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Trains in Italy are primarily run by Trenitalia. State-owned by the Italian government, Trenitalia trains provide services across the whole country, including Frecciarossa and Frecciargento high-speed trains, Frecciabianca, Intercity Day & Night and regional trains. Trenitalia also runs services to and from Rome Fiumicino International Airport, served by Leonardo Express, as well as journeys within the Cinque Terre, served by the Cinque Terre Express.
This page will take you through everything you need to know about Trenitalia, including:
Discover the Frecciarossa timetable during the 2023 summer season! Sea, mountains, lakes, cities of art... wherever you want to go, Frecciarossa can take you!
With the summer timetable, you have up to 94 Frecciarossa trains a day to travel between Milan and Rome, including 2 new non-stop connections that allow you to get to your destination in 2 hours and 45 minutes if you travel between Milan Rogoredo and Rome Tiburtina, or 2 hours and 58 minutes if you travel between Roma Termini and Milano Centrale.
Thanks to the new summer timetable 2023, North and South have never been so close! You will have at your disposal:
In addition to the new connections, you will have 68 Frecciarossa trains a day between Milan and Naples and 38 Frecciarossa trains between Milan and Venice.
The Freccialink train + bus services are back again this summer! Is your destination not reachable by train? No problem. With Freccialink you can arrive comfortably on Frecciarossa to the nearest station, where you will find the dedicated bus service waiting for you to continue your journey! Buy the entire travel solution on Trainline and you will have a reserved seat.
Traveling between Parma and Reggio Emilia? Try the new Mediopadana Link service: 12 bus connections a day coinciding with trains arriving from Florence, Rome, Naples, Salerno and many other cities!
With SNAV and Alilauro link you can travel to the Amalfi coast and the Aeolian Islands by purchasing a single ticket: arrive on the Frecciarossa in Naples and from there continue on the ferry to the wonders of the Gulf of Naples.
Who said that in 2023 summer must necessarily be by the sea? If you are a mountain lover, leave your car in the garage and get on one of the new Frecciarossa trains to go directly to your favorite locations! You will have at your disposal:
Starting from 18 June, Trenitalia is launching two direct Frecciarossa trains to travel at high speed between Rome and Pompeii. Every third Sunday of the month, the 9693 train leaves Rome Termini at 8:53 and arrives in Pompeii at 10:40, with two stops in Napoli Afragola and Napoli Centrale. To return to Rome, you can take the Frecciarossa 9568 which leaves Pompeii at 18:40, stops at Napoli Centrale, Napoli Afragola, Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina, to arrive in Firenze Santa Maria Novella at 22:58.
Trenitalia have updated the refreshment offer on board Frecciarossa trains: in the Executive service level you will have a dedicated Open Bar at your complete disposal. In Business, you will have a food box with fresh products (with gluten and lactose-free options), a bottle of water and a coffee. In the Premium service level, you can enjoy a sweet or savory snack of your choice.
Why not take the train from Italy to another European country with Trenitalia?
Trenitalia collaborates with other railway companies to reach the main cities and tourist destinations in France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Some routes include a night service with couchette and bed cabin service. In total, the offer includes 48 daily connections to neighboring countries.
With the international trains Eurocity and Euronight you can reach various foreign locations. With the new summer timetable, the following are at your disposal:
Good news! You can now travel direct from Milan to Paris on a high-speed Frecciarossa train operated by Trenitalia. Frecciarossa 1000 trains take you from Milan Central station to Paris Gare de Lyon and call at Torino Porta Susa and Lyon Part Dieu too!
What’s more, you can enjoy plenty of amenities on board, including comfy seats, free WiFi, reading lights, at-seat power sockets, and lots of luggage space.
Trenitalia trains cover the length and breadth of Italy. From the Alps in the north to the Mediterranean in the south, there's so much of this wonderful country to explore. Check out our Trenitalia map below for an overview of the Trenitalia network – we've provided some key routes covered by both high-speed and regional services.
