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Trenitalia is the national railway company in Italy whose offer includes high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca), Intercity trains, night trains and regional trains. The company is part of the Ferrovie dello Stato group and manages more than 17 thousand km of rail tracks.

Trenitalia offers discounted rates and special promotions on all service categories, two types of discount cards (for young and senior) and a loyalty card for the high-speed line called CartaFRECCIA.

Trenitalia also owns a company that operates trains between Italy and France called Thello and collaborates with the main railway operators in Switzerland, France, Austria and Germany for cross-border traffic. 

Trenitalia trains

Frecciarossa

Frecciarossa

In English, Frecciarossa translates as Red Arrow and like its famous flying counterpart is famous for its high speeds. With a maximum speed of 400 km / h Frecciarossa connects the main cities of Italy together including Rome, Milan, Bologna, Naples and Florence

Frecciarossa offers four comfort classes (Executive, Business, Premium, Standard) and is equipped with Wi-Fi, LED lighting and electrical sockets at each seat as well as air conditioning, a restaurant service and seats dedicated to disabled passengers.

 

Frecciabianca

Frecciabianca

Frecciabianca, which travels at a top speed of 200 km / h seamlessly connects large and medium-sized city centres, including Milan, Ravenna, Pescara, Bari, Lecce and Reggio Calabria.

Frecciabianca guarantees 42 connections a day and offers onboard services such as spacious armchairs, air conditioning, courtesy light and electrical sockets, as well as space for strollers.

Frecciargento

Frecciargento

Frecciargento achieves a top speed of 250 km / h and guarantees 44 connections a day, connecting large and medium-sized urban centres such as Rome, Venice, Verona, Trieste, Genoa, Naples and Salerno.

Onboard Frecciargento you can sit on reclining seats in both first and second class, and enjoy services including bar-bistro, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, courtesy light and electrical outlets, as well as places dedicated to disabled passengers.

 

Intercity-Regionali

Intercity and regional trains

Trenitalia also offers Intercity trains similar to Frecciabianca trains, they cover long and medium distance, equipped with two comfort classes (1st and 2nd), spacious seats, air conditioning, courtesy light, electrical sockets and seats reserved for disabled passengers. 

The night Intercity allows you to travel long distances and offer bed cabins (with more comfort such as air conditioning, hot and cold water sink, power outlets, personal hygiene accessories, snacks and drinks included), couchettes (cheaper cabins bed with air conditioning, water and fruit juice) and normal seats.

Finally, regional trains, which connect large cities and small towns in a capillary manner, and which move daily the commuter army from north to south of the boot.

Trenitalia timetables

The timetables of Trenitalia’s trains are divided into 4 categories (high-speed trains timetable, regional trains timetable, Intercity trains timetable and international trains timetable) and are updated twice a year (winter and summer time).

High-speed trains Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca winter timetable

From 10 December 2017 to 9 June 2018 the new high-speed trains winter hours are underway. There are 99 Frecciarossa trains connecting Rome and Milan with a Frecciarossa non-stop at every hour between 06:00 and 20:00, while 120 are the Frecce between Rome and Bologna and 94 between Rome and Naples. In addition, the new Frecciarossa 1000 trains now also run on the Milan - Venice route. You can view the complete timetables (available in English and Italian) here (select "In treno orario le Frecce digitale").

Perugia - Milan - Turin

From February 2018 Trenitalia introduced a new connection from Perugia to Turin via Milan. There will be two trains: one in the morning departing from Perugia at 5:13 pm to arrive in Milan at 08:30 and in Turin at 9:55 am and one in the evening leaving from Milan at 18:45 to get to Perugia at 22.18. In both directions, the Frecciarossa make intermediate stops in Arezzo, Florence Santa Maria Novella, Bologna and Reggio Emilia AV. The standard ticket price is € 54.90 to Milan and € 35.90 to Perugia but by booking at least 4 weeks in advance the cost drops to € 29.90 and € 19.90 respectively.

Milan - Rome

Upgrading the offer with 101 Frecciarossa per day and a train every 15 minutes during peak times in the morning and in the evening. The first train of the day will have the following timetable: Milan C.le (d.5:30) - Roma T.ni (a. 8:29).

Milan - Turin

More Frecciarossa and new train times on the Milan - Turin line with new arrivals at the following times: Milan C.le (d. 7:00) - Torino PN (a. 8:05), Milan C.le (d. 8: 48) - Turin PN (a. 9:55), Turin PN (d. 9:05) - Milan C.le (a. 10:05).

