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double seat compartment night train

I am trying to book the night train from rome to venice (marco polo 774) Trenital says that there are no 2 bed sleepers avaliable but there is a double seat compartment avaliable. When I click on it a picture of two beds shows up. I think that means it is a double bed compartment. Is this true.

-stephen

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The fare for a double seat compartment is more than for a two-bed sleeper. That, plus the picture of two beds, makes me assume that it's a sleeping compartment with a little more room than the two-bed sleeper. But I'm only guessing here.

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I think so. My cousin and I just took that train, and i am really glad we got the sleeper and not the seats. We were comfortable it was quiet and we were safe. Others on the train we met afterwards were tired, grumpy, and had had a really rough night with noise, saftey and such

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I came to the same conclusion, and went ahead and booked it. I hope it's a bed compartment but if not oh well I did my best. Either way We'll be in Venice that next morning.

Thanks,

-Stephen

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Did this hold true? I am faced with the same situation at the moment and would like to book the 'double seat compartment' if it actually is two beds that my wife and I could have to ourselves.

Thanks!

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Thank you for your response, we went on our trip last september but it feels like it was yesterday. Yes, the compartment was a two bed sleeper. We had it to ourselves, left the window open and sleep like a rock. When we woke up the next morning we were In venice. Found the right veperatto stop and 15min later we were at our Grand canal front hotel. (Two hours before they opened for the day). Venice is so peacefull in the early morning.

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Thank you, Stephen. Sorry, just to be clear: the double seat compartments are two beds to yourself with a door (can you lock it?), correct? Was it safe on the train? I feel I am freaking myself out be reading the many horror stories. Thanks!

Colin

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Yes we had two beds, a sink,(no running water) and bottled water for brushing our teeth. The door locks and it will be just the two of you in the room.

I also read the posts about the gypsies. We were in Rome, sperlonga, Venice, Nice,and paris. I only saw one "gypsy" but she was at least 90 yrs. old so I don't think it would be fair to count her. Needless to say, My money, passport, and credit cards were in my money belt. I was always aware, not paranoid, just aware.

No Problems on the train. Make sure you board the car that your room is in or at least near it. we just jumped on the back of the train and had to walk down the length of the train from inside. It was very crowed and nobody wanted to make way for me, my wife, and our large suitcase. so after two cars of that, I just kinda made my own way until we found our room. A bit rude but it worked.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask. I learned alot on this trip.(Our first time in europe)

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Call Trenitalia at their 800 number and they'll answer all your questions and assist you with a booking, and in English. We took the night train from Milan to Paris and because of waiting too late to book it had a sleeping compartment for six (there were three of us). Book early and you'll be happier.

Be sure to pack light as Rick suggests because the compartments have limited space for a lot of luggage. On our trip the four of us had stowed our things and were in bed when the last two occupants, a couple from San Francisco, arrived. All of a sudden we were scrambling around trying to find a place for their FIVE bags while the train was pulling out.

Not a lot of sleep as the train made several stops enroute, but it was certainly a memorable part of our two weeks in Europe. Good luck.