Officialization 14: Getting a travel pass

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Officialization TOC

  1. Officialization 1: WTF comes next in Italy?
  2. Officialization 2: Apartment
  3. Officialization 3: Internet
  4. Officialization 4: Stay Permit, part I
  5. Officialization 5: Picking Courses
  6. Officialization 6: Stay Permit, part II
  7. Officialization 7: TV Tax
  8. Officialization 8: Stay Permit, part III
  9. Officialization 9: Residenzia
  10. Officialization 10: Health Insurance
  11. Officialization 11: Thesis Registration
  12. Officialization 12: Stay Permit, part IV
  13. Officialization 13: Going to the doctors
  14. Officialization 14: Getting a travel pass  <– You are here

Getting a travel pass

As a student, at the start of last year, I was able to get a Libera Circolazione (free movement) pass for the entirety of Trentino for just 50 Euros. Now, since I have already submitted my intention to graduate, I am no longer eligible for this awesome deal. So instead, I had to get an “abbonamento” (monthly pass) from the normal railway and bus system, Trentino Trasporti. Weirdly, I could still get the student version of this pass, and they used a grainy image of my student id mug shot for the card.

Anyways, the process for getting this was a minor hassle. First, I went to the train station, and asked them what to do. They gave me a form to fill out and said to come back in a week for the card. Like most offices here, they can’t call my US-based number, and don’t send emails, so I had to come in physically (I do recommend getting an Italian number at some point, although I never did).

I came back in a week, and they told me that they needed another form from me. The second one seemed to be a student related form. The funny thing is it had literally the exact same info on it as the first form. I had to fill everything in exactly the same. But for whatever reason, it was a separate form. I filled it out, and they told me to come back in a week.

I came back to pick up my card, which cost 4 euros. I asked to pay for the monthly pass. They said that they didn’t do that, and I had to go to Trentino Trasporti. The guy tried to explain to me where that was in Rovereto, but when I looked at Google maps, I didn’t see it there. I never went there in the end. Instead, I went to the one in Trento. In fact, this is actually the same office as the Autostazione (bus station), and in Trento, it’s located right next to the train station. I pass by there often, so it made sense to stop by at some point.

I bought the monthly train pass to travel between Rovereto and Trento, and a monthly bus pass to get to Povo, where FBK is located. This cost me 54 Euro– for one month– more expensive than the entire school year with Libera Circolazione.

In the meantime, I had to buy a bunch of train and bus tickets, so I spent a ton of money. Actually, I sort of messed that up, because I didn’t realize at first that using the OpenMove app, you can buy a combined train+bus ticket from Rovereto to Povo, and it’s cheaper than buying a separate Rovereto->Trento train ticket and Trento->Povo bus ticket. So yea, the cost of work travel this month has far far exceeded the cost of work travel for the entire year prior.

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