I’m excited, but a bit confused!

Please help! I don't know if I should purchase a 3 day Rail Pass or specific tickets for our travel...

My boyfriend and I will be flying into Rome the morning of August 22nd at 9:30am and want to take the 2:40 train to Bari and then another train on to Ostuni. We will return to Rome on the morning of August 28th by train. We want to travel First Class and will be traveling together. Would it be better to buy a Rail Pass or just purchase the tickets for the trains we want to travel on. Also, we leave for Rome on the afternoon of August 21st. Is there enough time to have our rail pass sent to our home before we leave? It's five weeks until departure day. If we decide to buy the rail pass, I want to make sure we get them before we leave.

To complicate matters even further, we will be purchasing a round trip First Class ticket from Ostuni to Rome and back to Ostuni for my boyfriend's cousin who lives in Ostuni and is an Italian citizen. She will travel with us on the 28th to Rome and then return to Ostuni on September 1st when we fly back to the U.S. We want her to be able to be seated with us on the train from Ostuni to Rome, but I'm not sure of the best way to accomplish this. Should I just buy three one way tickets...two for my boyfriend and I from Rome to Ostuni, three for my boyfriend, myself, and his cousin for the Ostuni to Rome trip, and then a single one for his cousin's trip from Rome back to Ostuni?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 12, 2013 21:59
    Hi Linda,

    For the requested itinerary, your best option would just be to purchase regular point-to-point tickets, as opposed to any rail pass. This would also enable you to book the ticket for your boyfriend's cousin and all be seated together on the reserved train from Bari to Rome (a connection from Ostuni to Rome would involve changing trains once in Bari along the way).

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    There is a small local train station at the Fiumicino Airport, serviced only by trains from the city of Rome. Therefore, you would have to go into the city of Rome, before continuing on to elsewhere in Italy.

    To get from the airport to the city, you would take the Leonardo da Vinci Express. The Leonardo da Vinci Express takes about 30 minutes in duration and departs twice every hour. Conveniently, the Leonardo da Vinci Express arrives into the Termini station in Rome, which is the main station where most trains to elsewhere in Italy will depart from, including trains to Bari.

    To purchase your tickets from the airport into the city of Rome, you would just type 'Rome Airport' in the field for the departure city and 'Rome' in the field for the arrival city.

    To purchase tickets for the full connection, you would piece it together by doing a separate search for each segment of the route. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Rome Airport to Rome and another search for trains from Rome to Bari.

    We are not able to issue tickets that display Ostuni as a departure or arrival city. For a train from Bari to Ostuni, you would purchase tickets by doing a search for trains from Bari to Brindisi. You would then be issued tickets that reflect Brindisi as the station of arrival, but you would just get off the train when it makes its stop in Ostuni (the majority of trains from Bari to Brindisi stop in Ostuni 20 to 25 minutes before they are scheduled to be arriving into Brindisi).

    As I alluded to above, the connection from Ostuni back to Rome would involve going back through Bari and changing trains there. Therefore, you would purchase tickets for your train from Ostuni back to Bari by doing a search for trains from Brindisi to Bari. For this train, you would be issued tickets that display Brindisi as your station of departure; however, you would just board in Ostuni. Once again, the trains from Brindisi to Bari will stop in Ostuni 20 to 25 minutes after they are shown to be departing from Brindisi).

    The trains between Ostuni and Bari don't accept reservations, so there will be open seating, and you would be able to take any 3 seats next to one another. The trains between Ostuni and Bari only take about 45 to 55 minutes in duration.
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  • I’m excited, NOT confused anymore. Thanks Jeff!
    Thank you so much! I am now a LOT less confused!!
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