what is the fastest train from Florence to Venice and return and what is the approximate cost? thanks
All that information and more can easily be found on the Italian national railroad website, at:
Do also have a look at "Italotreno" which is a new operator with fast trains
Hi @EMF0rsterFirenze! I had never heard of Italotreno before. Have you used them? What is the difference between them and Trenitalia? They actually look cheaper for the Florence to Venice, are there fees or taxes we should be aware of? And where would you book these vs. Trenitalia tickets?
Thanks so much for your help!
Italo Treno is the new "kid on the block", a PRIVATE competitor to state-controlled Trenitalia!!!!!
Fares are competitive with Trenitalia, although there are FAR fewer trains in service compared to Trenitalia.
Italo Treno has not yet matched Trenitalia's lowest "SUPER ECONOMY" fare of 9 Euros. Italo's lowest fare is currently 20 Euros.
You can book via the Italo Treno website. They also have a call center in Italy. Once in Italy, you can also buy tickets through authorized travel agencies, and at Italo Treno electronic ticket kiosks in the stations utilized by them. They have no sales via staffed service windows (as does Trenitalia).
BEWARE that Italo Treno operates out of Roma TIBURTINA, (not Roma Termini), and out of Milano PORTA GARIBALDI, not Milano Centrale!
Both Trenitalia and Italo Treno operate out of Venezia S. Lucia, Bologna Centrale, Firenze SMN, Napoli Centrale and Salerno.
There are no significant differences between the two companies, only minor and cosmetic distinctions.
Some people have commented that Italo Treno personnel are more "energetic" and "friendly" than those of Trenitalia (being all new hires), and that the railcars are generally "newer".
In place of staffed bar counters on board Trenitalia Freccia trains, Italo Treno has installed on-board vending machines for coffee, beverages and snacks!Edited: 4:16 pm, September 25, 2012
Wow, thanks! Do you have to validate your ticket (in the yellow machine) the same way you do Trenitalia tickets, or is it different? I'm so happy to have this other option, just gives me more flexibility on which train we catch to Venice.
ELECTRONIC tickets (purchased online or via the call center) NEVER need to be "validated", whether they are Trenitalia or ITALO tickets. If you tried to "validate" the paper receipt, you would risk jamming the machine!
Traditional PAPER tickets (purchased at a manned sales counter or through an electronic ticket kiosk) for the RESERVED trains NEVER need to be "validated", whether thay are Trenitalia or ITALO tickets. You may validate them, if you wish, but there is no need to do so, as they are valid only on the specific reserved train noted.
The ONLY tickets which MUST be "validated" in the little yellow (or green) validating machines at the train station are TRENITALIA UNRESERVED "REGIONALE" TRAIN PAPER tickets.
ITALO has no UNRESERVED trains. Only fast reserved trains, comparable to Trenitalia Frecciarossa/Frecciargento trains.
BTW, ITALO trains between Roma TIBURTINA/Firenze SMN/Bologna Centrale and Padova to Venezia S. Lucia commenceon October 3. Initially, there will be 3 trains daily in each direction. Trenitalia will continue with its 17 daily Frecciargento trains on this route.Edited: 5:12 pm, September 25, 2012
At the moment, the LOWEST fares between Firenze SMN and Venezia S. Lucia are:
Trenitalia: 9 Euros "SUPER ECONOMY" (nonchangeable and nonrefundable)
ITALO Treno: 21 Euros "LOW COST" (essentially the same as Trenitalia "SUPER ECONOMY", also nonchangeable and nonrefundable)
The regular, "BASE" fares (changeable and refundable-with penalty), are:
Trenitalia: 45 Euros
ITALO Treno: 47 Euros
(All fares quoted are for travel in second class railcars).
ITALO Treno commences service on this route on October 3, with THREE (3) trains per day in each direction.
Trenitalia continues to operate 17 Frecciargento trains per day in each direction.
Hi! I see that other friends here have already answered your questions, so I only add that I do like ITALOTRENO! have a nice trip!