Depending on your journey, you’ll be travelling on Le Frecce, Intercity or Regional trains. Here are some of the most popular routes served by the different Trenitalia trains –
Trenitalia offers four ticket types, each of which varies in price and flexibility. This means there are different tickets you can potentially purchase for the same train. For example, there are three ticket types (Super Economy, Economy and Base) and four different classes (Standard, Premium, Business and Executive) on Frecciarossa trains, so it can become a little confusing as to which ticket is best to buy. To make this a bit clearer, we'll break down the different ticket types across Trenitalia's Frecce, Intercity and Regional trains for you.
As the name may suggest, this is Trenitalia’s cheapest train ticket. If you know the time and date you want to travel on, then buying this train ticket will save you money. Trenitalia doesn’t offer refunds or exchanges on this ticket, so if you want to cancel or amend your time of travel, you’ll have to purchase another ticket. Visit our Trenitalia Super Economy tickets page to find out more.
Another cheap ticket, only this time, there's more flexibility in your choice of travel. Trenitalia allows you to change the date or time of your ticket only once, but it must be for the same type of train and class. Typically, you'll also be required to pay the price difference between your current ticket and the full-price ticket of the train you'll be travelling on. Learn more on our page about Trenitalia Economy tickets.
Trenitalia's Base ticket is the standard fare for all journeys on Le Frecce and Intercity trains. Offering you maximum flexibility, you can change the date, time and class of your train ticket an unlimited number of times for free, as well as get your ticket refunded (with a 20% penalty fee). Bear in mind that you'll need to pay the price difference between the two tickets if any. While this ticket is obviously more expensive, if you're enjoying the city you're in, you can always extend your stay by a day and change the ticket. For more information, check out our Trenitalia Base Fare Tickets page.
Unlike the other ticket categories, which are available to buy for each class on Le Frecce trains, Ordinaria is the ticket you can buy to travel only on Trenitalia’s Regional trains. This ticket type usually has a fixed price, which is determined by the class you travel on and the journey time. While you can normally book the other tickets up to six months in advance (exceptions may apply), you don't need to buy Ordinaria tickets ahead of time unless you want peace of mind.
Still unsure about which train ticket is right for you? Here's a recap of Trenitalia's different ticket types:
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CartaFRECCIA is Trenitalia's loyalty card that allows you to accumulate points and buy discounted train tickets. The card is digital and you can show it directly from your phone. You can get your CartaFRECCIA for free even if you don’t live in Italy.
If you’re under 30 years old and have CartaFRECCIA, opt for Offerta Young – this will give you up to 50% off the Base fare.
If you have CartaFRECCIA and are over 60 years old, you're entitled to Offerta Senior – you'll get up to 50% off the Base ticket, just like with Offerta Young.
Trenitalia trains are generally split into long-distance trains – Frecciarossa and Frecciargento (both high-speed trains), Frecciabianca and Intercity trains – and Regional trains. Covering long-distance routes across the nation, Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains have significantly reduced travel time between major cities, making train travel in Italy a more viable option. Read on for more information about the different types of Trenitalia trains, what you can find on board and where they can take you.
Frecciarossa trains, known as the 'Red Arrow', are the crown jewel of the high-speed train network in Italy and can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h. Taking the new Frecciarossa 1000 trains, journey times between cities like Rome and Milan have fallen to under 3 hours. Frecciarossa trains travel to cities such as Naples, Florence and Bologna on a daily basis. This makes train travel in Italy much easier, especially if you’re using an Interrail or Eurail Pass.
You can choose between four classes when you travel on Frecciarossa – Executive, Business, Premium and Standard. No matter the class you're in, you're provided with free WiFi, power sockets at every seat, a food carriage, air-conditioning, special luggage zone and onsite cleaning service to ensure you get the best customer experience on board. There are 10 seats available in Frecciarossa Executive on FR 1000 trains and only 8 on FR 500 trains. Gourmet meals are served directly to your seat. Finally, if you buy a Frecciarossa Executive ticket, you can get free access to FrecciaLounge and FrecciaClub lounges. For more information, check out our dedicated section about FrecciaClub and FrecciaLounge.
Read more about Frecciarossa trains, where they can take you and what you can find in each class.
While not quite hitting Frecciarossa speeds, Frecciargento trains travel similar long-distance routes, connecting cities like Rome, Venice, Verona, Trieste, Genoa, Naples and Salerno in just as much comfort and at speeds of up to 250 km/h.
