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by train to and from ITALY and Rome/Roma

An Introduction

A guide for taking trains to and from Rome, how to use Termini, Ostiense and Tiburtina stations, departure times, Rome Metro and trains to/from Da Vinci airport.

Why go to Rome

Wikipedia's guide to Rome

WHERE IS THE STATION IN ROME

The overwhelming majority of rail passengers to Rome will pass through the city’s primary station, Rome/Roma Termini.

Termini station on Google Maps.

Train Departure Summary

To help plan onward travel by train from Rome/Roma to other popular destinations including,Florence, London, Milan, Paris, Switzerland, Venice and Vienna, ThereByTrain has produced a unique train departure summary HERE
It lists details of the standard departure times of both direct trains and our recommended connections for travel by train on the most popular long distance rail journeys from Rome/Roma Termini station.
These train times can be altered due to work on the line and on holidays, so before heading to the station, we advise confirming departure times on the D-bahn timetable (see below)

All Departures

Alternatively all train departures from Rome/Roma are available HERE on the D-Bahn timetable. (The default date is valid until Dec 10th 2012, or enter your travel date/time in the field provided).

Click here for the therebytrain.com guide to using the D-Bahn timetable.

Trains TO Rome/Roma

Click the cities below for summaries of trains to Rome/Roma from these popular destinations:

We'll be adding more cities to the above list when the new pan-European railway timetables change in mid-December

Using Roma (Termini) Station

Click here for Trenitalia's Termini station information page including details of left luggage facilities. (Have your passport with you when dropping off/collecting bags at the left luggage office).

As its name implies Roma (Termini) station is a terminus so passengers have a comparatively easy transfer between trains on the one level using the station’s main concourse. This also offers comparatively level entrances/exits to the taxi stand and bus station in front of the station.

Rome is inevitably a key hub of the Italian railway system so virtually all long distance trains to/from Rome arrive at or depart from Termini. Many long distance trains from the north terminate at Termini and daytime trains to southern Italy and Sicily commence their journeys at Termini, so changing trains at Termini when travelling between northern and southern Italy during the day usually cannot be avoided.

However, Rome has two other main line stations served by long distance trains Ostiense and Tiburtina, see below for more information.

The majority of tourist destinations are served by more one than type of train from Rome, so it is worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with the various types of train that operate in Italy if you want to save time or money.

Don't forget to date stamp your ticket or rail pass at the station before you board the train using the yellow machines.

Termini To The City Centre

Termini is located to the north-east of the city centre and is the focal point for Rome’s metro as it has the only station where the A and B lines meet each other.
As a result the Termini Metro station is constantly crowded throughout the day, but outside of rush hours it’s relatively straightforward to squeeze on to the trains with luggage.

For those passing through the city who want quick access to the main sights, store your bags in the left luggage office and either take line B two stops to Colosseo station – which as its name implies is adjacent to the Coliseum as well as The Forum, or head for Ottaviano S.Pietro on line A, which is the nearest station to St Peters Cathedral and The Vatican.

For those that want to avoid taxi fares, taking the bus from Termini can be a good option as the city’s main bus station is in front of the station. Tickets have to be purchased before you board the bus from a ticket kiosk or a tobacconist, those that can speak English in the station area advertise the fact.

The immediate area around Termini station has a deserved reputation for attracting pick-pockets and aggressive beggars, often working together to distract confused visitors, struggling to work out how to use the public transport system.
If you’re going to use public transport on arriving at Termini it’s a good idea to have your money and tickets secured out of sight and to ask at one of the public information desks in the station if you’re unsure of your onward travel options.
If you want to head off to explore the city between trains make use of the left luggage office and only retain the money you need for the day with you.

The side streets around the Termini station offer some of the cheapest quality hotels in the city and are relatively safe and quiet.
Two stunning must see sights of Rome, the Bassilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martini and the Bassilica di Santa Maria Maggiore are within a five minute walk of Termini.

International Trains To/from Rome/Roma

All international trains from/to Rome are overnight trains and they operate to:

  • Munich/Munchen - The City Night Line (CNL) train departs from Termini station at 19:05, it arrives in Munich hbf at 06:30

  • Vienna/Wien - The Allegro (ALG) train departs from Termini station at 19:05. it arrives at Vienna (Meidling) at 08:34

  • The overnight Thello (TLO) train to Dijon and Paris (Gare de Lyon) departs from departs nightly at 19:25. It arrives in Dijon at 07:15 and Paris at 10:18.

