Make your way from the Tuscan capital to the airport in the Italian capital easily. Take the train from Florence to Rome Fiumicino Airport.
Rome’s main airport, nicknamed Fiumicino for the city in which it is actually located, is such a major airline hub for the country that it has its own train station. What’s more, there are direct connections to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport train station from Florence.
If your itinerary doesn’t include a stay in Rome, then taking the train from Florence to Fiumicino Airport (FCO) can be extremely convenient. And with two high-speed trains daily serving this route, it’s easier than ever.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Rome Fiumicino Airport
There are 39 trains per day making the trip from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station in Florence to the Fiumicino Aeroporto station at Rome’s biggest airport. They cover the 192 miles (309 km) in as little as 2 hours 15 minutes, if you’re taking the high-speed train.
The Frecciargento train connect Florence with the FCO airport twice daily. They depart Florence at 7:38am and 11:38am with direct service to FCO’s airport - there’s no need to change trains along the way. These trains make the trip in 2 hours 15 minutes. Tickets for direct trains range from $35-41.
Other trains serving this route do require one train change along the way, usually in Rome’s Tiburtina or Termini stations. These trips take roughly 2.5 hours, and involve taking an AV train - either a Frecciargento or Frecciarossa - from Florence to Rome and then a Regionale train from Rome to the airport. Tickets on these trains range from $33-46.
If you’d like to take an Italo train for part of this trip, you can do so from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Roma Termini. From there you would need to switch to one of the trains that connects Roma Termini with the airport - Trenitalia’s AV or FL1 trains or the Leonardo Express. Traveling from Florence to Rome on Italo takes a little more than 1.5 hours.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Rome Fiumicino Airport
There are only two direct trains from Firenze Santa Maria Novella in Florence to Fiumicino Aeroporto station at the airport each day. The travel time on the other trains is often not much longer than the direct trains, however, so if the two direct trains do not suit your schedule you have many more options. Just be sure to pay close attention to the route options before you book so you know whether or not you need to change trains.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Rome Fiumicino Airport
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
Frecciargento are the next level of AV trains, and they’re very similar to the Frecciarossa fleet. The Frecciargento trains are slightly slower, although they’re still high-speed trains. Passengers in 1st class cars get a free drink and newspaper, and there are also 2nd class cars. A cafe car is available to all passengers. All cars are air conditioned and there are outlets at each seat.
Florence and Rome Fiumicino Airport Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station, the main station in the city, is close to the historic center, and the street in front of the station is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.
The airport’s train station is called Fiumicino Aeroporto (there’s another called Fiumicino just for the nearby town, so don’t get confused) and it’s located inside Fiumicino Airport. It’s just opposite of Terminal 1, and if that’s not the terminal from which you’re departing there’s a free shuttle connecting all the terminals in the airport.
Rome's Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is a Metro station inside Termini, too.
Roma Tiburtina is also connected to the city's Metro and served by a number of city buses.