Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trenitalia Imposes New Advance Purchase Rule on ECONOMY/SUPER ECONOMY Fares

Jump to last reply

Trenitalia has quietly introduced an advance purchase requirement for its popular ECONOMY and SUPER ECONOMY fares, which previously did not exist (although as a practical matter, most of the "good" fares were sold out on or near the departure date, especially during the summer season).

Now, ECONOMY and SUPER ECONOMY fares are offered up until 23:59 (Italy time) of the day PRIOR to scheduled departure.

Some travellers may recall that this advance purchase requirement existed for the (now defunct) "MINI" fares, but had been dropped when the ECONOMY and SUPER ECONOMY fares were introduced last year (meaning that these promotional fares were at least theoretically available up to the moment of departure).

Before the advance purchase requirement was introduced, it WAS possible to find some ECONOMY fares on SOME trains as late as the departure date, although the discount was usually not great. For example, when taking a fast train immediately after arrival at FCO or MXP airport, one could nevertheless sometimes find an ECONOMY fare which one would have hesitated purchasing in advance (because of the possibility of forfeiting the ticket if the train was missed).

This possibility of saving some money no longer exists (and primarily affects people who purchase at the last moment).

Remember that Trenitalia tickets can USUALLY be purchased up to FOUR MONTHS in advance (as long as schedules have been uploaded to the Trenitalia website). During periods when the schedules are close to being updated, the booking period can be much shorter than four months.

A large portion of (but not all) trains for travel on and after June 9, 2013 have now been uploaded. In particular, it seems that many Intercity and unreserved regionale trains have yet to be uploaded.

BEWARE: The new advance purchase requirement is stated in the ITALIAN-language webpages, but not yet in the ENGLISH-language pages.

NOTE: An identical advance purchase restriction applies to other Trenitalia promotional fares but NOT (as yet) to the "Familia" fare.

2 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 2 nights in Venice - what restaurants should we not miss?
  2. 2 cell phone usage in Italy (US)
  3. 3 Best data sim
  4. 4 MADRID--Restaurants, & tapas bars--please advise!
  5. 5 Trip Report Spain (Practical) Trip Report
  6. 6 Madrid has much less to offer than Barcelona...
  7. 7 Weekend in London; looking for the best Indian food
  8. 8 suggested 9 day itinerary in Europe - Valentines Day!
  9. 9 MXP to Dolomites--Where To Stay In Between
  10. 10 Tickets for premier league and England games
  11. 11 Last minute ideas anyone?
  12. 12 Need help on Drive from Granada to Sevilla
  13. 13 first family trip to Switzerland
  14. 14 Driving Zagreb-Budapest-Vienna-Prague
  15. 15 Getting from Zagreb to Vienna to Cesky Krumlov to Prague, etc.
  16. 16 Trouble deciding between backpack or wheeled luggage
  17. 17 Family Vacation Mallorca
  18. 18 the best of italy?
  19. 19 Madrid Apartment Rentals
  20. 20 Trip Report Malaga – Enjoying a Spanish vibe on the Costa del Sol
  21. 21 Alterations to night trains routes
  22. 22 Is 5000 miles realistic in 14-16 days?
  23. 23 3 adults in a Triple room at Hotel Attalos- crazy?
  24. 24 So much to do, so little time!
  25. 25 Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
View next 25 » Back to the top