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italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

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italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

Hi needing suggestions I understand that rail tickets are quite cheap in italy. and some high speed trains require reservations.

We intend to travel to Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Italian Rivierra and Amalfi. yes an extensive trip over a 4 week period.

we will be purchasing point to point tickets for some of these areas as I their are private railroads.

Would you suggest that I purchase a Italy rail pass for travel to the major cities as seems a little expensive or would it be more economically viable to purchase when in Italy, though have a concern whether I would get on the trains on certain days would it be best to book in advance.

thankyou for your input

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1. Re: italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

local trains you don't and can't prebook

fast trains need to be booked well in advance to get cheap tickets but they can not be changed so you have to get on the train at the time you book otherwise buy a more expensive ticket when you are ready to go

have you read the information at the man in seat 61 web site

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2. Re: italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

It will not be worth your while buying a rail pass, unless you insist on travelling first class (seldom worth the money) and also want to buy your tickets on the day of travel. All Frecce high speed trains require a seat reservation with a pass at €10 per person per train. Reservations are included in the cost of point-to-point tickets.

For the cheapest fares book 120 days in advance on www.trenitalia.com clicking the UK flag for English, entering your 'hour' of departure (e,g, enter '13' for 13.00) and using Italian station names Roma Termini, Firenze S M Novella, Venezia S. Lucia and wherever you're going on the Italian Riviera, e.g. 'Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino' or, with faster trains, nearby Rapallo.

Or use www.italiarail.com using English names and reclaim the small booking fee by email afterwards to tripadvisor@italiarail.com

Amalfi has no train station, and is best reached by train to Salerno then by boat http://www.coopsantandrea.com/en/

The private train operator http://www.italotreno.it/en also runs trains on the line between Rome, Florence and Venice (and a couple to Salerno) but its services are less frequent than Trenitalia's and it uses a less central station in Rome (Rome Tiburtina) which is anyway also served by most Trenitalia trains on that line. Railpasses are not valid on these trains.

Edited: 01 February 2014, 17:39
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3. Re: italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

It's basic maths:

Rome to Florence:

From €19 booked in advance, no refunds, no changes.

€44 2nd class or €63 1st class full-flex 'base' fare which you'd pay on the day.

Eurail pass €55-€65 per day 1st class plus €10 high-speed train passholder reservation fee. Passes give unlimited travel, so could do other trips the same day.

Which of these appeals most? It's not a trick question!

Edited: 02 February 2014, 04:57
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4. Re: italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

I read your message re train bookings for Italy using the www.trenitalia.com website however we cannot register and it wont allow us to purchase tickets without registering. We are trying to prebook from Australia. Any hints?

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5. Re: italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

>>Any hints?<<

The hint is, there is no need to register (when the page comes up where you are supposed to make the payment, select "Non sono registrato" - or "Non registered user")

There is no requirement for you to register to buy from Trenitalia.

HOWEVER, if your journey consists of a combination of high speed train and "Regionale" train, then you cannot purchase this ticket without registering.

The solution is NOT to buy the Regionale ticket online, since the price does not change, and there is no reserved seating. These tickets are best purchased from a ticket machine in Italy.

Buy only the high speed train component, where you make significant savings by buying before arriving in Italy

Edited: 16 June 2014, 12:10
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6. Re: italy rail pass or point to point tickets to cities

The alternative solution is to register with any Italian address, e.g. a hotel or one of the Trenitalia addresses given on its website.

It is not essential that you receive any correspondence addressed to you at that address. If, simply because of poor web design, Trenitalia sends out publicity materials and Cartafreccia cards to people who will not receive them and do not need them, then that is Trenitlia's problem not yours.

Edited: 16 June 2014, 16:05
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