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€45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

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€45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

Does €45 sound right for a single train ticket from Florence to Rome?

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1. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

Fares vary....when we booked online we had 3 choices...regular fare, with the most flexibility was 380 euros for our family of 4. Their was one between (can't remember the price) and then the "mini fare" (zero or very little flexibility) was 88 euros for the 4 of us.

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2. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

That's exactly right for the fast trains taking 95 minutes,

If you want to take a slower train, taking 3.5 hours or longer, cheaper tickets are available. Or you maybe able to get a reduced advance purchase Mini ticket on a fast train, though these are available in limited numbers. On http://www.trenitalia.com/homepage_en.html select a train then click 'Continue' to see.

Edited: 12 April 2011, 20:02
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3. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

That is absolutely correct: it is the (current) regular, unrestricted "base" fare, but many people WON'T pay this fare. Why not? Because they book in advance and snag one of the discounted "MINI" fares on one of the ultrafast AV Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains which connect Florence to Rome every 30-60 minutes.

The deadline to purchase the "MINI" fare ticket is 23:59 of the day prior to scheduled rail travel. Purchasing sooner than the deadline increases the odds of getting a meaningful discounted "MINI" fare. Flexibility in travel schedule also offers more possibilities of getting a good discount.

By contrast, he regular "base" fare of 45 Euros won't go up if you buy it on the same day as your travel (unless of course there is an across-the-board rate hike).

BE CAREFUL about the "MINI" fare tickets, however: they carry significant restictions for reservation changes and refunds (neither allowed after 23:59 of the day beforehand). Also, NO REFUND if you MISS your scheduled train!!

And, if you're on a really tight budget, consider taking the unreserved and undiscountable "regionale" train, for a mere 17.05 Euros. Departures every two hours. But be forewarned that the "regionale" train takes up to FOUR HOURS and makes over one dozen stops (versus the nonstop Frecciarossa in 95 minutes).

www.ferroviedellostato.it

Edited: 12 April 2011, 20:07
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4. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

wow,,, thanks for the quick response ,,, good to know all the extra info!! Thanks again (",)

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5. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

We were very lucky with our mini fare, because we did miss our train (no one told us about daylight saving time)

The ticket agent told us we would most likely have to repurchase at 380 euros, but to double check with the conductor. (she said it would depend on his mood. If he was in a good mood, he may let us on for minimum 100 euros)

He must have been in a great mood...he only charged us 8 euros each and let us on the next train.

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6. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

I just booked two tickets today on the fast train from Florence to Rome for May, and paid 22 euro per ticket for second class (Mini fare). It's a steal! Go to the Trenitalia website, then go from there to the Le Freece website. The Le Freece website only gives you the options for the fast trains, but you can see all the fares, AND book your individual seat. Very easy!!

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7. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

QUOTE: "The ticket agent told us we would most likely have to repurchase at 380 euros, but to double check with the conductor. (she said it would depend on his mood. If he was in a good mood, he may let us on for minimum 100 euros). He must have been in a great mood...he only charged us 8 euros each and let us on the next train."

OBSERVATION: This is not completely unexpected, but pleasantly surprising. Officially, a "MINI" fare ticket cannot be changed after 23:59 of the day beforehand. Moreover, if the scheduled train is missed, even by one second, the "MINI" fare ticket officially becomes worthless. Nevertheless, it appears that in the situation recounted above, the ticket agent (or the conductor) exercised some discretion and essentially "pretended" that the "MINI" fare ticket was really a "base" fare ticket, thereby allowing the ticket holders to board the later-departing train without a valid seat reservation (in Italian referred to as "accesso ad altro treno"), and subjecting them only to the 8-Euro administrative charge per seat, rather than the much more draconian penalty associated with boarding a train with an expired (i.e. an invalid) ticket.

THE MORAL of the tale: Don't throw away your "MINI" fare ticket if you have the misfortune of missing your train. Go to the ticket counter (or to the "Frecce" mobile desk/info point at the head of the rail track, if booked on one of the "Frecce" trains) and "see what can be done". Depending on the circumstances, a kind-hearted ticket agent MIGHT decide to "bend the rules" and let you on the next train for a small fee. Or, he/she might say "sorry, the ticket is no good", and you'll need to purchase a brand new ticket (at the regular, undiscounted fare). There's no harm in trying, notwithstanding what the official rules may state.

The OTHER MORAL of the tale: don't book a "MINI" fare ticket if you're totally totally sure that you'll be able to make the scheduled departure (or be prepared to forfeit the amount paid for the ticket, which may be a relatively small amount in the best of cases). This is particularly the case if you've just arrived at the airport or seaport and connecting immediately to one of the fast trains.

Edited: 12 April 2011, 22:57
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8. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

As you said GAC, "there's no harm in trying"

In our case we were shown compassion because of ignorance of the time change (who knew daylight savings time kicks in 3 weeks later in Italy than in North America)

In any case, it never hurts to ask......there are lots of goodhearted people out there!

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9. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

I am trying to book round trip mini fair Trenitalia site. It gives me several options on time to leave Rome and arrival in Florence, however, where do I select return time?

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10. Re: €45 for single ticket (train) from Florence to Rome?

There are no return tickets in Italy: you have to buy two one-way tickets.