Italy Train travel

Oct 5th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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Italy Train travel

Any difference between ES ( I know they are the best choice) and the A train from Rome to Florence, the price is the same, and the length of trip is the same. Just trying to pick the best time to leave town.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 11:45 AM
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ES and AV are the fastest trains, but not much different. Such a short trip as Rome/Florence (90 minutes) it really doesn't matter. The AV is a high speed train but th lines between Rome and Florence aren't so really no difference in time. Sometimes the AV offers 2for1 specials on some routes - look for DueperUno under fares.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 11:54 AM
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awesome, thanks.
Have you purchased Amica fares while in Italy. I know I have til midnight the day before travel - do you think buying them 3 days in advance is enough?
Better to pay in cash at the window then with credit card at a machine, since I'll get a better exchange rate, right?
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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:00 PM
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Hi G,

>Better to pay in cash at the window then with credit card at a machine, since I'll get a better exchange rate, right?<

If your bank adds a conversion fee, it is usually cheaper to get cash from an ATM.

If you get cash from an exchange bureau or your bank at home, it will cost more than a CC.

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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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Av or Alta Velocidad or some such wording is just the latest version of the ETR trains known as ES or EuroStar Italia - slightly faster if conditions allow it and brand new practically so probably more comfy and modern.

They main run Naples-Rome-florence i believe and were just introduced last year i think when the new high-speed Rome-Naples line opened.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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I guess AV means Alta Velaro?

got Spain's AVE mixed up as Alta Velocidad i believe.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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AV stands for Alta Velocità which means "high speed".
I wouldn't worry about the type of train. Choose the one that has departure and arrival times which suit your schedule.
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