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Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

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Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

1. When going to the website and checking travel from Rome to Florence there are several options, but for the same train there is a category which says 1st price** 2nd price** 63,00 € 45,00 € . Does that refer to class of service, and if so what is the difference. We are a family of 4 so we would like to try to do it more ecomically if possible.

2. Are the fares posted the actual fare or are taxes added or any additional fees.

3. Other than travel time what is the difference between regional train service and Eurostar. The fares are almost twice the price on Eurostar.

Thanks for your responses and any other advice on train travel.

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1. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

The prices are for first and second class; most people are happy with second class.

The prices are all-inclusive; there are no additional charges.

The difference in price is also due to the difference in ease. Regionale trains do not have reserved seats.

If either or both of the children are under 12, they get 50% off. With the Familia fare, accompanying adults get 20% off.

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2. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

Just few little infos more, since you got all your question already perfecly answered. If you're looking for a cheap price, go to the second class, almost everybody here travels that way. If you are going by a fast train (any of the trains called "Freccia" for example), the difference is not worth the price difference since the 2nd class is good, too. There a little bit more difference on regional trains where the 2nd class can be really busy if it's a train used by people going to work... but in my opinion not worth anyway.

Instead of that there's a big difference between Eurostar and regional trains. Eurostars are nicer, bigger, newer and you can, of course, reserve your seat. Consider also that if you're traveling by regional trains you can have some difficulties with your luggages since there's not too much space fr them. I've always worked it out, but lots of people are complaining about it. And keep it mind that those trains can be really crowded if students and/or workers use them and in some cases you can't even sit.

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3. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

I came across this link when I first begun looking for information about trains, what an excellent resource this is for everything Rome and worth checking out all the areas of it, but this one is specific about Trenitalia and may also be of help to you

roninrome.com/%20transportation/booking-on-t…

And this one which talks about 1st and 2nd class and even gives you pictures to show you the differences ~ great help

roninrome.com/%20transportation/1st-class-ve…

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4. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

Thanks everyone for the helpful information, but now I have a few more questions. When I visited the website yesterday to check the fares from Rome to Florence (this is for travel in early May) the fares were listed as:

1st price** 2nd price** 63,00 € 45,00 € .

1. How much different would the fare be if we purchased tickets closer to our day of travel or at the day of travel.

2. In otherwords how much can we save by advance purchase.

3. If we do purchase in advance and our plans change and want to make a later train, do the tickets retain any value and/or can they be used the next day for example.

Thanks again for all your helpful information.

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5. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

Just a few additional questions regarding luggage. From all the information provided it seems we will travel 2nd class on the Eurostar.

1. Is there sufficent space to store suitcases above our seats or on the floor between our seats or do we have to store it elsewhere on the train.

2. If we do have to store it elsewhere, is there a "baggage" car or is the storage in each of the individual coaches on the train.

3. If our luggage is out of our hands (and sight) do we have anything to be concerned about.

4. Or do we "check" our baggage before boarding the train and "retrieve" it when we arrive at our station.

Thanks again.

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6. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

Those are the same fares you would pay on the day. To find cheaper advance Mini fares on http://www.trenitalia.com/homepage_en.html you must select a train and click 'Continue' . Once you have done that, exchange and refund conditions can be accessed by clicking 'more info' next to each fare.

The reduction offered will depend on which price reduction levels are already sold out for that particular train.

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7. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

You do not check baggage. Most baggage is stored by you in racks at the ends of the cars, although there may be some spaces elsewhere.

There is no issue with security as these trains run non-stop between Rome and Florence, so where would anyone go with your baggage?

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8. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

.Not so much where they would go, but it's not unheard of to have people "open suitcases" if they are unattended and take things.

This even happens with baggage handlers at airlines. As far as where would they go, once the train stops it would seem if anyone was so inclined they can just take the bag and get lost in a crowd. I'm not meaning to sound paranoid, but it would be reassuring to hear that these are not issues.

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9. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

Here are a few things to know about Trenitalia's "MINI" fares:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187791-i22-k50871…

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10. Re: Questions about trenitalia fare and schedule information

Luggage theft on Trenitalia trains is rare but it does happen on occasion, particularly from first class and if the luggage "looks" very expensive. Nevertheless, the opportunities for theft are lessened on nonstop routes such as Rome/Florence on the Frecciarossa/Frecciargento trains.

Here are some tips on MINIMIZING the (already very low) risks of theft:

1. Keep your luggage in the overhead rack above your seat OR OR wedged in-between the seat rows in FRONT (not behind) your seat (where you can keep an eye out).

2. IF the luggage is so large that it needs to be placed in the large luggage rack at the END of the railcar, keep an eye on the luggage UNTIL the train closes all doors and pulls out of the station, then again periodically throughout the trip. BEFORE the train pulls into the destination station, get up and stand next to the luggage, so you'll be among the first to leave the train, and no one will mistake your luggage for their own. If the train makes an intermediate stop, get up and keep an eye on the luggage UNTIL the train sets off again.

Following these easy steps should make it nearly impossible to lose your luggage.

As a practical matter, you really need to be more careful with handbags, briefcases, laptop computers and other electronic gear!!!

Edited: 12 February 2012, 16:19