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dina4 Jan 20th, 2008 01:22 PM

Italy Train Rookie: how difficult is it to change trains?
It seems it is sometimes not possible to get a direct route without changing trains, and sometimes connections times have about 6 minute windows.

Should be I worried about this?

Sorry if this is a really stupid question. We've never travelled on trains in Italy before...


danon Jan 20th, 2008 01:34 PM

we only took a train from Nice to San Remo and found the time to get on and off surprisingly short - you really have to be ready at the door.( unless of course it is the last stop).

It is not at all a stupid question!

KL467 Jan 20th, 2008 01:38 PM

When I took the train from Rome to Venice and back, the stops were very short. We had to be ready to move.

thursdaysd Jan 20th, 2008 01:52 PM

You should be able to tell from whether you have to change platforms - with only six minutes you would hope you just have to cross from 2 to 3, say. However, in my experience Italian trains do NOT run to time. I once booked a 10 minute connection in Milan through a TA and she thought I was nuts. I wouldn't have made it if the outbound train hadn't been on the next platform, and if I hadn't walked through the inbound train to the front. I think six minutes in Italy is optimistic.

dina4 Jan 20th, 2008 02:54 PM

sounds difficult, as i suspected.
thanks for your input.

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