italy train travel

May 30th, 2010, 05:52 PM
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italy train travel

We are travelling by train from Venice to Vernazza and three days later from Vernazza to Pisa in mid-July. Should I purchase my train tickets in advance on line or wait until we are in Italy. We are travelling on a Sunday from Venice and while I can find fares and schedules on Sunday from rail Europe, trenitalia pushes my travel to the next day. Any advice is welcome! Thanks
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May 30th, 2010, 06:18 PM
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I would purchase all of the tickets at once after you've arrived in Venice.

I don't understand your problem with the Sunday schedule for Venice to Vernazza. Looking only at the Trenitalia website, the latest departure I see is at 17:27 which arrives Vernazza the same day at 23:30 with three changes. (I'd probably pick an earlier departure with only 2 changes.) You could leave Venice as early as 08:27.

http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html
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May 30th, 2010, 06:23 PM
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You don't need to buy the Vernazza-Pisa tickets in advance.
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May 30th, 2010, 06:57 PM
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It may be you can't see some trains because they are R trains which don't allow reservations unlike all other trains in Italy where seat reservations are mandatory and your date is too far out. R tickets can only be purchased online 7 days in advance while tickets on the fast trains (AV/ES/ICPlus/IC) can be purchased four months in advance (none of which is possible on Trenitalia with a US credit card as they won't process them). I would not pay the markup to buy tickets from RailEurope as there is really no point. Buy them upon arrival in Italy.
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May 30th, 2010, 07:40 PM
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If use the Rail Europe site, it only lists the routes for which they sell tickets. Rail Europe is a travel agency. bahn.de is a good source for rail schedules all over Europe.
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May 30th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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I have had the same problems with the Trenitalia website, as they have not taken US credit/debit cards. There have been many threads on Fodor's about Italy trains and purchasing tickets (including one with some great advice / instructions, however the website still did not work for me).

However, as mentioned above and based on previous threads I have posted (I will be going to Italy in July), everyone has recommended purchasing the tickets in Italy. Most regional (short distance) trains / R tickets do not get fully booked and do not need to be purchased early. Plus, RailEurope did have higher rates/additional costs and I have been told tickets can be purchased at any Italian train station.

OR....if you truly want and desire purchasing trenitalia tickets early, there was another thread about a loophole (using PayPal).
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May 30th, 2010, 09:05 PM
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>>>Most regional (short distance) trains / R tickets do not get fully booked and do not need to be purchased early.<<<

How could a regional train be fully booked?

>>>OR....if you truly want and desire purchasing trenitalia tickets early, there was another thread about a loophole (using PayPal).<<<

No, you are talking about an old thread and none of that applies anymore.
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May 31st, 2010, 03:24 AM
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Thanks everyone!
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May 31st, 2010, 05:36 AM
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Hi ti,

For the past couple of years posters have been reporting that trenitalia won't accept credit cards from outside the Eurozone online.

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