Rail service to Rome

How to get to Rome by train and Rome's Stazione Termini train station

Trains are the easiest and most popular way to travel in Italy, and chances are the first place you'll see in Rome is Termini train station.

First, though you have to get to Rome.

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Termini train station in Rome

Rome's main train station is Stazione Termini on the expansive, bus-filled Piazza dei Cinquecento. (That means "Square of the Five Hundred," so you will sometimes see it abbreviated "P.za dei 500.")

Termini train station lies on the northeastern edge of the city center, at the north end of Via Cavour. It is the main public city bus terminus in town, and sits at the intersection of Rome's only two Metro (subway) lines.

This squat, 1950s structure ranks as Europe's second busiest train station by volume of passengers. (Since you asked: Paris's Gare du Nord is the busiest.)

The station has become a bustling marketplace, with plenty of eateries and shops, most of them in an underground mall.

At the end of the tracks is a busy area where people nervously watch the flip boards for track assignments.

Note that some offices and businesses will be shuffled around for the next few years as construction work proceeds on a new elevated retail and apssenger space toward the right end of the tracks (19–24).

Information offices in the Rome train station

The train information and assistance office is located in the by track 1 (to the right as you get to the end of the tracks when arriving).

In their infinite idiocy, the powers of the train station have moved the Rome tourist information office (several times, actually) from former, more prominent locations in the main hall area to a hidden little wing called Ala Termini, located 1/3 of the way down the side of track 24 (arriving at the end of any other track, immediately turn left, then left again at the wall).

This is only convenient to people arriving by plane, since it it partway down the ludicrously long walk they have to take to and from the airport train:

How to find the (hidden) airport express train at Roma Termini

Note that, if you are headed to Rome's Fiumicino airport from the Rome train station, the track for the airport express trainTrack 25—is kind of hard to find.

Basically: Coming from the ticketing hall and facing the tracks, turn right and go all the way to down to Track 24 , which looks for all the world like it is the last track in the station. it it not. Turn left to walk up the long paltform along the far side of Track 24, and eventually—after about a quarter mile—you will find Track 25. Details and a map are here» more

Luggage storage at Termini, the Rome train station

The deposito bagagli (left luggage) office (tel. +39-06-474-4777) is near the tourist information office alongside track 24.

It's open daily 6am–midnight and charges €4 ($4) for the first 5 hours, €0.60 ($1) for each hour from 6 to 12 hours, then €0.20 ($0) for each hour after 12.

The ticketing hall at Termini

Beyond the tracks, slip through a wide gap between the phalanx of newsstands and little bars to enter the Galleria Centrale, the main hall with some train information offices and exits at either end leading onto the station's side streets (an area packed with cheap hotels).

Watch out for the hotel touts who will swarm you here (in my experience, any hotel that needs to field these slick salesmen isn't really good enough to get business on a more legitimate and old-fashioned way: being worthy of being passed along by word of mouth or recommended by sites like this or in guidebooks).

Keep walking straight and you'll enter the atrio, or ticketing hall, pictured above with its swooping roof and interminably long ticket lines. (Tip: Unless you need some specific service like getting a Railpass vouched, avoid the lines by using one of the banks of automated ticketing machines.)

How to get into Rome's city center from Termini train station

Unless you happen to be heading to the area immediately around the Spanish Stepsthe bus is a far better bet than the Metro, as Rome's subway system doesn't really serve the core of the historic center but rather skirts its edges.

Rome's other train stations

Nearly every train to Rome goes to or passes through Termini, but a few long-haul trains stop only at the Roma Tiburtina train station in the eastern part of the city.

There are other secondary stations ranged about town—lined up in a gentle arc that pretty much defines the southern edge of the greater historic center—that most tourists never even see.

However, they can be convenient if your hotel happens to be in the neighborhood (perhaps the Roma-Trastevere train station, or Roma-Ostienese train station for the Aventine/Testaccio area), as well as sometimes for hopping regional rail lines for day trips out of town.

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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).

 

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