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Railpasses and Italian IC Trains - Can Now Just Hop On!

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One of gthe problems with using railpasses in Italy is that all but regional trains demand seat reservations before boarding and for many trains this means an extra 10 euro fee above using a day on your pass. But now Trenitalia has relaxed that rule in regards to IC trains - these now you can, with a pass (not with a ticket) just hop on and sit in any empty seat at no extra fee (or you can make a reservation for 5 euros I think)- IC trains are run similar routes to Hi-Speed trains but of course are slower and stop more often - but IME IC trains can be much less crowded than hi-speed trains and sometimes slower is better as IC trains take older routes, going thru cities like Orvieto, arezzo, etc while hi-speed trains often run on all new rights-of-ways with wind blocks, tunnels etc blocking the view - and the view itself could be better at speeds of 100 mpph rather than nearly 200 mph on hi-speed trains.

Slower IME can indeed be better and now those with a pass can just hop on IC trains at will.

So if you have a pass and taking an IC train you can just hop on it!

(This from a previous post on Fodor's by Man in Seat 61:

2) HOWEVER, one of the few 'improvements' I've seen for passholders is that last year (2011) Trenitalia REMOVED the requirement to make a reservation or pay any fee on IC trains if you have a railpass. In other words, if you have an InterRail or Eurail pass you do NOT have to make a reservation, you can just get on. The odd thing is, as all the seats are reserved but no reservation slips are used any more, you won't know which seats are free and may have to play musical chairs as people get on and claim reserved seats!>

So it may be hard to see which seats are reserved but I guess you can plunk yourself down in any empty seat and when the conductor comes by will steer you to one that is not to be occupied down the line.

Man in Seat 61 who occasionally posts on Fodor's has an excellent site that anyone planning a European rail trip will find very useful -

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