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Travel On Train Frecciarossa 1000 (Frecce) (Italy)
A full side view of a Frecciarossa 1000 train - two of these trains can be joined together

Frecciarossa 1000 (Frecce) (Italy)

If you will be taking a journey by these Frecciarossa1000 trains our guide will tell you all you need to know, from boarding, to making the most of the journey experience.

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At a Glance

Travel Pass Supplement

Rail Pass Reservation Fees
Reservations

Compulsory
Time of Day

Day
Catering

Food services available

Bar (sandwiches, snacks, salads)
Accessibility

Accessing the train

Wheelchair Spaces
Train Specification

Attributes of the train

High Speed
Has a Conductor
Travel Passes
Eurail
InterRail

On Board

Executive:

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

At Seat Catering

According to the time of day of travel, passengers will be able to choose from a menu of catering options, which will then be served at their seats.

Welcome drinks:

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served, choices will include coffee, orange juice and prosecco.

The travel experience:

Executive Class on Frecciarossa 100 train services lives up to its name and was evidently inspired by what airlines offer First Class travellers on long-haul flights.

All the seats are armchair style, so passengers won't be sat next to each other, but some seats are opposite others to make for easy conversation if so desired.
Seats can also be rotated so that they are facing the direction of travel

A catering attendant will also serve food and drinks.

Executive ticket holders can access the Frecciaclub travel lounges at stations and will be welcomed on board and shown to their seats.

Business:

Perks
Welcome drinks:

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served, choices will include coffee, orange juice and prosecco.

At Seat Catering

According to the time of day of travel, passengers will be able to choose from a menu of catering options, which will then be served at their seats.

WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

The travel experience:
Executive class on a Frecciarossa 1000 train Executive class on a Frecciarossa 1000 train

The ambience of the Business Class on Frecciarossa 1000 trains is similar to the travelling experience in First Class on Europe's other premium express train services, as the exceptionally comfortable seats are arranged 2 + 1 across the aisle..

Quiet Zone seats are available, so if travelling in these coaches would be your preference, look out for 'Business Area Silenzio' when booking tickets.

In addition to a complimentary welcome drink and snacks (not served on Saturdays), the catering staff can also serve a selection of sandwiches and light meals on request, those these additional food and drink items have to be paid for prior to leaving the train.

The luggage accommodation is particularly generous in Business Class, medium to large suitcases can be stowed under and between the seats, plus luggage racks are also available.
Quiet Zones are available in Business

If you will be travelling with a First Class InterRail or Eurail pass and make a reservation to travel on a Frecciarossa 1000 train service, your allocated seats will be in Business Class, travel long-distance on a Frecciariossa 1000 train and the €10 supplement will be fantastic value for money.

Premium:

Perks
Welcome drinks:

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served, choices will include coffee, orange juice and prosecco.

At Seat Catering

According to the time of day of travel, passengers will be able to choose from a menu of catering options, which will then be served at their seats.

WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

The travel experience:

The seats in Premium Class are mainly grouped around tables (4 seats per table) as the leather clad seats are arranged 2+2 across the aisle, so the majority of seats line up with windows.

In addition to a complimentary welcome drink and snacks (not served on Saturdays), the catering staff can also serve a selection of sandwiches and light meals on request, those these additional food and drink items have to be paid for prior to leaving the train.

The luggage accommodation is more generous than in Standard Class. medium sized suitcases can be stowed under and between the seats. Luggage racks are also available at one end of the coach.

Standard

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

The travel experience
Standard class on a Frecciarossa 1000 train Standard class on a Frecciarossa 1000 train

On Frecciarossa 1000 trains Standard Class lives up to its name, as would be expected with three other classes of accommodation available, the ambience in these coaches can feel comparatively cramped.
Though it has a similar legroom and seat heights to the 2nd class / Standard Class on other European express trains.

However, the luggage storage space is particularly limited in Standard Class on a Frecciarossa 1000 train, if you will have large items of luggage with you, traveling in Premium or Business can make for a much easier journey.

Quiet Zone seats are available, so if travelling in these coaches would be your preference, look out for 'Standard Area Silenzio' when booking tickets.

A Frecciarossa 1000 train awaits departure from Napoli Centrale A Frecciarossa 1000 train awaits departure from Napoli Centrale
The profile of a Frecciarossa 1000 train The profile of a Frecciarossa 1000 train

Frecciarossa 1000 travel guide:

These high speed ‘Red Arrow’ AV* trains, which travel up to 300 km/h, are the newest high speed trains operated by Trenitalia.
(*AV = 'Alta Velocita' - the English translation is 'high speed').

