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 subsidiary of Trenitalia (Italian Railways) formed to run overnight trains between Paris and Italy.  Thello's Paris-Milan-Verona-Venice sleeper train started running in 2011, replacing the lacklustre sleeper train run by Artesia, a consortium of Trenitalia and French railways.  The Thello sleeper train is a fun, affordable & time-effective way to reach Italy, as long as your expectations are realistic, read my opinion of Thello here.  You can also travel from Paris to Italy by 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 couchettes like

  What are the sleeping-cars 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 2018...

 Paris ► Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome 

 by Thello sleeper train

Every day

 Paris Gare de Lyon depart, day 1

19:10

 Dijon depart

21:53

 Milan Centrale arrive

06:00

 Brescia arrive

07:05

 Verona arrive

07:54

 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

07:20

 Bologna Centrale arrive

08:22

 Florence SMN arrive

08:59

 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 in 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 platforms K, L, 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:

 Naples Centrale depart

18:00

 Rome Termini depart

19:20

 Florence SMN depart

21:00

 Bologna Centrale depart

21:38

 Milan Centrale arrive

22:40

 by Thello sleeper train

Every day

 Venice Santa Lucia depart, day 1

20:17

 Venice Mestre depart

20:29

 Padua depart

20:47

 Vicenza depart

21:05

 Verona depart

21:34

 Brescia depart

22:09

 Milan Centrale depart

23:13

 Dijon arrive, day 2

06:43

 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive, day 2

09:55

What's it like on board Thello?

(1)  Couchettes, in 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.

   
 

360 photos

Couchettes in day mode.

Sleeper in day mode.

Sleeper in night mode.

Premium sleeper

Couchette cars on the Thello train to Venice at Paris Gare de Lyon

Couchette cars at the rear of the Thello train to Venice, boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon...

  Thello couchette compartment

The corridor.  There are 9 compartments in each car, each configurable as 4-berth or 6-berth.  Larger photo.

 

4 or 6 berth couchette compartment.  Seat back folds out to form middle couchette, for use as 6-berth.  Larger photo360 photo.

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

Compartment, corridor side.  Note the bottled water.  The arrows show the normal lock (top arrow) & security deadlock (lower arrow).  Larger photo.

 

Couchette compartment, corridor side, showing upper berths & recess for luggage over the door.  There's a blind for the door window.  Larger photo.

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, on time...

 

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

(2)  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.

   
 

360 photos

Sleeper in day mode.

Sleeper in night mode.

Premium sleeper

Couchettes in day mode.

Sleeping-car on the Thello train from Paris to Venice, at Paris Gare de Lyon

A standard sleeping-car on Thello, boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.

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...

Sleeping-car corridor, fitted with CCTV.  A standard sleeping-car has 12 compartments, each can be set up and sold as a 1, 2 or 3-berth room.

 

A 1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper with the beds folded away. Larger photo. 360 photo

 

The same sleeper, set up as a 2-berth doubleLarger photo. 360 photo.

Thello sleeper washstand & toiletries   Thello sleeper complimentary water & sweets   Thello sleeper compartment, corridor side

Washstand with complimentary toiletries.

 

Complimentary bottled water & Thello-branded sweets.

 

Luggage space above entrance door.  The connecting door to the adjacent compartment is on the right.

Sleeping-car toilet - one of two at the end of the corridor   Thello sleeper compartment

Each sleeping-car has 2 toilets at the end of the corridor. Soap, paper towels, toilet paper are provided. The toilets are usually kept 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.  Larger photo.

(3)  Premium sleepers:  1, 2 or 3 bed sleepers with toilet & shower...

Premium sleeper in day mode   Premium sleeper in night mode

Premium sleeper in day mode.  Note the complimentary water & Thello-branded sweets.  Larger photo.

 

Premium sleeper at night, set up as a single.  Note my complimentary prosecco!  Larger photo 360 degree photo.

Premium sleeper corridor   Premium complimentary toiletries   Premium sleeper en suite toilet & shower

Corridor...

 

Complimentary toiletries...

 

En suite WC & shower.

Premium sleeping-car omn the Thello to Venice, as Paris.

T3S sleeping-car at Paris Gare de Lyon, with 4 premium compartments & 6 regular compartments.

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

Restaurant car at breakfast on a summer morning.  This is a car newly-refurbished in 2018.  Courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry Larger photo.

 

Chicken & vegetables with half bottle of wine...

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

Risotto 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

75

95

115

 Go fare

81

98

120

152

180

 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

75

95

115

 Go fare

67

84

120

152

180

 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 19.90

 Milan to Rome or Naples starts at 29.90

How to buy tickets for Thello...

Luggage, bikes & pets on Thello...


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...


Bar 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 a ticket office at Paris Gare de Lyon, on the main concourse (Hall 1) in the corner level with platform M.

Thello train from Paris, arrived in Venice

Arrived at Venice Santa Lucia...



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