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Train ticket help-Bologna to Varenna next week

Aug 7th, 2010, 09:31 AM
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Train ticket help-Bologna to Varenna next week

I have put off getting my train ticket from Bologna to Bellagio (well, really Varenna, then ferry) until arriving next week in Bologna next Monday but am now concerned that I may have trouble getting a seat. I checked trenitalia and it looks like only the 10:15am eurostar has seats and all else is not available. RailEurope seems to have seats/reservations on other trains. I either want to leave Bologna around 10am or on the 12ish train.

Suggestions? I arrive in Bologna a week from Monday but many travel agencies will be closed because of the holiday and that next week.......If i do RailEurope, should I do 2nd class---and is that a seat as well as reservation? I'm in a confused state of mind so thanks for help!!
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Aug 7th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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If I understand prperly you intend to travel on Monday August 16.

I have looked at both Trenitalia and the excellent Swiss site http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en?

I see no 10.15 train but no problem with seats.

There are trains every xx.40
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Aug 7th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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You can buy your ticket in the train station at Bologna. I am seeing a 10:40 departure and change in Milan to a regional train and arrive in Varenna at 13:23. I have never bought my tickets in advance.
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Aug 7th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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the trains from Milan-Varenna run every two hours; don't bother with First on that segment..not worth it and buy tix at the train station in Milan for that portion if necessary
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Aug 7th, 2010, 10:30 AM
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Thanks to you both---I stated things incorrectly I am going from Bologna to Verona on the 18th and that was what was showing lack of availability..... I go to Varenna from Verona on the 20th but it was the Bologna-Verona portion I was questioning buying in advance online.

Sorry for the confusion on my part!
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Aug 7th, 2010, 10:32 AM
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There are ES trains from Bologna to Milan twice an hour all day long - the 10:40 will not sell out.

The train from Milan to Varenna is a regional train - impossible to sell out.
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Aug 7th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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Most of the trains you see from Bologna to Verona are regional trains - that's the reason you see N/A on trenitalia.

You can't buy tickets more than 7 days in advance online, assuming you could buy online in the first place. There are no reserved seats on regional trains, so it's impossible for them to sell out.
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Aug 7th, 2010, 01:55 PM
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On Trenitalia, enter a date within 7 days for all the train schedules/prices to show. It will not show regional prices past 7 days. They will say N/A even though the trains are available.
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Aug 8th, 2010, 04:55 AM
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Great info---now I know why it shows N/A and will buy there. Thanks for the answers and am all set now.
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