It's possible to travel from Roma by Paris during the day by train daily.
Take the 11:25 FR train from Roma (Termini) to Milano (Centrale), that arrives in Milano at 14:40.
At Milano you need to transfer to Porta Garibaldi station on line M2 of the Milan Metr, which is an awkward connection, particularly if you have luggage, but should take no more than 10 mins.
The TGVFI train to Paris (Gare De Lyon) departs from Milano (Porta Garibaldi) at 16:10 and arrives in the French capital at 23:19

It's possible to travel by train from Rome to Munich/Munchen during the day by taking the 08:45 AV train from Termini to Bologna and connecting there for the EC train to Munich that arrives in Munich at 18:25.
Daytime connections to Vienna/Wien are possible by following this connection from Bologna to Innsbruck and connecting there for the OEC train to Vienna that departs Innsbruck at 16:57 and arrives in Vienna at 22:26

Journey Times From/To Roma (Termini)

One Hour and under:
Civitavecchia

One – Two Hours:
Assisi (FB)
Anzio
Florence (FA/FR)
Naples (FR)

Two – Three Hours:
Ancona (FB)
Arezzo (IC)
Assisi (REG)
Bologna (FA/FR)
Florence/Firenze (IC)
Livorno (FB/IC)
Milan/Milano (FR Non-Stop)
Naples (REG)
Pisa (FB)
Perugia (FB)
Salerno (FR/FB/IC)
Verona (FA)

Three - Four Hours
Ancona (REG)
Florence/Firenze (REG
La Spezia (FB/IC)
Livorno (REG)
Milan/Milano (FR)
Pisa (IC)
Venice/Venezia (FA)

Four-Five Hours
Bari (FA)
Bologna (IC)
Genoa (FB)
La Spezia (IC)
Modena (IC)
Pisa (REG)
Turin(FR)

Travel between SICILY and Rome by train

There are two options for travelling to Sicily (by train) from mainland Italy:

(1) take one of the direct day or overnight trains that are loaded on to the special train ferries that travel in both directions between Villa San Giovanni on the mainland and the Sicilian city of Messina (these are the only trains that provide for direct travel between mainland Italy and Sicilian destinations such as Catania, Palermo and Siracusa) OR

(2) Take the train to/from Reggio Di Calabria and transfer there to the fast hydrofoil to/from Messina in Sicily (journey time 15 mins) operated by Ustica Lines, departures from Reggio Di Calabria to Messina are at 14:30; 18:00 and (20:50 - this departure operates during the summer only).

There are two options for travel by direct trains; (1) by day or (2) overnight.

Day trains

If you want to travel during the day you need to take one of the comfortable express IC trains on which seat reservations are highly recommended (if you don't reserve you'll be very fortunate to find a seat for the lengthy journey, particularly in the summer months).

Travelling by day can make for a trip to remember, the scenery for much of the route on both the mainland and Sicily itself is glorious (sit on the right of the train when departing from Italy and on the left when joining a train in Sicily to make the most of the coastal views), and ticket prices will be cheaper than travelling by couchette or sleeping cabins on the overnight train.
However, it's a long journey!

Direct Day trains (IC trains) from Rome/Roma TO Sicily

There are two daily direct IC trains per day to Italy.
They divide at Messina so that separate parts of the train serve Catania/Siracusa and Palermo, so check when boarding that you're boarding the correct part of the train.

The first IC train departs from:
Rome/Roma (Termini) at 07:39
Napoli (Centrale) at 09:55
and Salerno at 10:33

It arrives in Messina (Centrale) at 15:30
Catania (Centrale) at 17:28
Siracusa at 18:40
and Palermo (Centrale) at 19:27
(the train divides into two at Messina so make sure you're in the correct part of the train for your final destination).

The second daily IC train departs from:
Rome/Roma (Termini) at 11:39
Napoli (Centrale) at 13:55
and Salerno at 14:33

It arrives in Messina Centrale at 19:30
Catania (Centrale) at 21:13
Siracusa at 22:30
and Palermo Centrale) at 23:00.

These are the only direct daytime trains between Italy and Sicily.

Direct Day trains (IC trains) from Sicily TO Rome/Roma

The first daily IC train departs from:
Palermo (Centrale) at 07:00
Siracusa at 07:33
Catania (Centrale) at 08:43
and Messina (Centrale) at 10:15

It arrives in Salerno at 15:27
Napoli (Centrale) at 16:00
and Rome/Roma (Termini) at 18:21 .

The second daily IC train departs from:
Palermo (Centrale) at 10:07
Siracusa at 10:30
Catania (Centrale) at 11:43
and Messina (Centrale) at 13:15

It arrives in Salerno at 18:38
Napoli (Centrale) at 19:15
and Rome/Roma (Termini) at 21:30

These are the only direct daytime trains from Sicily to mainland Italy.

Direct Overnight trains from Rome TO Sicily

The alternative to the day trains are the nightly overnight trains but the most comfortable Italian overnight 'hotel' trains (ICN trains) are NOT available for travel between Rome/Roma/Naples and Sicily.

