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1. Posted by deediaz (Budding Member 40 posts) 6y


Does anyone have any recommendations as to which rail pass we should be using for a 2 week trip between France and Italy? We're flying into Paris and making are way to Rome.

Thanks for any information you might have :)

2. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 6y

Compare the prices for the individual legs of your trip before deciding to buy a pass. Within Italy, you can get train fares pretty reasonably right at the station. However, since you are traveling over the Christmas season, it might be a wise move to purchase your train tickets online ahead of time. Just check the prices on the web for straight-up tickets before you decide to purchase a rail pass.

3. Posted by deediaz (Budding Member 40 posts) 6y

Thanks for the tip JoyC.. we've been trying to compare prices for train tickets but all the websites tell me that fares/schedules are not available prior to 60 days from the date.

I wont lie, I find all the train lines a little confusing. Hopefully, my husband has a good grasp on it or we might end up in Istanbul. (And I wouldnt mind that at all!!)

4. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

I don't know if train prices are seasonal but when I price things out to decide on getting a pass, I just pick a bogus earlier travel date (keeping track of weekday or weekend) that actually gets me an answer. I also pay attention to the changes in price over the time of day; I think there's "rush hour" periods in the morning and afternoon when they charge more that I would try to avoid. I'd be surprised if a pass that includes Italy saves a lot of money but like the other poster said, maybe the holiday would make a difference.

5. Posted by deediaz (Budding Member 40 posts) 6y

Thanks laurim, I will give that a try and see if I get any results. I'm sure the holiday season does make a difference, hopefully not too much!

6. Posted by jakubgaj (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y


I was using InterRail some time ago, but was travelling pretty much all over the Europe. It was really useful, but had to pay extra sometimes (faster trains, seat reservations, etc) or even full price (french TGV). There's also RailEurope pass, both you can buy passes for specific contries or all Europe.


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