Italian trains or Private car?

Old Sep 24th, 2001, 05:46 PM
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Italian trains or Private car?

4 adults going from Rome to Venice and then from Venice to Florence two days later. Thinking it may be cheaper and faster to hire a private driver. (We do not want to rent our own car) Any thoughts? Thanks
Old Sep 25th, 2001, 06:32 AM
Steve James
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Hello Paula,

Train wins easily on both time and cost.
The fastest journey time Rome-Venice by EUROSTAR is 4.5 hours and costs 87.000 LIRE.
At a guess the same journey by limo would cost you approaching 1.000.000 LIRE.
No contest!

Old Sep 25th, 2001, 07:10 AM
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If you can afford it, why not go for the car and driver? 1) You would have door-to-door service and help with the luggage, and 2) you'll have a guide. If you see something wonderful along the way you can stop and have a look, take photos, whatever. You can plan to stop someplace wonderful for lunch -- really make a delightful excursion out of the trip instead of just going from point A to B. One thing - it definitely will NOT be faster!
Old Sep 25th, 2001, 09:18 AM
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I agree with Steve--it is no contest. It will be faster, cheaper and safer by train. And, you will see as much from the train window as along the autostrada. The trains are efficient.
Old Sep 25th, 2001, 10:57 AM
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if you've got an extra 1,000 bucks or more go for the car and driver otherwise trains in Italy are dirt cheap due to huge subsidies from the state - raising fares even a little can cause political problems for the government. to economize buy a chilometric ticket at the station - this lets up to five people travel a total of 2,000 kilometers or up to 20 collective trips - may save you money over each person buying individual tickets even though you must pay a supplement to ride faster trains. you do however have to wait in line at stations to get each trip noted in the kilometric ticket booklet before getting on the train. Italian Railpass is way over priced for the plans of most travelers unless going from Milan to Sicily. One problem with train travel is that six-hour strikes pop up everytime i'm railing in Italy it seems. The best trains between Rome, Florence and Venice are TVA (formerly called Eurostar Italia) high-speed trains that charge a supplement above normal ticket prices and require reservations and you can wait a long time in lines to make reservations or buy tickets.

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