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1. Posted by steph' (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

hello everyone!

i have a quick questions about using the eurail pass in italy. my friend has just told me that his friend had to pay a 15euro booking fee whenever he travelled to different cities in italy, even though he had a eurail pass.

what gives? i thought the eurail pass is supposed to help you save, not spend!

can anyone tell me if this is true? thanks!

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

On all long distance Intercity/ES Italia trains in Italy (and all long distance trains in Spain, TGVs in France amongst others) you have to pay a supplement/compulsary reservation on top of your Eurail. 15euros flat fee seems excessive to me, but I don't use Eurails so don't know. You also of course will have to pay extra for couchette/Sleeping accom if you choose to use them on overnight trains.

It is still possible to travel around Italy without using trains requiring supplement, BUT they will be significantly slower regional services, and longer journeys will require several changes and may involve long waits.

3. Posted by steph' (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

hello! thanks for the clarification.

however i found this website: that says there's no need to pay a supplement fee or reservation fee on Intercity trains in Italy. have they changed their policies?

  • confused* hope someone can help!
4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

They could well have done.

As more and more trains are being upgraded to "High Speed", places are dropping teh requirements for supplements/reservations on more normal trains. For example, until 5 (at a guess, i can't remember exactly when) years ago, supplements were payable on IC and EC trains in Germany. But continued conversion to faster/premium ICE trains mean't that IC/EC then became supplement free.

Italy are expanding their Eurostar/Pendolino network, and it would seem that they have dropped IC supplements, which is good news. I haven't travelled much in Italy in 3 or 4 years, so guess it must have changed.

However, note that you still need to pay an 18euro seat reservation on Eurostar/Pendolino services, which is probably what your friend was using and the fee he was talking about. They are significantly quicker services, but obviously the speed comes at a cost, and you have to weigh them against each other before deciding what you want to use.

Also, note that whilst I am a very frequent pass/rail user, i use Interrails (As a Euro resident) not Eurail, and their are differences. We have to pay GErman ICE supplements, for example, but you don't

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 11, 2007, at 8:42 AM by Gelli ]