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Mannheim, Florence, & Venice by train

want to travel from Mannehiem germany to see Florence & Venice by train how would i choose a rail pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 28, 2015 19:42
    Thank you for your question.

    If you just intend on traveling from Mannheim to Florence and Florence to Venice, then I would just recommend purchasing regular point-to-point tickets, as opposed to any rail pass.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering a route.

    Mannheim to Florence

    A daytime connection from Mannheim to Florence takes about 9.5 to 10.5 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes en route; once in either Bern or Zurich and then once in Milan.

    An overnight connection from Mannheim to Florence takes 12.5 hours and involves changing trains once in Munich along the way. The segment from Munich to Florence would be on the actual overnight train.

    When purchasing tickets and checking schedules for connections such as these, you would just want to do a separate search for each segment.

    Therefore, for the daytime option, you would do one search for trains from Mannheim to Bern (high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains) or Mannheim to Zurich ('EuroCity' trains or high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains), another search for connecting trains from either Bern to Milan ('EuroCity' trains) or Zurich to Milan ('EuroCity' trains), and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Rome (high-speed 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciabianca' trains, regular 'InterCity' trains, or high-speed 'Italo' trains).

    When doing these searches, just be sure to note the station of departure for your train from Milan to Florence and the station of arrival for your train from Bern or Zurich to Milan. Trains from Bern or Zurich to Milan will only arrive into the Milan Centrale station, while trains from Milan to Florence can depart from other stations. The 'Italo' trains, for instance, will only depart from the Porta Garibaldi or Rogoredo stations, not the Centrale station.

    (Note: When you pull up the schedules on our website for these searches the Milan Centrale would be labeled as 'Milano C.LE' and the Milan Porta Garibaldi station would be labeled as 'Milano P Garibal'.)

    Generally, 'InterCity Express', 'EuroCity', 'Frecciarossa', 'Frecciabianca', and 'InterCity' trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the 'Italo' trains can be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure.

    If it happens that you need to commute between the Centrale station and the Porta Garibaldi station in Milan, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between the Centrale station and the Porta Garibaldi station only takes about 5 minutes. You would pay to ride the Metro locally before boarding.

    For the overnight option, you would do one search for trains from Mannheim to Munich (high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains) and another search to access the overnight train from Munich to Florence ('City Night Line' night train).

    Generally, 'InterCity Express' trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the 'City Night Line' overnight train can be booked 90 to 180 days in advance of a departure.

    Florence to Venice

    There are direct trains Florence to Venice operating all throughout the day. The trains from Florence to Venice are high-speed 'Frecciargento' trains, regular 'InterCity' trains, or high-speed 'Italo' trains).

    Generally, 'Frecciargento' and 'InterCity' trains can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the 'Italo' trains can be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure.
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