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Train travel tickets options

Hi All,

Just after some travel advice. Planning a trip around the Northern Italy and I'm exploring ways to get around. Its for about 11 days and we are mainly staying in airbnb accommodation. At the moment we are looking at going straight from Milan to Como,

3 days near Lake Como, 3 days in Cinque Terre, 3 days in Bologna, 2 days Venice.

It seems like trains will be a really easy way to get around, is there any kind of rail pass that's worth buying? Or should i just get point-to-point tickets? Should I book them in advance?

What about taking a car? How are the roads? Cheaper?

Thanks in advance,


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1. Re: Train travel tickets options

There is no train pass that is worthwhile in Italy.

For local (Regionale) trains, such as Milan to Como or Varenna, there is no point in trying to buy in advance over the Internet. These trains have no reservations (so tickets cannot sell out) and no discounts.

For the best prices on other trains, book direct with the operator as far ahead as possible. Trenitalia tickets go on sale 4 months before travel, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. Discounted ticket prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get train times and costs from www.trenitalia.com clicking on the UK flag to change to English and using the Italian names for towns, or from the competitor on major routes http://www.italotreno.it/EN . There are notes about online booking at www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/ItalyTrain.htm

Trenitalia has a timetable change on 15 June, and train times after that date are not yet decided. Based on experience in past years, the times probably will not be available until mid-April or even May. You just have to keep checking the Trenitalia web site.

Like anywhere in the world, Italian roads vary from really good motorways to narrow mountain tracks. In general, they are good quality roads.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Sounds as if you're fairly well travelled around that area. What do you think about train vs car?

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