Trains, Train Passes

I am planning a trip to Europe and was wondering if somebody can provide me with train information. I plan on visiting Rome,Florence,Pisa,Venice then fly to Paris and possible a day trip to Belgium. Is there a particular train pass I should purchase? Should I buy in advance?

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

A rail pass doesn't make a lot of sense in Italy these days. This guide on The Man in Seat 61 explains why in detail, but essentially Italian point-to-point tickets are inexpensive and high speed trains attract an additional fee for pass holders: You should use the Trenitalia journey planner to check for yourself, but here is one example. Pisa to Venice via Florence, travelling in 2 days time, would cost €52.80 if I get the 07.54. If I travel a bit later, there are a number of departures that would cost €36.80. If I book that same journey to travel on June 5th, the 07.54 departure would cost €36.80 and the later departures are only €26.80. Repeat that process for each of the Italian journeys you plan to take, and compare the prices with the daily cost of a pass. For Paris to Belgium, Thalys high speed trains can get you to Brussels in about 1 hour 20 minutes. On I can see early June departures from €29, but even 2 months out they have only a few seats left at that price, so it pays to book as soon as you can. If you have problems with tgv-europe and you can manage basic French, then you could try instead. It offers the same trains and prices as You can also try