Head south from one of Tuscany’s most popular cities to the country's capital of Rome. Learn about taking the train from Siena to Rome.
When traveling through Italy, many visitors like to get a feel for the more intimate, walled-in city of Siena before heading on to the bustling metropolis of Rome. And if you're based in Siena for your vacation, a side trip to Rome is a must! Going by train is your best bet, as restricted parking outside Siena's walls and hectic driving conditions in Rome can make for more hassle than it's worth.
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 Siena to Roma Termini
There are 36 Trenitalia trains departing Siena each day that will get you to Roma Termini train station, some of which are the high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains. The rest are Regionale or InterCity trains, which aren't quite as fast and make more stops along the way. Note also that your Siena-to-Rome trip can also take you to Rome's Tiburtina station as well, so check your itinerary closely.
There are no direct trains from Siena to Rome, so you’ll need to change at some point along the way, usually in Florence. So you'll be on a Regionale train from Siena to Florence, and then an AV train from Florence to Rome. Your other option is to take a Regionale train from Siena to Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, and then another Regionale train from Chiusi to Rome. Ticket prices range from $22-46.
If you want, once you get to Firenze Santa Maria Novella you can take an Italo train to Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina. The Trenitalia Regionale train from Siena to Florence takes about 1.5 hours, and then Italo train from Florence to Rome takes about another 1.5 hours.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Siena to Rome
There are no direct trains from Siena to Rome.
Amenities on Trains from Siena to Rome
The top of the line AV trains are called 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.
Siena and Rome Train Stations
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.
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.
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.
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