The only overnight trains between Rome/Roma, Naples and Sicily are the less comfortable (and not particularly aptly named) Espresso (E) trains.
However, they do convey 1st and 2nd class sleeping cabins and (2nd class) couchettes (they do not convey ordinary 'daytime' seats).

They are therefore more expensive than the daytime IC trains as travellers have to pay 'reservation fees' for a berth in a sleeping cabin or couchette, in addition to the ticket cost for the journey.

These overnight E trains depart from Rome/Roma (Termini) nightly at 21:20 and 22:30, and the 21:20 train also departs from Napoli (Centrale) at 23:40.

The 21:20 train from Roma (Termini) arrives in Messina (Centrale) at 06:10; Catania at 08:22; Siracusa at 09:35 and Palermo (Centrale) at 09:35.
The 22:30 train from Roma (Termini) arrives in Messina (Centrale) at 07:10; Catania at 09:07; Sircausa at 10:30 and Palermo (Centrale) at 10:35.

There is also a newly restored overnight train direct from northern Italy to Sicily.
It is an ICN 'hotel' train that departs nightly from:
Milan/Milano (Centrale) at 15:45
Piacenza at 16:30
Parma at 17:07
Modena at 17:40
Florence/Firenze (Campo di Marte) at 19:37.

It arrives in
Messina (Centrale) at 12:45
Catania at 14:18
Siracusa at 15:40
Palermo at 10:35

Direct Overnight trains from Sicily TO Rome/Roma

There are two nightly Espresso (E) trains that convey 1st and 2nd class sleeping cabins and (2nd class) couchettes (they do not convey ordinary 'daytime' seats) from Sicily to Rome/Roma

(1) - from Palermo (Centrale) at 18:30; Siracusa at 19:10; Catania (Centrale) at 20:22; and Messina (Centrale) at 22:10
It arrives in Rome/Roma (Termini) at 07:10

(2) - from Palermo (Centrale) at 21:10; Siracusa at 21:45; Catania (Centrale) at 22:52; and Messina (Centrale) at 00:35
It arrives in Salerno at 06:40, Napoli (Centrale) at 07:18 and Rome/Roma (Termini) at 09:50

Train Connections to/from Ragusa

The southern Sicilian province of Ragusa is popular with visitors due to the cluster of towns that are U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Sites.

The stunning landscape and architecture of Ragusa is the setting of the popular Inspector MontalbanoTV series.

There is a sparse, but useful railway route through Ragusa that operates Mon-Sat only between Siracusa - that has direct trains to/from Catania, Messsia, Naples/Napoli, Rome/Roma and Salerno
and Caltanissetta - that is served by trains to/from Palermo.

The highly scenic railway route has stations at Modica and Ragusa; both of which are listed as U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage sites.
However, to travel the length of the route changes of train are often required at Gela and/or Modica.

At Sircausa the daytime IC train from Rome/Roma and Naples/Napoli connects into a train to Modica, though you have to wait in Siracusa for more than two hours, so time to have dinner between trains.

The 21:20 overnight train from Rome should arrive in Siracusa at 09:35, in time to connect into the 10:10 train to Modica, Ragusa, Vittoria and Gela.

Alternatively spend some in Siracusa/Syracuse the stunning city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You can explore Ragusa province by taking the trains listed below (arrival times are in brackets) on Mon-Sat only
(1) The 10:10 train from Siracusa to Modica (11:50)
(2) The 13:52 train from Modica to Ragusa (14:17)
(3) The 18:43 train from Ragusa to Siracusa (20:45).

Alternative connections using the hydrofoil service between Reggio di Calabria and Messina

Alterative connections between both Rome and Naples and Messina are available by taking the tilting express 'Eurostar Italia' (ES) trains branded FrecciagentoUstica Lines.

These ES trains depart from Rome/Roma (Termini) at 10:45*/13:45; Napoli (Centrale) at 12:42*/15:40 and arrive in Reggio di Calabria at at 17:05*/20:05 (*= train does not operate on Sundays).

Connecting hydrofoils depart from Reggio di Calabria at 18:00 and (20:50 this service operates in the summer only - check the Ustica lines website for more information).
The station at Reggio di Calabria is less than 5mins walk from the hydrofoil terminal.

The journey time from Rome to Messina by the combination of the ES train and hydrofoil is approximately 7hr 45mins, so is very similar to that by the direct IC trains.

The ES (Frecciagento) train tickets are more expensive in comparison to the IC trains (rail pass users need to pay a €10 supplement to travel by the ES trains) and travellers also need to factor in the additional cost of the hydrofoil (approx €4).

