When do schedules open up from Rome to Assisi, Assisi to Venice, and Venice to London?

Where is the best resource for finding when December 25 and beyond fares will be listed/availabe. I am trying to book transfers from Rome>Assisi, Assisi>Venice, and Venice>London
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  • Hi Pamela.

    From Rome to Assisi, there are some direct trains, but most connections would involve changing trains once in Foligno along the way. Most trains comprising a connection from Rome to Assisi are regional ('Regionale' or 'Regionale Veloce') trains; however, some of the direct trains from Rome to Assisi and Rome to Foligno are 'InterCity' trains.

    A connection from Assisi to Venice involves changing trains once in Florence along the way, or else there is an option that involves chancing trains once in Arezzo. Trains from Assisi to Florence or Assisi to Arezzo are regional ('Regionale Veloce') trains. Trains from Florence to Venice are high-speed 'Le Frecce' ('Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento'), high-speed 'Italo' trains, or regular 'InterCity' trains. The direct train from Arezzo to Venice is an 'InterCity' train.

    In Italy, 'Le Frecce' and 'InterCity' trains can generally be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure, regional trains can only be booked once within 60 days of an intended date of departure, and 'Italo' trains can generally be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure date.

    With that said, trains in Italy are generally subject to something called the 'Winter Schedule Change', which occurs every year around mid-December and affects certain rail networks in Europe. As a result of the 'Winter Schedule Change', the 'Le Frecce', 'InterCity', and regional trains operating after December 13th may not be able to be booked until mid-November (even if the date falls within the usual 90 or 60 day booking window).

    The most feasible connection from Venice to London would involve taking an overnight train from Venice to Paris, where you would switch to a train to London. The overnight train from Venice to Paris is a 'Thello' overnight train, and the trains from Paris to London are high-speed 'Eurostar' trains.

    Generally, the 'Thello' night train can be booked within 120 days of an intended date of departure, while 'Eurostar' trains can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

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

    To view the most possible options for these particular routes, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. For example, you would view a trip from Assisi to Venice by doing one search for trains from Assisi to Florence and another search for connecting trains from Florence to Venice.

    Since your intended travel falls outside the booking horizons for some of these trains, you can still get an idea of the ticket costs and view schedules by using an earlier date when you do your searches. For trains affected by the 'Winter Schedule Change', you would have use a date some time prior to December 13th.

    Due to an error, however, it may be the case that the 'Thello' night train from Venice to Paris is not able to be booked on our site at this time. If the direct night train doesn't display when you do your search from Venice to Paris, you would have to call us to book it. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.
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