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Old 06-21-2007, 06:15 AM
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Hello everyone, I will be traveling on the Carnival Freedom September 22, 2007. We will be docking in Livorno and I want to go to Florence on my own by train. Does anyone know if Carnival provide a shuttle out of the port? If yes, where does it leave you? Do I have to get on another bus to get to the train station? If yes, is there any info I can find online about this bus? How much does the bus cost?

I am trying to avoid taking any taxis but if I have no choice I would take one.

I really appreciate it if anyone responds to this message. Thank you.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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Most of the cruise lines have eliminated the local shuttle service in Livorno, but I cannot be sure about Carnival. Keep in mind that even if they have a shuttle its not always such a good deal. They normally shuttle to a central location downtown, which is still quite a walk to the train station..and those shuttles generally cost $5 per person. A group of 4 would actually pay more for the shuttle than a taxi to the station. Its also a bit difficult to even get a taxi to take you to the station (most of the taxis are looking for full day trips) so you sometimes need to be a bit assertive at the taxi cue and keep insisting that you need a local ride to the "stazione." There is usually an Italian guy who tries to coordinate the taxis with fares, and he will eventually get you a taxi...although you might wait a few minutes. Since the number of taxis are limited it can be helpful to be one of the first passengers off the ship.

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Old 06-22-2007, 09:04 AM
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Thank you Hank... Your advice is greatly appreciated!
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I will also be stopping in Katakolon, Greece. Is it easy to do on your own? If I get a cab to take me to Olympia how much will they charge?
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Keep in mind that Katakolon is a small fishing village with a limited number of taxis. As a result, they have fixed the price (this would be called collusion in our country) at about 120 Euros to take you round trip to Olympia. I believe it takes about 20 -25 min for the drive. There used to be a local car rental dealer (I think its called Katakolon Car Rental) that used to charge about 40 - 45 Euros for a day rental...but not sure if they still exist of their current price.

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