Train or Drive from Venice to Siena?

Old Jun 12th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Train or Drive from Venice to Siena?

We are contemplating renting a car to drive from Venice to Siena vs taking the train. I know the Eurostar can make this trip in about 2.5 hours. How long by car? Any advice?
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Old Jun 12th, 2006, 11:56 AM
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If there were a Eurostar between Venice and Siena, it might make the trip in 2.5 hours.

But there is no Eurostar between the two cities, and you have to change trains at least once, if not twice. The fastest connection is 4 hrs 48 min, with changes in Bologna and Florence.

According to www.mappy.com, you can drive from Venice to Siena in about 3.5 hours, but mappy.com tends to underestimate.
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Old Jun 12th, 2006, 12:10 PM
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You could take the train to Florence, then the bus to Siena. The bus station in Florence is across the street from the train station, so changing wouldn't be a big deal. I think the express Florence-Siena bus takes about an hour, maybe 90 minutes.
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Old Jun 12th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Change in Bologna? There's no need to change in Bologna to get from Venice to Florence.

Additionally, the consensus is that bus is far better than train from Florence to Siena. Leaves you at the TOP of the hill IN Siena; the train leaves you at the bottom with a big climb, or a taxi ride.

Genenerally, it is also agreed that a car is a ball and chain once you get to Siena (or are you staying there or nearby? and moving onward?)

Best wishes,

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Money wise for 4 of us, wouldn't it be more economical to rent a car?
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Old Jun 12th, 2006, 03:43 PM
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Depends on your onward plans... a one-day rental is often close to the same price as a three-day rental.

What is the train fare? See trenitalia.com - - three people traveling together will typically qualify for a discount... of about 15%, I think.
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If you do not plan to use the car except to get to Siena, it is a pain to have one there.

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Hi M,

If you train from Venice to Florence and then take the bus, it will be about 66E pp RT, and will take about 4:45 hr each way.

A car will be cheaper, if you can get one for a one-day rental.

Try www.novarentacar.com.

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