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First or Second Class Train Tickets ?

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First or Second Class Train Tickets ?

We will have two long travel days on our Italy Vacation. First, Monterosso - Venice ( May 4th 1055 innercity to Milan and 1405 Milan to Venice Frecciabianca) and second Trieste to Bellagio May 9th ( 9:38 train Frecciabianca to Milan the the regionale to Varenna ). Can anyone tell me if it pays to book First class ? My husband is not a great traveler to start with so if there is a big difference in comfort I would pay the extra for First. But if there is little difference Id appreciate knowing that. Question applies to Innercity, Regionale & Frecciabianca trains. Thank You 1

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1. Re: First or Second Class Train Tickets ?

First of all you don't book the regional trains. They are unreserved and never booked up. The high speed longer route trains require reservations in advance. (The sooner the better for good fares.) Second class is fine and very comfortable.

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Intercity Monterosso-Milan seating is usually in six seat compartments (joined by a side corridor) - three seats facing another three. The only difference between first and second is that there are fewer compartments per car in first, therefore more legroom. There are a few open cars, as below....

Frecciabianca trains have open cars - in first, seats are arranged in 2+1 formation, in second, 2+2. In first you have greater width and legroom, but whether it's worth paying the extra is doubtful - depends on taste.

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3. Re: First or Second Class Train Tickets ?

There's nothing wrong with second class. It's very comfortable as far as my experiences go. I've never used first class on Italian trains, as I'm quit ehappy in second and don't fancy paying the extra!

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4. Re: First or Second Class Train Tickets ?

We used both first and second class (sometimes first was actually cheaper booked in advance) in Italy and other parts of Europe. We found very little difference in comfort levels. If you can get first at a good price, go for it. But otherwise it's not worth the extra cost.

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Never buy a first class ticket in Regionale. Most of times there isn't any difference with the second class.

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6. Re: First or Second Class Train Tickets ?

Yes, sometimes the regional trains just put a 1st class note on the window of the 2nd class so no difference in comfort the only difference is that it will be lass crowded on some routes.

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