Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino (FCO) Airport is located about 35 km away from the city center. Of course, there are plenty of ground transportation options available, including several bus lines and taxis. But for me, the most simple way to travel from and to the airport, especially since our hotel was located near the Termini train station (Rome's main train station, located right on the edge of city center), seemed to be to travel with the Leonardo Express train. The non-stop train trip between the airport and the station takes about 30 minutes, to which you need to add the time it takes to walk from the airport terminal to the railway stop. One-way tickets, which can easily be bought from automated machines both at the airport and at the train station (no reservation required), cost 14 Euros. Don't forget to validate your ticket before getting on board! The trains are very comfortable with sufficient room for luggage, and Leonardo Express trains leave every half-hour.
A side note on Termini station (http://www.romatermini.com/en/): there are plenty of shops (books, chocolate, clothes. etc.) and restaurants at the station, so you might want to factor in some shopping time as well :o)
We just returned from a cruise that started in Civitavecchia, and it is a short (about five minute) walk to the port area from the train station. Just inside the gates to the port area is where you'll find the tourist information booth (next to the old stone fortress), and this is where you pick up the free shuttle busses to the docks.
The port is a MASSIVE area, so you can't walk it to your ship. You'll need to wait at the tourist info booth and watch for the shuttle bus that has the sign for your ship (ie. Noordam, etc.)in the front window. Double check with the info booth if it is open.
When we were there the busses ran about every 20 minutes or so, it seemed.
You'll have lots of company there while you wait.
Also, for anyone who needs to park, the FREE parking lot is just outside the gate there to the port. Park car, walk through gate, wait for shuttle...
It's a confusing port to drive and to find your way. Signs are no help, and we saw many, many people just like us lost and asking questions all over the port area. There is a map of the port area available online somewhere, which we saw. Some kind soul took pity on the multitudes that embark there. It was helpful, but we still ended up asking a lot of questions...
Have a great trip. Our cruise was wonderful!
All trains eventually make it to Rome. When choosing between direct trains and regional trains the biggest factor is cost. Termini is enormous but also a great gateway to all of Europe. It's a strange feeling to stand at the ticket counter and know that you could arrive just about anywhere in Europe by the end of the day.
We stayed just outside Rome in a little village called Campoleone (full of vineyards!) which had it's own train station and regular trains into Rome. The journey was 15-20 minutes and the trains were always clean (apart from the grafitti which is everywhere) and mostly on time. We decided to buy the 24 hour ticket, or B.I.R.G. this entitled us to travel into Rome on the train and then use unlimited buses and the Metro. It was only 7euros which we found to be great value, especially towards the end of our trip when we were hopping on and off the Metro and the buses almost all day. Walking around Rome is fantastic, the scenery is amazing, but sometimes you really need a ride!
But for just a few euros more I think the express is less hassle, especially when you have luggage with you and your hotel (as many are) is near Termini. Bear in mind that to walk to the exit of Termini station takes 10mins!! Its a huge station and the Leonardo Express platform is right at the end - good ideda to have a case with wheels!
The Termini Station is the heart of the transport system in Rome. It is a cross for (underground) metro A and metro B lines and is the main train station in town.
A large number of bus lines start from here and, finally, a direct train link with the Fiumicino "Leonardo da Vinci" airport is available that runs about avery 15 minutes approximately.
The ground level is dedicated to standard train areas; for the underground lines stairs lead under that.
The Termini station is located in Piazza dei Cinquecento, 53 and serves main national railway lines.
17.85 Euros, 2nd Class Regional Train is dead cheap for more than 200 miles of journey. So, if you want to save some good pennies than this is the right option for you. First class of this train costs 26.90 Euros but then there is not much difference between the two, so why not pay less.
The train takes 4 hours, which shows that it is among the slowest options but even than it offers a good trade off when money comes into play.
The first such train leaves Pisa 05:45 in the morning and it is the first train to reach Rome from Pisa, so save money and be there in Rome the earliest. Subsequent such trains leave Pisa on regular intervals: 07:45, 11:45, 13:45, 15:45, 17:45, and 19:56.
No advanced booking, no seat reservation, and no need to buy the ticket until you are in Italy. Tickets can be purchased via easy-to-use vending machines installed in abundance at Italian Train Stations via cash, credit card, or debit card. These tickets remain valid for one months; just buy one and whenever you wish to embark, go to the relevant platform, validate the tcikets from the yellow machine, and board-on. With Regional Trains, it is easier than it sounds, so nothing to worry about.
