MXP to CinqueTerre

We are traveling from Malpensa to Cinque Terre to florence to roma. Is it best to purchase point to point tickets or purchase a 1st class pass?

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8641 posts

IMO, 2nd class is perfectly fine. But since you asked about 1st class, here is what you would pay for full fare 1st class point-to-point tickets: Milano Centrale - Genova Piazza Principe - Sestri Levante - Vernazza: €40.50. The Sestri Levante - Vernazza leg on a Regionale train is 2nd class only. Vernazza - La Spezia Centrale - Pisa Centrale - Firenze S. M. Novella: €13.90 (all legs on Regionale trains and 2nd class only). Firenze S. M. Novella - Roma Termini: €52 on a Freccia (high-speed) train. Arguments against a pass: 1. It won't be good on the Malpensa Express from the airport to Milano Centrale. 2. You will have to buy seat reservations for trains that require them (€3 for InterCity trains and €10 for high-speed trains). 3. A 3-day 1st class Saver Pass costs $252 (€188). You also would pay seat reservation fees of €3 for Milano - Genova, €3 for Genova - Sestri Levante, and €10 for Firenze - Roma. That brings your total cost to €204. Your total for full fare p2p tickets would be €106.40. That makes a pass nearly twice as expensive as full fare p2p tickets. 3. If you book Firenze-Roma well in advance (up to 120 days allowed) on trenitalia.com, you can get a Super Economy fare of €19 for 1st class on a high-speed train. 4. Regionale train tickets are very cheap. In Italy a pass only makes sense if most of your rides will require traveling long distances on high-speed trains and you don't want to commit in advance to specific departure dates and times which means you cannot take advantage of discount fares.