car

Premium class (= premium 2nd class) on a AV ETR500 Frecciarossa train.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles.

 

All trains have a cafe-bar, some have a restaurant car.  A 3-course lunch costs around €32, ½ bottle of wine €9, credit cards accepted.

TGV bar car   TGV from Milan to Paris

Step 2, travel from Turin to Paris by high-speed TGV...  Above left, the cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes  Above right, the TGV at Paris Gare de Lyon.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

A table for four in 2nd class on the TGV to Paris...

 

1st class seats on the Turin-Paris TGV...

Mountains from the TGV train to Italy

Take a good book, a bottle o' red, and enjoy the scenery from Italy to Paris with your feet up.  These are mountains in France...  Watch the Paris-Milan TGV video guide.

Scenery from the train between Oulx and Turin

...And these are mountains in Italy between Oulx and Turin...  Courtesy of www.discoverbyrail.com.

Option 3, by high-speed train from Naples to Milan, then Thello sleeper train from Milan to Paris - the most time-effective option...

Refurbished sleeping-car on the Paris to Venice 'Thello' sleeper train   1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in evening mode, on the Paris-Venice Thello overnight train...   2-bed sleeper, night mode, on the Paris-Florence/Rome overnight train...

A sleeping-car on the Thello sleeper train from Milan to Paris...

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, beds folded away, sofa folded out.

 

The same sleeper with beds folded out.  More Thello info here.

4 or 6-berth couchette compartment, with seats folded out, on the Thello sleeper trains from Paris to Italy...   Boarding the Thello sleeper train at Paris.

Couchettes...  This is a 4 or 6 berth couchette compartment.  It's a lot more comfortable with just 4 people.

 

A couchette car on the overnight Thello train, seen at Paris Gare de Lyon.  More Thello info here

Option 4, Naples to Paris via the Bernina Express & Swiss Alps from €106 - much slower, but the ultimate Alpine scenic experience...

First class seats   Bernina Express panormaic cars

Bernina Express 1st class seats...

 

the Bernina Express uses panoramic carriages...

The train descends from the Bernina Pass

The Bernina Express descends from the Bernina Pass...

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Naples to Nice from €38. Naples to Cannes, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Avignon...

Option 1:  Using new Thello trains from Milan direct to Nice, Cannes, Marseille - the best option, if the timings suit you...

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

The Milan-Nice-Cannes-Marseille Thello train at Milan...  It uses comfortable air-conditioned Frecciabianca carriages.

 

1st class seats on Thello.  All seats have power sockets.  Plenty of room for luggage on racks & between seat backs...

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  All seats have power sockets, with plenty of luggage space on racks and between seat backs.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Option 2:  Using Italian trains to Ventimiglia, and a French local train - if Thello's timings don't suit you...

Italian InterCity train at Milan   6-seater compartment on an Italian InterCity train   TER regional train Nice to Ventimiglia

Italian InterCity trains link Milan with Ventimiglia on the French/Italian border.  Most cars are of the traditional side-corridor type with 6-seater compartments (pictured above).

 

Double-decker regional trains like this link Ventimiglia with Monte Carlo, Nice & Cannes every 30 minutes.

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Naples to Brussels & Bruges from €64...

Option 1, by daytime TGV via Paris, with overnight stop in Milan...

Option 2, using the Rome-Munich Nightjet sleeper train - an easy and time-effective option, and avoids crossing Paris... 

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Rome to Munich.  More information about Nightjets.

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

Option 3, by high-speed train from Naples to Milan, overnight sleeper to Paris & high-speed Thalys train to Brussels... 

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Naples to Amsterdam from €64...

Option 1, Naples to Amsterdam using the Rome-Munich Nightjet sleeper train - an easy and time-effective option... 

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Rome to Munich.  More information about Nightjets.

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

Option 2, Naples to Amsterdam by day trains with overnight stop in Zurich - if you prefer day trains to sleepers...

Option 3, Naples to Amsterdam via Paris - if you want to stop off in Paris...   

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Naples to Geneva, Zurich, Luzern, Basel & Switzerland from €38...

Option 1, by high-speed train from Naples to Milan, then EuroCity train from Milan to Brig, Geneva, Bern, Basel, Zurich, Lucerne...

ETR610 EuroCity train from Switzerland at Milan Centrale   2nd class seats on an ETR610 EuroCity train to Italy

ETR610 EuroCity train, as used on all Milan-Switzerland routes.

 

2nd class seats on the stylish ETR610 EuroCity train...

Restaurant car of a tilting 'Pendolino' train from Geneva to Milan.   Meal on a Swiss EuroCity train between Switzerland & Milan

Restaurant car on an ETR160...

 

Lunch!

Lake Maggiore, seen from a Milan to Basel train

This is Lake Maggiore, seen from the restaurant car of the 11:25 Milan to Basel EuroCity train over an excellent lunch of salmon tagliatelle & excellent Swiss red wine...

