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I'm going to travel with Frecciabianca in 1st class in a few days and I wonder what I can expect so that I can prepare correctly.

  • Will there be lounge access at Roma Termini?
  • Will there be free espresso or prosecco?
  • Is there any kind of kiosk in the 1st class car?
  • Is the 1st class car free of noisy travellers?

On the trains I take here in Sweden it's yes on all of these points (except no prosecco).

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    "Is the 1st class car free of noisy travellers?" - no. People who have a bit more money are just as, or even more, obnoxious as us lowly poor earthlings. Italians aren't known for being particularly quiet, too. – Daniel Kamil Kozar Aug 12 '19 at 12:05
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    @DanielKamilKozar in general 1st class is quieter due to families with kids will more rarely use them. – Viktor Mellgren Aug 12 '19 at 14:59
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    Where do I get my complimentary prosecco in Swedish första klass?? – Toivo Säwén Aug 12 '19 at 21:08
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    @ToivoSäwén you don't, it's against the law since it's also being sold for money at the same establishment. But there's usually a thermos with coffee in one end of the car together with some snacks. Even a small kitchen but always unattended. – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Aug 12 '19 at 21:11
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    @MikaelDúiBolinder that’s why I am so surprised as well about never hearing about it, have not lived in sweden for close to 30 years now though so shrug – Matt Douhan Dec 24 '19 at 21:29
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Turns out things might have changed, if the sources in the other answers once were right.

The differences are these:

  • Better seats in a 1+2 configuration.
  • Dedicated 1st class conductor.
  • All cars are closer to the restaurant car.

And most likely because there are generally fewer passengers:

  • More storage space.
  • Less noise.
  • Better WC access and state.
  • Faster boarding.

The 1+2 configuration is used cleverly by the booking system and solo passengers will get a solo seat, dual passengers will get seats facing each other in the 1 row when available and the quad seating will be left for groups of 3 or 4.

What's not included is complimentary drinks and snacks. I was a bit disappointed when I found this out. There's also no lounge access included nor fast track.


Source: travelled with Frecciabianca 1st class when writing this answer and talked with the restaurant staff.

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