Do intercity trains get all booked up?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 4, 2012 8:43 AM Last Post By: brawler
May 2, 2012 3:30 PM
Do intercity trains get all booked up?I am leaving for Italy later this month and I am on a bit of a tight schedule (as in, I have my hotels picked out already, so I know where I'll be and when).
1. Traveling between cities by train, should I be booking tickets now online? Or can I get to the station a little before and get a seat? (Though my days are set, some flexibility in terms of the hour I leave might be nice, hence me wanting to put if off, it possible. Also, the website is screwing up on me now).
2. Is Trenitalia the right website I should be looking at?
3. Is bus a better option schedule/price/flexibilty-wise?
4. Finally, I heard (via Wikitravel) that going from Milan city to the airport can be complicated in terms of buying the ticket (I'll be leaving from the central station). Should I book the ticket to the airport online now, or is that a different service that I need to do in person? If the latter, how does one get a ticket at the Milan central station for the airport? (I'd prefer to get in and get out, rather than chase a hard-to-find.
May 2, 2012 4:54 PM
11. depends on the routes but you shouldn't have too much problems unless it is a bank holiday or weekends can be busy. of course it is cheaper to buy in advance
3. it depends on routes and the prices you get
4. No problem at all it is very east to get a ticket you just find the bus for your airport (there are three) buy your ticket and get on the bus. If you are flying from Malpensa you can also get the train but only for Terminal 1
May 3, 2012 2:14 AM
2Like richiavo says....you don't need to buy in advance,but if you know exactly where you will be (and when) it wouldn't hurt to have a look on the website and see if there are any mini-fares available.
There are a few regions where buses are better,and a few particular destinations.Where are you going?
May 3, 2012 4:45 PM
3So that you know, last Saturday all trains to Genoa and Venice were booked up, until 2pm. It's better if you buy tickets in advance, if you travel during the peak season (which more or less started last week... take into account that on Saturday tickets cost half price thanks to a special offer - provided you buy them before midnight of the previous day - so people are even more motivated to travel by train on Saturdays).
May 4, 2012 2:19 AM
May 4, 2012 8:43 AM
i dont think u will find problems at booking a train in italy
it happenes really seldoms that trains are all booked
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