Lake Leman, seen from a Geneva-Milan train

This is Lake Leman, seen from a Geneva-Milan EuroCity train on a wintry day.

Option 2, Naples to St Moritz, Chur, Zurich via the Bernina route.  This route may be much slower and a little more fiddly to book, but it's an amazing experience, arguably the best train ride of them all through the Swiss Alps...

First class seats   Bernina Express panormaic cars

Bernina Express 1st class seats...

 

the Bernina Express uses panoramic carriages...

The train descends from the Bernina Pass

The Bernina Express descends from the Bernina Pass...

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Naples to Barcelona & Spain...

Option 1, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Marseille - usually the cheapest & most direct option...

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

The Milan-Marseille Thello train at Milan Centrale...  It uses comfortable air-conditioned Frecciabianca carriages.

 

1st class seats on Thello.  All seats have power sockets.  Plenty of luggage room on racks & between seat backs...

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  All seats have power sockets, with plenty of luggage space on racks and between seat backs.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Coastal views from the train between Toulon and Nice

View from the train between Nice & Marseille...

 

Marseille to Barcelona & Madrid by Spanish S100 AVE train...

 

2nd class seats, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class

 

Cafe-bar on an S100 AVE serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

1st class seats on an S100 AVE.  Panorama photo of 1st class

Option 2, by daytime high-speed trains with hotel in Geneva...

Option 3, Italy to Barcelona by luxury cruise ferry...

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Naples to Lisbon & Portugal...

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Naples to Munich & Germany from €39...

Option 1, Using the Rome-Munich sleeper train - the time-effective option...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Rome to Munich.  More information about Nightjets...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

Option 2, Naples to Munich & anywhere in Germany by daytime trains via the Brenner Pass - the scenic daytime option...

The restaurant car on a EuroCity to Munich, seen at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads from Verona to Innsbruck...

Mountains on the Brenner route...

Option 3, Naples to Germany by daytime trains via Zurich & the Gotthard Pass.  Another scenic option...

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Naples to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €68..

Option 1, using the Nightjet sleeper train from Rome to Vienna - the safe, comfortable & time-effective option...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Rome to Vienna or Salzburg.  More info about Nightjet trains.

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

Option 2, Naples to Salzburg or Vienna by daytime trains with lunch in Venice - the daytime option to Vienna...

  • You can travel from Naples to Vienna by train in a single chill-out day from €58, and how about lunch in Venice?

  • Step 1, travel from Naples to Venice by Frecciarossa high-speed train, leaving Napoli Centrale at 09:30, arriving Venice S. Lucia at 14:35. 

    If you'd like lunch and a wander around Venice, simply book an earlier train - the Rialto Bridge is just 15 minutes walk from Venice Santa Lucia station, St Mark's Square just 25 minutes walk, see map of Venice showing station.  There's a left luggage office at the station.  Of course if you haven't been to Venice before, I'd recommend an overnight stop, not just a few hours!

    Book this train from €29.90 in 2nd class or €39.90 in 1st class at www.italiarail.com (easy to use, in €, £, $ or Au$) or www.trenitalia.com (in €).  Italiarail will refund their small booking fee if you email them at seat61@italiarail.com with your booking reference.  It's ticketless, you just quote your booking reference on board.

  • Step 2, travel from Venice to Vienna by comfortable Austrian EuroCity train, leaving Venice Santa Lucia at 15:55, arriving Vienna Hbf 23:35.

    This train takes the wonderfully scenic UNESCO-listed Semmering route, you might see something of the landscape at least in summer when it's light until ten.

    For Salzburg, change in Villach arriving Salzburg around 21:48.  Don't worry about the 5-minute interchange at Villach, this is a recognised connection which many people make, it's a simple cross-platform switch from platform 2 to platform 3.  In any case you will have a through ticket so will be looked after if there's missed connection.

    Book Venice to Salzburg or Vienna from €29 at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.  You print your own ticket.

Option 3, Naples to Innsbruck, Salzburg or Vienna by day trains in a single day via the Brenner Pass - the scenic daytime option...

  • You can travel from Naples to Austria by train in a single chill-out day via the Scenic Brenner Pass from €68.

    For example, if you left Naples Centrale around 07:30 you'd reach Innsbruck around 16:30, Salzburg around 19:00, Vienna around 21:30.

  • Step 1, take a fast Frecciarossa from Naples Centrale to Bologna Centrale from €29.90.  There's usually one around 07:30.

  • Step 2, take a comfortable Austrian EuroCity train with restaurant car leaving Bologna at 11:52 for Innsbruck via the scenic Brenner Pass, see the Brenner Pass video here.  Fares from Bologna to anywhere in Austria start at €39.  Treat yourself to a meal in the restaurant car as the mountains glide by...  Change in Innsbruck for regular trains to Salzburg, Linz & Vienna.

