I've been looking for an English link to the Italian railway system and finally found it.
We used the train coming from the airport into Roma Termini station. And also to go to Ostia Antica, a half hour ride.
Instead of waiting IN the station, go THROUGH the station cafeteria and over the road. There's a place there, just on the other side of the street, called "SFIZIO PIZZA", where you can get a beer or a coffee or something to eat and sit and wait for as long as you like. It costs less than the station cafeteria too. Address Via Gioberti, 1.
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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...
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I paid 185 Euro for a Excelsior sleeper single cabin from Siracusa to Roma. The webiste indicated that it was a Excelsior Single with services comparable with those of a high-class hotel with shower. Also, there would be a welcome drink, to enjoy at the reception or in cabin.
The carriage ended up to be, I believe, Tourist sleeper carriage with 17-18 cabins per carriage, which is the 3rd rank category of the sleeper, whereby the 2nd rank is classic sleeper carriage with 12 cabin carriage.
There was a wash basin, but there was no toilet or shower inside the cabin. The cabin is narrow and once I am inside, I need to sit on the bed. The breakfast was served as promised.
I understand that the solo classic or touristic carriage were charged 125 Euro and less for touristic carriage respectively. So I decided, on 11 Jan 2010, to lodge compliant for misrepresentation and overcharge of 3rd rank sleeper for first rank price.
See pics for the cabin and breakfast. What you see is what you get.
If you are on a real tight budget, or even if you are not on a tight budget and just want it to be cheap for the sake of being cheap without much downside then there is no option but to go for the Regional Train. 2nd Class of Regional Train costs 16 Euros, takes less than 4 hours, and runs frequently between these two cities.
On a typical day, the train leaves Florence at 07:09, 09:13, 11:13, 13:13, 15:13, 17:13, 19:13, and 21:13. Further, there is no need to reserve a seat in advance, as you will find one quite easily. You may buy the open ticket, valid for one month, from the vending machine of any Italian train station or from other sources, and whenever you are like going to Florence, just go to the relevant platform, validate the ticket, and get aboard. This is simpler than it sounds. This train touches two stations in both of the cities: Roma Termini & Tiburtina in Rome and Santa Maria Novella & Campo di Marte, making it more flexible.
There is another cheaper option available but with some downside: a train "Freccia del Sud" leaves Florence at 15:25 on a typical day, takes slightly more than 3 hours, and the 2nd Class fare is just 13.90 Euros (after incorporating 20% Amica discount). And what are the downsides. The train does not leave from Santa Maria Novella, the main train station of Florence, but from Campo de Marte and arrives at Roma Tiburtina and not at Roma Termini, the main train station of Rome. The fact that main train stations of both these cities are located in the city center makes this train less cheaper than it seems. Further, 20% Amica discount is only applicable when booked 24 hours in advance. But then this is the cheapest of all the options.
Fast trains also run between these two cities with journey time of as low as 1 hour and 31 minutes and the base fare going up to 39.90 Euros and 56.10 Euros for 2nd Class and 1st Class respectively. These trains offer various discounts on early booking.
26.5 Euro, 2nd class, Intercity trains also connect both the cities on regular intervals and takes less than 3 hours. One may avail 20% Amica discounts on intercity trains.
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People often wonder about the travel costs and times between cities in Italy. Here are some of the more common trips people make from Rome by train. Naples and pompeii- the high speed train will take about 1.5 hours to get into Naples and cost 51.30 for first class and 39.90 for second class . The cost on the IC train is 1rst class-25.50 and 2nd class- 19.50 OW. From the Naples station you must go downstairs to the circumvesuviana train. This train makes multiple stops, but the trip to pompeii (pompeii scavi) only takes about 30 minutes. This ticket is less than 5 euros RT. This is an all day trip so leave Rome early and return late.
Florence for the day will take about 1.5 hours on the high speed train. This ticket will cost 56.10 for 1rst class and 39.90 for second class. The IC train will take about 2.5 hours and cost 35.00 for 1rst class and 26.50 for second class. This is a very easy daytrip to make. Leaving early and making reservations at the museums will give you the opportunity to see to see the best Florence has to offer.
From Rome to Pisa is a 3 hour train trip. The cost is 64.70 for 1rst class and 45.60 for 2nd class. This is a trip you might want to consider being an overnight.
From Rome to Venice is a 4.5 hour trip. This is an overnight trip (meaning you should stay overnight in Venice since the train trip is so long). The 1rst class ticket is 89.30 and the 2nd class ticket is 61.80. I buy the first class ticket as it is such a long trip and the seats are larger and more comfortable.
All of these times are for the high speed trains and the cost were taken from the trenitalia website. As for reservations and availability these trains hardly ever sell out and the seat reservation fee is included with the ticket. If you book a few days before you travel you may qualify for discounts. Book your tickets as soon as you get to Rome. The ES trains have a coffee bar or a restaurant car where you can purchase food. On longer trips this can be a life saver. Take your ticket with you if you go to the restaurant car so if the conductor asks for it you can show him. They can fine you if you don't carry your ticket with you.
