Super Economy Ticket Question

Hi all - so in planning our trip for this summer, I just stumbled across the new super economy ticket option.
We will be making 2 Rome to Florence and back again trips, for a total of 2 round-trip/ or 4 one-way tickets (depending on how you look at it). There are 4 of us total. Needless to say, we want to find the best prices (read: super economy tickets). So can someone please suggest what my plan of action should be to get these tickets? Is trying to get 4 super economy tickets on one train even a viable idea, or is that pointless to try? Does it make a difference if we get tickets one-leg at a time as opposed to round-trip tickets? Are there other practical options to make this journey besides the train? Thanks for any and all help! P.S. - oh, our trip covers the end of May to the beginning of July, so the trips would be made within that time frame.

Posted by Andre L.
Tilburg, Netherlands
2176 posts

When you are approaching 90 days before your exact travel days, start looking on sites of both Trenitalia and ItaloTreno (the new competitor). Then, on the first day your desired travel dates appear for sale, you grab them. Look your purchases as 4 purchases for 4 one-way tickets each (if I understood correctly you have a group of 4 doing 2 round-trips Roma-Firenze). There aren't discounts for round-trips in Italy, so you snatch each set of tickets on the 1st day they are put to sale! With luck, you can buy all of them for less than € 20 each. Now, if you are travelling after the first weekend of June, you will deal with the annual timetable change. In that case, it might be the case they delay the introduction of new schedules a bit more (so they will not be available exactly 90/92 days before departure).

Posted by donna
cranberry twp, PA, United States
2405 posts

I believe you can actually book 120 (4 months) out. These cheap tickets go very quickly and are capacity controlled. You might also want to visit the trenoitalo site because their tickets go for 20 euros each and there seem to be more seats at that price. Donna

Posted by Stephen
Fort Mill, SC, USA
159 posts

Definitely look at the web sites 120 days out. By booking the Super Economy tix, you will lock yourself into a specific date/time. You will save a lot of money, though, so I think it is worth it. I booked tickets from Venice - Florence and Florence- Rome for 9 Euros per leg per person. This was in November 2012.

Posted by bronwen
maplewood, new jersey, usa
750 posts

Before your tix go on same familiarize yourself with the website and set up an account. Do some trial runs messing around - I know it sounds geeky but it stinks when you find the fare you want and then realize your acct isn't set up or you don't understand the purchasing process.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6727 posts

It's 120 days out. I've been doing dummy purchase occasionally for quite some time. For the Rome/Florence runs, there are about 55 trains a day going in each direction. Most are non-stops. From experience, I can tell you that the 9E super economy tickets are really hard to get. I'm betting that on many of these runs, they may not even offer them. I can easily see the 19E and 29E tickets. For the end of May, I would begin looking right now. Get signed on and practice some dummy purchases. You can buy tickets for up to 5 people on Trenitalia. Buy the May tickets now and buy the early July tickets 120 days out. Please note that super economy tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangable.

Posted by Gerard
Temora, NSW, Australia
172 posts

Hi On the Trenitala web site, you can the Promotions menu (I think its the second from the left) There is then a window on the right hand side of the next screen to enter your date, departure and destinations , I was too late for the super tickets. The new kid in town "ITALO" dont seem to have their schedules out as far as 120 days like Trenitala, I can't see travel dates of 30 April on their site. Italo has a group deal for Smart and Primo so it may be worth a look.
go to Roninrome and look up the transportation-travel in italy posting. regards

Posted by Monique
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
493 posts

Thanks everyone! And great suggestions to create an account now. I just did that. Looked ahead to a date in May and saw 3 €9,00 trains for my routes of choice. Not for the dates I need just yet, but gives great hope.

Posted by shirley
Toronto, Canada
296 posts

You can buy 4 tickets at once and then the seats will be as close together as possible. Don't select your own seating (because seat maps are not that easy to find), just let the system select the seats.