When a reservation is mandatory you must reserve your seat or sleeping accommodation in advance. It's not possible to board the train without this reservation.
Reservations for the Thello night train are mandatory. Reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance.
The Thello night train is not included in your Eurail Pass. However, Eurail Pass holders get a 25% discount on the normal ticket price of this train if they book in advance. Your pass only needs to be valid in either France or Italy.
How to make reservations for the Thello
You can reserve your seat or sleeping accommodation on the Thello night trains in the following ways:
If you need help making your reservation, please contact Trenitalia or Thello directly.
The Thello fees vary greatly upon the length of your journey, the season and availability. A ticket from Paris to Venice can cost you as little as 35 euros on one day, and 80 euros on the next day. These prices do not yet include your 25% pass holder discount.
Please keep in mind that on some days, a regular ticket could actually be cheaper than a discounted ticket. For this reason, make sure you always compare prices on the Thello website before you make a reservation.