If you make reservation in Europe you can have it for:
EC trains: FREE
IC Trains: In Italy is 5000 L each place (2.58 Euros) , in other
countries the fare is higher but cover all places reserved at once.
About Cisalpino:On Venezia-Milano there is only one of such train and for
that Train reservation -only on Venezia-Milano however, with your ticket,
There are other trains classified ES in Italy that require a special
supplement (inclusive orf reservation) that for your passes is 9500 to
13500 L ( 5 to 7 Euros ).
So my suggestion is Wait until you are in Europe to reserve places
Have any of you experienced this? Should I budget more
> for transportation? Or do I need to reserve at all?
Do as soon you are in Europe: Often travel agents do not know all the
possible fares. As you wrote is seem that the travel agent take a 14$
commission on each place reserved !!!!
And the 34$ surcharge for ES train a) does not apply to Cisalpino (that
for your ticket is considered as an EC so it have FREE reservation) b) It
appplyu only to one other train (1 out of the 25 daily) and ONLY to holder
of a plain-one-way-ticket (your rate would be abotu 12500 L inclusive of
Another IMPORTANT notice: check that the advertised rates are for each
person ... once i wrote to someone telling him that he was going to be
robbed, since the rates was much higher than opffical, he called the
travel agent (in Wales) and was told that these were the rates ... after 6
e-mails and three calls to the travel agent come out the truth: the prices
of the offer were for a return ticket and not for a one way one. After
that was discovered they looked ok ...
In your case they does not look ok even under that conditions.
However they should be right (apart the fact that with your ticket, on
Venezia-Milano section , on train 36 you do not pay reservations, but
this is never advertized ) if these rates are FOR THE ENTIRE GROUP, not
for each people. Check carefully.