When Italy comes out of locking, Trenitalia will be the first of a block with what will probably be the longest train journey in Europe.
The Italian state train operator will connect Turin in the North with Reggio di Calabria in the South. Trenitalia will use the Frecciarossa high speed trainset effective June 3.
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Northbound Frecciarossa starts on June 4, and there will be one Frecciarossa every day by taking ten hours and 50 minutes to complete the journey.
The schedule is as follows:
- Turin (Porta Nova) goes to Reggio di Calabria, departs 0800, arrives in 1850
- Reggio di Calabria to Turin (Porta Nova), departs 1010, arrives 2100
Fan website Europe by Train assume that with a route length of 1,387 km (862 miles) it “must definitely rank as one of the longest regular daytime train trips in Europe that can be completed without changing trains.”
But Trenitalia’s claim to fame will be short-lived, because open access rival Italo, a member of the EU Allrail, will enter the route ten days later.
Italo will operate up to two times a day in both directions, effective June 14.
Schedule according to italotreno.it featuring two services heading south but only one service going north. Business traveler will seek clarification of the schedule from Italo and update the copy later.
Note Italo operates from Turin (Porta Susa). Travel time is about the same.
- Turin (Porta Susa) to Reggio di Calabria, departs 0523, arrives in 1630
- Turin (Porta Susa) to Reggio di Calabria, departing 1319, arriving 0007 (the next day)
- Reggio di Calabria to Turin (Porta Susa) 1330-0015 (next day)
Both Trenitalia and Italo offer passenger accommodation options at varying prices. Check their website for details.
Like the French TGV and the German ICE, readers will find that the route is not entirely high-speed.
The stretch of the route connecting Turin with Reggio di Calabria operates over conventional lines, especially south of Naples.
From Turin, the two operators take the main route via Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples.
I suspect a lot of travelers will join / get off at intermediary stops rather than completing the whole trip.
As reported by Business traveler, Trenitalia recently started distributing safety gear for Frecciarossa travelers.
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