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Train travel Venice to Montecatini

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Train travel Venice to Montecatini

Hi we are going to Italy in September and intend to travel from Venice to Montecatini and use that as a base to visit a few sights in Tuscany and I'm a bit confused as to the best type of train tickets to get. Should we just buy tickets on day of journeys or book them in advance? Also is there any advantage to buying the Itilianrail pass? We will be there for a total of 12 days but only intend to travel around on maybe 5 of the days. Any guidance or suggestions will be most welcome as we are new to doing this sort of trip under our own steam. Thanks.

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1. Re: Train travel Venice to Montecatini

There is no advantage in buying a rail pass. For the best prices, book direct with the train operator as far ahead as possible. Tickets go on sale 4 months before travel, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. Prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get train times and costs from www.trenitalia.com using the Italian names for towns.

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2. Re: Train travel Venice to Montecatini

Note that all trains serving Montecatini station itself are Regional trains with no reserved seats and no advance reductions. So while booking from Venice (Venezia S. Lucia on the Trenitalia website) to Montecatini is a very good idea, booking day trips to places such as Florence, Lucca, Viareggio and Pisa is a complete waste of time.

In fact the online tickets to these places are more restrictive than tickets bought at the station in Montecatini (from a ticket machine if you need to avoid queues). Tickets to to these places bought in Montecatini are OK on any train for two months then for six hours once validated before boarding.

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3. Re: Train travel Venice to Montecatini

Thank you folks, that information is so useful. Cheers

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4. Re: Train travel Venice to Montecatini

Thank you folks, that information is so useful. Got it book. Word of warning to anyone else doing the same, the trenitailia site times out very quickly. You only have so long to process the booking and when you start again the prices may have gone up. It doesn't make it clear that you are best to register first and create an account with user name and password. It took me 4 attempts before I got it sorted, then when the booking was confirmed the seats I had selected were not the seats shown on the ticket?? I'm sure it will all work out fine.

Thank you for all your help.

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