Not to be confused with the older Frecciarossa’ trains, these ‘Frecciarossa 1000’ trains are different, rather fabulous, beasts.

Befitting their top of the class status among Trenitalia’s trains, these Frecciarossa 1000 trains operate the fastest Trenitalia AV high-speed services.

Routes:

These trains tend to operate the fastest services of all on the main Torino - Milano - Bologna - Firenze - Roma - Napoli - Salerno high speed line.
So if you take one of the non-stop services between Milano and Roma, it's likely that you will be travelling on a Frecciarossa 1000 train.

They're also used for:

  • some of the trains between Roma/Napoli and Venezia, and
  • the trains on the Venezia – Padova - Vicenza - Verona - Brescia - Milano - Torino route (the trains which travel beyond Milano to serve Torino)
  • the new Milano Centrale - Torino - Lyon - Paris route.

On board facilities summary:

These four things are particularly worth knowing:

(1) The on board announcements will be Italian followed by English.

(2) The power sockets in Frecciarossa 1000 trains are compatible with E.U standard two-pin plugs. (in contrast the Frecciarossa train power sockets are only compatible with Italian three-point plugs).

(3) There are info screens in each coach with a rotating display of info, some of which show the next calling point, the available connections at that station (as shown above) and whether the train is on time

(4) The Wi-Fi isn't particularly reliable, though if you can log on, you can also access the Frecce entertainment portal.

Reservations:

Seats will be automatically assigned when booking tickets - but if you book on the Trenitalia website, it will give you an option for choosing a specific seat(s) from a seating plan.
However, there is now a €2 surcharge for using this facility, no matter which class of service you will be choosing to travel by.

Rail pass users will need to reserve prior to boarding - reservations can be booked at ticket counters or by using Trenitalia branded ticket machines OR online on the ItaliaRail website.

More info on how to book these rail pass reservations is available HERE

Boarding:

Six things worth knowing when boarding a Frecciarossa 100 train:

(1) Before boarding, check the carrozza/coach number on your ticket, as this will make getting on to the train much easier.

(2) On some departures two Freccisarossa 1000 trains can now be joined together, forming exceptionally long 16 coach trains.

(3) At virtually all the stations that Frecciarossa 1000 trains call at, there will be information screens on the platform/binario (with a red background) - which indicate where to wait for the doors to a specific coach.
Where there aren’t any such info screens, the best option can be wait in the middle of the binario and then locate your carrozza/coach when the train arrives.
If need be, board by the nearest door that you can get to before the train departs, and then walk through the train to find your seat.

(4) On the carrozza/coach doors the coach numbers (and the destination information) is shown on an electronic display.

(5) A number 2 on the door indicates a standard/2nd class coach, while all three classes of 1st class accommodation are indicated by a 1 on the door.

(6) As all seats are reserved, there is no need to rush when you have boarded - take your time when you enter the carrozza/coach, as the seat numbers can lack logic.
What you won’t see is any indication of between which stations the seat is reserved for, all you have to do is look for the seat number.
The seat numbers are on the wall of the coach above the window

Catering:

If you are travelling in anything but Standard class, there will be a trolley service of complimentary snacks and drinks – prosecco is one of the options.
If you ask for a coffee with milk, you will be served a shot of expresso with a drop of milk in it.

Frecciarossa 1000 trains have no restaurant cars, so the only food and drink sold on board is available from the bar coach.
Travel in anything but Standard Class and you can order a limited menu at your seat, but the full range of options is only available in the bar coach.

The selection of food (mainly sandwiches and salads) isn’t the best and queues can build up at the counter, so taking your own food/drink on board with you is recommended.

Bicycles:

Folding bikes can be taken on board as hand luggage.

NON- folding bikes must be disassembled and placed in travel cases, that need to be shown to the conductor, or platform staff prior to boarding.

They need to be stowed in a specific part of the train and the conductor/platform staff will show you where.

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).

Comparison summary of Frecce services:

If you need or would prefer to depart and arrive at specific times, then it's best to choose the departure which suits you and not be concerned about the specific type of Frecce train you will be travelling by - all Frecce trains offer a comparatively good travel experience.

When booking tickets online on Trenitalia, depending on the route you will be taking, you may ALSO see that some alternative departures will be by Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains.
The type of train won’t affect the ticket prices - it is demand per departure that will dictate whether the cheaper discounted tickets are still available.

For most travellers it won’t particularly matter what type of train you choose, though the Frecciargento trains can feel more cramped than these Frecciarossa 1000 trains.

If you will be travelling Business or Executive Class and want to experience the ultimate in high speed train travel, then choose these Frecciarossa 1000 trains.

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