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Industry Public transport
Founded 6 October 2011
Headquarters Trenitalia
21 rue Camille Desmoulins
F - 92130 Issy les Moulineaux, Paris and Venice
Key people
Roberto Rinaudo (President)
Services Trans-national trains
Owner Trenitalia
A Thello Milan-Nice train at Milano Centrale.

Thello is a private railway service created by a joint venture between Transdev and Italian state owned railway company Trenitalia.[1][2]

In June 2016, Transdev announced to relinquish its 33% holding in Thello,[3] There is also a restaurant car operated by LSG Sky Chefs, where it is possible to have dinner and breakfast on board.[1]which have been sold to Trenitalia in September 2016.

Train services[edit]

Since 11 December 2011, Thello operates night trains between Paris Gare de Lyon and Venezia Santa Lucia railway station.[1] The trains stop at Dijon-Ville, Milano Centrale, Brescia, Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza and Padova. An operational stop in Switzerland is not for use by customers. From 9 December 2012, Thello restarted the service between Paris and Rome, previously operated as Artesia,[4] but the service was withdrawn from 14 December 2013. From 14 December 2014, Thello also operates daytime trains between Milan and Marseille, via Genoa and Nice.[5]

Rolling stock[edit]

First Thello train at Paris Gare de Lyon station on 11 December 2011

Initially the carriages are leased by Trenitalia while the locomotive is leased from Akiem by SNCF Geodis. The locomotives used are three-system SNCF Class BB 36000 electric locomotives uprated from 160 km/h to 200 km/h operation in France to the Italian border.[1]

The sleeping-cars are type MU, a design originally created for the Wagons-Lits Company, built 1964-1974 but refurbished by Trenitalia in the mid-2000s when LED lighting & corridor CCTV were fitted and carpets removed. Each sleeping-car has 12 compartments with washbasin, each usable as single, double or triple. Couchette cars are of various types and can be used as 4 berth or 6-berth.

Thello night trains have three classes:[1]

  • 6 berth couchette
  • 4 berth couchette
  • 1-3 berth sleeping compartments


  1. ^ a b c d e "Thello brings open access to France". Railway Gazette International. 7 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Partnership with Trenitalia and Veolia Transdev". AGI SpA. 6 October 2011. 
  3. ^ [1] "Transdev to leave Thello joint venture" retrieved 1 July 2016
  4. ^ previous timetable Rome-Paris
  5. ^ Day train Marseille-Milan

External links[edit]

E 444 084 hauls a Thello Eurocity along the Ligurian Coast

Media related to Thello at Wikimedia Commons