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Taking the train in Sept.

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Taking the train in Sept.

We want to take the train from Rome to Florence at the end of Sept. We would like to take the fast train around 11:00 am. Should we pre-buy the tickets before we leave home or buy them a few days before we want to take the train? How much time should we allow to get to the train station, get our tickets and find where we are departing from? Can we eat at the train station?

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1. Re: Taking the train in Sept.

Hi Aprilgirl

I have recently visited Rome and took train from Rome to Florence and other cities. Its very easy to buy the ticket on the train station through the machine. Train usually departs every hour and you can check the train timings on trenitalia,com

The train ticket from the station cost me Euro 50 and you can compare the prices online. May be its cheaper if you buy in advance.

I guess, it wont take more than 15 minutes to get to the station, buy the tickets and reach the platform. No need to wait in queues to buy tickets from counter. There are a number of ticket machines installed and they are very user friendly. But if your plan is to take specially 11 am train, better to reach 30 minutes before.

Yes, you can eat at the station and McDonalds is one of the options.

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2. Re: Taking the train in Sept.

You will likely find a discount fare if you buy now online - www.trenitalia.com - click on little UK flag upper right of the page, use station names Roma Termini and Firenze S M Novella, put a low number like 5 in the box for the hour to get a full day schedule; carefully read terms and conditions for the various fares but if you are certain of when you wish to travel, you will likely get a good fare - much lower than the "base" rate which you will pay on the day, at the station.

If you have your ticket in hand, you can get there about 15 minutes pre-departure which is about the time they will post the track (binario) number for your train; look for the train number when looking for the track as there may be other other trains going to the same destination and you could get on the wrong train.

If you do not have the ticket in hand, I'd get there 30 minutes before the departure of the train you want to take.

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3. Re: Taking the train in Sept.

You can get deep discounts by buying tickets in advance. The disadvantage is that these tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. You can buy them at the station if you wish but you'll pay full price.

How much time you should allow to get to the train station depends on where you're coming from. You don't say where you'll be so no one can answer this.

You'll need at least 20 minutes at the station to buy the tickets and find/get to the platform.

Yes, there are restaurants and snack bars at the train station.

You should remove your two other duplicate posts in order to avoid confusion on the forums. Just click the report inappropriate content button, then remove my post button.

Donna

Edited: 10 June 2014, 18:13
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4. Re: Taking the train in Sept.

If you buy the tickets right now on the Trenitalia website, you'll pay just 19 Euros per person (SUPER ECONOMY fare) from Rome to Florence on the high-speed Freccia train.

If you buy the tickets on the day of travel at Roma Termini Station, you'll pay the full "BASE" fare of 43 Euros per person.

The tradeoff is flexibility versus significant cost savings with a non-refundable and non-changeable ticket.

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