Should I buy my tickets in advance to travel from Rome to Naples or wait until I get to the station?
Hi Johnny, you can buy them online at http://www.trenitalia.com/ or at the station, but i would get them a day or two in advance to be sure you have the train you want and the seats you want. If you buy them at the station (Roma Termini) you can use the automated ticketing machines which are great and will save you the time of making a long line to speak to a ticketing agent.
When travelling by train from Rome our group never had a problem getting tickets the day of at the station. It's usually easier to use one of the ticket kiosks than doing it online anyway. You will also be aware of any strikes that are happening that will prevent travel that day instead of buying a ticket a week or few days ahead of time and going through the hassle of getting a refund.
Purchasing tickets at the Stazione Roma Terminitrain station is exceptionally easy. There are several dispenser machines. They take credit and debit cards and you can select English as your language (or one of several other options). If you are returning to Rome, buy your return ticket as well.
There may be people hanging around who want to 'help' you. If you allow them to help you purchase a ticket, they will demand money so be wary.
I just got my ticket at the station. Trains leave fairly regularly, so if you plan to go to Naples right after flying into Rome, you wont have to worry about whether or not your flight is on time. If I remember correctly, they are the same price regardless and leave every 2 hours or so. Bring a book for the wait, and enjoy the scenery on the train ride!!
It's always a good idea to buy them online through the trenitialia site in advance and then print them out ahead of time. It's not a must but it saves you time and sometimes money
Italy is one of those few countries you don't really need to book train tickets in advance, even in high season. There's always plenty of trains going the same places for different budgets. However, if time is a major constraint and you have a tight budget, you'd be better off early booking the high speed train called "Freccia Rossa" which takes only 2hrs from Rome to Naples. Freccia Rossa is significantly cheaper booking month early compared to purchasing the day of travel. Otherwise for flexibility, it's quite nice to leave it open in case you fell in love with a particular place and would like to explore it further. The pizza is amazing in Naples, my favorite place is the Pizzeria del Popolo. Just don't stay near the train station, that whole area is very shady and makes the rest of Naples look worse than it really is.
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It depends on the train you want to take, there are different ones. "Regionale" Trenitalia is the cheapest (EUR 10) and allows you to carry a bicycle, you can buy this ticket in the station but you will probably travel without a seat if during holiday time. Regionale is a 3 hrs trip. Also for "intercity" trenitalia (2 hrs) it's ok to buy tiket in the station. For "freccia rossa" trains and "regionale/intercity" too check this websites: TRENITALIA http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=4ddd1a035296f310VgnVCM1000005817f90aRCRD
Sometimes Freccia Rossa is cheaper if booked before.
Try also the new trains company ITALO(from Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense only):
ITALO http://www.italotreno.it/IT/orari-collegamenti/Pagine/overview.aspx Italo trains cost less if booked before.
As grad students, we were always looking for cheap ways to get around while backpacking through Italy. It's very doable to ride the train without purchasing a ticket and getting caught. If money is not an issue for you, then save yourself the trouble and order online.
Direct in the Stazione Roma Termini, you can buy 25euros to go-return
Up to you. They rarely sell out. If you wait you have more flexibility on the time you want to leave. Sometimes you can save a little money by buying in advance.
It's Better if you buy it in advance cause prices changes... Indicatively 29€, un hour trip, seè trenitalia and italo!
It's not necessary but if you have the chance, do it!
I would buy them in advance myself. While the trains don't look full now, they may fill-up day-of.
Hi Johnny! Yes you definitely should! If you buy tickets in advance you can get up to 50% discount on your ticket. Only trouble is you should have an idea of when you want to leave exactly. There is the possibility of changing the ticket once for free in any case.