Fares within Italy

Why are the fares diffferent on Rail Europe vs Trenatalia? Is it better to make a reservation on Rail Europe even if we are just staying within Italy?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 13, 2015 15:24
    Hi Cathy. Thank you for your question.

    As we are a separate vendor from the actual rail networks, we have our own rates and are not able to account for what the cost of a ticket would be if purchased locally in Europe. These ticket costs can vary and are subject to market pricing. In some cases, they may be higher. In other cases, they may be lower. At any moment, a particular train operator in Europe can substantially increase their rates for their own purposes.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering a route. Generally, 'Trenitalia' trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca, and InterCity) can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure, and regional trains in Italy (Regionale or Regionale Veloce) can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. In contrast, the privately operated 'Italo' trains can generally be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure. It is recommended that tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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