Italia Rail Seating Charts for Eurostar

Aug 28th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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Italia Rail Seating Charts for Eurostar

Can't seem to find the seating charts for the Italia Eurostar 1st or 2nd class. Their site does not show one in english or italian. Anyone have any ideas? We are travelling from Roma to Napoli in October. When we go to book it assigns us seats but we prefer to see a seating chart. Thanks
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:29 AM
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Be aware that there is little consistency between whatever any seating chart or reserved seating list says and what it will actually be.
We've booked seats that were supposed to be the two facing on the single side of the train only to find those two numbered seats on that particular train were on opposite sides of the train, and one in a group of four.
Not all cars of the system are numbered the same and there seems to be little or no guarantee that the seats it will show you on line correctly correspond to the actual car you will be on.

 
Aug 28th, 2006, 12:08 PM
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Hi L,

There is no seating chart.

You can choose aisle or window in a 2x2 configuration or window seats in a 1x1.

You will be put in a seat in a car on a train.

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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:10 PM
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PS,

You can't choose if you will ride facing forward or backward because trains often pull in and back out of stations.

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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:13 PM
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RailEurope has Eurostar seating charts - i have copies but can't locate them - there are three configurations for the three types of Eurostar train sets in operation. If i find them i'll let you know.
Like Ira says trains can reverse en route - this happens in Rome, Bologna, Milan and Florence and other cities where the station is a terminus (dead-end) where trains come in one way and go out in reverse direction.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:23 PM
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Thank you all for the info.If you find the seat charts let me know. Right now Trenitalia will allow you top book a 2 for 1 going from Rome to Milan, 1st class, on their Eurostar for 39 Euros each way. Not bad I guess.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:24 PM
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Sorry, that should have been Rome to Naples.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:44 PM
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I have a RailEurope (from Trenitalia) seating chart from Jan 2005 - give me the train # (for example 9320) as there are three types of Eurostar trains that vary and train number tells these apart
But if it's the new ARCO trains that began on this route recently they are not Eurostar configured and i have no chart for them.
I'm not saying the Eurostar chart is infallible but the best i have to go with.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:50 PM
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Raileurope has first class Rome-Naples tickets for as low as $58 but more typical is $69 - but i don't think you'd have any trouble buying these in Italy at trenitalia prices if you can't get the fickle trenitalia site to work. RailEurope would charge a $15 reservation fee per order and a $15 mailing fee - i always recommend BETS (800-441-2387) over Raileurope not only for their expertise but smaller mailing fee. That said again you'll have no problem buying these in Italy, especially in first class.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 05:10 PM
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Our train number to Naples is 9601 and our return is 9640. Appreciate any info
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Aug 28th, 2006, 05:24 PM
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It makes feel ill to be facing away from the direction of travel. Is there a way to request a seat that is facing forward?

I have had to grin and bear it before.
No fun.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 05:58 PM
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If there are open seats, and there usually are, just get up and change seats. Tell the conductor so he can change your reservation.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 06:23 PM
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if the train is full ??
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Aug 28th, 2006, 06:29 PM
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Read a book or close your eyes.

Really, it's a relatively short trip of about 1:40. You won't feel the train go either way and the vast majority of people won't have problem sitting the train going the other direction.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 07:46 AM
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rkkwan,
I will be taking the train from Cinque terre to Sorrento. It is certainly longer than 1 hour and 40 minutes.

I have tried many things not to feel sick and dizzy when I am not faced in the direction of travel. Maybe some kind soul would which with me if it got too bad.

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Aug 29th, 2006, 08:03 AM
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You must be traveling by yourself or otherwise your partner could sit in a backward facing seat and change with you when the train reverses (in Florence and Rome) - or try to spot the occasional train that skirts these cities and doesn't serve the main dead-end terminus stations.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 08:13 AM
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Try to sit in an aisle seat and DON'T look out the window.

Alternative: get bombed and you won't car!
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Aug 29th, 2006, 08:22 AM
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Our train number to Naples is 9601 and our return is 9640

Well this number indicates to me that it's probably one of the new ARCO trains that have just been put into service on this route - train numbers lower than 9500 are three types of Eurostar ETR trains (450, 460 and 500) so the chart has not been updated to include the new trains. Sorry.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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JandaO - The direct train from La Spezia to Sorrento is an IC train. You don't need seat reservations on those, so you can pick seats you want.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 06:12 PM
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rkkwan,
Now youre talkin'...

Palq,
My sister and I both have been in seats facing backwards.

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