Hi all! As explained in a previous question, I have to make multiple trips to Rome during my stay in Florence so I am antsy to get my hands on some super economy tickets. It was said that I can purchase tickets 120 days out. I input dates 120 days out last month just to test and found that to be the case. Thanks!!! ...BUT I cannot get any train information for any date after June 8. It seems to be the end of the train calendar or something and the only option I get is the Euronight train. I have tried different dates, times, even cities. Do I need to wait for the site to update? Has anyone else tried purchasing tickets for travel after June 8 but within the 120 day parameter? Thanks for any help!
This may not exactly answer your question. But when in Italy in 2008 we woke up our first day in Rome went to a travel agency and bought all our train tickets for the next two weeks. Was very easy and no problem at all. So maybe you don't need to worry about doing this so far in advance. Hopefully someone else has more insight. Also you can also get those questions answered on Rick Steves.com, that is really how I found out about getting my tickets to begin with.
Thanks Judy! I actually normally don't get train tickets until the day of or night before at the train station. This is just a different situation, as there are 4 of us making multiple trips back and forth to Rome so I would prefer to get the cheaper tickets, which would more than likely be gone if I wait. It's just a chance I don't want to take and one less thing I would need to worry about.
Trenitalia u-p-dates their schedules twice a year - mid-June and mid-December. At this time, I can't get by June 8 either. Also, don't expect to get the 9Euro Super Economy fares. I recently went through all 52 runs from Florence to Rome 119 days out and the lowest Super Economy fare was 19Euro. No 9Euro fares on this run. None on the Florence/Venice run either. I'm sure that you won't have to wait until the refresh in June but keep looking.
To amplify Larry's answer: you can't buy tickets until the schedules are loaded. But, no one else can buy these tickets now either. So, just check every day or two, and be ready to pounce to get the cheapest available as soon as they're released.
Monique, check the schedules and tickets for ItaloTreno, the private competitor operating on the same high-speed line. They have some pretty knock-down prices sometimes, and their trains are much better than those of Trenitalia.
Perhaps you have already done this.. Considering that you are making multiple trips of the same stretch of line, perhaps there is a good deal on a season or multiple journey ticket that might work out just as well
Trenitalia does offer a 10-ticket carnet, for travel in both directionsonnthe same route, at 20% off the base fare. It is personal and cannot be shared. ItaloTreno says they have an TialoInsieme fare for 3 or more persons traveling together, but when I went to price tickets it came up the same per person for two or four adults. Maybe you can get it to work better. Look for it under Family Travel. They are only selling tickets through May8 at this time.
Just curious to see if anyone has had success with this since I posted the question. I still can't purchase beyond June 8th...
Nope. I'm trying as well. I'm anxious to see it because I'm trying to figure out if train schedules will work with my flight times. It's making me nervous. I did call Rail Europe just a minute ago just to see if I could find out schedule information (what they tell you to do on their site when it doesn't come up) and they said 90 days out. So maybe it will come soon.
Carrie, The new timetables are likely to be identical to the current ones. If there are any changes, they will vary by only a few minutes.