Rome Train Station & Italy Rail Travel Info
Most of Italy, including Rome, is served by a pretty good rail network. Aside from the occasional strike, the trains are for the most part clean and relatively efficient and punctual. Fares for short distances tend to be inexpensive but if you’re traveling longer distances – especially between Rome and another major city – you’ll find that the prices are much more expensive and vary wildly according to the day and time of travel.
If you’re planning on doing a lot of rail travel in Italy a Eurail Italy rail pass from Rail Europe will save you waiting in line at Italian rail stations and could save you quite a bit of money. It’s not a worthwhile option you’re only planning a short journey or two but if you’re city hopping it’s worth checking out, especially as it guarantees you getting a seat. Rail Europe also have pre-bookable passes for traveling around the rest of Europe.
When in Rome
The main Rome rail station is called Roma Termini and it’s right in the heart of the city. If you’re arriving from or going to another major Italian city like Florence, Venice or Naples or coming to Rome from outside of Italy (many people take the train from Paris to Rome, for example), you’ll be passing through Termini.
From here you can take the underground train network (the Metro), the bus or a taxi to any part of the city. The taxi rank is right outside the main entrance and there’s rarely a wait for a taxi.
If you’re flying into Rome Fiumcino Airport there’s a regular express train service direct to Roma Termini that takes about 30 minutes. The airport train station is a short walk from the arrival and departure halls. If you’re arriving at Rome’s other airport, Ciampino, there’s no rail station at the airport so the easiest way into town is by bus or taxi. The taxi ride in particular is well worth it – although you’ll pass some concrete jungle, you’ll also be whizzed down some ancient roads too.