We are taking a 2 day trip to Venice at the end of our trip to Rome. We thought we could save some money by taking a night train to arrive back in Rome the morning of the day we leave to come home. I can't seem to find any information on how to book a sleeper. Maybe the trip is too short for a sleeper? Also, looking for any advise to get the best fares.
Kent is right when he implies that you probably won't sleep well. Considering you're going to be flying home soon afterwards, the overnight train is probably not a great idea if it stops frequently. If you're good at recovering from jet lag, go for it! But if you'll be back at work soon after getting home...
My worry would be that there would be a rail workers strike, and I wouldn't be able to get back to Rome on the morning I needed to catch the flight home. I sure would hate to miss the flight and have to purchase another plane ticket.
Kent is correct. I have traveled throughout Europe via overnight trains. The only time I slept well was the train from Paris to Nice. I had made reservations for a bed in a sleeper car. The car had six bunk beds. Otherwise, you sleep on couchettes. This is a day time chair that pulls out like a recliner.
Just to clarify...Couchettes are four- or six-person compartments with simple bunks...basically a padded shelf with bedding. It's better than the reclining chairs, but not as good as a proper sleeper compartment.
Thanks to everyone - you have convinced me not to do the overnight! I had not even thought about the possibility of a train strike - not worth the risk.