Florence - Milan

New train times and new first arrival in the morning and last departure in the evening: Florence S.M.N. (d.6:00) - Milano C.le (a. 7.45), Milano C.le (d. 20.20) - Firenze S.M.N. (a. 22:43).

Milan - Venice

New train timetables and introduction of two new Frecciarossa trains per day: Venezia S.L. (d.12.20) - Milan C.le (a. 14.45), Milan C.le (d. 14:15) - Venice S.L (a. 16:40)

Turin - Venice

Introduction of new Frecciarossa 1000 trains with the following new timetables: Venezia S.L. (d. 6:20) - Turin P.N. (a. 10:55), Venice S.L. (d. 17:20) - Turin P.N. (a. 20:55), Turin P.N. (d. 7:05) - Venice S.L. (a. 10:40), Turin P.N. (d. 15:05) - Venice S.L. (a. 18:40).

 

Milan - Salerno

New train timetables and the introduction of two new Frecciarossa trains per day: Milan C.Le (d. 5: 30) - Salerno (a. 10:14), Naples (d 12:05) - Milan C.le (a. 16:29).

Rome - Reggio Calabria

New train timetables and the introduction of two new Frecciargento trains a day: Roma T.ni (d. 7:22) - Reggio Calabria C.le (a. 12:15), Reggio Calabria C.le (d. 16:08) - Rome T.ni (a. 21:00).

Rome - Bolzano

New train timetables and the introduction of two new Frecciargento trains: Roma T.ni (d. 6:45) - Bolzano (a. 11:17), Bolzano (d.13: 16) - Roma T.ni (a. 17:45).

Genoa - Rome

New Frecciargento train timetable in the morning: Genova P.zza Principe (d. 6:10) - Roma T.ni (a. 10.05).

Milan - Frankfurt

New Eurocity service in collaboration with DB and SBB at the following times: Milan (d. 11:23) - Frankfurt (a. 18:59), Frankfurt (d. 8:01) - Milan (a.15:35).

Venice - Zurich

New daily connection in collaboration with SBB: Venezia S.L. (d. 15:20) - Zurich (a. 21:52), Zurich (d. 09:09) - Venice S.L. (a. 15:40). 

Regional train times

The timetables of the Trenitalia regional trains are updated twice a year, at the moment the winter timetable is in effect until 9 June 2018.

Trenitalia divides the times of its regional trains in 12 macro geographical areas (below), to view the timetables in detail you can visit this page.

North

  • Emilia Romagna
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia - Trentino Alto Adige - Veneto
  • Liguria
  • Lombardy
  • Piedmont - Valle d'Aosta

Center

  • Abruzzo - Marche - Umbria
  • Lazio
  • Tuscany

South and Islands

  • Basilicata - Apulia
  • Calabria - Sicily
  • Campania - Molise
  • Sardinia

Intercity train times

Intercity trains cover long and medium distances in regions not served by high speed.

The offer of the Intercity trains includes 94 Intercity day trains integrated into the high speed trains network and 24 overnight Intercity trains equipped with bed cabins service.

Intercity trains run on 3 main arteries:

North Tyrrhenian Line: trains connecting some cities of Northern Italy such as Turin, Milan and Genoa with the main towns of the Ligurian and Tuscan coast up to Rome, Naples and Salerno;

South Tyrrhenian Line: from Rome connections with Calabria and Sicily, serving the smaller centers of the Southern coast;

Adriatic Line: connections from Milan and Bologna to the Adriatic coast up to Bari, Lecce and Taranto.

You can view the full timetable of the Intercity trains day and night in English on this page (select "orario intercity digitale").

Trenitalia international trains timetables

Trenitalia collaborates with other railway companies to reach the main cities in France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Some routes provide a night service with bed cabins.

From 10 December 2017, two new routes to Switzerland and Germany are in force:

Milan - Frankfurt

New Eurocity service in collaboration with DB and SBB at the following times: Milan (11:23 am) - Frankfurt (18:59) and Frankfurt (8:01) - Milan (15:35).

Venice - Zurich

New daily connection in collaboration with SBB: Venezia S.L. (15:20) - Zurich (21:52) and Zurich (09:09) - Venice S.L. (15:40).

Thello trains connect Italy with France by offering two connections:

Venice - Milan - Paris and vice versa with a night train. The train leaves from Venice every day at 20:17 and arrives in Paris at 9:55 and vice versa the train leaves Paris at 19:10 and arrives in Venice at 09:35.

Milan - Nice - Marseille and vice versa three times a day. To consult the timetables visit this page.

