FS introduces new “night train like hotel” from Rome to the Dolomites
Italian railways FS will launch a new night train from Rome to the capital of the Dolomites Cortina d’Ampezzo next month. From 15 December, it will welcome passengers aboard the newly refurbished night train Espresso Cadore this winter season, for which the tickets went on sale this week.
FS calls the night train from Rome to the Dolomites a “much-awaited service that aims to attract more and more tourists by encouraging them to choose night trains for their holidays”. The Rome – Cortina connection will operate every weekend between 15 December 2023 and 25 February 2024, with some additional runs during the Christmas period 18 December – 3 January.
The Italian state-owned company FS Group created a dedicated new group company aimed at tourism, called FS Treni Turistici Italiani, under which the new service is launched. Luigi Cantamessa, CEO of FS Treni Turistici Italiani, emphasised the importance of having “trains like hotels to show that a holiday by train begins the moment the train leaves the station”. The overnight journey to reach the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’ will depart from Roma Termini at 9.40 p.m. and arrive in Calalzo at 7.57 a.m. From here, a bus service will leave directly from the station area and reach the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo in 50 minutes. Intermediate stops will be at Orte, Orvieto, Treviso, Ponte nelle Alpi and Longarone-Zoldo.
The company is also working on additional new connections, such as the one on the Ionian line from Taranto to Reggio Calabria via Crotone and Catanzaro, as well as between Rome and Calabria and Salento.
The trains of FS Treni Turistici Italiani were built in Italy in the 1980s and 1990s, with modernised interiors and technological equipment. The fleet will be made up of more than 500 trains from the FS Italian Foundation and another 275 contributed by Trenitalia. The staff is made up of about 500 people including train drivers, train conductors and maintenance staff. The train features single or double sleeping cabins, which also include dinner and breakfast service in the ticket, and 4- or 6-seater couchettes that can also be reserved entirely for group travel. The on-board restaurant car serves products made in Italy and includes a bar service.
The train also has a special carriage to carry luggage and for example sports equipment for one of the Dolomites 12 ski areas, as well as dedicated space for bikes. Access on board the train will be allowed up to 40 minutes before departure so that passengers can hand over their luggage to the train staff.