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Travelling on a Trenitalia train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • Regional train
  • Italy


Trains in Italy are primarily run by Italian state-owned Trenitalia, whose fleet of high-speed, InterCity and regional trains cover the length and breadth of Italy.

Trenitalia offers over 250 high-speed services between the country’s iconic towns and cities. Travel in comfort and style, at speeds of 300km/h between the likes of Rome and Milan or Naples to Venice. For a longer Italian adventure, travel the length of the country with Trenitalia between Turin and Lecce in 9 hrs 32 mins, with opportunities to stop at beauty spots like Rimini or Bari along the way. Or, explore two of Italy’s romantic greats, Venice and Verona, just over an hour apart on a Trenitalia high-speed train. Trenitalia even has a service to Sicily, with the train being shunted onto a ferry to take you across the Strait of Messina.

Trenitalia operates long-distance trains that include the Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca high-speed services, Intercity Day and Night routes and regional trains.

The latest and longest addition to Trenitalia's high-speed network, taking in an impressive 1387km, is a direct route between Turin in Piedmont and Reggio di Calabria in Calabria.

Thanks to these swift, elegant and comfortable Trenitalia services, you can discover the endless beauty of Italy in style, while getting a true taste of La Dolce Vita.

Practical information

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Before you board

There is no check-in prior to boarding Trenitalia’s high-speed and regional trains. However, it is advisable to arrive at the train station at least 15 mins before your scheduled train’s departure time to allow sufficient time to locate the train’s platform. Please note that ticket control will occur once onboard.


Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains offer free wifi, accessed by connecting to the train’s onboard wifi network and registering your details.

Onboard Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains, travellers can also access Trenitalia's free FRECCE Portal, an entertainment platform offering a wide choice of films, TV shows, music, newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines.

The FRECCE Portal also provides real time information and updates about your train journey, so you can get up to speed with the latest travel information while travelling at high-speed onboard your elegant Trenitalia train.

Trenitalia’s onboard catering service, FrecciaBistrò, is available on all Frecce trains. It provides food and drink options made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, including gluten-free, vegetarian and dairy-intolerant options.

Trenitalia also offers a complimentary welcome drink and snack to Business and Premium Class customers onboard Frecciarossa trains, and First Class customers onboard Frecciargento trains.

There is plenty of luggage space onboard Frecce, Intercity and regional trains.

Booking and printing options

Trenitalia tickets are open for bookings 180 days in advance.

Seat reservations are mandatory on Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Intercity trains.

Get the lowest prices on Trenitalia by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Opt for off-peak Trenitalia trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak Trenitalia trains are more affordable than ones that run mornings and evenings, Fridays and Sundays or during popular holidays.

They often have a special 2-1 offer at weekends. Read more for details.

Classes of service

Trenitalia has different classes of service depending on which train you take.


Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa (Red arrow) trains are comfortable, safe and environmentally friendly. Reaching a maximum speed of 400km/h, Frecciarossa trains are powerhouses of speed, excellence and style. Frecciarossa trains have four classes of service: Standard Class, Premium Class, Business Class and Executive Class. Read more about Frecciarossa trains here


Trenitalia’s Frecciargento (Silver Arrow) trains travel at speeds of up to 250km/h and are comfortable, sleek and stylish. They have two classes of service: First Class and Second Class. Read more about Frecciargento trains here


Trenitalia’s Frecciabianca (White Arrow) trains run on traditional lines outside of the high-speed network. Although not as speedy, Frecciabianca trains offer all the comfort and class of their faster Frecce counterparts. Frecciabianca trains have two classes of service: First Class and Second Class. Read more about Frecciabianca trains here

Intercity and regional trains

Trenitalia’s Intercity and regional trains have two classes of service: First Class and Standard Class. There are also some Intercity trains that offer sleeping compartments. Read more about Intercity trains here

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.