Frecciargento trains have mainly two classes – First and Second Class. On the new Frecciargento ETR 700, however, you can find three classes – Business, Premium and Standard. Much like all the high-speed Trenitalia trains, all carriages are equipped with WiFi, air-conditioning, special luggage zone and onsite cleaning service. There's also a food carriage for passengers to buy food and drinks, particularly convenient for long-distance journeys.
Frecciabianca, or the 'White Arrow', belongs to the long-distance trains group. Running at speeds of up to 200 km/h, these trains connect big and medium-sized cities, while guaranteeing great comfort and high-quality onboard services. For example, cities such Bari and Lecce are easily connected to Naples, making travel into the main cities much more accessible for both tourists and commuters.
Frecciabianca trains offer spacious chairs, air-conditioning and food carriages, making your journey a cheaper but still pleasant experience.
Check out our dedicated page about Frecciabianca for more details.
In addition to Le Frecce, Trenitalia also provides Intercity and Regional trains. Covering shorter distances at slower speeds, these trains are ideal for those who are travelling locally, staying in a certain region, or just want to see what is in the next town over.
Intercity trains have two classes – First and Second – both of which offer seats, power sockets, reading lights and reserved wheelchair spaces for disabled passengers. There are also Intercity night trains, where you can sleep in bed cabins to save on the cost of a hotel. Bed cabins come with air-conditioning, a washbasin, complimentary toiletries and much more.
Regional trains are slower, serving towns and villages within a given region. If you’re looking to explore the local area where you’re staying, it's very likely that you’ll be using a regional train. An example is Cinque Terre Express, which can take you from La Spezia Centrale to all the main towns of the Cinque Terre National Park.
Fast-regional trains are also included in this category – namely, the Leonardo Express service, which connects Roma Termini to Rome Fiumicino International Airport.
For more information, visit our page about Regional trains.
Trenitalia’s new winter timetable includes 250 Frecciarossa trains per day, connections to ski destinations and many new offers for all your needs.
To snap up the cheapest fares, why not check out all the deals and discounts offered by Trenitalia below.
Get a 30-50% discount off your day return ticket if you travel on Intercity and Le Frecce trains, except for Intercity Night trains and Frecciarossa's Executive Class.
When and how to buy
This offer is available to buy before departure. Simply select the outbound and return dates and times in our Journey Planner at the top of the page and we'll show you if the offer is available.
You can change the departure time free of charge only once for each ticket (outbound and return) and until your departure. Change of departure date and ticket, refunds or access to a different type of train than the one booked are not allowed.
With the Me&You offer, you can get up to 50% off your Base ticket when you travel with another person and you both have CartaFRECCIA. The offer is valid for travel on all Frecce, Intercity and Intercity Night trains in Business, Premium and Standard Class, as well as in First and Second Class.
When and how to book
You can get the Me&You offer up to midnight on the day before your train departs. Simply select 2 adult passengers and the date you want to travel in our Journey Planner at the top of the page and we'll show you if the deal is available.
No ticket changes, refunds or access to a different train from the one booked are allowed with the Me&You offer.
With this offer, groups of 3 to 5 people can get up to 50% off the price of a single Base ticket for each traveller.
The offer is valid for all national trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca, Intercity and ICN), in First and Second Class, Business, Premium and Standard Class, couchettes and sleeping cars.
The offer does not apply to regional trains, Frecciarossa Executive Class and Excelsior carriages; seats in the salottini cannot be booked.
When and how to book
You can get the Insieme Offer up to midnight on the second day before your train departs. Simply select 3 to 5 passengers in our Journey Planner at the top of the page and we'll show you if the offer is available.
The Insieme offer does not allow any ticket change, refund or access to a different train from the one booked.
Children under the age of 15 travel for free and the rest of the family (up to 5 people) travel with a Base ticket in First and Second Class on all trains, except for Frecciarossa Executive and Intercity night trains.
When and how to book
You can get the offer until midnight on the second day before your train departs. Simply enter the number of passengers (at least 1 adult and 1 child) in our Journey Planner at the top of the page and the discount will be automatically applied to your booking.