Tickets types and fares

Regional trains have a single tariff, called Ordinary. The price of Ordinary fare tickets is based on the distance between the departure and arrival points and the comfort class (1st or 2nd). Tickets for regional trains purchased on Trainline are in electronic format: you can show them to the ticket officer directly on your smartphone or, in alternative, print them. Electronic tickets are valid for 4 hours from the departure of the chosen train and do not require validation.

With the national trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Intercity) the situation is a little different. On the Trainline website and app, when purchasing the ticket you will be asked to choose the type of fare between:

Super Economy Selecting this option will display the cheapest tickets regardless of the type of comfort class or flexibility. If you book well in advance in the "cheapest" section you will find Trenitalia's Super Economy tickets or the cheaper ones that do not allow changes or refunds.
Semi‑flexible These are Economy tickets that guarantee savings and flexibility: before departure, you can change the departure date or time only once by choosing a trip with the same train category or type of service and paying the (eventual) price difference with a standard flexible ticket. With this fare it's not possible to ask for reimbursement or access to a train other than the one booked..
Flexible These are the Standard adult tickets (also called "Base") that guarantee maximum flexibility: before departure, you can change your ticket for free and an unlimited amount of times. After departure, and up to 1 hour after departure, you can request to change your ticket for free and exclusively at the departure station indicated on the ticket. If you cancel the trip before the departure time, you are entitled to a refund with a 20% withholding, while after departure refund is not permitted. 

Ticket prices vary based on the chosen fare and the selected comfort class (Standard, Premium, Business and Executive for Frecciarossa trains, first and second class for Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Intercity trains). 

You can also apply a number of loyalty cards to your ticket search such as Carta Verde (for 12-25 yeaqrs old), Carta Argento (for seniors 60+) or Trenitalia's loyalty card CartaFRECCIA.

 

Price can also change depending on the trend in demand (number of places already sold and still available, proximity to the departure date) in accordance with the management system called Yield Management.

If possible you should look to book your tickets in advance. Keep in mind that Trenitalia tickets are available from 6 months in advance of the date of departure. Normally, buying your ticket 30 days before typically secures the best available price. 

How to find Trenitalia tickets at the best price

There are several ways you can find Trenitalia tickets at the best price and save money. Whether you are taking a train for business or pleasure, our travel planner can help you find tickets for the high speed trains, Intercity and regional trains at the best available price for the days you want to travel.

To find the best Trenitalia ticket offers on the website or the Trainline app you can:

  • Select the "cheaper" filter when searching for the ticket, this allows you to always find the lowest price available for the selected route;
  • Add to your Trainline account the discount cards (Green Card and Silver Card) and loyalty cards (CartaFRECCIA) so you can immediately view the discounted prices;
  • Consult the Trenitalia offers currently active.

In general, to buy your train tickets at the best price, we recommend booking them at least 28 days in advance. It is important to know that the cheapest prices are available for limited places and therefore for the popular routes it is good to book an average 3 months before to enjoy these special rates. Trenitalia tickets for national trains are normally available up to 6 months before the departure date.


We also recommend that you look at the prices of the higher comfort classes like the first class of Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Intercity trains and the Premium class of Frecciarossa trains because it is often possible to find tickets at really advantageous prices.

Trenitalia discount cards

Trenitalia offers 2 types of discount cards valid on all trains: the green card for young people under 25 and the silver card for seniors over 60.

Green Card (12 - 25 y.o.)

The Green Car is the discount card for the passengers between 12 and 25 years of age.

With a cost of 40 € per year, the card gives access to a 10% reduction on the price of the Base ticket for all national trains, both in 1st and 2nd class. The same discount is provided for Frecciarossa high-speed trains, in the Business, Premium and Standard categories, as well as for bed and couchette cars on the night trains.

Silver card (60 +)

The Silver Car is the discount card for the passengers who have reached the age of 60.

With an annual cost of 30 €, the discount card allows a 15% reduction on the price of the Base ticket for all national trains, whether it is the 1st or 2nd class. The same discount percentage is provided for Frecciarossa high-speed trainsets, in the Business, Premium and Standard categories. A 10% discount is instead applied for bed and couchette cars, and even 25% on international routes. And from 75 years upwards, the Silver Card is free.

CartaFRECCIA

CartaFRECCIA is Trenitalia's loyalty card valid for travels on high-speed (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca) and Intercity trains. 

If you are a lover of high speed, CartaFRECCIA is the solution for you. CartaFRECCIA is Trenitalia's loyalty card that allows you to obtain:

  • 1 point for every euro spent if you travel with Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca,
  • 0.5 points for each euro spent if you travel with Intercity, Intercity Night, Eurocity and Euronight (only within the national territory).

