Roma Termini is the central railway train station in Rome. It is also the central hub for public transport in Rome. Two Rome Metro lines (A and B) intersect at the Termini metro station, and a main bus station is located at Piazza dei Cinquecento, the square in front of the station.
Moreover, now, let us look at some popular options where you can go from Termini Station.
You can get from Rome Termini to Fiumicino airport by bus or train.
The Leonardo Express is the direct train from Rome Termini to Fiumicino airport, with a frequency of every 30 minutes. There are ticket machines, the official ticket desk, and several independent outlets that sell tickets for the Leonardo Express train.
It is the fastest public transport between Fiumicino airport and the center of Rome.
Remember that you cannot use Rome public transport passes to/from Fiumicino airport on the Leonardo Express.
Get your ticket stamped in a validation machine just before entering the platform. It expires 90 minutes after validation. The ticket costs 14 euros (one-way).
Price: 7 euros
Fix price transfer from the Fiumicino Airport to Rome
You can buy a ticket online in advance, so you will not have to wait in a queue before departure. Moreover, online tickets are 1-2 euros cheaper. Of course, you have the option to buy a ticket for a bus that leaves sooner directly at the bus stop. However, purchasing the return bus ticket in advance is a good idea to ensure you arrive on time for your flight. On average, buses take 45 minutes to get to the Rome Termini station from the airport in normal traffic conditions.
The cheapest public transport option between the airport and Rome’s city center (Termini station) is the Terravision Bus. The bus operates between 5.35 am and 11 pm.
The company operates between 5 am and 8.30 pm from Rome and between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm from FCO. The stops in central Rome are at Piazza Indipendenza (near Termini station) and Via Crescenzio (near Castel Sant’Angelo). The journey between FCO and Termini takes about 50 minutes. If you choose this option, it is better to arrive at your stop at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure because buses can come and leave earlier than expected. It would help if you also considered a substantial distance from Terminals 1 and 2, where all domestic and inter-Schengen flights arrive and depart.
It is a good option if you travel late or early from Fiumicino airport because the trains and other buses work different schedules. During the nighttime, the journey will take around 30-40 minutes. If you need to get from Rome’s city center to Fiumicino, the Cotral bus stop at Termini is at the central bus station (Piazza dei Cinquecento) in front of the train station, opposite the Museo Nazionale Romano.
Rome’s public transport stops running early – both lines stop running at 11.30 pm on weekdays and work until 1.30 am on Friday and Saturday nights. There are night buses around the city, but they are infrequent.
The shuttle service operates daily between FCO (Terminal 3) and Termini station from 8 am until 11.30 pm. It also stops in the center of Fiumicino town, at Piazzale 12 Ottobre, near the Ostiense train station, where you can connect to some Italo high-speed trains.
The bus departs from Fiumicino airport (Terminal 3) and goes to Termini Station. Buses leave from 6.30 am – 9.50 pm.
You can get from Rome Termini to Fiumicino airport by bus or train.
There is no direct train service from the Ciampino Airport to the city. It would be best if you took a bus from Ciampino Airport (outside the arrivals terminal) to Ciampino Railway Station to travel by train. You may board a train to Roma Termini in the heart of Rome from there.
There are two ways to get from Rome Termini to Colosseum: by metro or bus.
The Colosseum is less than 2 kilometers from Termini station, where lines A and B of the Rome subway cross, and about 1 km southeast of the city’s historical center. So it is easy to go to the Colosseum; take the metro line B and exit at the “Colosseo” stop.
Getting from Roma Termini to Colosseum by bus takes a bit longer than by metro, but right near the railway station, you can take a bus 75. The travel time will be around 10-15 minutes.
There are two ways to get from Roma Termini to Vatican City using public transportation: by metro or bus.
Take the Metro Line A toward Battistini from Termini Station. The closest stops, Ottaviano-Musei Vaticani and Cipro, are about ten minutes from the Vatican Museums.
Bus 49 stops in the square in front of the Vatican Museums. You can also take buses 40 and 64; both depart from Roma Termini.
The most convenient way of getting from Roma Termini to Florence is by high-speed train. Train fare for the one-way ticket starts from 39 euros, and you will reach the city in 1.5 hours. Therefore, it is one of the best options for day trips from Rome.
