Italotreno - about to book 21 Euro Venice - Florence

I'm needing transportation between Venice to Florence on Saturday June 22nd. The Italo Treno (italotreno.it) site is easy to use and the timing is perfect. The fare is 21 Euro each. Should I go ahead and book this? I'm also happy buying the one-way fare when in Venice. I did hear that this route is popular and might be worthwhile to book ahead. I'm also guessing that Saturday might be a busier travel day. Should I go for it and book the train?

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3582 posts

Yea! Congrats :-) Two of my mostest favoritest places. Have a great time!

Posted by Monique
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
493 posts

Hello Andria! Do you have any secret as to how you got ItaloTreno to work? I was trying to purchace Rome to Florence tickets for June because the time I need is cheaper than Trenitalia, and after 3 attempts, registering on the site, and even registering my credit card, it still will not work. Reminds me of Trenitalia back in the day...
Thanks for any info (from anyone!)

Posted by Leia
Ankeny
25 posts

Hi Monique, I had the same problem. I was watching the Italo site waiting for the summer schedules to be loaded so I could book two trips - Bologna to Florence, and Florence to Rome. When the schedules went up I was able to book the first trip with no problems...1 minute later when I tried to book the second trip I got a variety of error messages. I tried to book the second trip once a day for nearly a week - on the fifth night it finally went through. So, just keep trying.

Posted by Monique
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
493 posts

Thanks (Princess) Leia! I will keep trying. I am not familiar with this company as the last time I was in Italy in 2011 it didn't even exist, but the reviews are great and it is a nice alternative to Trenitalia, especially with the Florence to Rome route when there is no true bus alternative. Andria - sorry for highjacking your post. If it's any consolation, I will be in Florence on June 22nd. Are you staying for San Giovanni festival? Never experienced it, but sounds like a blast!!

Posted by Andria
Eugene, OR, USA
19 posts

Wow - I didn't know about the San Giovanni festival on June 24th! We're leaving sometime that day for Vernazza but will hopefully see some early day festivities. Thanks for letting me know about that. When I booked on Italo, I don't think I registered. I think I bypassed that and used the site as a guest. I believe I only provided an email, names, credit card. I don't recall creating a username and password. All I know is I did receive a booking confirmation and a ticket code. Good luck!

Posted by Tania
Halton, Ontario, Canada
105 posts

Hello, call instead of booking online. If you have previously tried to book, and it didn't go through, they can pull up your info. We booked tickets last weekend, and had to call because it wouldn't complete the purchase. We called with no issues, the gentleman pulled up our failed attempt with all the departure and destination details, people travelling and dates. All we had to provide was the credit card info, and they emailed us our PNR code and confirmation. I posted on the RS transportation page last week, the phone number for Italotreno is on there. Good luck, and have a great time!

Posted by Monique
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
493 posts

@Tania - thanks for the tip, and I did find your previous post, but I don't think that will help with ItaloTreno. It's not for international travel. I did find the contact number for them on their website, but I think I would spend more money making the call and purchasing the tickets in my horrible Italian, than the amount of money I would save by taking the train I am trying to get! I will try one more time, but otherwise I can just wait until I get to Florence in a few weeks.
Thanks!!

Posted by Monique
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
493 posts

Have you YouTubed that game? Some described it to me as a bunch of the roughest, toughest, ex-con-iest men gathered together to play a game with minimal rules. Our flat is on the 5th floor - I think I will stay there until the evening's fireworks lol.