Recent acquisitions in the European market

Europe represents the “domestic” market in which the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group works. Below are a list of the most recent acquisitions completed by the Group in the European market.


In September 2016, Trenitalia acquired full ownership of Thello, the rail company that runs daytime connections between France and Italy, and a night-time trip from Paris to Venice.


In 2011, the FS Italiane Group acquired Netinera Deutschland, the number three operator in the German market, which offers passenger services by road and by rail in Germany’s local and urban market through around 40 companies in which it has ownership.


In January 2017 an agreement was signed for the acquisition of Trainose, the Greek transport operator.

The deal was worth 45 million euros and was signed on 14thSeptember 2017.


In London in February 2017, Trenitalia, through its subsidiary Trenitalia UK, completed the purchase of NXET (National Express Essex Thameside), which runs the C2C franchise (City to Coast) for connections between London and Shoesburyness, on the south-east Essex coast.

The deal was worth 72.6 million pounds and was formalised by the Department for Transport (DfT). It expires in November 2029.


FS Italiane, through its subsidiary Busitalia has acquired from Nederlandse Spoorwegen full ownership of Qbuzz, the number three local public transport operator in Holland in the Utrecht and Groningen-Drenthe areas.[VG1]  The deal closed in August 2017, and is worth 30 million euros.

Recent acquisitions in Italy

As far as the Italian market is concerned, on 18 January 2018, ANAS’ shares were transferred to FS Italiane. The subscription by the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the FS Italiane share capital increase of 2.86 billion euro closes the process for the new leading integrated European hub of railway and roadway infrastructure both in terms of served inhabitants and investments. In its new configuration the FS Italiane Group reaches 81,000 employees.

In June 2017 the company bought a 36.7% stake in M5 SpA, the concessionary company of Line 5 of the Milan Metro.

In November 2016 Ferrovie Sud-Est e Servizi Automobilistici Srl also became part of the FS Italiane Group. The company is focused on carrying out the transport of passengers or things using any means and in particular rail, bus, tram and other vehicles.