Originally Posted by robbosawtell
We are a family of 6 adults staying in Garmisch Partenkirchen over Christmas/New Year. On the 2/1/12 we want to travel by train from Garmisch with 2 adults going to Venice and 4 going to Bologna in Italy, but we're not sure about ticketing and which trains. It's quite confusing.
I'm not sure why this wasn't moved to the European Rail forum.
The shortest and quickest route is via Innsbruck; it's also very picturesque as you descend into the Inn valley before arrival in Innsbruck.
From Innsbruck there is one direct daytime train to Bologna, and one to Venice. So if you want to travel together for most of the way, one party is going to have to change trains at Verona. The ticketing then gets complicated, because you will need to buy tickets:
1. From Garmisch to Innsbruck (you can do this at the station);
2. From Innsbruck to Bologna or Venice or Verona (do this online on the OeBB site
- some good advance fares in 1st class); and
3. The the party changing at Verona needs a separate ticket to Venice or Bologna as appropriate (can be bought on the Trenitalia site
If you don't mind travelling separately (or you could travel together as far as Innsbruck and spend some time there), it's simpler: only (1) and (2) apply.
The trains from Garmisch to Innsbruck are at 08:04 and 10:04 (arr. Innsbruck 09:23 and 11:23). The connecting trains are Innsbruck dep. 11:27 Bologna arr. 16:20 (train EC 85), and Innsbruck dep. 13:27, Venice arr. 18:10 (train EC 87). The 11:23 arrival at Innsbruck does not connect with the 11:27 departure.
You can travel via Munich and buy advance fares for the whole journey on the DB site
(except the Trenitalia bit), but the journey is longer and you will find the fares more expensive for your date.