Frecciarossa 1000 trains are Trenitalia’s flagship high-speed services. Designed to travel on all high-speed rails in Italy and Europe, Frecciarossa 1000 represents Italian engineering at its finest. Travelling on these trains allows you to discover the wonders of Italy quickly and conveniently. Milan to Rome, for example, takes just 2h 55m, while Rome to Naples can be done in 1h 10m. With an impressive maximum speed of 400 km/h (around 248.5 mph), the entire country is at your fingertips.
Read on to find out more about Frecciarossa 1000 train tickets and where you can travel.
Frecciarossa 1000 trains (sometimes referred to as V300 Zefiro) are also classified as ETR 1000 to distinguish them from standard Frecciarossa trains (which are classified as ETR 500).
Frecciarossa 1000 can reach such dizzying speeds thanks to plenty of engineering wizardry. This is the very first train in Italy designed to be interoperable on all European high-speed railways. Because of its modern operating system, Frecciarossa 1000 is an ecological and highly technological train, able to guarantee maximum comfort and the best possible travel experience without damaging the environment.
|Number of carriages||8 or 16|
|Full Speed||400 km/h (248.5 mph)|
|Engines||8 or 16|
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It’s not only about speed! Find out more about what makes Frecciarossa 1000 so incredible.
New technological innovations allow the Frecciarossa 1000 to better respond to the needs of aerodynamics, acceleration and safety. Thanks to its new diagnostic system, the onboard staff can manage any hiccups while on the move.
Frecciarossa 1000 is an eco-friendly train, designed to be eco-sustainable and with low power consumption. This is the very first train to have obtained the environmental certification for reducing CO2 emissions to under 28 micrograms.
Safety and speed are important, but so is comfort. All Frecciarossa 1000 trains guarantee greater comfort and quality of service on board. In addition to the efficient use of space, Frecciarossa 1000 provides additional access and exit doors, along with ergonomic seats and increased functionality.
All trains are equipped with soundproofing, air conditioning, LED lighting, disabled access, video surveillance, power sockets, WiFi connection and a bar/restaurant area.
This class features spacious leather seats, all of which can rotate by 180 degrees so that you can travel in the direction of travel, as well as access to a meeting room with six seats, power sockets and a 32-inch monitor connected to a computer. You’ll also get free access to FrecciaClub lounges in the main stations and fast check-in service, along with free newspapers, magazines and gourmet meals created by chef Carlo Cracco.
Business class passengers can look forward to a welcome service with sweet and savoury snacks, free newspapers and a choice of hot and cold drinks. For food, the club sandwich menu created by chef Carlo Cracco is available on board. The large reclining leather seats feature crystal-dividing screens for greater privacy and luggage space, and assistance is available at the Freccia Desks found at the stations (for any last-minute changes or info).
Premium ticket holders will find large reclining leather seats arranged in rows of four, with plenty of luggage space. The welcome service features sweet and savoury snacks and hot or cold drinks, and there are three different menus to choose from at the restaurant. Once again, assistance is also available at the Freccia Desk within the station.
In Standard, expect to find large eco-leather armchairs arranged in rows of four and with ample luggage space. The “Easy Food” catering service features a wide choice of food and drinks, and assistance is available at the Freccia Desk for last-minute changes.
Frecciarossa 1000’s carriage and wagon numbering is alpha-numeric. Some trains are multi-unit with a second locomotive attached to the first one: in this case, the two trains are identified by the letter A and B preceded by the number of the reference carriage. Train A will be numbered 1A, 2A, up to 8A, while train B will be numbered 1B, 2B, up to 8B.
Yes, WiFi is available for free on all Frecciarossa trains. You need to access “Le Frecce” portal and sign in to connect.
Yes, small animals placed in a carrier can travel for free on all Frecciarossa trains. Bigger dogs are allowed only during off-peak hours if kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle, upon payment of a half-priced standard ticket.
Folding bikes are allowed on all Trenitalia trains if they’re stored in the spaces reserved for baggage. Traditional bikes, on the other hand, are allowed if disassembled and placed in a bag.
Trenitalia's Economy ticket is semi-flexible and can be changed once, but you need to pay a transfer fee. If you bought the Base ticket, you can change it as many times as you wish, completely free of charge! On the other hand, if you want to change or cancel a Super Economy ticket, you need to pay the full price for a new one.
Most major train stations in Italy will have English-speaking staff but, in case you can’t find anyone nearby, here are some important words you should look out for on the arrivals/departures board:
On time – In orario
Delay – In ritardo
Cancelled – Cancellato or Soppresso
Platform – Binario
Ticket – Biglietto
Info Point – Punto Informazioni
Leaving from – In partenza da
Going to – Diretto a
Classes – Livelli di servizio
Seat – Posto a sedere
Bear in mind that there’s a +1-hour difference between Italy and the UK (09:00 in the UK will be 10:00 in Italy). In towns and cities in Italy, train stations, maps and information boards show local place names (e.g. Firenze instead of Florence).