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9 Euro Train fares in Italy -- advanced purchase needed?


Sep 29th, 2012, 04:21 PM
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9 Euro Train fares in Italy -- advanced purchase needed?

Hi, all...

Doing some preliminary research for a possible trip to italy in the Spring.

Are the 9 Euro train fares available at the station (or a few days prior to travel), or are they advanced-purchase tickets that disappear if I don't nail them down early?

They seem to be normal fares on regular trains without reservations.

Specifically I'm looking at Venice S.L-Verona, Verona-Padova, and Padova-Venice S.L.

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Sep 29th, 2012, 06:27 PM
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On the day, you'll pay the 'base' fare.

Super-economy fares are like cheap air fares - the price goes up as the cheaper ones are sold and departure date approaches. The cheaper ones sell out well before departure date.

So book early to grab a 9 euro fare!

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Sep 29th, 2012, 06:56 PM
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The types of discount tickets seem to change every year so it's hard to predict for next year. Super economy seems to be the current promotion. If they still exist next spring, you need to book in advance to get the cheapest fares. On Trenitalia, you can book the faster trains (AV,ES,IC) 120 days in advance (once winter schedules are loaded in Dec.).

Some of your routes have really cheap R trains. Venice/Padova is only 3€, Verona/Padova is 6€ and Venezia/Verona is 7.40€ on the R trains. R trains don't have discounts and you don't want to buy these tickets in advance.
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Sep 29th, 2012, 10:41 PM
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What's available will depend on the popularity of the route, and such alternatives as there are - but the cheapest tickets CAN be bought on the day of travel, as long as they haven't all been sold already!

Here's a fairly extreme example.... for travel today on the last segment of the route taken by some trains from Rome to Naples - the extra section from Napoli Centrale to the city of Salerno, perhaps 25/30 miles.

One may have to check elsewhere to confirm the price, but the best value is to be had by paying €4 at the station to ride local services such as the 12:56 Regionale Veloce - which takes 46 minutes.

On the next one, the 13:22 Freccia Rossa - which cuts only 9 minutes off the journey - prices run from €9 for various Economy and Super Economy seats, to €51 for "Executive"...


So it can pay to look carefully - both for offers you might want to accept, and those one's best turning down!


Looks like yet another redesign of that website over the last week or two? Not quite so simple to spot where there are reductions - nor how big they are...


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Oct 1st, 2012, 02:12 PM
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