And if money is not such a big concern for you then see if one of the below options suits you (for 2nd Class):
Intercity Trains, IC; 29 E; 3 1/2 h; 3 per day
Intercity Night Trains, ICN; 26.50 E; 3 1/2 h; 1 per night
Euro Star City, ES*City; 39.50 E; 3 h; 5 per day
Euro Star Fast, ES*Fast; 42 E; 2 1/2 h; 1 per day
Above trains, in general, offer various discounts on advanced booking and require reservations. And trenitalia website is notorious for accepting Credit Cards, so its your luck.
Now, rest assured, this part of your journey is sorted-out, say a big NO to Eurail/Rail Europe, and have a great trip...
We made use of the train route between Rome and Civitavecchia when we took a Mediterranean cruise that departed from Civitavecchia in October 2012.
The port at Civitavecchia is around 80km north-west of central Rome. The idea of taking a taxi on a journey of that distance brought me out in cold sweats (it would likely be 100 Euros +), so I was relieved to find that there is a frequent and low cost railway link between the two.
The following information was correct as at October 2012:
Rome San Pietro – Civitavecchia
I'd done plenty of research on the trains between Rome and Civitavecchia prior to our trip.
The invaluable www.bahn.de provided me with all the timetable information that I needed.
As we were staying in a hotel close to the Vatican, it made sense for us to take a train from Rome San Pietro station rather than from Rome Termini.
Our journey was on a Sunday morning and we wanted to arrive in Civitavecchia before midday in order to board the ship as soon as possible.
Not all of the trains from Termini called at San Pietro en-route, but one train stood out as being ideal for us. It left Termini at 10:12am, called at San Pietro at 10:30am and arrived in Civitavecchia at 11:13am. It was ultimately destined for Pisa Centrale.
Had we missed that train, the next one called at San Pietro at 11:32am and arrived in Civitavecchia at 12:27pm.
In the event, we caught the 10:30am train that we planned to catch. It was a regional train, which meant that we didn't need to make a reservation in advance. We simply turned up at the station shortly after 10am and purchased tickets from a desk inside the station.
There was no queue at that time (the station was generally very quiet) and the lady who served us spoke English very well and was incredibly helpful. She informed us that we should validate our tickets in the green machines at the platform entrances, pointed us in the direction of platform 5 where the train would leave from and informed us that there was no luggage storage facility at the station when we asked her.
The tickets cost 4.60 Euros each.
The train arrived and departed on time, but made its way into Civitavecchia 7 minutes behind schedule (a fact that was relayed to us over the train's announcement system as we disembarked the train!). There were 3 interim stops between San Pietro and Civitavecchia, but each one was a short stop.
Our previous experience of Italian trains was a rather uncomfortable journey from Bologna to Rimini where we found ourselves standing in a cramped carriage for the entire duration. We were therefore hoping that this journey would be a more comfortable one, especially as there were six of us with suitcases in tow. When we first boarded the train, we found ourselves in a compartment between carriages where we were able to store our suitcases and some of us were able to sit. Gradually, seats became available within the carriages and overall it was a fairly comfortable journey.
Upon arrival at Civitavecchia station, it was an easy 10 minute walk to the port entrance where we were met by a Royal Caribbean shuttle bus to transfer us to the ship's check-in area.
We heard taxi drivers quoting 5 Euros per person for the short journey from Civitavecchia station to the port.
Civitavecchia – Rome Termini
Unlike on the outbound journey, I hadn't researched the times of the trains back to Rome from Civitavecchia at the end of our cruise. So, we turned up at the station and hoped for the best.
We arrived at the station around 10:45am and had unfortunately missed a regional train by a matter of minutes.
We could therefore either pay extra for a fast train at 11:07am, or wait until 1pm for the next regional train.
We decided on the former. The fast train (a Eurostar City train) cost us 14.50 Euros each, compared to just 4.60 Euros on the regional train.
It left from platform number 3 and travelled straight from Civitavecchia to Rome Termini with no other stops en-route. Despite being labelled a "fast" train, it wasn't travelling much quicker (if at all) than the regional train; it was faster only by virtue of the fact that it didn't make any interim stops. We arrived at Rome Termini station at 11:55am (a journey time of 48 minutes, only marginally quicker than the 50 minute journey from San Pietro to Civitavecchia on the regional train on our outbound trip). It was difficult to justify the large price difference between the regional train and the fast train.
The train wasn't full, so we were able to score comfortable seats, while leaving our suitcases stacked up by the exit.
Central train Station of Roma is "stazione Termini".Fascist building,has got some shops inside and under,a big library,it's the only point in which the two metro lines meet themselves,and it's also the biggest bus station to go/come from anywhere in the capital,and to come from/go anywhere in Italy...