  • To buy tickets, first book the 11:52 from Bologna Centrale to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna or anywhere in Austria using the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.  You print your own ticket.  It may help to click via and enter Innsbruck.

    Now add a suitable connecting train from Naples Centrale to Bologna Centrale at www.italiarail.com (easy to use, in €, £, $ or Au$) or www.trenitalia.com (in €), making sure you have at least 40 minutes between trains in Verona in case of any delay.  If you use Italiarail they'll refund the small booking fee if you email them at seat61@italiarail.com with your booking reference.

  • Earlier or later departures are possible, but with a change in Verona Porta Nuova rather than Bologna, as trains link Verona and Innsbruck every 2 hours, only one or two a day start back in Bologna.  In this case, you'd first book Verona to Austria using www.oebb.at, then add a Naples to Verona ticket at www.italiarail.com or www.trenitalia.com, again making sure you allowed at least 40 minutes between trains in Verona.

The restaurant car on a EuroCity to Munich, seen at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads from Verona to Innsbruck...

Mountains on the Brenner route...

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Naples to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo & Scandinavia...
1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Rome to Munich.  More info about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

Danish InterCity train at Copenhagen...   InterCity train at Copenhagen about to leave for Esbjerg...

Most Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are Danish IC3 trains like this, although one or two departures are Danish-owned German-designed ICE-TD trains.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm....

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More info on X2000 trains

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Naples to Prague from €87...

Option 1, Naples to Prague via Vienna...

  • Step 2, travel from Rome to Vienna overnight on the comfortable Austrian Nightjet sleeper train leaving Rome Termini at 19:04 and arriving at Vienna Hauptbahnhof at 08:46 next morning.

    Fares start at €59 in 6-berth couchettes, €69 in 4-berth couchettes, €99 in a 2-bed sleeper or €139 in a single-bed sleeper.  Deluxe sleepers with en suite toilet & shower are also available,  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.

    Book this train online at Austrian Railways www.oebb.at and print your own ticket.  Alternatively, you can buy tickets at www.trenitalia.com, collecting tickets from the self-service machines at any main station in Italy.

  • Step 3, travel from Vienna to Prague by smart modern Czech Railjet train from just €19 in 2nd class or €29 in 1st class, leaving Vienna Hbf at 11:10 and arriving at Prague Hlavni at 15:06, in the city centre walking distance from the old city.

    If you buy a 1st class ticket you can use the ΦBB lounge in Vienna Hbf between trains, with complimentary refreshments and free WiFi.

    Why not book book a later Railjet & spend some time exploring Vienna?  Trains to Prague leave every two hours, left luggage lockers are available.

    Book this train at either www.oebb.at or www.cd.cz - check prices on both sites as one is often cheaper than the other for the same train.  You print your own ticket.  Easy!

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Rome to Vienna.  More info about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

Czech Railjet train to Vienna at Prague Hlavni station

Take a smart modern Railjet train from Vienna to Prague, with economy, first & business class, restaurant car, free WiFi and draught beer on tap...

Restaurant car   Economy (2nd class) seating

Restaurant car...  Courtesy David Malone

 

Economy (2nd) class...  Courtesy Cortney Lollar

Option 2, Naples to Prague via Zurich - another time-effective option...

ETR610 EuroCity train from Switzerland at Milan Centrale   2nd class seats on an ETR610 EuroCity train to Italy

ETR610 EuroCity train, as used on the Milan-Zurich route.

 

2nd class seats on the stylish ETR610 EuroCity train...

The restaurant car on an ETR610 EuroCity train   Meal on a Swiss EuroCity train between Switzerland & Milan

The restaurant car on an ETR610...

 

Dinner in the diner...

The sleeper train from Zurich to Prague

The sleeping-car to Prague, ready to leave Zurich HB.  Photo courtesy of Shaiq Ali Khan

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.

 

Deluxe sleepers are similar to standard ones, but with a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

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Naples to Bratislava from €83...

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Naples to Budapest from €87...
1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Rome to Munich.  More information about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Premium class seats on the Munich-Budapest RailJet train   Economy class seats on the Munich-Budapest RailJet train

Austrian Railjet train from Vienna to Budapest.  This is a RailJet at Budapest Keleti...  More photos, video & information about Railjets

 

Business class costs €15 more than normal 1st class...

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats around tables, some unidirectional.

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Naples to Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara & Romania...

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Naples to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 1, by the direct route through Trieste...

Option 2, with overnight stop in Villach, Austria - a useful alternative...

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Naples to Belgrade & Sofia...

With overnight stop in Villach, Austria - the cheapest and simplest option...

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Naples to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland...

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Naples to Kiev, Lviv & Ukraine...
The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

The Budapest-Kiev train... Courtesy of Alessandro

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.

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Naples to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...
A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

These modern sleeping-cars run from Vienna & Warsaw to Moscow...

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Naples to Athens & Greece...
A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

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Hotels in Naples & other cities

    

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

 


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