Review: Trenitalia Business Class (Venice to Milan)

After four nights in Venice, it was time to go to Milan. We took Trenitalia, the main railway operator in Italy, on this journey. This was our first of two train rides in Italy and I was amazed at the comfort, value and precision that Trenitalia offers.

Let me say right away that the Trenitalia business class is not very excited. However, our next train ride was in The Trenitalia executive class, which was absolutely amazing, so stay tuned to my review.

Booking of Trenitalia business class tickets

Trenitalia has several direct trains every day between Venice and Milan, which run for around 2.5 hours. We decided to take the train, which was scheduled to leave at 10:48 and arrive at 13:15.

Trenitalia has all kinds of tariffs at its disposal and there was a special “ME & YOU” for our trip, which offers a discount if you travel with someone. The total price of our business class tickets for two people was 89.60 Euros, which is based on 44.80 Euros per person. As you can see, the premium for the business class is quite modest, so we thought it was worth it.

In the end, we spent another 2 euros per person to choose the seats, so we could get seats opposite each other with a table in the middle. However, this turned out to be unnecessary, as the train was not busy.

Venice Santa Lucia train station

We took a water taxi from Gritti Palace to Santa Lucia Station in Venice, which took about 15 minutes. The great advantage of riding a train instead of flying is that you do not have to return to the “mainland”, because this railway station is located in the “island” part of the city. It’s not your typical taxi stand at the train station, is it?

Arrival at Santa Lucia train station in Venice

We arrived at the train station about 30 minutes before departure, which was probably unnecessarily early (but we didn’t know exactly what to expect). The train station was quite large, but not nearly as large as the one in Milan.

Exterior of the train station in Venice Santa Lucia

At the entrance to the train station there was some seating along with all kinds of shops and restaurants.

Sitting at Venice Santa Lucia train station
Sitting at Venice Santa Lucia train station

There was also a large train condition monitor near the entrance. When we first arrived, our departure route had not yet been announced, so we waited for it.

Venice Santa Lucia train station departures board

About 20 minutes before departure, the monitor was updated to reflect that we were leaving the seventh runway. The trains were just a short walk from the entrance to the station.

Marking the train station in Venice Santa Lucia

When we got to the track, there were two guys there to check our temperature and also to recommend that we put on FFP2 masks instead of surgical masks.

Trenitalia train at Santa Lucia station in Venice

We boarded the first car on the train, which was one of three designed for business class.

Trenitalia train at Santa Lucia station in Venice

Trenitalia business class cabin and seats

Trenitalia business class cabins are roughly what you would expect from a regional train business class, and were modern and clean. The seats were in a 1-2 configuration, with the seats in the middle of the cab facing one direction and the seats in the other half of the cab facing the opposite direction.

Trenitalia business cabin
Trenitalia business cabin

Conventional seats were configured similarly to the aircraft and had tray tables, headrests, armrests, etc.

Trenitalia business class seats
Trenitalia business class seats
Trenitalia business class seats

Then you have seats with tables in the middle where we sat. They are great if you are traveling with someone, although less ideal if you are traveling alone and have to face a stranger, especially because legroom is limited.

Trenitalia business class seats
Trenitalia business class seats

Each seat had an AC and USB power outlet, which I really liked.

Trenitalia business class drawers

When it comes to storing luggage, most bags can be easily stored in the luggage compartment above the seats.

Trenitalia business class luggage storage

Then, in the front and back of each cabin, there was luggage storage space for larger bags.

Trenitalia business class luggage storage

Each car also had a bathroom, which in this case was at the opposite end of the train.

Trenitalia class bathrooms

The bathroom was large and had a toilet and sink.

Trenitalia business class bathroom
Trenitalia business class bathroom

Trenitalia train accuracy and outlook

I was amazed at the accuracy of both of our Trenitalia journeys. The trains left exactly as planned, on the other hand. Our first train had a 16-minute delay on the road, but I was also pleasantly surprised at how many updates were provided.

The moment we stopped there, there was a notice informing us of the reason for the delay, which was allegedly a technical failure of the train on another track. We also received immediate information about the delay in our arrival in Milan. So when Trenitalia is not accurate, you need to put a lot more effort into informing people than when you fly, that’s for sure. I felt almost like in Japan

The ride had a great view, starting with crossing the bridge from the “island” when leaving Venice.

A view of the road from Venice to Milan

During much of the train journey we had a beautiful view of the vineyards…

A view of the road from Venice to Milan
A view of the road from Venice to Milan

And of course there were also mixed views of the city…

A view of the road from Venice to Milan

Trenitalia food, beverages and services

Our tickets were checked by a friendly guide about 20 minutes after departure. We could simply show an e-mail confirmation from our tickets, so there was no need to register otherwise.

About 10 minutes later, the flight service began. We were given a choice of three snacks including biscuits, crackers or biscotti. We were also offered a selection of free drinks, seemingly without restrictions (in the sense that we were still asked if we wanted anything else).

We each had espresso and water and then somehow ended up with Cola Zero.

Trenitalia food and beverages

Service in this sector is nothing to excite you (especially compared to our next train ride), but it was still more than enough for a 2.5 hour train ride.

Trenitalia business class Wi-Fi

Trenitalia offers free Wi-Fi internet access. I found the speeds to be good and it saved me from having to turn off my phone.

Trenitalia business class Wi-Fi portal
Trenitalia business class Wi-Fi portal

Milan main train station

We arrived at the main train station in Milan around 13:30. Milan Train Station is much bigger than the one in Venice (as you would expect) and getting there from there by taxi was a bit of an adventure. But I will say more about the station in installments about the ride from Milan.

Trenitalia train at Milan Central Station
Trenitalia train at Milan Central Station

But it’s definitely a nice station!

Milan Central Station

Bottom line

Trenitalia offered a great travel experience between Venice and Milan. The trains were clean, service friendly and the value was quite good for what it was. Traveling around Europe by train is simply much more enjoyable than flying, especially over short distances.

Although this train ride was good, it is a performance class train ride that we had a few days later, and thanks to which I almost became an enthusiast with a full-fledged train, so stay tuned.

If you graduated from the Trenitalia business class, what was your experience?

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