The Thello sleeper train from Paris to Venice

 
 

  Buy Thello tickets here from 35...

  Booking usually opens 120 days ahead.

  Anyone can buy tickets here, it's ticketless, you simply quote the PNR number on board.

  Yes, if you book 2 tickets for a 2-bed sleeper or 6 tickets in 6-berth couchettes, you'll normally all be together in the same compartment.  See berth numbering plan

  If there are 3 of you and you want sole occupancy of a 4-berth compartment (for example), simply book 4 tickets in 4-berth, re-using a name and passport number.

  Children under 4 sharing a bed go free on Thello, children under 12 go at the child rate.

  You're buying from www.italiarail.com, who connect directly to the Trenitalia ticketing system.  Their booking fee will be refunded if you email them your PNR at seat61@italiarail.com.

  Buy onward train tickets to other Italian destinations at www.italiarail.com.

Who are Thello?

Pronounced Tell-O, Thello is a partnership between Trenitalia (Italian Railways) and Veolia, a private transport company, formed to run overnight trains between Paris and Italy.  Thello's Paris-Milan-Verona-Venice sleeper train started running in December 2011, replacing the lacklustre sleeper train run by Artesia, a consortium of Trenitalia and French railways.  Thello started a Paris-Florence-Rome sleeper train in December 2012, but this was discontinued again on 15 December 2013.  You can also travel from Paris to Italy by higher-quality daytime high-speed TGV train, see the Paris-Italy TGV page.

  Thello train times

  How much does it cost?

  What are the sleeping-cars like?

  What are the couchettes like

  What is the restaurant car like?

  The Man in Seat 61's opinion of Thello

  How to buy tickets

  Luggage, bikes & dogs on Thello

  UK to Italy using Thello   

  Video guide to the Thello sleeper train

Thello train times...

 Paris ► Milan, Verona, Venice  

 by Thello sleeper train Runs
every day
 Paris Gare de Lyon depart, day 1 19:59
 Dijon depart 22:41
 Milan Centrale arrive 06:00
 Brescia arrive 07:10
 Verona arrive 07:52
 Vicenza arrive 08:43
 Padua arrive 09:06
 Venice Mestre arrive 09:23
 Venice Santa Lucia arrive, day 2 09:35
   
 Connection for Bologna & Florence by Frecciarossa
 Milan Centrale depart 07:15
 Bologna Centrale arrive 08:17
 Florence SMN arrive 08:55
   
 Connection for Rome & Naples by Frecciarossa
 Milan Centrale depart 07:00
 Rome Termini arrive 09:59
 Naples Centrale arrive 11:20

The Paris-Florence-Rome Thello train was discontinued from 15 December 2013.  You need to take the Paris-Milan-Venice Thello sleeper, and change trains at Milan Centrale for an onward high-speed Frecciarossa train to Bologna, Florence, Rome or Naples as shown.

In Paris, the Thello train to Venice usually leaves from platform M at the Gare de Lyon.

Alternative daytime trains:  A higher-quality alternative to Thello is to book one of the three daily Paris-Turin-Milan TGVs, then an onward train from Milan or Turin to Florence, Rome or Venice, see here for details.

 Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan ► Paris   

 by Thello sleeper train

Runs
every day
 Venice Santa Lucia depart, day 1 19:20
 Venice Mestre depart 19:32
 Padua depart 19:50
 Vicenza depart 20:13
 Verona depart 20:50
 Brescia depart 21:33
 Milan Centrale depart 22:55
 Dijon arrive, day 2 06:35
 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive, day 2 09:30
   
 Connection from Naples, Rome, Florence, Bologna by Frecciarossa
 Naples Centrale depart 17:00
 Rome Termini depart 18:20
 Florence SMN depart 20:00
 Bologna Centrale depart 20:38
 Milan Centrale arrive 21:40

What's it like on board the Thello train?

(1) Sleeping-cars:  1, 2 & 3 bed sleeper compartments...

 

Thello berth numbering plan

...for sleepers & couchettes

   
 

Watch the video...

...a video guide to the sleepers, couchettes and restaurant on board the Paris-Venice Thello train.

Refurbished sleeping-car on the Paris to Venice 'Thello' sleeper train   1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in evening mode, on the Paris-Venice Thello overnight train...   2-bed sleeper, night mode, on the Paris-Florence/Rome overnight train...