I did an overnight train from Rome to Venice and it was a horrible experience. First of all the trains are packed and people are standing in the middle of the hallways and to find and get through the throng of people on the train is near impossible. I had to stand in the smelly hallway of the train for 3 hrs before I found my sleeper room. Not a very good experience and I will never travel by train at night again. One way you can avoid all the hassle of going through the crowd is look for your car number on your ticket and then stand in front of the area the car is supposed to stop at and embark there.
Italian trains can be confusing and overwhelming; specifically if its your first time in Rome and you feel rushed. The following tips will help to ease the confusion.
- Dont always look for your train by the city your going to. Many trains end up at a different destination with your stop simply being one of many. Look for your train by the time its leaving and the train number and then go to the assigned platform.
- If your stop is not the end of the line be ready with your bags before the train comes to your stop. The train does not stop for long so you dont want to be scrambling with your bags after the train has stopped. Stops are not always announced. The best way to be prepared is, assuming the train leaves on time, simply be ready to exit the train about five minutes before the time of arrival on your ticket.
- Finding your seat is easy. Your ticket will assign you a location like this - 8:107 - this means you are in train car 8 and seat 107
Just a note here for the cruise crowd:
Rome is not on the sea. Rome is over an hour (by train) inland from the port town of Civitavecchia - where the ships dock. Virtual Tourist sees a lot of questions from cruise passengers wishing either to skip the ships' tours for budget reasons or who simply prefer to do their sightseeing solo. To do so you need to get yourself to the Civitavecchia train station and hop a commuter train to Termini, the central train station in Rome. Then reverse the process to get back to your ship.
We have two members, mccalpin and travelgourmet, with detailed reviews on just how to do that, and here's where you find them (thanks, Bill and Larry):
The only caution is that ships will not wait for tardy passengers so making SURE you are back on board by the time yours sails is your responsibility. Italian trains do go on strike now and again, and holidays can interfere with normal schedules so check when you buy your tickets that all will be running normally before you hurry off to Rome.
Standard gauge Trenitalia railways connect all major Italian cities. Train traffic is far from perfect, but at least it's reasonably priced and by far the best way to travel in Italy. I used regional trains for two daytrips from Rome. Ticket to Fondi-Sperlonga 110 km from Rome cost just 6.20 euros, to Tivoli it was a real bargain - just 2.30. Trains were usually about five minutes late, but when my travel companions were returning from Sperlonga, it was half an hour late! Luckily, I had taken the previous train, which was on time.
There are several different types of trains - from the slowest and cheapest regional trains to the fastest and most comfortable Alta Velocitta (high-speed) Eurostars. There aren't many high-speed railways in Italy yet, but they're being developed. At the moment, it's possible to take AV Eurostar train from Rome to Napoli or Firenze. New railways from Milano to Firenze via Bologna and from Milano to Padua are currently under construction. These new tracks are good for speeds up to 300 km/h, unlike those in use today which allow only 250 km/h. Milano-Bologna new railway should be in service by 2009.
The most convinient way to buy your tickets is to use a ticket machine at station - it's easy and all instructions are in English. Some machines take cash, but all accept cards. Remember to stamp your ticket in orange validating machine on platform before boarding!
Our first couple of experiences with Europe's train stations were a bit hectic and then frustrating. On our first trip to Europe in 2008 we were leaving London and going to Paris on the Eurostar. We had an early morning departure. A week or so before they had an accident with a non passenger train and thus trains were departing at different times then scheduled (some earlier and some later). Ours was leaving earlier and we barely made the train so didn't get to see much of the St. Pancras station. We arrive at Gare du Nord and my experience trying to buy a ticket for the RER left me frustrated.
However, after that first time on a European train and stations we have had nothing but interesting experiences at the stations and the trains themselves. I won't go into all the little stories here, but will try and document them on individual pages for various cities.
On our second European trip in 2012 the Rome Termini station was the first train station on our visit. I always try to get to departure points for airlines or train stations plenty early so I don't have to rush about (doesn't always work with my wife on the trip, but I try) so I think we arrived about 45 minutes or so before our scheduled departure from Rome to Florence. During that time we were able to walk around the station, walk in a couple of shops and look at the tote board for our scheduled train. I had prepaid for tickets at home in the U.S. and since the high speed train to Florence had assigned seating and I had pre-printed the tickets out we could just board the trains without having to use the yellow machines to punch a ticket. (I checked with someone at the station ticket office just to make sure that was the case).
Anyway here are some pictures of the Rome Termini station.
When you arrive on the airport of Rome, and you buy a trainticket to the city, you better buy a return ticket, so you don't have to waste time when you're going back to the airport by waiting in the line for buying a trainticket.