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Eurail Pass - Leonardo Express?

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South Bend, Indiana
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Eurail Pass - Leonardo Express?

We'll be finishing a month-long trip to Italy with a train from Venice to Termini Staion in Rome and then the Leonardo Express to DaVinci Airport. We're using a Eurail Pass for our train travel. Does anyne know if the Eurail Pass can be used on the Leonardo Express - or do you need to purchase tickets for that? Thanks, folks!

Los Angeles...
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1. Re: Eurail Pass - Leonardo Express?

I do not think so. When we purchased different passes at an agent, she told us that we need to buy the Leonardo Express separately.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Eurail Pass - Leonardo Express?

If you have not yet bought the Eurail pass, do not buy it. It will almost certainly cost more than just buying ordinary tickets. Passes do not include the cost of the seat reservations required on all the faster trains in France and Italy, so you have to go to a station to make the seat reservations and pay extra for them.

I would also strongly recommend that you do not travel from Venice to Rome on the day of your flight back home. The trains are reliable, but any form of transport can have delays.

Saint Marys, Ohio
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3. Re: Eurail Pass - Leonardo Express?

Yes, avoid the pass. The seat reservations will cost you 10-12 euros/seat/trip; the Eurail pass is not advantageous to you.

Rome, Italy
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4. Re: Eurail Pass - Leonardo Express?

According to the Rail Europe site:

** Free transfer is available on the Leonardo Express between Fiumicino Airport and Roma Termini train station for 1st class passholders only. This transfer requires use of one day of travel on the pass. **

See this link: raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-fr…

I guess that's because the Leonardo Express is classified as all first-class seating. (Yes, if you've been on it, you're probably wondering what prompted that classification - certainly $$$!)

If you have already purchased a 2nd class EURail pass, it appears you will have to buy separate "LE" tickets. If you have a 1st class railpass then it will cost you one "day" of travel. Check with your vendor for details. Because it is open-seating, no additional seat reservation would be required on the Leonardo Express.

I would also agree wih the chorus and advise you to sit down with paper and pencil and do the math comparig the value of the pass with P2P tickets. Often, the P2P tickets - after you add in seat reservation fees... or subtract available, discounted MINI fares - will come out cheaper.

But certainly if you're traveling heavily - especially on Regionale trains - a rail pass could save you money. It's really hard to compare unless we know your routes, # of days on the trains, preference for fast or slow trains, 1st or 2nd class tickets, and whether you're willing to have "fixed" times to travel to take advantage of the MINI discounts.

Again, it comes down to "doing the math!" These posts may also help you in your "train research:"

http://tinyurl.com/riding-trains

http://tinyurl.com/FCO-LE

http://tinyurl.com/MINI-fare

Good luck!

Le Marche, Italy
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5. Re: Eurail Pass - Leonardo Express?

I disagree that heavy travel on regional trains would justify a pass. For example, the regional train fare from Rome to Florence is 17 euros. That's about the longest regional train trip you could do. Three trips like that would cost you 51 euros. A three-day 2nd-class pass is $241. Even if you rode regional trains (which would be hard to do, because the longer distances tend not to be covered on regional trains) you couldn't come up to $80 (about €60) a day.

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