Travellers can get from Rome to London by train in a single day – but only once a week

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Rail passengers will be capable of journey by prepare between Rome or Naples in Italy to the UK in a single day subsequent 12 months – however solely northbound, and solely on Sundays.

Mark Smith, the worldwide rail guru who runs the web site Seat61.com, has revealed what he calls “a quirk” of 2022 rail schedules throughout Europe, utilizing three high-speed trains.

“Naples or Rome to London by prepare in a single day! However solely that route and solely on Sundays.”

He particulars a prepare departing Naples at 6.40am on a Sunday, calling at Rome at 8.30am and arriving at Turin in northern Italy at 12.49pm.

The traveller can get pleasure from a fast lunch earlier than departing aboard a French TGV from Turin at 1.38pm for Paris Gare de Lyon. The prepare arrives at 7.12pm, permitting loads of time to cross the French capital to Paris Nord for the 9.03pm Eurostar departure, which arrives at London St Pancras at 10.30pm – virtually 17 hours after leaving Naples, considering the time change.

The one late-evening Eurostar prepare from Paris to London is on Sundays. From Monday to Friday the final departure is at 7.03pm, and on Saturdays at 5.03pm. So the connection doesn’t work on every other day.

“The 1.38pm Turin-Paris leaves later, at 3.25pm, from Monday to Friday, so it wouldn’t work anyway,” stated Mr Smith.

“Wouldn’t it’s nice if connections have been co-ordinated throughout Europe?”

Earlier than the pandemic a one-way London-Naples journey in a day was simply doable, with a 5.40am begin from St Pancras. However the rail knowledgeable stated: “This was principally an early-morning enterprise prepare, so it didn’t often run in July and August when enterprise journey is mild – exactly when vacation site visitors builds up.”

Mr Smith stated: “I wouldn’t stand up that early; give me a mid-morning departure, lunch on the Prepare Bleu restaurant in Paris and the afternoon TGV to Italy, even when meaning an in a single day in Turin.”

The Impartial has in contrast fares for the second Sunday in January, travelling from Naples to London.

Trainline gives a barely later departure from Naples aboard an Italo high-speed prepare, with the identical onward connections from Turin and Paris. The fare for this 16 hour, 10 minute journey is £321.

The bottom Ryanair fare on the identical day from Naples to London Stansted is £52, whereas easyJet has a one-way ticket for £75. Fees for bags and airport-city transfers are further. The 1,000-mile flight takes just below three hours.

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