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I was really nervous about the train system but once I was there I found it surprisingly easy. I actually bought my ticket from Rome to Florence at Roma Termini the day before we left with no problem. This was for travel midday on a wednesday. The 29 euro fare was for one way on the fast train for which you need a reservation. You make the reservation at the same time that you buy the ticket.
If you are traveling on a weekend I would recommend making reservations and buying a ticket online or buying from the machines earlier in the week. The cost is the same either way. The official website is www.trenitalia.com and there is a page in English if you click in the top right corner. One of the most important things to know is the name of the stations (i.e. Roma termini to Firenze S.M.N. (Rome to Florence)) as there could be more than one station for bigger cities.
The ticket machines are easy to use and there are a few kinds. I used the gray ones which accept credit cards and offer very easy instructions in several languages. They give you every option for travel on every type of train they have running. Believe me it seemed as if they had a train running every 1/2 hour all day so I don't imagine you'd have a problem or that they'd run out of reserved seating (unless it were a holiday).
If you want a cheaper fare there are slow trains (about 3hrs between Florence and Rome). For smaller stations these are sometimes your only option (I rode one between Florence and Pisa in 1 1/2 hrs). You do not need a reservation for these but if you opt for this fare get there early enough to grab a seat, otherwise you could end up standing. Just remember to stamp it in the yellow machine before you board. You will see them as you are walking to the train.
Getting from Rome to Sorrento is no real problem. Take a train to Naples (Napoli). Check trenitalia.it for rates/times (~2hrs, approx 25€/person). In Napoli you have to change to Circumvesuviana train - the platform is also in the central station, just follow the signs. This trains brings you directly to Sorrento (~1hr, approx 10€).
Sorrento is a wonderful place as a staging point for Amalfi, Naples, Salerno.
Careful in Naples!!
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.
It may seem like an obvious note but I didn't quite realize how necessary it is!
We arrived at the train station quite early, purchased our tickets, dodged gypsies, found our assigned track and settled down to wait. And wait. And wait.
The wait started to become suspiciously long, so I walked back over to the schedule board to check the status of the train (AGAIN). Lo and behold, the train was listed as having "arrived." Well, it had arrived, though not at our track. It had arrived more than 10 tracks over from where we were.
We ran and ran and ran. Arriving there just in time to watch the train pull away.
Moral of the story: Watch the track number. Watch it until you are actually ready to board the train.
**If you do find yourself having missed your train, return to the ticket counter and speak with an attendant. Typically they can rebook you on the next train.
The best way to get the major AND majority of sites to see in Rome is by the metro rail / subway. The cost is relatively cheap even in Euros. Whether you set your self up to go "Point A - Point B" or if you want to buy a card to travel for a day. (End the end an all day pass is the greater deal if you have a lot of places to go). Be prepared to start early!
Of course, as in every major city you travel to in Italy, while at the train station get yourself a detailed map with trains and bus routes included. General map and direction skills come in handy. If in a group designate someone for directions and someone for asking for directions, then combine! It may seem pricey but its well worth the information and makes a great keepsake and souvenir.
Pictures Ive included are of the Colosseum, Vatican City, the Pantheon, Plaza of the Popes and the Sistine Chapel. All of which are very near major train stops and walking distances from other major locations.
The one downfall would be if at all possible within your budget DO NOT travel on Sundays. The bus which passes the Colosseum goes by quite a few other locations and is a great second option. Unfortunately, it doesn't run on Sundays and it will hamper to ability get around and add time to your overall travel. This in turn will limit your time at locations you may choose to visit.
My husband and I took the train from Perugia to Rome and we bought our tickets ahead of time from Rail Europe. Even shipping to the US we had no problems and did not have to worry about full trains.
Roma-Pantano light railway line doesn't have much to offer for a railway enthusiast, neither is it running in a very beautiful neighbourhood. I found a nice pizzeria near Alessi stop, though. Being a narrow gauge line, it doesn't provide much speed, which is similar to trams. Stops are frequent and so are departures. You can catch a train at Porta Maggiore or Laziali terminus near stazione Termini.
The best way to arrive in Rome is by train. The main station, Stazione Termini is close to the historic center of Rome. There are several outlying stations, too. You can also arrive by bus near Termini station or in Piazzale Tiburtina in front of the Tiburtina train station. Rome's airport Fiumicino is a major international airport and visitors from the United States often arrive here. You can take a train into Rome from the airport.
Public Transportation in Rome
Rome has an extensive bus and metro system (Metripolitana) so you can easily get almost anywhere on public transportation
I just traveled from Rome to Florence a couple of weeks ago. It is very easy. the Roma Termini has dozens of the ticketing machines by the front entrance. i would recommend buying your tickets the day before and selecting promotions -amica fare and you save about 10-15%. I would just buy my tickets the night before leaving on my way home from a day in the city.