Train from Rome to Assisi
From the bustle of Italy’s capital city, travel to the peaceful region of Umbria and its most famous medieval hilltown. All you need to know about taking the train from Rome to Assisi.
Assisi, one of the most visited hilltowns in Italy, is the birthplace of Saint Francis and home to the Basilica of Saint Francis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Giotto fresco cycle. A tiny town on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Assisi is an easy train trip from Rome.
Rome and Assisi are 174 miles (108 km) apart by train, and though it takes roughly the same amount of time to drive, getting out of Rome by car can be harrowing. Opt for the train for a stress-free departure from Rome and a relaxing trip through Italy’s “green heart”, where the landscape is lush and mountainous. Sit on the right side of the train to enjoy the view of the Umbrian Valley’s picturesque hilltowns leading up to Assisi.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Assisi
Trenitalia operates an average of 19 trains each day from Rome’s main Termini station to Assisi’s small local station. The train trip takes a minimum of 1 hour 50 minutes on Trenitalia’s direct trains, either the high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) Intercity or the slower Regionale Veloce. Other trips can take up to 3 hours and include a portion on an AV train and a portion on a Regionale train, with a change in Foligno .
Tickets from Rome to Assisi on this route begin at $11 for the Regionale trains requiring a change, or up to around $30 for high-speed direct trains.
Fewer trains run on weekends and holidays, including less frequent high-speed direct trains.
Direct Trains from Rome to Assisi
There are a limited number of direct trains from Rome to Assisi with Intercity or Regionale Veloce trains, which take significantly less time to make the trip. Almost all trips from Rome to Assisi require changing trains in Foligno, and the two portions of the trip are generally a combination of an AV Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, or Intercity train for the first leg and a Regionale or Regionale Veloce for the second. The Foligno station is small, so even if there is a short amount of time to change trains, it’s an easy connection.
Amenities on Trains from Rome to Assisi
The fastest and most luxurious AV train is the Frecciarossa, which has air conditioned cars, monitors with continuous feeds of travel information and news, power outlets at every seat, free WIFI, and 3g and 4g internet. The classes are distinguished by their color-coded cars: Executive (brown, with meal service and a station lounge); Business (blue, with a snack, drink, and choice of newspaper); Premium (red, with a snack, drink, and choice of newspaper), and Standard (orange, with snack and drink service). There is also a café car for all passengers.
Frecciabianca trains are the third tier of AV trains, similar in amenities to the Frecciarossa, but slower. There are 1st and 2nd class cars, both of which are air-conditioned and have power outlets at each seat. First-class includes a free drink and newspaper, and all Frecciabianca trains offer either snack and beverage service and/or a café car.
Intercity trains are the lowest tier AV trains: slower and offering less services than other AV trains, but faster and more comfortable than Regionale trains. Intercity trains are fully air conditioned and 1st-class cars have power outlets at each seat, free newspapers, mini-bar, and meal service. There is also a café car available to 1st and 2nd-class passengers.
Regionale and Regionale Veloce trains sometimes include 1st class and 2nd class cars, though not always. Reservations are not required on these trains, so passengers choose an available seat on a car in the appropriate ticket class. There is no food and beverage service or café car on Regionale trains, and the air conditioning and power sockets can be spotty.
Rome and Assisi Train Stations
Roma Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus
lines stop at the terminal directly in front of the station, and there is a Metro (subway) station on the lower level inside the Termini station, as well.
Note: the Rome Termini station currently has a security check before the platforms, so make sure to factor in a few extra minutes for the delay.
Important: Trains to Assisi (direct and via Foligno) often depart from the remote tracks at Roma Termini (Binari 1 or 2 EST, or Track 1 or 2 Extension). If your train is departing from one of these, allow an additional 7 minutes to walk to the remote track.
Assisi’s small 4 track train station is located in Santa Maria degli Angeli in the valley directly below the historic center of Assisi. Train station signs list both Assisi and Santa Maria degli Angeli, so pay attention when you are nearing Assisi to be sure to get off. Local buses stop directly in front of the station for the 10 minute ride up the hill, as do taxis.