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peapod Jan 19th, 2012 10:27 AM

train travel in France and Italy
I want to travel by train for 3 days in the French Riviera area. (staying in Nice) then travel to Cinqua Terra for 3 days (Corniglia) then back to Genoa to pick up a car rental to drive to Lake Garda. What are the cheapest options? A rail pass is $680.00!

crdtny Jan 19th, 2012 10:53 AM

From July 1st to September 30th, the SNCF's "Carte Isabelle" enables passengers to make an unlimited number of trips in any one day on all trains offering seats (except TGV express trains) in 1st or 2nd class, from Théoule-sur-Mer to Vintimiglia and from Nice to Tende.
On sale at the train stations: €12.

Trains in Italy are inexpensive. Try Italian rail.

Isabelle is a great ticket, used it many times for day returns all around Nice area from Cannes to Vintimiglia and also for a dat trip to Tende (beautiful scenic journey Alps)

kybourbon Jan 19th, 2012 11:26 AM

>>>Trains in Italy are inexpensive. Try Italian rail.<<<<

The Italian train company is Trenitalia. The train from Corniglia to Genoa is 6€ - 10€ depending on train. Trains between the CT towns will be a few euro. Trains from Nice to Corniglia will be around 20€ to 50€ depending on train. The French and Italian rail companies don't make it easy to price the trains between them unless they are high speed or overnight trains. You may have to look at the French rail site for trains from Nice to the border and then the Italian rail site for the Italian border to Corniglia.

Man_in_seat_61 Jan 20th, 2012 03:45 AM

Use www.trenitalia to book from Ventimiglia (on the border, where the Italian trains start) to Monterosso in Cinque terre. Then buy a 5 euro local train ticet Nice-Ventimiglia at Nice station, no reservation needed, train every 30 minutes.

peapod Jan 20th, 2012 01:50 PM

Thank you everyone. Very useful info. Now I need to book a hotel near the train station in Genoa......

crdtny Jan 21st, 2012 12:36 PM

Two minutes from station. Stayed here last month ask for room with view.

Next door to funicular which takes you to high above the City and where you can have nice food in restaurants and go for scenic walk......several good restaurants next to Hotel. Nice old fashioned Hotel good breakfast,

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