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Mar 31st, 2016, 01:06 PM
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Rail travel in Europe

what are the best train operators with reliable ticketing and seating arrangements. we looked into Euro rail but wanted to know other train operators.

we are traveling in july flying into London then thinking of taking the train to France and Italy ( Venice, Florence, Naples)

any suggestions would be welcome

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Mar 31st, 2016, 01:30 PM
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Mar 31st, 2016, 01:30 PM
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Mar 31st, 2016, 01:35 PM
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Mar 31st, 2016, 01:35 PM
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Buy your tickets from the national train operator in the country where your journey starts. Or Eurostar for London to Europe.

Follow Kathie's advice and read all the excellent info on seat61.com
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Mar 31st, 2016, 02:01 PM
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we looked into Euro rail but wanted to know other train operators.

Eurorail does not operate trains, it's an agency just as raileurope is an agency.

In general you have to go to individual websites within a country
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Mar 31st, 2016, 02:20 PM
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You need to look at the Eurostar site for trips across the Channel to Paris. www.eurostar.com

You can use the www.voyages-sncf.com site (or others) for trips within France and on into Italy.

DO IT NOW...they are already selling tickets for July on both sites and the sooner you book the cheaper the fares and in some cases, significantly cheaper.
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Mar 31st, 2016, 02:29 PM
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and in Italy use www.trenitalia.com - discounted fares are a lot lot less than full-fare - Dukey gives the other sites for Eurostar and France though some prefer www.capitaintrain.com - same trains same fares - easier for Americans to use many say - for general info on European trains - say the different between first- and 2nd-class (there is a big difference IME of centuries or riding the rails in Europe - others however say they are the same and first-class would be a waste of money - my many trips tell me at least otherwise: www.seat61.com as mentioned above; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.
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Mar 31st, 2016, 03:13 PM
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I personally have found that for trips within Italy the www.italiarail.com site works best (for me). It is powered by Trenitalia BUT they add a $5.00 surcharge for tickets. I think the trenitalia site may have improved (as the Voyages-SNCF site most definitely has improved) but for a long while I got nothing but grief from it so stopped using it.

Again, the MOST important aspect of all of this is for you to consider booking your tickets for July now to save the maximum amount of money.
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Mar 31st, 2016, 05:58 PM
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Note when you buy deeply discounted tickets now they are for specific trains and not changeable to other times or days. Often you can change for a fee - plus the difference between the current (often much higher) price.

So you have to decide how fixed your itinerary is.

In Italy the regional trains do not discount, but they are cheaper - but much slower - than the high speed trains.
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Mar 31st, 2016, 06:31 PM
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Nytraveler makes a very good point, IMO, so plan accordingly.
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Apr 1st, 2016, 01:07 AM
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Consider flying from France to Italy depending on your origination point and destination
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Apr 1st, 2016, 11:31 AM
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Again when checking discounted tickets also check first class discounted tickets which at times may not be much more than the cheapest available 2nd class discounted ticket - so if not much more go for a more relaxed ride in many ways.
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