(Closed) Italy transportation help please?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I felt that the Europass was only beneficial if you wanted to see 5+ cities. Because you buy it, but there is still an additional fee for every train (around 20-40ish euro.) So if you are only planning on going to like 3 cities I would just pay per train.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

It may have changed (7 years ago,) but when I bought & used the europass, there were small fees for each train. For us, it evened out b/c I believe the pass was $500 USD, and considering all the trips, even with the additional fees, it was less then paying per train.

For your 4 trips specifically, I’m on the fence. Have you looked online to get a rough idea of what each individual leg would cost?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The EuroRail pass is SUPER convenient for small rides between the smaller cities (usually those types of rides are free with EuroRail pass), and it does give you a big discount off of the fast trains and the major lines between major cities, like Rome to Florence. If you’re going in the summer time, the trains can get booked, so you might want to reserve your seats on the train the morning of or a couple days in advance!

If you don’t buy a EuroRail pass, definitely don’t worry about buying train tickets before you get to Italy – it’s much easier to buy them there and print them out right at the train station. Plus, if you want to stay longer, it allows you to stay somewhere an extra day or two! You never know, I ended up staying in Cinque Terre for a week. (highly recommend!!)

The Naples to Rome train probably has a small fee, if any, and there are trains running all day so you don’t need to worry about reserving that one. The EuroRail pass isn’t worth it for that. Rome to Florence I remember reserving a day in advance, and it might have been expensive – you should check that price online. The rest of the rides you mentioned are a wash. The trip to Switzerland probably wouldn’t be covered by a one-country EuroRail pass, though.

I used a EuroRail Global pass for 2 months’ of backpacking around Europe and I LOVED it! It’s really convenient, because you don’t have to worry about having cash (or paying with a credit card and paying currency conversion fees!) every time you want to go somewhere. You are definitely doing the best thing by taking the trains, some of them are really scenic and it’s nice to be able to read/hang out/nap and not have to worry about driving!

What time of year are you going? Are you dead-set on going to Naples? Because I would skip Naples (unless you are an archeology lover and have to go to Pompeii!) and go to Cinque Terre or spend more time in Tuscany instead.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would not get the Eurail Pass, just get the tickets the day of or day before or if it’s imperative that you leave on a certain day/time then you can just buy that particular ticket ahead of time.

If you’re travelling in Switzerland at all (not sure if you’re just going there to fly out) by train I would sign up for email notifications on any discounts. I get emails all the time for really cheap tickets (50% off) so you can definitely find some deals there as well.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve heard Amalfi is sketch, so I decided not to go there since I was traveling by myself. Butttt, everyone else I know who has been to Cinque says it’s their favorite place in the world. Seriously, any picture you take there comes out looking like a postcard. And the people are super friendly, even though it’s 5 small towns which get a lot of tourism, all of the locals were very nice. I met an old man who shared me the last bottle of wine he ever made before he got too old to raise grapes! Amazing! It helps if you speak Italian, but still 🙂

The reason why everyone likes Cinque is because the 5 towns are each about a mile apart, and there are stunning hikes between each of the towns. The hikes go through families’ vineyards, and over a cool bridge, and they all have amazing views. It’s a really unique experience. Plus, if you’re already going to Florence, it makes sense geography-wise. The beaches are very very clean too, unlike most of the crowded beaches on the French and Italian coastlines.

3 days in Florence is perfect, and I think you can do Tuscany in a day trip. It really depends on whether you prefer cities or smaller towns. Sienna is unique, as is Bologna – they both have really unique architecture that is pretty surprising after Rome and Florence.

Be careful in Switzerland, everything is super expensive – it gets frustrating! Even bottled water is expensive. It’s beatiful though, especially if you’re not from a mountainous place. 

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