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1. Posted by Icecouple (Budding Member, 4 posts) 8 Apr '14 16:37

Hi there :)

I am seeking for some advice about trains and buses in Northern-Italy.

We are a company of three travelers from Iceland. We are visiting Italy in July and would like to travel with bus or train between places.
I have googled a lot and some of the Internet sites I have found seem only to be available in Italian and unfortunately I don´t understand this beautiful language.

Can anyone help us and advice us about following:

- Which is better/easier/cheaper option, train or a bus?

- Where can we book train or bus fare?

- It it better to book online in advance or buy tickets when we arrive?

We need to travel on these dates:
- Milan-Malpensa airport 16th of July (arriving at 10:10am) to Genoa.

- Genoa to Alassio 20th of July (anytime during the day).

- Alassio to Milan-Malpensa on the 29th of July (need to be at the airport about 15:30 / 3:30pm).

Grazie :)
Icecouple

2. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member, 311 posts) 8 Apr '14 18:58

I cannot help with your specific questions but these might be of help..

All things Train..

Italian Rail...

A german Site but try it anyway..

And you can use Google maps to get general directions.

Bus is usually cheaper than rain but my preference is for train.

Hope it helps. I will be in Iceland briefly at the end of May. Can't wait.

Steve

3. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 627 posts) 8 Apr '14 21:22

Hi,

Not sure about booking in advance, but I would suggest using Rome2Rio to compare travel types. They offer a comprehensive comparison for train, bus, plane and ferry routes, and we actually partner with them to provide the transport options in our Planner.

Good luck with your planning!

4. Posted by Icecouple (Budding Member, 4 posts) 9 Apr '14 09:57

Thank you so much for the help Steve and KellieBarnes :)

Steve don´t hesitate to contact me if you need any info about Iceland ;)

5. Posted by Yiuli (Budding Member, 4 posts) 10 Apr '14 11:37

Ciao!

I have traveled through northern Italy a couple of times, so far always by train.

I'd definitely recommend booking in advance! You're traveling in the middle of the holiday season, the trains will most likely be full (if not overloaded). Last time I took the train from Milan to Genoa was 2 years ago in September and people were standing in the corridors, pressed together like sardines ;)

I booked my tickets via ItaliaRail: http://www.italiarail.com/ (in english)
or
Trenitalia: http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=4ddd1a035296f310VgnVCM1000005817f90aRCRD (also available in english)

By the way, I speak Italian (not my first language, though), so if you'd like any help with anything, even just a website ect., I'm always glad to help! :)

Hope you'll have a great time!!

6. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member, 311 posts) 11 Apr '14 19:08

Quoting Icecouple

Thank you so much for the help Steve and KellieBarnes :)

Steve don´t hesitate to contact me if you need any info about Iceland ;)

I am curious. Was any of that helpful & if so, in what way? Did it answer your question or do you still have some?

Steve

7. Posted by Icecouple (Budding Member, 4 posts) 18 Apr '14 07:55

Quoting hasbeen

I am curious. Was any of that helpful & if so, in what way? Did it answer your question or do you still have some?

Steve

Yes the info was helpful :) I had never seen the website "Seat61.com" which is a great one, it literally has all kinds of helpful info.

Giving the answers people prefer trains over bus (although bus seems to be the cheaper option) and it is probably better to book online.

I still don´t know how to book a bus fare or if it is even possible for foreigners.
From the site "rio2rome.com" I get that I can see schedules at autostradale.it or autoticino.com from Milan-Malpensa to Genoa but the sites are only in Italian and it seems that summer schedules are not online yet. I think we would prefer to take bus this part of our travel because it goes straight from the airport to Genoa.

Also it seems that it it to early to book train fare.

Thank you all,
Icecouple

8. Posted by Icecouple (Budding Member, 4 posts) 18 Apr '14 07:58

Quoting Yiuli

if you'd like any help with anything, even just a website ect., I'm always glad to help! :)

We will take your advise and book online as soon as possible :) If I get in trouble I might ask for your help :)

Thank you so much Yiuli :)

9. Posted by Renzocarlos (Budding Member, 4 posts) 19 Apr '14 03:16

Hi, in Italy the best thing is to travel in train, because for the cost and comfort. for more information go to in this link: www.trenitalia.com

bye bye

10. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member, 311 posts) 19 Apr '14 05:09

Hello,

Milan airport does give some info if you scroll down to Genova. It says where to catch the bus & the price but it says reservations required, but then I get stuck.

It says 'Tickets can be bought at Airport 2000' but that makes no sense to me.

And the link to Volpibus does not help much either as it contradicts the times on the airport page.

There are phone numbers, perhaps you could call them.

Steve