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Train Booking for Italy

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Train Booking for Italy

Hello, We are visiting Italy this month (July) for 6 days. As we will be on our own, we will travel in Italy by train. We will be visiting Venice, Florence, Pisa & Rome. Please can someone advise us what will be the best option to book the train tickets ? Should we book it online or should we buy it at the station itself ? Your advice will be much appreciated. Cheers. Mayur.

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1. Re: Train Booking for Italy

The best way to plan for this trip is to visit the website: www.trenitalia.com. Here you will find the schedules for the trains which you plan on using. Print off the scheudles which you think will apply to your anticipated departurres. Take these with you to Italy.

You can purchase the tickets at the train stations. There are automated English friendly kiosks where you can purchase the tickets with a credit card. You can purchase one set of tickets or all of them at once if you like. There are many trains going along your route so keep your ticket purchases flexible.

Hope that this helps.

Cheers!!

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2. Re: Train Booking for Italy

You will find

www.italiarail.com

is a much better website than TrenItalia.

We've used both for train reservations, ItaliaRail is the way to go.

July is a busy month in Italy and the trains can be crowded. So, advanced reservations would be the way to go.

Have fun.

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3. Re: Train Booking for Italy

ItaliaRail is like an online travel agency and will add cost to the train tickets for this service.

For example: Train tickets 2nd class booked on ItaliaRail Rome/Florence/Eurostar for July 6= $61.00

Same ticket booked in Italy at the train station with advanced purchaswe qualifying for Amica discount=$45.

I think for the traveler who doesn't feel comfortable with booking their tickets in Italy then Italiarail or any other online booking service would be good for them. Remember that the tickets are going to cost more.

Hopefully for most travelers, who read these forums and threads, will gain some new travel knowledge about how easy it is to navigate the train system in Italy and save money at the same time.

Happy travels to all!!

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4. Re: Train Booking for Italy

The above is all good. For peace of mind it might be well to purchase in advance. However, let me add a note to give you another choice. We have always, with never a problem, picked up train tickets at the last minute, or nearly the last minute, on the ground in Italy. You can get them from the station, using machines that are quick and easy - or from travel agents around town that usually do not charge for the service.

This practice also helps us keep flexibility to modify our plans and avoid having to rush to meet a particular departure time.

The one consideration is that if you plan to travel around holidays, it might be better to buy in advance.

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5. Re: Train Booking for Italy

I would agree with RicardoBA, italiarail.com does add a few dollars to each ticket.

However, we paid them in US Dollars by credit card thus did not get charged the 3%-4% "foreign exchange fee" that our credit card companies charge for trading in Euros.

Also, when I researched the various discounts it seemed like they were not available to non Italian or EU residents.

So we booked regular fares and had no problems for the 2 weeks we traveled the country.

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