Road Travel in Italy

Getting around Italy by car, bus or taxi...

There is no national bus network in Italy, with most regions operating their own carriers. A few private companies that provide a national service include (all websites in Italian):

For more bus and coach companies operating in Italy, visit get by bus

Local Buses

Bus terminals (autostazione) are often next to train stations. In small towns and villages, buses stop at the central piazza. City buses usually charge a flat fare to travel. Tickets are purchased before boarding the bus at ticket machines, newsagents, and tobacconists or places displaying signs saying ‘biglietti’. The ticket needs inserted into the validating machine on board the bus which issues a stamp with the date and time. Unvalidated tickets are liable for on-the-stop fines if an inspector is on board.

In smaller rural towns, regional bus services (autobus) often cater to the schedules of the local people. There may also be a running at weekends and during holidays.

Another useful portal for bus and coach travel in Italy is OrariAutobus (In Italian), with information on airport buses, long-distance coach travel, and timetables.

Eurolines groups together over 30 independent coach companies and provides a coach network to over 500 destinations in Europe including Italy. There are departure points across Italy.

  • For booking and information on routes and destinations in English see the Eurolines website


Taxis in Italy are easy to spot. They are usually yellow or white in colour and can be found at official taxi ranks. They are not hailed in the street and care should be taken to ensure a licensed vehicle with a meter is being used.

Supplementary charges may apply if carrying luggage or traveling to airports or stations.  Taxis booked in advance via telephone have an extra charge added.