Reserved train tickets.....just hop on?

Hello, I've purchased my train tickets for my trip around Italy in Dec. They're second class with assigned seats. My question is, do we then just show up and hop on our train and head to our seats? My understanding is that since we have assigned seats we don't need to validate them or do anything else, but I want to make sure. Thank you

Posted by Carol
Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada
128 posts

That's right Jodi. We've just returned from Italy and we reserved our trains in advance from home. Be sure to carry your reservation with you, and a backup in case you lose them. They will come by to view your reservation.

Posted by donna
cranberry twp, PA, United States
3112 posts

That's right. Just hop on and find your seat. If someone is already sitting there just show them your ticket and they will move. If you decide to go to the snack car be sure to take your ticket with you. Donna

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12910 posts

We have encountered cases where they would not move. Just motioned to other empty seats with the suggestion that we taken them. We did. Sometimes a conductor is very hard to find. It is also a good idea to carry the credit card which you used to purchase the ticket. I know that is required in Germany but cannot remember if we needed it in Italy or not.

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
6522 posts

You got it. The concept behind validating tickets is whether they could be used for a different train ride if you did NOT validate them. The tickets with reserved seats are good only for that particular train ride on that specific day. So no need to validate.

Posted by Jodi
Mountain House
56 posts

Thanks so much folks - I will certainly bring the same credit card and take a copy of the ticket. And also pray that we don't miss any of these trains! As this trip gets closer I'll probably be asking more questions. This site has been so helpful.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
5516 posts

Why do you need to show the credit card with which you purchased the tickets?
I never had to. At least not in Italy.