Travel to Lucca in June

Hi. We want to travel out on 15 or 16th June and return two weeks later. Surely now, 4 April, we're within the 90-day rule so this should be allowed.

2 years ago
Liz Reason
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UPDATE: The Thello night train now runs direct from Paris to Florence. For more information see the Trains to Florence page.

Hi Liz,

There are a few reasons why you may not have found tickets straight away, but there are also ways to get around it.

Night train Paris - Florence

Currently there isn't a night train running directly from Paris all the way to Florence. This is because the Artesia service which used to operate on this route has been discontinued. In December last year, a new service called the Thello started running from Paris, but at the moment it only goes to Milan, Verona and Venice. Thello plan to launch another service from Paris to Bologna, Florence and Rome but not until mid-July 2012.

Search for trains from London - Florence

In the meantime you will have to travel by night train to Milan (arriving around 6am) and take an onward train to Florence. It takes around 1 hr 45 and they are very regular. You can buy these tickets, outward and return on Loco2. Just search London-Florence.

Buy the Florence - Lucca portion separately

Because of way the Rail Europe works we can't sell journeys with more than 2 changes at the moment. This explains why your search didn't work first time. We're are working on a shopping basket feature which means you'll be able to search for all your trains separately and pay for them at the same time, but it won't be ready until next week.

I'd recommend either buying the London-Florence and Florence-Lucca parts separately and paying twice for postage, waiting for the shopping basket (not recommended for the sake of saving £2.25) or buying the Florence to Lucca part at the station. There are two direct trains every hour. It's up to you.

Hope this is helpful. Let us know if we can help any further.

2 years ago
Kate
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This is very helpful. How would I know that I couldn't travel direct to Lucca but had to go via Florence?

2 years ago
Liz Reason
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We've looked again and don't fancy being woken up at 04.30 in Milan to change trains. So we're looking at catching a Eurostar on Thursday 14th afternoon to go to Paris and then catch the 07.49 from Paris to Florence getting in at 16.30, then train to Lucca and hotel in Lucca.

2 years ago
Liz Reason
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Unfortunately the booking tool doesn't currently have the ability to give you more informative error messages. I appreciate it's frustrating that you have to ask to find out what is really a fairly simple answer, and we're working to make our error messages better.

The only way that you could have known would be to either ask here, as you have done, or check a map of the Italian rail network, like the one below. You could also check Deutsche Bahn or another train booking website which has more comprehensive timetable information.

2 years ago
Kate
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That map is really helpful. Could this appear as standard?

2 years ago
Liz Reason
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Sadly the map is not ours. I've just linked to it from someone else's website. But yes I agree maps are useful. We've got lots of maps in the Information about: Trains Maps section of the forums, and hope to have our own pretty maps in the future.

2 years ago
Kate
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