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Train from Florence

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Train from Florence

We are planning a trip to Italy for our honeymoon in August. We want to take the train from Florence to Riomaggiore. I am having trouble buying tickets online. Can anyone advise?

I have heard we might have to buy a ticket to La Spezia and then wait until we get there to purchase a ticket from La Sepzia to Riomaggiore. Is this correct? Or is it possible to purchase before I go?

Thanks for the help!

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1. Re: Train from Florence

It is absolutely pointless trying to buy tickets from Florence to Riomaggiore in advance. These are local (Regionale) trains, indicated by the R symbol on the Trenitalia web site. These trains have no seat reservations, and tickets cannot sell out.

You can buy one ticket from Florence to Riomaggiore, costing €9.50. Depending on which train you catch, you may have to change at either Sarzana or La Spezia. For a few journeys, you also have to change at Pisa. Before you travel, check the timetables at www.trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html

The tickets can be used on any Regionale train. Before you get on the train, you must time-stamp the tickets in a yellow machine at Florence station, after which they are valid for the next 6 hours.

Edited: 12:14 am, June 18, 2010
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2. Re: Train from Florence

Yes, just buy the ticket when you're on the platform before catching your train! To clarify on sydneynick's response, you buy just the one ticket to Florence, even if you have to change in La Spezia or Pisa - you don't need separate tickets for each leg of the trip.

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