Whats the cheapest ticket to buy if i was starting in venice going to florence and then down to rome? over a time frame of 4 days? starting in venice ona friday night toa rrive in florence on a friday night then leaving florence on saturday night to arrive in rome saturday night/sunday morning?
If you are in another European country before you come to Italy, buy an International Ticket from Venice St. Lucia to Rome valid on regional trains only.
Otherwise just walk up to the train station and buy a ticket for the next train to Florence or Rome at the counter. Regional trains are the cheapest, they do not require reservation but are also the slowest and oldest.
http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html will help you find trains and ticket prices.
Italian trains seems like a good description of hell...I don't like Italian transport...
They have different categories. You get what you pay for, so the trains can be very inexpensive but slow. If you have time take a regional train. There are Italian train passes for non-Italians only, they're cheap and you can only buy them before you go. If they still exist. Mine was like 100$ for 500km of travel in Italy, or something like that, and you could bring people on your pass. I used this back in 2002 when I spent 2 months traveling in Italy.
For the life of me I cannot remember what these passes are called, I got mine at a Travelcuts office in Canada. It's not a Europass.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2007, at 2:43 PM by outdooren ]
i agree with t_maia just walk up to the ticket counter and buy your tickets as you go. best traveling i ever did was in italy with no itnerery and just walking up to buy my tickets.
BTW, not alot wrong with most Italian trains, perfectly comfortable and convenient, mostly more punctual than English ones too.
I agree with Maia too...
look to the link: http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/
you'll find the timetable.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 2, 2008, at 5:51 AM by elicla ]
Well you'll have to look at the train schedules closely. Regional trains are the cheapest rides you can buy but are a little slower and can be unbearable in the summer (No ventilation, if there is AC, it doesn't work!). However, you'll find MAYBE just a single regional route (the whole day) between those cities where there is no supplement fee. Expect to pay a supplement fee. This must be done at a reservation booth at the train station. Just look for booths displaying the words "Prenotazione". Since you're in major Italian cities the lines may be quite long as well. I was scheduled to leave Italy from Bergamo airport (near Milan) and had to take a train from Rome to Milan central. I wasn't expecting an hour long wait for a reservation. By the time I got to the booth, I had to wait almost an hour for the next train. You don't want this to happen to you if you're short on time! From all the fees I payed I'm guessing Venice to Florence will be about a 20 euro fee, while Florence to Rome will be something like 15 euro. Remember, these are in addition to your train ticket. Believe me when I say this, on major lines such as yours, they WILL check tickets to make sure you payed the reservation fee. No reservation ticket = Huge fine! It should take about 3 hours from Venice to Florence, maybe a little more. Likewise for the Florence-Rome line.