Rail Pass vs. Tickets for Italy

My friend and I are traveling to Italy in late August 2012. We want to take the train from Rome to Salerno to Florence to Rome. Is this possible? If so, is it better to buy the rail pass or purchase the tickets individually per trip!?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 31, 2012 19:34
    Hi Elizabeth,

    The total for both options would be very comparable.

    You can check costs for the Eurail Italy Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    With this option, you would also just have to factor in reservations (on each of the requested trains, reservations would be required in addition to the rail pass). You can purchase reservations and check reservation costs by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' or 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Once you have checked the reservation costs for each segment, you would then add those amounts to the cost of the Eurail Italy Pass.

    Otherwise, you can check regular point-to-point ticket costs for each trip under 'Check Fares and Schedules' or 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website.

    Trains in Italy can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    So, the way I understand it is we can purchase the rail pass and then need to go in a select which trains/dates/times we want to be on - that counts as the reservation, correct? Does the pass limit the times/trains you can be on?

    With the pass - it asks you to indicate the number of days you are traveling - is that the total days you are traveling or just the days you travel by train? We will be in Italy for 9 days and want to travel by train on three of them.

    Thank you for your help.
    Cheers,
    Elizabeth
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 14, 2012 14:35
    Elizabeth,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass is valid to cover the ticket costs on each of the requested routes. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets (thus, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances).

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. Generally, high-speed trains connect most of the larger cities and more popular destinations in western Europe. In Italy, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains, and reservations happen to be required on each of the trips you mentioned. You would book your reservations by following the procedure I described above for passholders.

    On the Eurail Italy Pass page on our website, you would just enter the number of days you'll be taking a train where it asks "How many days do you plan to travel by train?". Therefore, you can just indicate that you'll be taking the train for a total of 3 days.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 14, 2012 14:39
    Note: While a rail pass generally covers the ticket costs for any train between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass, there is one notable exception in Italy, which is the privately owned and operated Circumvesuviana rail line to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento from Naples (this is how you would reach the Pompeii ruins, Positano and the island of Capri). For anyone who wishes to travel to the Amalfi Coast, a rail pass would cover as far as Naples, where you would purchase a separate ticket locally to take the Circumvesuviana line down to the Amalfi Coast and/or Sorrento. The Circumvesuviana trains depart out of the Piazza Garibaldi station, which is conveniently located in the lower level of the same building as the Centrale station, where most trains from elsewhere in Italy would arrive into.
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  • How far in advance should tickets be purchased? Will need to travel from Malpensa Airport to Como; from Como to Milan (day trip); Como to Venice, then Venice to Florence. There will be days between these trips, does that matter? Will need 2 Senior tickets.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Traveling by rail in Italy..
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  • Hello Pamela,

    I've merged your question into a previous topic which should be able to answer your question. There are some good instructions on how to compare the price of a rail pass plus reservations with the cost of the point to point tickets.
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  • If I have decided to use the global rail pass versus individual tickets, is it possible to make seat reservations for specific train dates and times still? If so do you do that after booking the global pass?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Global Pass versus Individual ticket purchases.
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