Regionale Veloce (Italy)

If you will be travelling by Regionale Veloce trains, our guide will tell you all you need to know, from booking and using tickets, to making the most of the journey experience.

Regionale Veloce (RV) is an Italian train SERVICE on which many different types of train are used.

The trains can be similar to those used for the slower Regionale services, as the main difference between Regionale Veloce (RV) and Regionale (R) train services is speed.

Regionale Veloces are the semi-fast train services in Italy - on routes they share with the slower Regionale trains, these RV services are faster because they skip more stations.



Six  Things Worth Knowing About Regionale Veloce Services:

1. On routes they share with express (Frecce and Intercity) trains, these RV services are slower, because they can't match the speed of those trains - and the express trains tend to call at even fewer stations.

Though over comparatively short distances, the difference in journey time between a RV train and an express train can be marginal.

2. Take a Regionale Veloce train service and you can find yourself on a relatively new air-conditioned train, SOME of which are double-deck.

3. Though for the time being you are more likely to find yourself on a comparatively old train - rattling along with no air-conditioning and windows wide-open in summer.

4. On routes that they share with the slower Regionale services - the trains used for those Regionale services can actually be more modern.

5. These are no frills trains, but you can go a long way on a budget and most Italian towns are connected by these trains - particularly north of Rome

For that reason Regionale Veloce trains can be a particularly good option for spontaneous day trips to and from Italian cities.

6. Though Italian train timetables tend to be arranged so that more RV trains run into cities in the mornings - and away from them in afternoons.

So try to look up train times before you head off on a day trip FROM a major city.

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Seven Things Worth Knowing About Tickets for journeys by Regionale Veloce (RV) trains

1.  Despite being a faster option than Regionale services - the same ticket prices are charged for journeys by THESE Regionale Veloce trains.

2.  Also if you're booking tickets last minute at the station, the Regionale Veloce services will be (much) cheaper than taking a Frecce or Intercity train.

That's because tickets valid for both types of Regionale train service aren’t discounted online, so will cost the same if you purchase them last minute at the station.

3. Don’t forget to stamp your ticket in one of the machines before boarding a Regionale Veloce train service.

Once you have stamped your ticket you will have 4 hours to complete the journey - no scheduled journey by RV trains will take more than 4 hours.

As long as you arrive at your final destination within 4 hours, you CAN stop over at intermediate stations and jump on later trains.

For example if you were travelling from Bologna to Parma and validated your ticket at 10:00, you could then stop off in Modena as long as you arrived in Parma by 14:00 (2pm) - do that and you WOULDN'T then need to buy a new ticket for the Modena to Parma train

5.  Tickets valid for Regionale Veloce/Regionale trains CANNOT be used for journeys by Intercity or Frecce trains.

6. Another distinction with the Regionale (R) services is that 1st class is usually available on Regionale Veloce (RV) train services.

If it is an option, then the price difference with 2nd class is generally only a few euros.
1st class won’t be luxurious, the difference with 2nd class can be marginal - what you are in effect paying for, is increasing your chances of finding a seat.

7. Seat reservations aren't available on Regionale Veloce train services - it's why rail pass users can hop on board.

These can be busy trains, so seats are not guaranteed - particularly if you will be joining a train at one of its calling points.

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Six Tips for Boarding a Regionale Veloce train service:

1.  As tickets can be used on Regionale Veloce (RV) train services and Regionale (R) train services, on many routes you can choose between the two services.

When there is a choice the better option is USUALLY the Regionale Veloce trains as it's likely that they will transport you to your destination faster.

2. On the paper departure sheets at stations Regionale Veloce trains are shown as RV trains.

On the electronic departure screens they're also usually classified as RV trains - though RGV will  also be used.

While for the slower Regionale train services (R) is used.

3. This matters because the trains themselves offer no clue as to whether you will be boarding a Regionale Veloce service compared to a slower Regionale train service.

You won’t see any ‘Regionale Veloce’ branding on the trains – so it is virtually impossible to tell RV and R trains apart by looking at them.

4.  If you will be joining a Regionale Veloce service at its starting point, particularly at Firenze, SMN, Milano Centrale, Napoli Centrale, Roma Termini or Venezia Santa Lucia - aim to be at the station a minimum of 15 mins before departure.

When the binario/platform/track number is confirmed you can join the stampede towards the train - miss the rush and it can be too late to find a seat.

5. If need be walk through the train to find spare seats, but if you have a 2nd class ticket take care not to mistakenly sit in 1st class - it can be hard to spot the difference.

6.  When boarding the OLDER single deck trains something else to be aware of are the swinging clear plastic doors, which you may have to pass through when entering the seating areas.

Take care and hold them back for people boarding behind you.

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Six Things Worth Knowing About Being On Board RV trains:

Despite the different types of train used for Regionale Veloce (RV) services, these things are common to ANY journey.

1. There will be a conductor on board all Regionale Veloce trains, who will move through the train checking tickets.

2. If you weren't able to purchase a ticket before boarding, particularly due to a lack of, or broken ticket machines at a station, immediately seek out the conductor and purchase your ticket(s) from them.
Wait for them to find you and you will be fined €5.

3. The on board announcements will be Italian followed by English, but the Italian names of places/stations are used, so Firenze = Florence etc.

4. Pay particular attention to these announcements if you will be travelling after dark - the parts of Italian stations away from the exits often aren't very well lit, so it can be tricky to see what station you have arrived at.

5. Also Regionale Veloce trains often call at multiple station calls in a city BEFORE they arrive in a main station - so be aware of the precise name of the station you are heading to.

Avoid seeing Firenze, Milano, Verona etc on the name of a station and jumping off the train because you have assumed that you have arrived at the main city centre station

6. The electronic doors on the OLDER trains can be prone to failure - when they’re out of order, they’re marked with a green sticker.

So move towards the doors before the train arrives at a station and check whether it has a green sticker – give yourself time to walk through the train to another door if need be.

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Taking Bikes On Regionale Veloce trains services:

Trenitalia's guide to travelling on its trains with bikes is HERE (It is in Italian so use Google Translate to make sense of it).

The particularly pertinent info for the Regionale Velcoe trains is to do with the 'mounted bikes' - in the English translation.

You need to buy a bike ticket(s) from a ticket office prior to boarding - so don't assume you can take a bike on board

An overview of train travel in Italy

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International train routes to/from Italy

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