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Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

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Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

I have been researching my trip for next year and I have found a villa I am considering renting in Montecatini Alto. We will be flying into Florence and taking the train to Montecatini Terme. I understand there are two train stations. Which one should I go to in order to easily get up to Montecatini Alto?

Are taxis readily available in October and what would the cost be to go up there?

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1. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

The bus from Florence airport stops outside the main train station, Santa Maria Novella, which is where you catch a train to Montecatini Terme. There is absolutely no point trying to book this train in advance. There are no seat reservations and tickets cannot sell out.

It is some 7 km from Montecatini Terme to Montecatini Alto, so a taxi might be €15.

However, if you are going to stay in Montecatino Alto, you would do better to rent a car at Florence airport and drive. You will need a car if you want to easily visit other places in the area.

Portland, OR
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2. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

Thanks for the info but I guess I wasn't clear in my question. I understand there are TWO train stations in Montecatini? If so, which one would be best to get off at?

I am not planning on booking a regional train in advance because I know it isn't possible. I just need the info so I can let the rest of the people in my group know the best way to get to the villa.

Is there a bus that goes up to Montecatini Alto or is the only transport via taxi?

Thanks again!

San Jose, California
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3. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

Here, this might help:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g194830-i1078-k215…

4. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

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Imperia, Italy
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5. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

If you do not want to do the walk to the funicolare as in the above-linked thread, there is an hourly bus at http://www.blubus.it/Invernale/IQ_105.pdf which leaves from Piazza Italia, very close to Montecatini Centro station.

Maybe there are others as well if you check all the lines on http://www.blubus.it/indice-linee.html

Portland, OR
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6. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

Thanks so much!

San Jose, California
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7. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

By the way, the two trains stations are little more than 1km away from each other. Though I think the centro is probably the "closest" to Montecatini Alto.

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8. Re: Staying in Montecatini Alto - Which Train Station?

If you will take a taxi you should go to the first station and the largest. There are few cabs at the Centro station. It is a long way to Alto. I don't know you but I am not certain there is much to do in Alto as it is isolated without a car.

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