Train from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Florence
Head directly to the heart of the Renaissance after you land in Italy. Learn about taking the train from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Florence.
The largest and busiest airport in Italy, particularly in terms of international traffic, is Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO). The airport is actually 22 miles (35 km) from Rome’s city center, but because it’s such a busy airport it has its own train station.
The FCO station connects frequently with central Rome via a few options, and from Rome you can get anywhere else in Italy you want to go, including Florence. The Rome-to-Florence route is popular, and likely the first train ride you will take from the moment you land in Italy.
Frequent Trains from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Florence
Upon arrival at Fiumicino, you can choose either the Leonardo Express, a Regionale FL1 train, or a high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) train. This last option is ideal if you’re not planning to spend any time in Rome but want to get straight on to Florence from the airport.
The AV trains are Frecciargento—the mid-range of the AV line—which leave from FCO twice per day, at 11:08 a.m. and 3:08 p.m. They do stop along the way in Rome, but you don’t need to change trains. This trip takes two hours 24 minutes, and ticket prices range from $28-34.
There are many more trains that will get you from FCO to Florence each day, but these require a train change in Rome. The Leonardo Express offers non-stop service all the way to Roma Termini, a trip that takes 32 minutes, and those trains leave the airport every 15-30 minutes throughout the day. The FL1 trains connect the airport with other stations in Rome, including Tiburtina and Ostiense. These make more stops en route, as they’re commuter trains, but the trip is still just over a half-hour. The first trains bound for Rome from FCO leave the airport at 5:57 a.m., the last at 7:57 p.m. Ticket prices from FCO-Rome range from $17-21.
Once in Rome, you can take a direct Trenitalia AV train from Roma Termini to Firenze Santa Maria Novella. This 143.5-mile (231-km) distance is covered in as little 1.5 hours. Some of the AV trains also depart from Roma Tiburtina, which cuts ten minutes off the journey time. There are 68 trains on this route from Termini alone per day. The first train leaves Termini for Florence at 6:20 a.m., the last at 8:50 p.m., and ticket prices range from $20-50 on this route.
Italo trains leave from Roma Ostiense for SM Novella (as Florence’s main station is often called). That trip takes about 1 hour 45 minutes, and there are seven trains per day.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
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Direct Trains from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Florence
As mentioned, there are only two direct trains from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport to Florence each day, and those are Frecciargento trains (part of the Trenitalia AV fleet). These leave the airport at 11:08 a.m. and 3:08 p.m. All other trains will require a change en route at one of the train stations in Rome.
Frecciarossa and Frecciargento Amenities
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.
Rome Fiumicino Airport, Rome, and Florence Train Stations
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 in which you landed 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 and Roma Ostiense are also connected to the city's Metro, and are both served by a number of city buses.
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.