Rail Pass or Train Tickets? Munich-Venice-Florence-Rome-Amalfi Coast-Pompeii

We are planning a trip this September: Munich, Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii. We are flying into Munich and out of Rome. We are debating a Eurail Italy Pass vs. buying train tickets. The rail pass seems confusing to me, and looks like we'll still need to make reservations. It also looks like many city-to-city trips in Italy don't accept the Rail Pass. Unsure what decision to make. Thoughts?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 22, 2016 17:11
    Hi Erica,

    For your itinerary, the most economical option would be to purchase regular tickets.

    With regard to your itinerary, it would be important to point out that there isn’t a rail station anywhere right along the Amalfi Coast itself. The closest stations to the Amalfi Coast are Sorrento or Meta from the west or Salerno from the east.

    Sorrento and Meta happen to be located on a privately owned and operated rail line called the 'Circumvesuviana', which operates between Naples and Sorrento. Since this rail line is privately owned, tickets for it would have to be purchased locally when you're there. The Pompeii ruins also happen to be located on this same rail line. For the ruins, you would get off at the 'Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri' stop.

    The Circumvesuviana trains depart out of the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples, which is conveniently located in the lower level of the same building as the Centrale station, where most trains from Rome arrive into. Therefore, you would first have to take a train from Rome to Naples to connect up with the Circumvesuviana.

    The Circumvesuviana would take about 35 minutes to get from Naples to 'Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri' and then another 25 to 30 minutes or so to Meta and Sorrento.

    From Meta or Sorrento, there are buses ('SITA' buses) that will take you to the towns of the Amalfi Coast. From Sorrento, you would also have the option of taking a ferry to various towns along the Amalfi Coast (the ferries run from April to October). There are also various Amalfi Coast day-trips/tours out of Sorrento.

    Because Pompeii is part of your plans, I recommend connecting to the Amalfi Coast by way of Sorrento (via the Circumvesuviana) instead of Salerno.

    Once again, tickets for the Circumvesuviana, SITA buses, and the ferries would just have to be purchased locally.

    You would purchase your other tickets (including tickets for trains between Rome and Naples) by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering a route.

    Your searches would be as follows:

    Munich to Venice - 'Brennero' EuroCity (EC) train

    Venice to Florence - high-speed Le Frecce trains (Frecciargento or Frecciarossa trains) or high-speed Italo trains

    Florence to Rome - high-speed Le Frecce trains (Frecciargento or Frecciarossa trains) or high-speed Italo trains

    Rome to Naples - high-speed Le Frecce trains (Frecciargento or Frecciarossa trains) or high-speed Italo trains

    Naples to Rome - high-speed Le Frecce trains (Frecciargento or Frecciarossa trains) or high-speed Italo trains

    Rome to 'Rome Airport' - Leonardo Da Vinci Express trains or local regional trains

    In Italy, tickets for the Le Frecce trains (Frecciargento and Frecciarossa trains) can generally be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while tickets for the Italo trains can generally be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure date. Tickets for the Leonardo Da Vinci Express trains and Italian regional trains can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure.
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