Travelling on a Frecciarossa train
At a glance
- High speed train
The flagship in Trenitalia's comfortable, long-distance Frecce family of trains, Frecciarossa (‘Red Arrow’) mainly travels on dedicated high-speed lines, reaching speeds of up to 400km/h.
Style meets comfort on these elegant Italian power horses. The latest model, the Frecciarossa 1000, boasts exceptional environmentally friendly credentials and is the first high-speed train to be awarded the certificate of environmental impact (EPD). Even with its powerful 16 engines, Frecciarossa 1000 trains are silent, sleek, and stable, offering the highest levels of safety and comfort.
Frecciarossa services used to exclusively run on Italy's high-speed line from Turin via Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples to Salerno. Frecciarossa trains have been extended to serve a number of cities beyond the core high-speed route. These include Ancona, Modena, Padua, Parma, Rimini and Venice. Frecciarossa trains also run on the line from Milan to Venice via Verona, as well as operating direct services between Turin and Lecce, offering dramatically reduced journey times on this route.
The latest and longest addition to Frecciarossa's high-speed network, taking in an impressive 1387km, is a direct route between Turin in Piedmont and Reggio di Calabria in Calabria.
A million passengers a month travel on Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa services with 68 daily connections between Milan and Rome and 37 daily connections between Milan and Naples.
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Before you board
There is no check-in prior to boarding Italian high-speed trains operated by Trenitalia, although ticket control will take place once onboard.
It is recommended to arrive at least 15 mins before your Frecciarossa train departure time.
Frecciarossa trains reflect Italian style and elegance in every way. With air conditioned, open-plan carriages boasting wide aisles, ergonomic seats and spacious room for luggage, Frecciarossa trains ensure maximum comfort when travelling to your chosen destination, be it a long or short adventure.
Free wifi is available onboard Frecciarossa trains and electrical sockets are found at every seat.
Onboard Frecciarossa 1000 trains, travellers can 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 Frecciarossa train.
Located at the centre of the train, a full restaurant service is a welcome feature on Frecciarossa trains, offering lunches and evening meals. At the other end of the carriage is the buffet where you can eat and order snacks, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks. The latter is a stand-at-table affair. Service is open to all passengers.
At-seat service is available in Executive class carriages on Frecciarossa trains. You can order hot and cold meals made with fresh produce according to the time of day (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Drinks are served in Executive Class throughout the entire journey.
If you are travelling at lunch or dinner time on a Frecciarossa 1000 train between Rome and Milan (or vice versa), a warm meal is also served at-seat for Premium and First Class passengers. That service is called 'Easy Gourmet'.
Booking and printing options
Frecciarossa tickets are open for bookings 180 days in advance.
A Frecciarossa seat reservation is mandatory and is included in the price of your ticket.
Get the lowest prices on Frecciarossa by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.
Opt for off-peak Frecciarossa trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak Frecciarossa trains are more affordable than ones that run mornings and evenings, Fridays and Sundays or during popular holidays.
Classes of service
Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa trains provide four classes of outstanding service: Standard Class, Premium Class, First Class and Executive Class.
Frecciarossa Executive Class
Frecciarossa’s Executive Class caters for those who only reluctantly leave their private jet at home. Each carriage has ten large, reclining champagne-coloured leather armchairs equipped with a backrest and footrest, meeting the comfort needs of every single Executive Class passenger. These seats also rotate 180 degrees, so passengers can face their desired travel direction.
The fare includes a complimentary meal and hot or cold drinks served by the steward. Executive Class travellers have a choice of three different menus offering a main dish, a snack, a dessert and a mini bottle of water. All food onboard Frecciarossa trains is made from fresh, Italian produce.
Frecciarossa 1000 trains also provide a meeting room in Executive Class where travellers can work alongside their travelling co-workers in peace and privacy. The meeting room is equipped with five seats and a large colour monitor that can be hooked up to a computer for presentations.
Executive Class travellers can access Frecciaclub lounges and then be greeted like royalty by staff on the platform before departure.
Frecciarossa First Class
As a First Class Frecciarossa customer (called Business Class), you’ll be welcomed by train staff on the platform. Frosted partitions between each group of wide leather seats enhance your privacy. Reclining backrests ensure maximum comfort while travelling in Business Class.
Opt for the quiet zone (‘Silenzio’) for extra calm on your journey.
From Sunday to Friday, Trenitalia offers Business customers a complimentary welcome drink, snack and newspaper.
An onboard meal comes with the fare. There are three menus to choose from as part of the First Class catering service, offering a main dish, a snack, a dessert and a mini bottle of water. Trenitalia's onboard catering is characterised by fresh, Italian ingredients.
Discretion and style are the hallmarks of this premium product which is aimed fair and square at the business market.
Frecciarossa Premium Class
Legroom is the same as in Standard Class, but you have reclining leather seats in Premium Class on Frecciarossa trains. You are also served a complimentary hot or cold drink or a glass of Prosecco. Premium Class is a sort of higher grade of Standard Class (modelled in some measure on many airlines’ Premium Economy Class). There is plenty of room for luggage under or above your seats.
From Sunday to Friday Trenitalia offers Premium customers a welcome service, which includes a complimentary snack and soft drink, as well as a newspaper on morning services.
Frecciarossa Standard Class
Standard Class on Frecciarossa trains is a cut above normal Second Class accommodation with plenty of luggage space and a four-seat arrangement around a table. Peak-time services on the core stretch between Milan and Rome can be crowded. With the fastest trains taking less than 3 hrs, rail now beats air travel on this route.
On Frecciarossa trains, Standard Class passengers can purchase food and drinks from Trenitalia's Easyfood service, which offers a wide selection of meals to enjoy at your seat. Opt for the Viva la Mamma Box from the menu for a fresh pasta main course. Easyfood orders can be booked online before boarding or bought once onboard.
Alternatively, Standard Class passengers can enjoy a bite to eat from the café-bar counter, FrecciaBistrò, where coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, desserts and additional snacks are available.