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bernieann Mar 25th, 2010 09:33 AM

Need explanation of train tickets
 
Italy travel by train: I have read where Kilometric tickets save money as one purchases a book of coupons to use. Does anyone know IF these coupons can be used by several people or if they are designated one coupon per trip. There are six of us traveling together and if they are less expensive and we could share, it might work. We only need tickets from Sorrento to Rome.

Also, what about a discount for 5 people traveling together or over 62 years of age?
thanks.
bernieann

alihutch Mar 25th, 2010 09:34 AM

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http://seat61.com/

Palenque Mar 25th, 2010 10:15 AM

Kilometric tickets i believe were killed off some years ago - you have obviously an outdated source. Go to trenitalia.com and put in five seniors and one adult and see the fare

then put in six adults and see if the fare is the same or higher

Sorrento to Rome is not that expensive even at full fare so i'd just wait until you got there - two trains an hour at least Naples Centrale to Rome - there are online discounts at trenitalia.com but American credit cards are usually rejected - reports from Fodorites say - From Sorrento to Naples you hop the CircumVesuviana commuter train -costing all of 3 euros or so to Naples - no reservations and just buy tickets at Sorrento station. The Trenitalia portion goes from Naples Centrale to Rome Termini - the fastest trains in about 70 minutes - but you also pay more - other trains take about 2 hours. If the type that wants everything nailed down before your trip and you need just show up at the train then RailEurope now offers competitive fares with full fare in Italy (but does not match the trenitalia.com online discounts, which seem inaccessible to many foreigners due to credit cards not being accepted. For an RailEurope product i recommend www.budgeteuropetravel.com- a RE agent but with IME great personal service and lower mailing fees. But be sure that you can buy these tickets upon arrival in Italy without problem IME - so many trains - but again if you want six seats together then you may want to book ahead. There is no Trenitalia station in Sorrento so go to a travel agency there - perhaps there is a Trenitalia ticket window in Sorrento but i've never seen it but have not been there in a few years.

kybourbon Mar 25th, 2010 10:21 AM

No, you can't share according to Trenitalia. In order to buy the carnet, you must be a holder of a Cartaviaggio or Cartafreccia. The discount is 20% and you must still book and pay for seats.
>>>The booklet is personal<<<

>>>You can buy the 10 Journey Carnet for both 1st and 2nd class, in both directions of a specific section on the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains<<<

It doesn't exactly mention which sections of travel it covers.

If you want to save money, take either the Curreri (16€)or Marozzi (17.50€) bus from Sorrento to Rome. They leave early (one at 6 and the other at 6:30). Marozzi also offers a later bus on Fri/Sat/Sun at 5 pm (no early bus on Sunday from Marozzi and no bus at all on Sunday from Curreri).

The bus only makes a couple of quick stops before getting on the autostrada and heading to Rome. It arrives Rome Tiburtina station which is a major bus/train/metro hub. You also don't have to worry with changing trains in Naples which has been a hassle in the past because of having to carry your luggage up a couple of flights of stairs. Last time I was through Naples train station, there was much construction. I was hoping there were installing up escalators from the Circumvesuviana trains to the main train area, but haven't heard if they did.

There is no discount for a group of 5 unless you have a child under 12 traveling with you. No discount for being 62 either. Your only hope of a discount is by booking as soon as you arrive in Italy and trying to get the "meno 15" which gives you a 15% discount (AV/ES 2nd cl 37€), but must be purchased 7 days in advance.

Palenque Mar 25th, 2010 10:29 AM

OK i was thinking of the Kilometric Ticket that was sold until a few years back - it covered all trains in Italy and it came with a number of kilometres you had - all based on distances- with the EuroStar trains and their varying fares the Kilometric Ticket was withdrawn - so something different than what Kybourbon is on about.

kybourbon Mar 25th, 2010 11:51 AM

I assume the OP was talking about the Carnet 10.
http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/inde...003f16f90aRCRD

greg Mar 25th, 2010 12:16 PM

Kilometric ticket; actually still exists in a legacy way. In 2009, I bought a Riomaggiore to Monterosso ticket and got off and back on at each town in between. I noticed that the ticket I bought was a "biglietto chilometrico."

kybourbon Mar 25th, 2010 01:13 PM

That would have been an R train. All other trains (AV,ES,ICPlus,IC) are reserved seat only (went into effect 12/09). You are buying a specific seat on a specific train. No hop on, hop off.


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