My plan is to do 2 days in florence then taking a half day trip to pisa. I need some info on how to book train tickets FROM florence to rome, should i pre-book this? ive been looking online all day and i just cant find ANYTHING! please help! thanks.
This is the site of the Italian Railway company, It is very easy to use. I Wouldn't recommend pre-booking, but book them at the station as soon as you're in Florence. Remember the italian names of those city and it will be easier for the search engine at the site (Firenze et Roma).
Try the website seat61, excellent easy to use, cannot make bookings from it.
no need to prebook, however:
Avoid the Eurostar trains at all cost. They're very expensive, while slower but much cheaper alternatives are available. The cheapest would be to take the regionale train, which takes about 3,5 hours. The intercity trains come second, and take about 3 hours. Eurostar is rather quick at 90 minutes, but will easily cost you twice the fare of a regionale ticket.
[ Edit: Edited on 11-Feb-2009, at 02:02 by bentivogli ]
the fastest train between rome and florence is the EUROSTAR (including the new FRECCIAROSSA):
1hour 40 minutes, and 36euro for a second class ticket. prebook is mandatory.
the INTERCITY (ICplus) is a fast train:
2hour 40 minutes and 26 euro for a second class ticket. prebook in higly suggested.
the INTEREGIONALE (R) is the slowest train:
3 hor 50 minutes with many stops, and 16 euro for a second class ticket.
my suggestion is to not waiste your precious time in two wonderful cities, in a R train...
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Feb-2009, at 01:43 by chiado ]
Thanks all, you've helped alot. that's one thing off my plate !
Depending on how much luggage you've got you could of course, travel to Rome from Pisa, by slow 'n' cheap inter-regional train. You'll get some nice coastal views on the way. Do Florence to Pisa in the morning, spend half a day in Pisa (storing your luggage at the station), then travel from there to Rome.
I've done Eurostar (under 2 hrs from Rome to Florence) and I think it's worth the 30 something Euro. I had 2 full days in Florence and didn't want to waste a lot of time on the train. No need to buy it ahead of time but if you buy 24 hrs in advance, you may qualify for the Amica fare - 20% discount (limited # of seats though).
If going straight from Florence to Rome, just buy ticket when you get to the station (except if you want the amica discount).
[ Edit: Edited on 01-Apr-2009, at 22:47 by canadiank ]