Missing pre-booked train reservations

Old Apr 20th, 2003, 08:01 AM
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Missing pre-booked train reservations

Although we've traveled in Europe a lot, we have relatively little experience with trains. On our next trip we plan to take a train from Rome to Salerno as soon as possible upon arrival from an air flight in Rome. If we pre-book our train and something happens to delay our flight into Rome so that we can't make our train reservations, will we be easily rebooked on a later train or will we simply forfeit the money we paid for our train tickets?
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Old Apr 20th, 2003, 09:19 AM
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The train ticket itself should be good on any comparable later train. By "comparable" I mean the same sort of service such as InterCity vs. Eurostar and both types of train are on that route. The ticket is one thing and a seat reservation" is something else. The ticket for say the IC service allows you to get on the train but does not guarantee you a seat (I think with Eurostar you can't get one without the other and that's where the "surcharge" comes in..you're being charged in the case of Eurostar for a premium service).
If you miss the train you have a reservation for I would check with the ticket office at the station...for IC you can just get on the train and find a seat. There have been many EC and Ic trains I have had seat reservations for that when I boarded there were all sorts of empty seats and I just sat where it was convenient, i.e., in any UNreserved seat I could find. Often on those sorts of trains the conductor simply asks for your ticket and doesn't check the seat reservation at all.
 
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Thanks, Bootman. It is reassuring to know that at least we won't lose our money if we develop a problem and can't make our originally scheduled train. Thanks for providing such a complete response.
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Hi. Remember that although the train from FCO to Termini only takes about thirty minutes, allow yourself a little extra time.
It is quite a jaunt from the termini track stop to the tracks for most of the trains out.
In the two times I have traveled from the airport with an arrival of about 8:00am, I have never been able to make it through customs and to the Termini to catch any earlier a train then 10:30 am. Of course, I purchased the tickets at the airport. So this took a little more time than prepurchasing.
The first time, it seemed to take a lot longer then I thought it should. The next time, I was a little more prepared. This may help you when looking at the times.
I don't think you want to stand on a crowded train all the way to Salerno. So if you go with an IC train, get a seat reservation. And then like Bootman4U says, if it isn't crowded, sit where you want.
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Old Apr 21st, 2003, 02:10 PM
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Thanks Sher. I'd forgotten to factor in getting from FCO to the train station. Good point.
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