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Premium train tickets?

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Premium train tickets?

I want to purchase some train tickets for Milan to Verona & then Verona to Venice. Under the 'flexible' fares, 3 categories are listed: 2nd class, 1st class and premium. The premium seem to be the best prices but what does it mean when compared to the others? I can't seem to find any description on the booking sites...

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1. Re: Premium train tickets?

What website are you using?

Donna

Imperia, Italy
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2. Re: Premium train tickets?

Buy only from the train operator's website www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en which is the only operator between Milano Centrale, Verona Porta Nuova and Venezia S. Lucia. Note that there are no fully flexible fares from any source, as none of them can be changed more than one hour after the booked train's departure, and for that final hour only in the departure train station. It is therefore rarely worth buying a flexible fare in advance - buy a cheap inflexible advance fare instead, or buy on the day of travel.

The sole difference between Standard and Premium classes on Frecciarossa trains is that on Mondays to Fridays in Premium you might be given a snack pack and in the mornings you might get a Italian newspaper. Business class offers 2+1 seating rather than 2+2 so is slightly more spacious, but this is really not worth the money on the very short journeys you are doing. Other types of train on the route have just First and Second class.

The Regional trains are cheaper but take longer and have no reservable seats. If purchased in advance, tickets are OK for any train within four hours of the purchased time. But there are no advance reductions on these trains, so not worth buying in advance except to avoid stopping at ticket machines/ticket offices on the day.

Edited: 17 September 2017, 21:57
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3. Re: Premium train tickets?

Yes, what website?

Usually, Trenitalia class categories are:Standard, Premium, Business and(on Frecciarossa trains) also Executive class.

On Frecciabianca and Frecciargento trains, only 3 class categories. (not to be confused with fare categories)

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4. Re: Premium train tickets?

Thanks for the replies. Helps a lot, perilizia!

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