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Getting around on the train

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Getting around on the train

Hello,

My wife and I are planning a trip through Europe in July and will be taking a train from Monaco to Milan. I have a couple of stupid questions! 1. Can we store our suitcases on the train? Do we check them like at an airport or just carry them on? 2. Would you guys recommend we get a metro pass for 3 days? 3. Would you recommend buying our train tickets in advance? and if so, what's the best place to buy from? Thanks very much for your help!

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1. Re: Getting around on the train

1. You carry them on and stow them either in the overhead, in the storage racks at the end or middle of the train, or between the seats. It depends on the type of train you're on.

2. The pass depends on what all you want to see and your hotel location. Also whether or not you want to walk very much.

3. It's virtually impossible to buy your tickets in advance from the US. Not only that, you don't need to buy them in advance. You can buy them once you reach Italy. You can buy them at any train station ticket window, from the automated machines in train stations (easy and usually no wait), or you can buy them from any travel agent who displays the Trenitalia logo (for no extra fee)

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2. Re: Getting around on the train

1. You carry your own luggage onto the train. There are overhead luggage racks and also a luggage storage area at the end of the car.

2. Assuming you are talking about Milan, the 3-day tickets are good on all public transport, not just the Metro. Obviously, they are worthwhile if you will be in Milan for 3 days and intend to use public transport.

3. On this journey, you will have to change from a French train to an Italian train at Ventimiglia.

You can get French train times and costs in English at www.tgv-europe.com/en but say you are from Great Britain. If you say you are from USA, you get another site that has much higher prices and does not list all the trains. There is no point in trying to book: the trains from Monaco to Ventimiglia are local trains with no seat reservations. Tickets cannot sell out.

You can get Italian train times and costs from www.trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html but it is unlikely you will be able to book through this site, as it seldom accepts cards issued outside Europe. If you have problems, just buy the train tickets in Italy.

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3. Re: Getting around on the train

Thanks for your help guys.....these storage racks are big enough to place an average sized suitcase into?

Thanks!

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4. Re: Getting around on the train

Depends on "average". I've had trouble getting much more than a carry on into some of the overhead racks. The other racks at the end or middle of the car will hold larger bags. Don't take too much and keep the weight down; you'll be a lot happier

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5. Re: Getting around on the train

The storage racks above your seat will take cabin sized cases as on an aeroplane.

If you purchase your tickets at the Fast Ticket Machines, watch out for "people" trying to assist. Be extremely firm and get rid of them immediately.

They will notice that you are new at this and will try to help.

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