The charming main station in Parma provides easy access to the heart of the beautiful city which it serves
At Parma train station/stazione there is a central passage way that runs beneath the platforms/binario.
Towards the middle of the platform/bianari are steps and lifts that lead down to this passage way.
From this passage way you can look down on the road way that runs beneath the station.
You need to head down to this level if you want to take a trolleybus or taxi.
However, the route down towards the bus station is not the main exit (uscita) from the station that leads to the town centre.
Instead go to the end of the passage way by the ticket office; follow the signs to the 'P.le C. A. Dalla Chiesa'.
From this area in front of the ticket office, you need to take the escalator or lift up to the entrance lobby.
However, if your train arrives at platform/track/binario 1, then there are doors that lead directly into the main entrance hall.
There are ticket machines in the entrance hall, but the ticket office is at this lower level.
The historic heart of Parma is a 10 min walk from Parma station.
On exiting the station turn to the left and head down towards the busy road, the Viale Vittorio Bottego, which runs parallel to the station.
Cross this road and walk down the Via Guiseppe Verdi, the arches of the Palazzo della Pilotta will be ahead of you.
Walk through the arches and the city’s main square will be over to the left – you can see the bell towers of the Duomo at the other side of the gardens.
Alternatively Trolley bus line 1 connects Parma station with the city centre, it is a two stop hop from the station to the 'Teatro Regio' stop'.
To access the trolley bus stop don't take the main exit from the station.
You will see the trolleybuses beneath the passage way that links the platforms at Parma station, so take the lift or stairs down to the bus stops.
The Milan to Bologna high speed railway by-passes Parma, so virtually all of the high speed (AV) trains on the Milan - Bologna - Florence - Rome - route don't serve the city.
The exception is one early morning Frecciarossa train to Rome with a return early evening departure from Rome.
Therefore the five main routes and services which do serve Parma are:
(1) 2 x Intercity trains per day to/from Naples via Florence and Rome
(2) Intercity trains to and from Milan - most of which are taking a Milan - Parma - Modena - Bologna - Rimini - Ancona - Pescara - Bari - Taranto route
(5) Regionale trains to and from Bologna, La Spezia, Modena and Piacenza.
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