quick italy train question - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Backpacker College Student Travel Message Boards > I NEED HELP- ASAP!

I NEED HELP- ASAP! Need quick help? PLEASE POST ONLY URGENT QUESTIONS HERE! WeŽll try to answer you within 24hrs.

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-03-2009, 04:05 PM   #1
TPunk Moderator
 
Elizabeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 1,401
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Exclamation quick italy train question

if i want to get on a slow train can i just show up an hour or so before the train takes off and buy the ticket? are they open on sunday?
Elizabeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2009, 05:51 PM   #2
Dig
TPunk Moderator
 
Dig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Austin Texas
Posts: 667
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

The weekends where you are suck for service. Saturday is bad, but Sunday is a ghost town. Florence is gonna be different, but the smaller stops are virtually empty.

I always went to the terminal and read what services are available the next day and show up early, like you said. I was using a europass and so buying tickets were moot. However, I am sure that as soon as you hop on the train you could hunt down an employee and purchase a ticket.
__________________
Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary FALL 2012!!!
Dig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2009, 01:40 AM   #3
TPunk Moderator
 
mish99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 635
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via Skype™ to mish99
Default

I only caught a slow train once, the rest was eurostar.

If I remember correctly, you have to validate your ticket before getting on the train otherwise theyre not very nice to you. I caught a train on a Sunday and it was fine, I just used the self help ticket thing - haha, sorry thats not very helpful!
__________________
Ive been to: England, France, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, UAE, USA - 14 states inc Hawaii, Vatican City

Currently Working in England

After:Jan 5 - South Africa. Sometime 2012 - Canada!
mish99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2009, 02:55 AM   #4
always trippin'
 
freespiritz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: The Island of Rhode
Posts: 2,071
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

You can buy tickets at the ticket machines at the stations right before the trains take off. Remember to stick em in the yellow validation box before you get on! I think non-reservation trains like the IC trains that don't have specific seats can be used at any time on the route, you just have to validate them before you get on.

Also, look for the amica fares under the specials or promotions, you can get a 20% off on some routes!
__________________


Check out my band!
freespiritz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2009, 06:23 AM   #5
No one regrets traveling
 
joe7f's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 2,072
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to joe7f Send a message via Skype™ to joe7f
Default

I had a hard time finding a validation box that worked at times. I would just write the time of day and date on the ticket. Fortunately I was never "caught" so I don't know how that would have played...

--Joey
__________________


Countries visited: USA, Netherlands, Norway, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain (and Gibraltar), Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Ireland, UK, Japan, Canada , Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Andorra, Croatia, Montenegro

Next up: Mongolia, China

"I sought trains; I found passengers" - Paul Theroux

Help Travelpunk's continued existence with a small donation
joe7f is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:23 AM.



 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121