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Trenitalia - how fr in advance will it let you buy tickets?

Nov 3rd, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Trenitalia - how fr in advance will it let you buy tickets?

I'm going to need to buy tickets from Bologna to Zurich for January. When do you think that schedule will be viewable on their website? Should I just wait until we get to Rome and buy them, which will be about a week before they're actually needed?
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Nov 3rd, 2006, 06:59 AM
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I have never traveled there in January, you may need them in advance because of the ski season around Zurich. However, we usually travel in March/April and buy our tickets the day of travel. I don't know how many days in advance you get to Rome but I would think buying them there would be sufficient.
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Nov 3rd, 2006, 07:10 AM
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For Trenitalia it's 60 days. You can access schedules and prices by entering a date in the next 60 days. The schedules and prices will be basically be the same as now, unless there is a price increase for 2007 at the start of January. For Bologna to Zurich, be sure to click international on www.trenitalia.com.
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Nov 3rd, 2006, 07:28 AM
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If I buy them while I'm in the States where do you pick them up? Or do they mail actual tickets?
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Nov 3rd, 2006, 07:37 AM
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One advantage to booking in advance at trenitalia.com is the possibility of getting a discount fare. For example, the normal second class fare for Bologna-Zurich is E81. The Smart Price fare, if available, is E46.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 11:24 AM
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Is the consensus that I should buy my tickets a week ahead of needing them, when I first arrive in Rome? Or should I buy them before I leave? Do they mail them to your house or do you pick them up at the station?
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Nov 6th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Hi ST,
I looked at Bologna/Zurich for various dates on www.trenitalia.com.

Both the English and Italian language sites say you can't buy the tickets online.

Did this solve your problem?


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Nov 6th, 2006, 01:22 PM
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Yes it does as I did not see that statement on the website.

Thank you
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Nov 6th, 2006, 01:33 PM
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24 hours is sufficient---week before in Rome is overkill.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 01:39 PM
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Ira,

Why does it also say "You can pick up international tickets bought on trenitalia.com only from the enabled trenitalia ticket desks"?
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Nov 6th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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I just did dummy bookings for Bologna-Zurich at trenitalia.com for 2 January and 2 February. For the January date, only regular fare tickets were available. For the February date, Smart Price tickets were available. After selecting the option of picking up my ticket at a station in Italy, had I chosen to, I could have completed the booking process.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 02:56 PM
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Ira - Did you click international first?
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Nov 6th, 2006, 04:32 PM
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Under "International", then "Timetables and purchasing" it says:

You can consult the Trenitalia timetable freely and, if you are a registered user, you can purchase the tickets for your journey immediately.
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Nov 6th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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Have you checked out flying from Bologna to Zurich? How long is that train trip?
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Nov 7th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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Hi all,

This morning I tried Bologna/Zurich.

On the English site, I couldn't by online.

On the Italian site, I could.

Sorry for the misinformation earlier. I shall put it down to dealing with Trenitalia.

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