Are Italian trains on time?

May 22nd, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Hi kybourbon, Thanks, I did book a reservation on Trenitalia as you said by selecting the Global Pass (they don't make life very easy as I would not have thought to select global pass since we have an Italy only pass and there are at least 3-4 different codes / numbers on our pass, none of which fit into the "Code" they asked for, so I truncated to the last digits).

PalenQ seems to have made a good recommendation to piece together our trip, i.e. Venice to Milan and Milan to Brig on Eurail, and then Brig to Spiez, Spiez to Interlake Ost. Times all seem to work out in the piecemeal fashion, but nothing acceptable comes up for Venice to Interlaken.

Would you have concerns with this idea? Looks like Venice to Milan (at least) also needs a reservation.

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May 29th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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Need fodorite help one more time:

As mentioned above, I tried to book individual legs,
Venezia San Lucia to Milano Centrale
Milano Centrale to Brig (Switzerland)
entering "Global Pass" to get just the seat reservations.

However, when I enter Venice to Milan first, it won't allow me to book the 2nd leg. If I try to book Milan to Brig first, it won't allow me to get receipt by email (only home delivery) but it appears to require a "province" and will not accept California.

(As I mention above, if I try to book Venice to Brig), there is only solution departing venice at 16:20.
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May 29th, 2011, 09:43 AM
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Schedules for after June 12 still are not loaded by trenitalia. You may need to sit tight for another week or so. There isn't any rush to get seat reservations - you can to that any time up until you board the train.
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May 29th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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Hi J62, I guess that is good advice, although I believe that "some" trains are posted to Trenitalia, but not all. Both my brother and I were able to book Rome to Venice on Trenitalia a couple of weeks ago.

I'm just wondering if the cross-border trip from Milan to Brig is causing some issue?
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May 29th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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You may want to check the Swiss National Railways' English website at

The schedule changes for June 12 are already loaded. There is an interesting connection leaving Venice at 08:58 and arriving at Interlaken at 17:57 (tranfers at Milan, Brig and Spiez). It runs not on sundays, however.

Interlaken actually lies in a "railway cul-de-sac", especially for international connections, so you won't reach it with less than 2 transfers (generally 3 or 4) from Venice.

My suggestions: check different weekdays, as certain trains do not run on saturdays and/or sundays. Pack light; it is no great pleasure to lug suitcases on and off trains.

Hope this helps

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