The advantages? The possibility to get free train tickets and access to special promotions. CartaFRECCIA is free and delivered directly to your home address through a simple registration on the Trenitalia website.

In addition, with CartaFRECCIA you have access to special offers - all available online on Trainline - on the purchase of train tickets:

CartaFRECCIA Special -50%

Requirements Benefits Cost
For everyone To travel on Frecciarossa trains in the Business, Premium and Standard categories and on Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Intercity Intercity trains (excluding Intercity Night services), both in 1st and 2nd class, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 14:00 with a 50% discount on the price of the Base ticket. Free

 

Useful information:

  • CartaFRECCIA Special -50% can be purchased up to two days before the departure of the train.
  • It's not permitted: the refund, change the reservation (time and date), change the ticket (itinerary, number of travelers, class and service), access directly to another train;
  • On board the train you will have to show the CartaFRECCIA you used to purchase the ticket (also in digital format on your Smartphone or tablet) and an ID.

CartaFRECCIA Young

Requirements Benefits Cost
< 30 y.o.  CartaFRECCIA Young allows a discount between 30% and 50% on the price of the Base ticket for all the Frecce and the Intercity (except the Night Intercity), in all classes, excluding the Executive category of Frecciarossa. Free

 

Useful information:

  • CartaFRECCIA Young can be purchased up to two days before the departure of the train.
  • It's not permitted: the refund, change the reservation (time and date), change the ticket (itinerary, number of travelers, class and service), access directly to another train;
  • On board the train you will have to show the CartaFRECCIA you used to purchase the ticket (also in digital format on your Smartphone or tablet) and an ID.

CartaFRECCIA Senior

Requirements Benefits Cost
> 60 y.o.  CartaFRECCIA Senior allows a discount of between 30% and 50% on the price of the Base ticket for all the Frecce and the Intercity (except the Night Intercity) in all classes except the Executive category of Frecciarossa. Free

 

Useful information:

  • CartaFRECCIA Senior can be purchased up to two days before the departure of the train.
  • It's not permitted: the refund, change the reservation (time and date), change the ticket (itinerary, number of travelers, class and service), access directly to another train;
  • On board the train you will have to show the CartaFRECCIA you used to purchase the ticket (also in digital format on your Smartphone or tablet) and an ID.

Offers and promotions

Trenitalia's many promotions and offers help to make your train journey smarter giving you a further possibility to save on the price of your train ticket. These are the promotions currently active:

Same day return

Requirements Benefits
For everyone It allows a discount between 30% and 50% on the price of the Base ticket for all the Frecce and Intercity (except Night Intercity) in all classes except the Executive category of Frecciarossa.

 

When and how to buy: the same day return ticket offer can be purchased on Trainline up to midnight on the day before departure.

With the same day return offer is permitted to:

  • Change the booking time
  • Use CartaFRECCIA

While it is NOT permitted to:

  • Change the reservation (date / time of departure itinerary, class and service)
  • Refund the tickets
  • Access a train of a different type from the one booked

Weekend return

Requirements Benefits
For everyone It allows a discount between 30% and 50% on the price of the Base ticket for all the Frecce and Intercity (except Night Intercity) in all classes except the Executive category of Frecciarossa.

 

When and how to buy: the same day return ticket offer can be purchased on Trainline up to midnight on the day before departure.

With the same day return offer is permitted to:

  • Change the booking time
  • Use CartaFRECCIA

While it is NOT permitted to:

  • Change the reservation (date / time of departure itinerary, class and service)
  • Refund the tickets
  • Access a train of a different type from the one booked

Special 2X1

Requirements Benefits
For everyone 2 tickets at the price of a single flexible ticket (Base). The offer is valid on all national trains in the Business, Premium and Standard service levels and in 1st and 2nd class are excluded regional trains, the Executive service level and the berths, VL and Excelsior services.

 

When and how to buy: the special 2X1 offer can be purchased on Trainline until midnight on the day before departure.

With the Special 2X1 offer is permitted to:

  • Use CartaFRECCIA

While it is NOT permitted to:

  • Change the reservation (date / time of departure itinerary, class and service)
  • Refund the tickets
  • Access a train of a different type from the one booked

Special 3X2

Requirements Benefits
For groups of 3 people without age limits It allows to purchase a single ticket for 3 people for the price of 2 flexible tickets (Base). The offer is valid on all national trains in the Business, Premium and Standard service levels and in 1st in 2nd class. From 3x2 regional trains, executive level and berth services, VL and Excelsior are not included and seat reservations are not allowed in the lounges.

