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Europhile7 Nov 3rd, 2007 11:11 AM

Train Reservations
So I have a question. I am going to Europe at the end of December for 2 weeks. I don't want to make my reservations until I actually get in Europe. So here is the question. Can you make reservations for a journey from any train station. For example, if I want to make a reservation from Florence to Rome, can I make that reservation in, say, Zurich? Or do you have to make the reservation at the train station you are leaving from, for example, Florence?

Thanks for your answers

hopscotch Nov 3rd, 2007 11:14 AM

Make your reservation, if you must, from any train station or travel agency.

Mimar Nov 3rd, 2007 12:02 PM

Ditto hopscotch.

Also, there's a distinction between train tickets and seat reservations. The ticket just buys you the ride. You pay a bit extra for a seat reservation to ensure a seat. (Some local and regional trains have no seat reservations; some premium trains require seat reservations.)

Andrew Nov 3rd, 2007 12:34 PM

Well, you can make reservations and book tickets over the internet if you wish at least for Italy (see ). There are internet points all over Europe. In Italy recently I booked all of my train tickets except one right at the stations before I departed - including a Eurostar from Rome to Venice. Although you need reservations for the nicer trains like Eurostar you can get them even 15 minutes before departure if the train isn't full.

Sure, there's some chance the train would be full, but if you do some research ahead of time you'll know if there are a lot of trains on that route (so you could catch the next one an hour later). Christmas of course might be busy in Italy...

CRAZY4TRAVEL Nov 4th, 2007 09:10 AM

For Italy, I now usually wait until I get there as the fares are very cheap regardless. In the past I had often purchased a rail pass as I was traveling exclusively by train through several countries and we would make reservations as required along the way. We now mostly travel by car.

It's not the same all over Europe though. In France, you save a bundle on the TGV if you book in advance. Is your train travel only in Italy or are you traveling elsewhere by train?

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