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Possible To Take A Train On London-Rome/Genoa?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9222 posts, RR: 14
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Is it possible to take a train from London to Rome or Genoa? How? And how much does it cost?

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User currently offlinescrubbsywg From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2023 times:


looks like you take the eurostar to paris, transfer within paris from Gare du Nord to Gare de Bercy via the metro/RER or bus or taxi for an overnight train to Rome. For genoa, it looks like you would transfer trains again at Milan central station instead of continuing to Rome. relatively simple.

I've used the raileurope.com website in the past to plan my vacations within europe with minimal problems. The site allows you to see options for train service between many destinations; it is pretty much like a site like expedia or another airline site. I've bought my tickest online through the site with absolutely no problems, but you can also likely buy at the station. I've transferred many times within Paris between stations and it isn't that bad. You will not be the only one with luggage so no worries there.

[Edited 2011-07-16 23:54:11]

[Edited 2011-07-16 23:55:06]

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9222 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

How much is it? Expensive?

User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2790 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 2):
How much is it? Expensive?

I think that might be over to you to do some background work for your own holiday. The important question is do you want to go by train in order to see more of the countryside or because you are a train enthusiast? If the former. I would suggest you break the journey in Paris for a couple of days, then take a daylight service TGV to Milan, stay a night and finally the Eurostar Italia to Rome. This is a lot of rail travel. The night train is good if you just want to get there and sleep in a bunk on the train. Again, the question is what sort of experience are you looking for?

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User currently offlinevc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1419 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

If you look at the following website it will give you a guide as to how to do this trip and what it costs.

Now they are talking about London --Milan as £66 one way, or £129 return. Now I have found it is always difficult to get these cheap train fares, but perhaps it gives you some idea



User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5806 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
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Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 3):
I think that might be over to you to do some background work for your own holiday.

I would have to agree, whilst asking advice can be a good idea, don't go overboard with it.
Do your own research, if you rely in detail on other's advice you end up experiencing their trip not yours.

I won't offer detailed advice as my last extended trip in Europe was 20+ years ago.

I thought I needed to plan in detail, when I got to the Continent I found it to be much more rewarding to just "wing it".

If you have the time you will likely find the most wonderful and enlightening things you see in Europe are not what or where you planned before leaving home!!


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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 7395 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

Train is like planes for fares nowadays, yield management and all, so it can be very cheap to very expensive (especially the eurostar).

As for the night train from Paris, I took it lots of time since childhood, it's called Palatino, named after the Roman hill. Personally I stopped at Florence, but it goes to Rome. In 2nd class you're in a cabin with 6 berths, not for the claustrophobic. In summer it's quite hot, I wouldn't do it now. Here you have some info, I don't know if the prices are accurate : http://www.eurorailways.com/products/night_trains/paris_to_rome.htm

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User currently offlineTIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 527 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

I have done London-Paris and Paris-Milan by train, albeit on separate occasions. The Eurostar (London-Paris) can be expensive, but if you book in advance and travel during off-peak times (say Saturday) you can do it relatively cheap. I've paid as little as GBP 79 for a R/T. I don't remember how much I paid for the overnight Paris-Milan train, since that was a few years ago, but it was also relatively cheap when booked in advance.

User currently offlineracko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

Just a note about raileurope, at least when it comes to prices in Germany, they are quite a bit more expensive than www.bahn.de. Before booking there, you should check for prices on the homepage of the actual operators of the train.

User currently offlinecrunchynutter From UK - Wales, joined May 2011, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

You should remember that train tickets in mainland Europe (including Eurostar) can be booked from 90 days in advance - book early to get the cheapest seats. Also, bear in mind that the laws of supply and demand also apply - don't expect to get super-cheap tickets at the busiest times (holiday periods etc).

In the UK, tickets go on sale around 12 weeks ahead, but this is nowhere near as rigid as the system in most of Europe.

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