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"MINI" fare tickets: Trenitalia sells Three Million so far this year

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In a recent press release, Trenitalia announces that it has sold over three million "MINI" fare tickets since the beginning of the year, over one million of which just in the past month. The three most popular routes for the "MINI" fare are: Milan/Rome; Florence/Rome and Naples/Milan.

"MINI" fares are available on ALL LONG DISTANCE Trenitalia trains. That means all trains EXCEPT the unreserved and undiscountable "regionale" commuter trains.

"MINI" fares are capacity-contolled, which means that the lowest fares are usually found by booking far in advance (but never more than four months). The fares vary widely according to route, date of departure, time of departure, class of service, and train category.

The savings can range anywhere from 10% to 70%. No other discounts can be aggregated with the "MINI" fare, and that includes the discount for children between 4 and 12. In some cases, the "MINI" discount can be more generous than the usual 50% discount for children between these ages (toddlers under 4 always travel FREE).

The absolute deadline for trying to purchase a "MINI" fare ticket is 23:59 of day prior to travel. Obviously, the closer one get to the purchase deadline, the more difficult it becomes to find a big discount.

While the "MINI" fares are quite desirable, they are not appropriate in all cases. Because "MINI" fare tickets cannot be changed at the last moment, and become worthless if the reserved train is MISSED (there is no one hour grace period, as with regular fare "base" ticket), it is imprudent to book at the "MINI" fare if one is not CERTAIN to "make" the reserved train. Consequently, when taking the train immediately after a plane or boat arrival, the "MINI" fare ticket could become worthless if there were an unexpectedly long connection delay. (Of course, if the "MINI" fare is extremely low, one might well take the risk of losing the ticket.).

Booking electronic tickets on the Trenitalia website is now easier and faster than ever. You must bring the ticket information received by e-mail with you on the train, and the ticket agent validates the electronic ticket with his hand-held device.

BEFORE getting the "MINI" fare, be sure to READ the very restrictive rules on reservation changes and refunds:

www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp…

www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp…

Now more than ever, it's possible to travel on Italy's fastest trains at incredibly attractive fares. Three million "MINI" fare tickets already sold in just a few weeks, purchased by travellers from all over the world.

www.ferroviedellostato.it

BTW, the Trenitalia schedules will be revised effective June 12. Consequently, it is not presently possible to book a train AFTER June 11. The new schedules (which should not be significantly different from the current ones) will be uploaded gradually on the Trenitalia website, but the complete uploading won't occur until soon before June 11. Don't be surprised, therefore, if the schedules seem unusually "sparse" if you are searching over the next several weeks.
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