Train from Rome to Siena
Travel from Italy’s bustling capital to one of Tuscany’s most popular cities. Learn about taking the train from Rome to Siena.
Most people go from Rome to Florence as a next stop on an Italy trip, but since Siena is on the way from Rome to Florence it’s perfectly reasonable to stop there first - especially since it’s such a favorite day trip destination. It’s the kind of place that gets even better if you stay awhile.
Trenitalia makes it easy to cover the 145 miles (233 km) by train, though it’s not a direct route. It may seem counter-intuitive, but this is a case where the slower trains actually make the trip more quickly than the high-speed trains. It doesn’t make sense until you look at a map.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Siena
There are 32 Trenitalia trains departing Roma Termini station each day that will get you to Siena, some of which are the high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains. The rest are Regionale or InterCity trains, which don’t get anywhere close to the top speeds of the AV trains, but on the trip from Rome to Siena they may actually be the better option.
There are no direct trains from Rome to Siena, so you’ll need to change at some point along the way. The AV trains go from Rome to Florence, and then in Florence you’d switch to a Regionale train for the trip to Siena. Since Florence is north of Siena, however, this makes for a longer trip. If you choose instead to take a Regionale or InterCity train from Rome to the town of Chiusi, you can then take a Regionale train to Siena and the duration of the whole trip can be 25 minutes less than the Rome-Florence-Siena route.
The trip from Rome-Florence-Siena takes about 3 hours 20 minutes, and the Rome-Chiusi-Siena route can take as little as 2 hours 55 minutes. The other option for a transfer station is Grosseto, but that trip takes about 3 hours 40 minutes. Ticket prices range from $22-46.
If you want, you can also take an Italo train from Roma Termini to Firenze Santa Maria Novella and then switch to a Regionale train for the remainder of the journey to Siena. The Italo train from Rome to Florence takes about 1.5 hours, and then the Trenitalia leg from Florence to Siena takes about another 1.5 hours.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Rome to Siena
There are no direct trains from Rome to Siena.
Amenities on Trains from Rome to Siena
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.
There are sometimes 1st class and 2nd class cars on Regionale trains, but not always. Because reservations are not required on these trains, you simply find an available seat on a car in the appropriate class for your ticket. There is no food service or cafe car on these trains, and although they are supposed to be air-conditioned it isn’t always functional.
Rome and Siena Train Stations
Roma 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 (subway) station inside Termini, too.
Siena’s train station is located outside the city walls, and although it’s not necessarily far from the historic center it would be an uphill walk. There are local buses connecting the train station with Piazza Gramsci or Piazza del Sale in the historic center.