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Travelling on an Intercity Notte train

At a glance

  • Night train
  • Italy


Intercity Notte are the comfortable Italian night trains operated by Trenitalia. They cover long distances, always on domestic routes, bringing travellers in comfort and style from the north of the country to its southernmost reaches - and even to Sicily.

Italian Intercity night trains are generally slower than their high-speed counterparts. Taking it gently, however, ensures that everyone has a smoother ride and a great night's sleep. Intercity Notte is perfect for an overnight train adventure, as it not only allows you to get your forty winks, it also lets you experience more time looking out of the window before you doze off and afterwards too when you wake up to new, impressive vistas.

Travelling by sleeper train through Italy saves the cost of a hotel room and allows a relaxing journey that is less stressful than flying or driving. It’s the perfect way to travel from city centre to city centre, arriving refreshed and ready for a day of adventuring and sightseeing ahead.

For a real memorable treat, take the Intercity Notte train from Rome to Palermo in Sicily to experience one of only two remaining rail routes in Europe where an entire train is shunted aboard a ferry.

As with all Trenitalia trains, Intercity Notte services provide the highest calibre of customer care and a memorable travelling experience that will stay with you long after your Italian adventure comes to a close.

Practical information

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Before you board

There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding the elegant, comfortable Italian Intercity Notte trains. However, it is advisable to arrive at the train station at least 15 mins before your scheduled train’s departure time. Please note that ticket control will occur once onboard.


Intercity Notte trains offer comfortable, modern coaches equipped with all necessary comforts to ensure passengers will have a good night’s sleep.

Many Intercity Notte trains operate a trolley mini-bar service. There are also no rules against bringing your own food and drink to enjoy onboard.

Booking and printing options

Intercity Notte train tickets are open for bookings 180 days in advance.

Seat, sleeper and couchette reservations are mandatory on Intercity Notte trains.

Get the lowest prices on Intercity Notte trains by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Classes of service

Intercity Notte trains provide three comfortable types of accommodation: Reclining seats, Couchettes and Sleepers.

Intercity Notte Sleepers

For the most comfortable and luxurious Intercity Notte experience, book a single, double or triple occupancy sleeper compartment. All stylish sleeper compartments are air conditioned and come equipped with a washbasin, power sockets, an intercom service, a call button for assistance and a reading light. Sleeper compartments can be locked from the inside for extra privacy. Upon boarding your Intercity Notte train train, you receive a complimentary bottle of water and a well-stocked toiletry kit. Many Intercity Notte trains also provide a wake-up call service and a delicious continental breakfast served with daily Italian newspapers.

Intercity Notte Couchette

Couchettes are very comfortable and a good option for families or friends travelling together. Intercity Notte trains have four-berth air conditioned couchette compartments that come with pillows, sheets and blankets, perfect for making you feel right at home. Individual complimentary bottles of mineral water are provided, with newspapers and fruit juice offered in the morning. Couchettes are usually for mixed-sex occupancy, although a single-sex occupancy compartment can usually be booked if preferred. Couchettes can be locked from the inside for added privacy. A toilet and shower are located at the end of each carriage.

Intercity Notte Reclining Seats

The least luxurious option when travelling on Intercity Notte trains is booking a reclining passenger seat. However, even budget-conscious travellers should consider opting at least for a couchette for greater comfort and a better night’s sleep.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.