Train from Nice to Monterosso

Old Feb 8th, 2015, 09:37 AM
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Train from Nice to Monterosso

We never get train tickets in advance anywhere in Europe but we'll be traveling on May 1st on this trip and I'm a little concerned about needing to do this one in advance. Should I get tics in advance for this trip?
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Old Feb 8th, 2015, 09:49 AM
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No need to on that line as many of the trains are regional trains that do not even take reservations - there are a few IC trains but marginally faster and a fairly flat fare base so just buy those ticket as you go along.

Unlike high-speed trains in Italy that do require reservations and for which you can get deep discounts buying way in advance on those trains Nice to Ventimiglia - to Genoa - to Monterosso again are mainly regional or at most IC trains - no need to buy in advance - trains like those never sell out IME.

For lots of great info on Italian trains check these IMO superb surces: www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.con - the latter two sources give some info on the 5 Terre too.
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Old Feb 8th, 2015, 10:59 AM
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Currently no trains go thru the French-Italian border so a change of trains at Ventigmilgia is always necessary (except for the Nice to Moscow overnight train!) - but soon or maybe already at least one thru fast train - EC train will be restored - check schedule sites of that as it will make it a lot quick and easier than the hassle of changing at Ventimiglia.
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Old Feb 8th, 2015, 11:28 AM
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>>>Currently no trains go thru the French-Italian border so a change of trains at Ventigmilgia is always necessary (except for the Nice to Moscow overnight train!) - but soon or maybe already at least one thru fast train - EC train will be restored
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Old Feb 8th, 2015, 11:30 AM
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FYI - It's not a night train like other Thello routes. Starting in mid-April there are three departure times you can select from Nice.
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Old Feb 8th, 2015, 11:42 AM
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Also, remember that May 1 is a major holiday in France and it's on a Friday too. So the French have a 3 day weekend. Italians too... More traffic, I would imagine.

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Old Feb 9th, 2015, 05:55 AM
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Good news about once again haveing direct Nice to Genoa trains!

the EC train I think I read about on www.seat61.com would go onto Milan too - folks with railpasses will find they are not valid I thinkon Thello trains or only ge a discount.
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Old Feb 9th, 2015, 06:21 AM
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There are 4 direct Ventimiglia - Monterosso trains daily, 5 hrs journey, Fare 17 EUR, no reservation needed
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>>>There are 4 direct Ventimiglia - Monterosso trains daily, 5 hrs journey, Fare 17 EUR, no reservation needed
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Direct regional trains to Monterrso from Ventimiglia leave at 6:48am and 7:48 am - the next one is not to just before noon - to catch the earlier ones you'd have leave Nice at an ungodly hour and yes regional trains IME in Italy are not very comfy for a long long haul - these have no first class and though since there are no reservations you would never stand the whole time (unless the whole train load was going from Ventimiglia to Monterosso - unlikely - when others get up froms eats toget off midway you'd get a seat in not too long an order I would think!)
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Old Feb 10th, 2015, 10:46 AM
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Do you or anyone know if you can just walk up and buy Thello tickets in Nice - not sure of the video you are talking about being in Nice or in Italy. I would presume you could in Nice if not pre-booked but best I think to be pre-booked and get a discount and a ticket and place for sure on trains that may be popular because they are the only viable ones going thru the border.
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Old Feb 10th, 2015, 11:38 AM
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>>>Do you or anyone know if you can just walk up and buy Thello tickets in Nice - not sure of the video you are talking about being in Nice or in Italy.
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thanks a lot kybourbon!

folks with railpasses before using Thello should check to see if their pass is valid on Thello trains - they only get a minor discount on Thello night trains I believe so I would expect little if any.
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While this video doesn't say where the kiosks are, but they are clearly labeled Thello and I would assume the ones in France will look similar. Starts about 25 secs into the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hidKDNCiuas
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Hi
I like to buy my tickets if I know exactly where I want to be on a specific day.You can get good deals and travel 1st class which I tend to like when travelling distances in Italy.I have travelled between Nice and the Cinque Terre a few times and prefer the coast/slow route.
I have bought many tickets via www.trenitalia.com . I do not register and have the tickets either printed out(from the email sent) or sent to a phone via email as a reference number for the conductor to scan.You have many choices for your day of travel.
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Old Feb 11th, 2015, 09:56 AM
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travelnut - I too am a big booster of first class on long distance trains - a world of difference, especially for travelers carrying luggage and first-class tickets exist in first class too so it need not cost an arm and a leg. On the trip of a lifetime go first class IMO based on multiple dozens of Italian train rides.
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>>>I have travelled between Nice and the Cinque Terre a few times and prefer the coast/slow route.
I have bought many tickets via www.trenitalia.com . I do not register and have the tickets either printed out(from the email sent) or sent to a phone via email as a reference number for the conductor to scan
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There is only one route - Nice to Genoa and onto the 5 Terre - the slow coastal route - Thello trains will be faster overall since there is no border change and probably don't stop as much as Regional or IC trains - but I believe the tracks are exactly the same with either train - the very slow congested coastal route.
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