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.  The Thello sleeper train can be a fun, affordable & time-effective way to reach Italy, even though it's certainly not the best-run sleeper train in Europe, read my opinion of Thello here.  You can also travel from Paris to Italy by higher-quality daytime high-speed TGV train, see the Paris-Italy TGV page or indeed by the slower but fabulously scenic Bernina Express route.

  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, Venice, Florence, Rome 

 by Thello sleeper train 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 from Milan
 Milan Centrale depart 07:15
 Bologna Centrale arrive 08:17
 Florence SMN arrive 08:55
 Connection for Rome & Naples by Frecciarossa from MIlan
 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 or N 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   

 Connection from Naples, Rome, Florence by Frecciarossa to Milan

 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

 by Thello sleeper train

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

23:05

 Dijon arrive, day 2

06:35

 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive, day 2

09:30

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.

Sleeping-car toilet - one of two at the end of the corridor   Thello sleeper compartment   Connecting door to adjacent compartment

There are 2 toilets at the end of the corridor. Soap, paper towels, toilet paper provided. Usually reasonably clean.

 

How big is a sleeper compartment?  This big, seen from above.  Plenty big enough to sleep, sit, or get undressed.  Not big enough to play table tennis.

 

Door to corridor (left) & door to adjacent compartment (right).

(2) Couchette cars:  4 & 6 berth 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.

Thello couchette compartment  

4 or 6 berth couchette compartment.

 

The Thello to Venice about to leave Paris Gare de Lyon...

  Thello couchette compartment, corridor side   Thello couchette car corridor

Couchette compartment, corridor side, showing upper berths & recess for luggage over the entrance door.  There are blinds on each wndow.

 

Compartment, corridor side, showing lock (top arrow) & security deadlock (lower arrow).

 

Couchette car corridor.  There are 9 compartments in each car...

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...

A couchette car on the Thello sleeper train from Paris, arrived at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

 

One half of a 4 or 6 berth Thello couchette compartment...

Restaurant car...

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

Dinner in the restaurant on a summer evening as the train speeds along the River Yonne...

 

Meal in a microwaved jar on a paper plate?  This duck confit main course was actually really tasty.

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

Salmon terrine starter...

 

A light breakfast is included 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....

Paper plates & plastic cutlery have replaced the metal cutlery and proper china in the restaurant since the video was made...


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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