My group of 4 ladies will be arriving in Rome on Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 am. We are then going on to Spoleto by train from Roma Termini. Unfortunately there is a national Trenitalia strike on that day. I know that a few trains are guaranteed to run, mostly during commuting hours. Very few of them will be going to Spoleto. We have the option of a guaranteed Intercity train leaving at 3:25 or a guaranteed regional trian leaving about an hour later. If the strike is not cancelled or rescheduled shortly before we leave, I am planning on purchasing tickets on the Intercity train to make sure that we have seats. My question is, if the strike is called off after I purchase the Intercity train tickets, will I be able to exchange them for Regional train tickets for a train leaving earlier than the 3:25 Intercity train? It will be a very long day indeed!! Leslie V
If you buy base fare (full price) tickets you can make changes. If you train tickets have any kind of discount, same-day changes or any changes at all will not be possible. I suggest you get tickets that have reserved seats for you.
Thank you for the information. Perhaps we will get lucky and the strike will be cancelled.
When there is a strike, the trains that do run get very crowded (I experienced this when I got the first running train after a strike). So, I agree with the advice to get reserved seats, unless you don't mind standing on the regional train. If you are taking a crowded regional train from Rome, go immediately to the far end of the platform as soon as you can. That's how I was able to get a seat (most people tried to get on nearer the "head" of the station).
Harold, good idea about moving to the end of the train. It will be the front of the train on arrival!