"Types of accommodations on Trenitalia night trains" Italy Transportation Tip by mccalpin
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I don't think I've taken a sleeping compartment on an Italian train, except a couchette, but this is what the Trenitalia website says...
There are a number of choices for a "seat" on the overnight train from Milan to Rome:
Couchettes for four "Comfort" - Couchette C4 Comfort
2 bed compartment - compartimento 2 letti
3 bed compartment - compartimento 3 letti
double seat compartment - posto doppio
special seat compartment - posto speciale
single seat compartment - posto singolo
Excelsior singolo (solo in 1a)
Excelsior singolo con lettino
Excelsior doppio con lettino
On the left is what the English page shows, and on the right is the Italian. Note that the Excelsior descriptions are in Italian in both cases.
The page that describes these services is only in Italian (I suspect), and can be found at
After reading it carefully and recognizing the differing terminology (probably due to service offerings changing over time but not all documentation being updated in a timely manner), this is what I think (note: all prices as of summer 2011):
Excelsior is like a hotel room, up to and including a private bathroom and shower. The non-discounted price is 120 euro per person for the Excelsior doppio (double).
posto doppio (and posto speciale and posto singolo) appear to be cabins in a carriage called a "vettura Letti Classica". This type of carriage has 12 cabins per carriage. The non-discounted posto doppio price is 100 euro per person.
compartimento 2 letti (and 3 letti) appear to be cabins in a carriage called a "vettura Letti Turistica". This type of carriage has 17 cabins per carriage, hence the rooms are smaller than on the "vettura Letti Classica" above. The non-discounted price compartimento 2 letti is 82.90 euro per person.
couchettes are six seats (daytime) and 4 beds (nighttime) that fold down from the walls. The rooms are often shared with strangers, and there is the possibility of asking for an all-female room. The non-discounted price for a couchette is 67.90 per person.
The posto doppio and compartimento 2 letti otherwise share a similar set of features:
"- lavabo con acqua calda e fredda,
- prese di corrente per rasoio elettrico e lampada da lettura,
- porta abiti,
- accessori per l’igiene personale,
- porta intercomunicante tra 2 cabine adiacenti apribile su richiesta del cliente per chi vuol viaggiare in compagnia di amici o parenti. "
- sink with hot and cold water
- electrical outlets for an electric razor and a reading lamp
- clothes storage
- accessories for personal hygiene
- an optional door between two cabins for those who want to travel with friends or family [just like a lot of hotels].
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