Travelling on an Italo train
At a glance
- High speed train
Italo is the flagship train from Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV), a privately-owned rail operator created to compete with state-owned Trenitalia in Italy. Nicknamed the "Ferrari" train, its bright red exterior, strong branding and plush leather seating meant that Italo launched to much fanfare in 2012.
The Italo fleet consists of modern, high-speed trains that can reach speeds of up to 360 km/h as they travel on Italy’s major intercity routes. Currently, Italo operates three services: Turin-Salerno, Brescia-Naples and Venice-Salerno, with intermediate stops at Milan, Bologna, Florence and Rome among others. The company also operates summer services to Rimini.
Compared to classic high-speed trains, Italo trains consume 30% less energy, making them pioneers in sustainable train travel.
Before you board
There are no check-in or customs procedures prior to boarding Italo trains. However, ticket control and ID checks may occur randomly once onboard.
Make sure to arrive at the train station a little early if you are unfamiliar with the premises in order to allow yourself sufficient time to board the train.
Italo trains have leather seating and ample legroom throughout, free wifi facilities and power sockets for all passengers.
Luggage can be stored under or above your seat or in the luggage racks. Travellers may purchase espresso coffee, cold drinks and snacks from self-service vending machines located in carriage 7 in Standard and carriage 3 in Business ambience.
Booking and printing options
Italo tickets are open for bookings 120 days in advance.
Seat reservations are compulsory on Italo trains and are included in the price of the tickets.
Get the lowest prices on Italo by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.
Opt for off-peak Italo trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak Italo trains are more affordable than ones that run mornings and evenings, Fridays and Sundays or during popular holidays.
Classes of service
Italo does not have classes of services, but four ‘ambiences’: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive – that offer various features and benefits.
There is one Executive carriage per Italo train, with space for 11 passengers and two private compartments, called ‘Salottinos’. The latter are for up to four people and reserved as one unit. As an Executive passenger on Italo, the staff will welcome you on the platform and assist with your luggage. Reclining leather seats offer lots of legroom and an LCD touch-screen TV. An espresso is served to welcome you on board, accompanied by a complimentary snack and hot or cold drinks.
Italo’s Business ambience (called Prima) adds complimentary cold or hot drinks and a selection of sweets and snacks to welcome you onboard. Seating is identical to that in Premium ambience.
Upgrade to Premium ambience (called Comfort) on Italo trains to get more legroom. The reclining leather seats are mostly unidirectional and are arranged in three seats across a central aisle rather than four. Each carriage has one table for two and one for four passengers.
Italo’s Standard ambience (called Smart) is the most economical choice, but still quite classy, featuring reclining leather seats, fold-down tables, power sockets and free wifi. Most seating is in airline-style, unidirectional seats with a pair of seats on either side of the aisle. There are two tables for four in each carriage.