I'd like to book tickets for travel in early July, on preferably a high speed train from Venice to Rome. I tried to research this through both the Trenitalia and Italotrena websites and was unable to figure out if there is a high speed train option on our date of travel. How early can I book the tickets? How can I figure out train schedules in Italy? Is there a better way to get from Venice to Rome quickly (air)? Thanks so very much, any and all advice appreciated!
It's too early to book tickets for June. Keep checking everyday both sites and they will come up online soon (usually 90 days before, sometimes they are late around the June timetable change.
Elaine, there are 20 trains a day from Venice to Rome. Almost all are high-speeds. The train ride takes 3hrs40min. They are running now and they will be running in early July. Normally, you can book these trains 119 days out from the time of travel. The problem right now is that Trenitalia uploads their schedules and timetables twice yearly. The next upload is due June 9. And, until Trenitalia completes this task, you can't see all of the trains beyond that date. Trenitalia is notorius for this tardiness. You just have to wait until the schedules refresh. You can look at the timetables for right now for anytime up to June 8. They won't change much after the upload. You just have to keep looking until they appear.
Elaine, Travel by air from Venice to Rome is not a good option. It will take longer than by train (when all is considered), will likely be more expensive and will most certainly be more of a hassle. You should be able to get a good idea of the schedules by checking trains in the next week or so which travel on the same day of the week that you're planning. I tried to check 4 July with Italo, but they're not available yet. If you check the websites on a regular basis, that will indicate when ticket purchase is possible. If the travel time indicated is about 3.5 hours, it will be on a high speed train. One point to note is that the Italo trains only go to Roma Tiburtina or Roma Ostiense stations and NOT Roma Termini. If you'd prefer to arrive at Termini, you'll have to use Trenitalia. Both services depart from Venezia Santa Lucia, so no difference there. Happy travels!
If you take the Italo train to Tiburtina, just buy a Trenitalia ticket from there to Termini and you should be at Termini in about 20 minutes, 5 minutes travel time and usually not more than 15 minutes waiting time.
Just want to let everyone know how grateful I am to those who took the time to respond to my question. The information is VERY helpful and now I can stop stressing about this issue. Thank you.