What's the best way to get to the Island of Malta? From a jumping-off point in your Italian vacation, of course! Immerse yourself in Mediterranean sights and tastes as you travel by train to Italy's southern tip. Then ferry over to Sicily and Malta for a land-and-sea journey you'll never forget.
Things You'll Need
- Maps of Italy and Malta
- Computer with Internet access
Plan Train Travel From Italy to Malta
Choose whether you'll fly or take the ferry to Malta. The train travel portion of this journey will consist of your travel between your city of origin in Italy and your desired ferry stop or airport terminal. The last rail stop in Italy is Villa S. Giovanni.
Choose a departure airport by checking available flights from the major Italian city closest to your original destination. The largest airports in Italy (with the largest flight availability) are in Rome, Venice and Milan.
Hop a ferry from Italy to Malta. Departure points include Catania and Pozzallo.
View train travel schedules to your departure city in Italy on the Trenitalia Web site (see Resources).
Decide when you want to travel.
Book Your Train Travel From Italy to Malta
Buy your train ticket to your departure city online, using the Trenitalia Web site (see Resources).
Book your entire Italy-Malta trip through a travel agent while staying in Italy.
Buy your ticket at the train station's automated kiosks or service counter. You'll need to plan ahead somewhat since you need to reach southern Italy in time to make the ferries.
Head From Italy to Malta!
Pack supplies for a short hop or full-length rail crossing. Don't forget your swimsuit!
Validate your ticket at a stamping kiosk at the track before boarding; this is required.
See Malta's ancient ruins, 16th-century cathedrals and ornate palaces. This unique nation features a history that combines elements and influences of North Africa, Italy and England.
Tips & Warnings
- Economical Intercity trains run all over Italy, while the more upscale Eurostar national trains serve major cities.
- You may need to purchase a seat reservation on major routes.
- Don't worry if you have questions at the ticket counter. Most clerks know some English.
- An Italian travel agent can book train and ferry seats at no extra charge. Find one on the Trenitalia Web site (see Resources) under Agencies and Ticket Offices.
- Book train travel from Italy to Malta through Rail Europe by visiting the Web site (see Resources) or by calling a North American agent at (888) 382-RAIL.
- Depending on your Italian starting point, you may have to change trains on your way through Italy; check your ticket and keep an eye out for your stop.
- National and local train lines offer different meal service and seating classes.
- Your rail journey ends at Villa S. Giovanni. You'll need to book ferry service to Sicily and Malta. Check tourist bureaus for contacts.
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