 

When and how to buy: Trenitalia's 3X2 offer can be purchased on Trainline until midnight on the day before departure.

With the 3X2 offer is permitted to:

  • Use CartaFRECCIA

While it is NOT permitted to:

  • Change the reservation (date / time of departure itinerary, class and service)
  • Refund the tickets
  • Access a train of a different type from the one booked

Children special (Bimbi Gratis)

Requirements Benefits
Family groups of 2 to 5 people (with at least one adult and one young person under the age of 15) 2 tickets at the price of a single flexible ticket (Base). The offer is valid on all national trains in the Business, Premium and Standard service levels and in 1st and 2nd class are excluded regional trains, the Executive service level and the berths, VL and Excelsior services.

Useful information and when and how to buy: the Children Special offer (Bimbi Gratis in Italian) can be purchased on Trainline until midnight on the day before departure. On board the train crew may request proof of identity to check the age of the adult passenger and a document or self-declaration of the child's parent indicating his age.

With the Children Special offer it's permitted to:

  • Change the date / time of departure free of charge only once and until the departure within the deadline set for the purchase (up to 24 hours two days before departure).
  • Ask for a refund of the ticket up to the train's departure time with a 20% deduction.
  • Access another train from one hour before and up to one hour after the departure of the booked train, paying the difference between the total Base price for the train used and the amount already paid plus a penalty of 10 euro.

Family Offer

Requirements Benefits

Groups or families of 2 to 5 people with at least 1 adult and 1 child up to 15 years of age, to travel on Intercity Night trains, couchette cars and VL. Excelsior cars are not included.

50% discount (30% for couchettes and VL) for children under the age of 15; 20% discount for other people.

When and how to buy: the Trenitalia Family offer can be purchased on Trainline until midnight on the day before departure. The minimum price is, net of the discount, at least 10 euros for each member above the age of 15..

With the Family offer it is permitted to:

  • Change the date / time of departure free of charge only once and until the departure within the deadline set for the purchase (up to 24 hours two days before departure).
  • Ask for a refund of the ticket up to the train's departure time with a 20% deduction.
  • Access another train from one hour before and up to one hour after the departure of the booked train, paying the difference between the total Base price for the train used and the amount already paid plus a penalty of 10 euro.

Services on board Trenitalia trains

Travelling with children

0 - 4 years.

Without an assigned seat: they can travel for free but must be carried or sat on an adults lap at all times. This applies to all national trains (both in 1st and 2nd class, and in Executive, Business, Standard and Premium levels). With an assigned seat: they are entitle to a 50% reduction on the adult standard fare. 

4 - 15 years are entitled to a reduction of 50% on the adult standard fare on all national trains. This includes both in 1st and 2nd class, Executive, Business, Standard and Premium levels. On regional trains, the 50% discount is for children aged 4 to 12 years. 

WiFi

Free WiFi is available on all the high speed trains Frecciarossa and Frecciargento. To connect, simply select the WIFI network onboard (WIFI Frecciarossa or WIFI Frecciargento) and launch the internet browser. You will also have access to the "FRECCE" portal where you can get information on the progress of the train, watch movies and TV shows, listen to music or read the news.

Food services

The FrecciaBistrò quick restaurant service is available on all the high speed trains and offers snacks and drinks as well as a breakfast and lunch menu. Frecciarossa trains also offer a full restaurant service on board and the "Freccirossa 1000" from Rome to Milan and vice versa offers a service called "Easy Gourmet" with a gourmet menu.

Travelling with pets

Small dogs, cats and other pets are allowed free on board all Trenitalia trains as long as they are kept in a suitable carry box (with max dimensions 70x30x50 cm).

Larger dogs are allowed on board all the Trenitalia trains except on regional trains during peak hours (from 7 to 9 am, Monday to Friday). The dogs must be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle, and require either a 2nd class ticket or Standard level ticket reduced by 50%. Guide dogs are admitted for free on all Trenitalia trains, without any charge.

Travelling with a bike

Folding bikes are allowed on all Trenitalia's trains as long as placed within the racks or luggage areas.

Larger bikes are allowed on all Trenitalia's trains provided they are disassembled and placed in bags (max dimensions 80x110x40 cm). Some regional trains allow the transport of bicycles upon payment of a special supplement or an additional 2nd class ticket.

Taking luggage onboard

Baggage transport is free on all Trenitalia trains. You will find ample luggage spaces on the high speed Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca and Intercity trains; the space reserved for bags and suitcases is also present on regional trains.

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