The best train operator is ItaloTreno (read my review) for its high-class service and all amenities to travel comfortably. If you wonder how to go from Rome to Florence, I recommend you choose this option.
Book train ticket online on www.italotreno.it/en
The FL2 Trenitalia regional trains from Roma Termini to Tivoli depart approximately every hour. You can also take any train headed to Avezzano. The average price per ticket is 2.60-3 euros one-way. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to reach Tivoli in 36-60 minutes (depending on the train).
Based on my experience, the most convenient time is 09:03 from Roma Termini; the journey time is 47 minutes.
Read about how to buy tickets on Trenitalia trains in Italy.
You can take a high-speed train from Rome Termini to Naples (Napoli). Note: different types of trains run between Rome and Naples:
Here is an example of Italo Treno’s schedule:
You can purchase tickets at the Termini station or online on the Italo or Trenitalia websites. Prices for tickets are much lower if you buy them in advance. Moreover, if you buy high-speed train tickets in advance, special offers are often available. However, such kind of tickets is nonrefundable.
You can reach Salerno from Rome Termini railway station in about 2 hours. The average price per ticket is 40 euros one-way. Here’s an example of Italo Treno’s schedule:
You can buy tickets at the Trenitalia or Italo counter at the Termini station at least 30 minutes before departure. Also, there are ticket vending machines on the ground floor of Termini station. If you cannot purchase a ticket online, you can do it directly at the station.
As you exit, the Taxi stands at Termini station in front of the main entrance to the station in Piazza dei Cinquecento. Directly behind the taxi stand is the bus station. Usually, there are a lot of taxi cars, and the queue does not have to wait longer than 5 minutes.
Bus stops for city buses are located approximately one minute from the main entrance to Termini station.
Don’t expect comfort from a bus ride. You should also be especially careful about personal belongings inside popular routes. For example, one of the most famous lines, number 64, which runs from Termini to Vatican City, is famous for its pickpockets.
In addition to the information points, pitches, and kiosks, there’re plenty of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and cafes in Rome’s largest train station. Among the stores are Nike, Moleskine, Victoria’s Secret, Flying Tiger, Lush, Guess, Pandora, Parfois, IQOS, M.A.C., Nava, Kiko, Foot Locker, Mango, and other shops.
On the second floor of Termini Station, there is a food court with Italian cuisine. If you have at least 30 minutes before departure, or the train is delayed, then having a cup of cappuccino with a croissant is a great idea. Prices in the cafe are democratic, and the quality of coffee is at a reasonably high level.
Pope Pius IX inaugurated the first temporary Termini Station on February 25, 1863, functioning as the end of the Rome-Frascati, Rome-Civitavecchia, and Rome-Ceprano lines.
During the creation of the third line, the city decided to build one central station rather than following the Paris model of having different terminus stations for each line or each direction. The first two lines had previously had separate stops elsewhere in the city. Pope Sixtus V selected the decaying Villa Montalto-Peretti as the location for this new station, which was to be known as the “Stazione Centrale delle Ferrovie Romane” (Central Station of Roman Railways).
In the latter years of the Papal Temporal Power over the city of Rome, in 1868, construction of the permanent station began. It was finished in 1874, following the capture of Rome and the establishment of the government of United Italy. Salvatore Bianchi, an architect, had an idea for how to set it up. The front of this station extended 200 meters deeper into the city than the present station, as it reached Via Cavour.
As part of the preparations for the 1942 World’s Fair, which was never held due to the start of World War II, it was planned in 1937 to replace the existing station. After the Italian fascist government fell in 1943, construction on the new station and demolition of the old station were both stopped. The station’s current design still includes the side structures Angiolo Mazzoni del Grande created.
In 2012, a Saint John Paul II Statue was erected near Termini Station.
The address of Rome Termini railway station is Via Giovanni Giolitti, 40.
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Author: Artur Jakucewicz Rome Holiday Planning Expert
I have lived in Rome for over 10 years and am glad to share my experience and knowledge. I love ancient history and architecture — author of travel guides in Italy for independent travelers.
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