Please make sure you have your ID with you as you and your children may be asked to show it as proof of age.
You can change the date/time of departure free of charge only once and up to midnight, two days prior to departure. You'll just need to pay any price difference if needed.
You can also ask for a refund until the train departure with a 20% deduction.
For the same connection, you can board another train from one hour before and up to one hour after the departure of the train you booked, paying the difference between the full Base price for the train used and the amount already paid plus a €10 fee.
With this offer, you can get 40% off your Base ticket when you travel over the weekend, i.e. you depart on Saturday and come back on Sunday. The A/R weekend offer is valid for all Frecce services, except for Salottino.
When and how to book
You can get the offer until midnight on the fifth day before your train departs. Simply enter the number of passengers in our Journey Planner at the top of the page and we'll show you if the offer is available.
You can change the departure time only once for each return ticket up to the departure date. The offer is non-refundable.
If you travel with a group/family of 2-5 people, with at least 1 adult and 1 child under 15, you can get 20% off your train ticket, while children under 15 get 50% off (30% for couchettes and VL). This offer is valid to travel on couchettes, VL and Intercity Night trains.
When and how to book
You can get the offer until midnight on the second day before your train departs. Simply enter the number of passengers in our Journey Planner at the top of the page and we'll show you if the offer is available.
You can change the departure time only once until midnight on the second day before your departure. If you no longer intend to use your ticket and want to cancel your booking, you can ask for a refund before the train's departure but you'll need to pay a 20% fee. With the Famiglia offer, you can also board a different train from the one you've booked from one hour before and until one hour after the train's departure, but you'll need to pay any price difference plus a €10 fee.
Good news! If you're buying your Trenitalia train tickets on our app, you can now choose your seat and view it on our seatmap before completing your booking. Please note that you can choose your seat only if you're travelling with Frecciarossa (except for the Executive Class), Frecciargento, Frecciabianca, Intercity and Eurocity.
If your journey with Trenitalia is delayed or cancelled, you may be entitled to apply for a partial refund.
30-59 minutes late
If your high-speed train (Frecciarossa or Frecciargento) is between 30 minutes and 59 minutes late, you are entitled to a refund of 25% issued as a credit, which can be used on future purchases.
For delays of over 59 minutes, there is a tiered compensation structure:
In both instances, the refund can be claimed as a credit to be used on a future journey or in cash.
You must wait 24 hours after the completion of your journey to request a refund. Refund requests must be submitted through Trenitalia’s webform.
An immensely popular service with visitors to the Italian Riviera, Trenitalia’s Cinque Terre Express runs through the villages in the Cinque Terre region.
The Cinque Terre Express runs between La Spezia and Levanto, stopping at all the picturesque villages in the Cinque Terre National Park:
Trains on the Cinque Terre route run every 15 minutes, 7 days per week. Because the Cinque Terre Express is a regional train, the ticket prices are the same on the day as they would be in advance. Unless you’re a meticulous planner you won’t have to book in advance, although bear in mind the service can be very popular at peak summer times. One-way tickets cost €4 for adults and €2 for children. If you’re travelling from a station outside the National Park (such as Genoa), the Cinque Terre Express ticket includes a supplement of €2.40/€1.20.
Check out our dedicated Cinque Terre Express page for a route map and timetable information.
Rome is home to the biggest and busiest station in Italy and is connected to all of the country’s major cities via a network of high-speed routes. If you’re taking a high-speed train in Italy, you’ll probably pass through Roma Termini at some stage. The station has 32 platforms and was opened by Pope Pius IX in 1863! Nowadays, Trenitalia’s high-speed services connect Rome to Milan in 2h 55m, Venice in 3h 50m and Florence in 1h 12m.
Termini isn’t the only station in Rome, however. Roma Tiburtina station is on several of the high-speed lines terminating at Termini station; it is also the terminus for a handful of regional lines. Roma Ostiense station is the smallest of the main three stations in the city, served by the FR1, FR3, and FR5 urban rail lines.
Rome’s primary airport, Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, is connected to the city centre via the Leonardo Express train. And there is a direct train from Roma Termini to Civitavecchia Port (for ferry services), which takes just over an hour.
Learn more about trains to/from Rome.