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Train from Rome to Reggio

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Train from Rome to Reggio

We want to travel from Rome to Reggio by train to then catch the ferry across to Lipari. Does anyone know how long the train trip is and if it is feasable?

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1. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

It is certainly possible, and the train trip will take between 6h20 and 7h20, depending on the kind of train you take. See www.trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html

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2. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

Thanks so much for this information Nick. I will have a look

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3. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

Please note that this solution is NOT feasible for much of the year.

The FIRST train from Rome to Reggio Calabria departs at 6:45 and arrives at 13:25. This is a Eurostar Italia (ES) train. Regular one-way fare in second class is 66 Euros, but lower "MINI" fares can be booked with an advance purchase of up to four months.

From September 16 through May 31, the ONLY hydrofoil from Reggio Calabria to Lipari departs at 13:25. Obviously, not a feasible connection.

From June 1 through September 15, there are useful hydrofoil departures from Reggio Calabria to Lipari at 13:50, 14:30 and 18:00. The one-way fare is 23.90 Euros. I would not be confident about "making" the 13:50 boat, unless the train arrived perfectly on time (you might get lucky).

You will need to take a taxi or a local bus to get from the Reggio Calabria Centrale train station to the hydrofoil dock, as it's too far to walk. If your train arrives perfectly on time, and you manage to get a taxi to the dock, you might "make" the 13:50 hydrofoil from June 1 through September 15.

If you take the 7:39 Intercity (IC) train from Rome to Milazzo (ar 16:20), you would be able to connect to one of the late afternoon hydrofoils to Lipari, or the Siremar Lines car ferry at 18:30. However, this is a very long (9 hours) and tedious train ride, which some people would strongly discourage you to take, unless you really enjoy travel by train and want to see parts of the coastlines of Calabria and Sicily. There is also the possibility of needing to spend the night in Milazzo if the train were to arrive very late (which sometimes happens).

Another option to to fly from Rome to Catania, then backtrack by bus or private shuttle to Milazzo, then continue on to Lipari by hydrofoil. Vagabonda will give you all the details about this option (which is her preferred).

The most straightforward and geographically efficient solution is to take the twice weekly Siremar Lines overnight car ferry from Naples to Lipari direct, or one of the daylight hydrofoils from Naples to Lipari operated by SNAV Lines and Alilauro Lines, which operate only during the summer.

www.usticalines.it

www.siremar.it (in bankruptcy, but still operating thanks to Italian government funding)

www.snav.it

www.alilauro.it

www.ferroviedellostato.it

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4. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

Wow, this is fantastic information.

Can I hold off buying the ferry ticket until we get there, in case we don't make the early one, or is it better to purchase and if we miss it, will they let us use ticket for the next

We will be going to Lipari on the 2nd of June, ao perfect for the extra ferries from Naples.

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5. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

I would not buy the hydrofoil ticket in advance. You should also verify the maritime schedules because June 2 is a significant national holiday in Italy, and some transportation will be on a reduced schedule. Send an e-mail enquiry to Ustica Lines.

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6. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

Thank you so much for this information. Very important to know

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7. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

Probably too late but takes bout 6-8 hours depending on trains, very easy to do. Arrive Reggio Centrale, go to the port for ferry to Lipari.

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8. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

Trenitalia is currrently offering a very low "MINI" fare of 28 Euros on its two older Eurostar trains from Roma Termini (departing at 10:45 and 13:45) to Reggio di Calabria Centrale, a 60% discount over the regular fare of 69 Euros in second class. Travel time is six hours, 20 minutes.

The early morning (6:45) Eurostar train has been eliminated.

The only faster service is the late afternoon ES-Fast Frecciargento train, which races to Reggio in only five hours, 12 minutes (it makes fewer stops, and takes the high-speed rail line from Rome to Salerno), but at an additional cost (77 Euros base fare). This train also has "MINI" fares available.

Looking for a still cheaper fare to Reggio? The slow Intercity trains (7+ hours) can be had for as little as 20 Euros (second class) with the lowest "MINI" fare. The "base" fare is 51.50 Euros.

BEWARE the rules, restrictions and penalities of the "MINI" fares!

Bring food and beverage with you, since the offerings on the Eurostar trains are limited (and none on the Intercity trains).

www.fsitaliane.it

www.lefrecce.it

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9. Re: Train from Rome to Reggio

Depending on the time of the year, and frequency of departures from Reggio to Lipari, the flight to Catania is a preferred option, but if schedules permit, the crossings from Naples to Lipari would be terrific options as well.

Vagabonda

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