Neither the fastest AV (high speed) 'Frecciagento' train from Rome to Reggio di Calabria, or the ICN overnight train from Milan, Bologna and Florence to Reggio di Calabria have connections that day to a hydrofoil, you need to overnight in Reggio di Calabria and the first hydrofoil of the day to Messina doesn't depart until 14:30.

Other Mainline Stations in Rome/Roma

The other main line stations in Rome are Tiburtina and Ostiense.

Tiburtina Station

Tiburtina station is served by a handful of trains between northern and southern Italy that don’t run into Termini.
The station has its own Metro station on line B for city centre access. If your train to Rome calls at Tiburtina and you're heading to the city centre, it can be a good option to transfer to the Metro at Tiburtina to avoid the crowds at Termini. The station has recently been modernized, partially in order to encourage passengers to avoid Termini.
However, if you're taking a REG train FROM Rome that calls at Tiburtina always use Termini, seats are less likely to be available on departure from Tiburtina on these trains.

Ostiense station

This station is on the main line northwards along the Mediterranean cost to Pisa, Livorno, La Spezia and Genoa so the majority of trains on this route also call here (ES and FB trains do not).

Trains depart from Ostiense between 5 and 10 mins later than the time shown for Termini.
Passengers travelling into Rome from the north can access the Metro here, as Ostiense is linked to Piramide station on line B and the station also has a taxi rank and bus links.
It’s therefore quicker and easier to reach much of the city centre from here than Termini station, so passengers should remain on the train to Termini only if they are making connections there, need Metro line A, or are staying nearby to Termini station.

ROME/ROMA (DA VINCI) - trains FROM the airport

Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport is 26 kilometres from Rome.

Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport has a station named ‘Fiumicino Aeroporto’. The airport station is served by two rail services:

1. ‘The Leonardo Express’ – trains run non-stop to the city’s primary rail station ‘Rome Termini’ at 07 and 37 min past the hour throughout the day and the journey takes 32 minutes. Travellers can make onward rail connections to all major towns and cities in Italy at Termini.
Termini station is also the only location which is served by both Line 1 and 2 of the Rome Metro. The city’s primary bus station is also located outside the station.
However, Rome Termini is to the north of the city centre, the opposite side of the city centre from the airport.

2. Up to four local trains per also depart from the airport, but timings on different days of travel can vary so check departure times here.

From the airport the local trains are those which have stations other than ‘Rome Termini’ as their final destination.
They don’t serve Rome Termini, but do call at Rome Ostiense station which is to the south of the city centre and is a similar distance from the absolute centre of the city as Rome Termini.
The journey time from the airport to Ostiense by local train is approximately 30 minutes.

Ostiense station is adjacent to Piramide station on Line 1 of the Rome Metro which calls at the city centre stations of Colloseo and Cavour.
If your final destination is near to these metro stations it can be quicker to make the journey by changing at Ostiense from the local train, rather than taking the ‘Leonardo Express’
It will also be cheaper as tickets for ‘The Leonardo Express’ are more expensive than tickets for the local train.

If your final destination is on the railway route from Rome to Genoa via Civitavecchia, Grosetto, Livorno, Pisa and La Spezia it will be usually quicker to make the connection at Ostiense station rather than Termini as both local and IC trains on this route call at Ostiense. (However, the ES and FB trains on this route do not call at Ostiense).

If you want to take either the Leonardo Express or the local trains from Fiumicino Aeroporto station you should buy your tickets at the counter or ticket machines, the Leonardo Express has a dedicated counter and separate ticket machines.
Before boarding either the Leonardo Express or the local trains you must validate your ticket at the yellow machines on the station platforms.

InterRail 2nd class passes are not valid on ‘The Leonardo Express’ but 1st class passes are accepted.

ROME/ROMA (DA VINCI) - trains TO the airport

Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) Airport is served by non-stop trains branded ‘Leonardo Express’ that run every 30 minutes throughout the day from Termini station. They depart at 22 and 52 minutes past each hour and the journey time is 32 minutes. However, premium fares are charged for ‘Leonardo Express trains and Termini station is to the north of the city centre, the opposite side of the city to Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino airport.

During the day up to four local trains operate to the airport from Ostiense station, which is to the south of the city centre, though fewer trains depart Ostiense for Fiumicino Areoporto station at weekends.
Ostiense station is adjacent to Piramide station on Metro Line 1, so if you’re heading to the airport from the city centre the overall journey time using Ostiense is comparable to using Termini.

If your train to Rome calls at Ostiense it will usually be quicker to change there for the airport rather than remaining on the train to Termini and connecting to The Leonardo Express.

There are no direct trains between the city centre and Ciampino Airport, express buses link the airport with Termini and this is usually quicker than taking the bus to Ciampino station and transferring to a local train.