A sleeping-car on the Thello sleeper train from Paris to Venice.  A sleeper is the most comfortable way to go...

 

A sleeper with the beds folded away, sofa out, sink closed..

 

2-bed sleeper with beds out, washbasin open...

Thello sleeper complimentary toiletries   Thello sleeper corridor, showing cctv for safety   Thello sleeper compartment, corridor side

Complimentary toiletries pack in sleepers...

 

CCTV in the corridor.

 

Sleeper, showing luggage space above the door.

(2) Couchette cars:  4 & 6 berth couchette compartments...

 

Thello berth numbering plan

...for sleepers & couchettes

   
 

Watch the video...

...a video guide to the sleepers, couchettes and restaurant on board the Paris-Venice Thello train.

A couchette car on the new Thello sleeper train at Paris Gare de Lyon   4 or 6-berth couchette compartment, with seats folded out, on the Thello sleeper trains from Paris to Venice...

Hello Thello...  A couchette car on the new Thello sleeper train from Paris to Venice, seen at the Gare de Lyon platform 'M'.

 

A 4 or 6 berth Thello couchette compartment in seats mode...

Thello couchette compartment   Thello couchette compartment, corridor side   Thello couchette car corridor

6 or 4 berth couchette compartment...

 

Compartment, corridor side...

 

Couchette car corridor...

Restaurant car...     See sample restaurant car menu

A table on the thello sleeper train to Venice, laid out for dinner   At dinner in the restaurant car of the Paris-Venice Thello sleeper train.

Dinner in the restaurant as the overnight Thello train to Venice speeds south across France.  See sample menu

 

The tables in the Thello restaurant car are smartly laid out in green or burgundy...

Dinner on Thello:  Salmon steak & rice   Dinner on Thello:  Dessert   Complimentary light breakfast for sleeper passengers on the Thello train from Paris to Venice

Grilled salmon steak with white and wild rice and vegetables, washed down with a nice Chianti...

 

Raspberry & chocolate fondant cake for dessert...

 

Complimentary light breakfast for sleeper passengers...

The Man in Seat 61's opinion of Thello...

How much does it cost?

Fares in detail...

 Paris to Venice or Verona

 by Thello sleeper train (per person):

 In a couchette

 In a sleeper

6-berth

4-berth

3-berth

2-berth

1-berth

 Smart fare (prices from)

35

55

-

-

-

 Go fare

81

98

120

152

-

 Flexi adult fare:

115

140

150

190

290

 Flexi child under 15

81

98

105

133

-

 Imminente adult fare

130

155

165

190

290

 Imminente child under 15

91

109

116

133

-

 

 Paris to Milan

 by Thello sleeper train (per person):

 In a couchette

 In a sleeper

6-berth

4-berth

3-berth

2-berth

1-berth

 Smart fare (prices from)

35

55

-

-

-

 Go fare

67

84

120

152

-

 Flexi adult fare

95

120

150

190

290

 Flexi child under 15

67

84

105

133

-

 Imminente adult fare

110

135

165

190

290

 Imminente child under 15

77

95

116

133

-

All fares are one-way.  A round trip = two one-ways.

Smart & Go fares = advance-purchase fares, limited or no refunds or changes, same price adult or child.

Flexi fare = 90% refundable up to 24h before departure.  There are no senior or youth reductions.

Imminente fare = applies within 24 hours of departure. + 15 fee if bought on board the train on the day.

Flexi or Imminente child fare = Child under 15 with own berth.  Children under 4 free if they share a bed.

 Connecting Frecciarossa tickets to/from Milan:

 Milan to Bologna or Florence starts at 19. 

 Milan to Rome or Naples starts at 29.

How to buy tickets for Thello...

Luggage, bikes & animals on Thello trains...


Watch the Thello video guide....


Buffet car food....

 

The Thello office in Paris...

Food in the Thello sleeper train's buffet car   Thello has a ticket office at Paris Gare de Lyon

Snack selection in the bar part of the restaurant car.  Or feel free to bring your own picnic and wine for the journey...

 

Thello has its own ticket office at Paris Gare de Lyon, located to the side of the station, off the main ticket hall.



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