L’Aquilas train station is located under the ROIO hill (there is another university building at ROIO hill, remember?). It has few ticket machines, accessible all day long, and a pair of ticket selling points, that are open mostly only in the morning. Don’t expect people to understand english, however, if you smile and are nice they will do their best to help you.
L’Aquila can be reached by regional trains. Unless you have a very good reason (like traveling across Italy with a dog) it doesn’t seem to be the best transport option, as you need to change at least once to reach most of the places.
Timetables & Prices
The prices of regional trains in italy (f.e. regional trains in Abruzzo) don’t change over the time and can be, together with scheduled departures, seen on Trenitalia web page.
- L’Aquila – Roma by train starts with 12.8 Euros, includes one change in Terni and takes all together from 3-4 hours. So.. you are better of using Arpa.
- L’Aquila – Pescara by train costs 7.6 Euros, includes one change in Sulmona and takes around 2.5 hous. Depending on when you live in L’Aquila, it can be a relevant option to using Arpa bus. Mind, you sometime realy only have 5 minutes to change the trains and considering there are no lifts (asegiore) at Sulmona station, this simple performance can get quite challenging.
Where to buy regional ticket trenitalia?
Tickets for a regional train to-from L’Aquila can be purchaced in the machine at the trainstation, in the selling point at the trainstation or online. To completely get a ticket online you need to have (or order) a trenitalia card that is free of charge but requires your Italian Tax number “codicefiscale”. I personaly wouldn’t bother if it was olny about the regional trains, because you can get the ticket 5 minutes before the train departure from the machine at the station and don’t need to wait for them to post you anything.
Do I need to validate my regional ticket trenitalia?
Tickets for regional trains (Regionale Veloce, Regionale) need to be validated on the platform before entering the train. A ticket is not valid unless it has been validated in the machine outside the train. If you don’t have time to validate it, don’t write anything on it by yourself (not even with a pencil) – it makes things even worst. If the machine is broken, speak to the controller inmediately. As for me it seems normal to mark the ticket with a pen if the machine doesn’t work – they realy make a big deal about it. The fine for “messing up with the ticket” starts with 5 – 50 Euros + any aditional price for a new ticket. This doesn’t sound that bad but if you only need like a 7.6 Euro ticket .. lesson’s learnt, not worth it.