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Train QR codes

EDITED to add…I bought tickets through ItaliarRail (no app) and they are all high speed trains. I have just purchased multiple train tickets for various journeys in Italy. I printed out the paper copy of the ticket with the QR code. I am not tech savvy and I am wondering is there a way to somehow store these on my phone? The only idea I have had is to take a picture of each one and put it in its own album in my Photo app. Any other better ideas? Thank you!

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I got my Swiss Travel Pass in my Google Wallet. I took a photo of the QR code and was able to add it to the wallet. Ironically, I never used it. Since you also have to show your passport with the pass (or at least offer to show it), i tucked the paper copy in my passport and used that every time.

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Hi Kathi,

I also print out my train tickets, just in case. I do trim the page into a half-page instead of a whole because I usually take a lot of trains in Italy. If my phone was stolen, my hotels only need my passport, but I wouldn’t have my train ticket codes.

I also take a backup screenshot photo of the purchase on-line that shows the ticket and QR code. I file each of those in iCloud photo folders - each city gets a folder. Any other reservations with tickets for that city also gets a screenshot. I started doing the same with any messages from hotels which was very helpful during 2020 getting refunds.

There are tech options like TripIt or Wanderlog, etc. where you can upload the pdf’s of train tickets, also. I use TripIt.

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If you had set up an account with username and password with either Trenitalia or Italotren (the two train companies in Italy) when you bought your tickets, you can download their aps and open the tickets on that.

The aps come in handy for looking up train schedules from the comfort of your hotel and buying tickets if you want to go somewhere else like a day not in your set plan.

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Why not just keep the pdfs in the phone? That sounds a lot easier than storing them as photos. Using the train companies apps is also a good idea.

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Options may depend on a few things.

  • Did your purchase tickets from Trenitalia or someone else?
  • If Trenitalia, did you create an account when you purchased them?
  • Were all of them for trips with seat reservations, or were some/all of them shorter trips on regional trains?
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I took a photo of the QR code and was able to add it to the wallet.

Sam, how did you do that?

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I often take screenshots or a photo of a paper ticket and save it in a photo album. I also have an app on my phone called Adobe Scan that allows me to scan documents and convert it to a pdf, but for tickets I do find screenshots to be easier and faster.

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Google Wallet has an function to do this. At the bottom of the screen is a button "+ Add to Wallet". Press that and a new screen pops up and at the bottom of that screen is a button "Photo, Create a pass using a photo with a barcode or QR code". Press that and proceed.

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If you have an iPhone, Notes also allows you to save photos as pdfs.

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I just download the PDF available at time of purchase, and store it in my Documents App. Pretty easy to store it and pretty easy to bring it up to show the ticket checker if required. Done.

I NEVER carry paper copies. To do so, would really negate all the great technology available on my iPhone.

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I'm with Badger and Periscope here. Just download the attachment, save in my device's internal storage, and open with a pdf reader. Nothing complicated.