The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)

(UPDATED October 2012)

I’ve replied to many questions regarding the Train Station at the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, also known as Fiumicino (FCO). The FCO Airport train station is easy to find and very convenient for arriving and departing passengers. You can get ALL your tickets for train journeys throughout Italy, helping you to avoid the long lines at the Roma Termini Station if you’re making a train connection.

There is a full-service Trenitalia counter in the FCO train station. Here you can purchase tickets, talking directly with a Trenitalia representative. Or you can use one of the self-service kiosks in the station. For more help on purchasing a ticket at these kiosks, see Buying Train Tickets Using A Kiosks. You can get your Leonardo Express tickets, your FR1 Metropolitan Train tickets, or even those AV train tickets to Venice here in the Train Station at the FCO airport.


Arriving at the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport from the USA
Getting through Arrivals and Baggage Claim in Terminal 3 (T3)
Where Can You Meet Someone at the FCO Airport
Lost Luggage and What You Can Do
Purchasing a Phone or SIM Card at the FCO Airport
Departing – Terminal 5 at FCO


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In the above map, the yellow and blue arrow on the left side of the photo is pointing to the FCO train station. You can see that the train station is across the main street from Terminal 3, the primary Terminal at FCO.


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How to Get to the FCO Train Station

For flights arriving from the USA, you’ll deplane, clear passport control, pick up your luggage, walk past Customs, and eventually exit out a set of frosted doors. For a complete “walk-through” of the T3 Arrivals area, see this post.

Currently, all non-Schengen or international flights – which includes those from the USA – are exiting through the secure, T3 Airside Arrivals Area and into the public, T3 Landside Arrivals Area.

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All the people you see in this photo are waiting for arriving friends, family, and clients in the public, T3 Landside Arrivals Area. To get to the FCO train station you can stay on this lower level and travel through the underground passageways or you can ascend to the top level of the Terminal via elevators and use the overhead walkways. We’ll talk about both options.


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Traveling Via the Underground Passageways

To travel using the underground passageways, you will stay in this level. After getting your luggage, passing customs, and exiting through the sliding glass frosted doors, immediately TURN RIGHT!

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You’ll see a hallway on your right that looks just like the second picture above! The top picture of is a close-up of the hallway Directional Sign and you can clearly see the “Train” signs that tell you to head down this hallway. Note – you would have to be a world-class sprinter to make the bus station from this location in three minutes. Those times, and the other estimated times you’ll see throughout the Arrivals area, are quite optimistic. At the bus depot you could catch the Terravision Bus or the SITBus Shuttle into town. Let’s continue to the FCO Train station.

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You’ll proceed down this hallway, passing the Commune di Rome desk (where you could get your Roma Pass), and walk about 150 meters. You’ll then see a sign similar to the top photo above, telling you to head down this escalator to get to the train station. Yes, you have to go DOWN to get UP to the train station! The escalator takes you down under the road and back up the other side.

The escalator is marked in the second picture by the yellow circle. You may also find other folks here. Notice the gentleman circled in green. He is standing at this location trying to solicit people who need a ride into town. He looks pretty official with a badge, credentials, etc… Nope, he is NOT. He’s telling the young couple with the backpacks – who’ve turned to speak with him – “Why ride the train. I can get you a “private” taxi and get you into Rome very quickly!”

Don’t even slow down for these guys. If you want to ride in a taxi, head for the TAXI queue almost STRAIGHT OUT from where you exited those frosted doors, about 150 yards back from where you’re standing now. These guys are NOT working with an Official Rome taxi and you’ll easily pay 1.5 – 2 times the normal taxi rate to get into town. So again, don’t stop – just get on the escalator and head down towards the train station!

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You’ll take the down escalator, go under the road, and then take a few UP escalators all the way to the top level.

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Once at the top, you’ll go straight towards the wall in front of you and TURN RIGHT.
Now you’re entering the train station. Perhaps a 8-10 minute walk from those frosted doors.


 

Traveling Via the Overhead Walkways

If you have a bunch of luggage stacked on a cart or you DO NOT want to try and negotiate the escalators… then use the large elevators in the T3 Arrivals area, and proceed through the overhead walkways to the FCO train station.

To use this path, when you exit out of the frosted doors into the non-secured area, TURN LEFT. On the far, far left side – to the left of the cafe’ – you will see elevators. Ride the elevator to Level 2 – that’s the HIGHEST level you can go to… so hit the top button. Once on Level 2, you can walk through the overhead walkways to the FCO train station!

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You can see the overhead, enclosed walkways connecting to the train station from different directions. The second photo is a side-view of one of the overhead walkways from near Terminal 1, crossing over the Departures Road. In the background of the bottom photo you can see the overhead walkway to the FCO train station as shown in Photo 1. This can give you an idea of the distance from T1 to the far end of T3. It’s probably about a 6-8 minute walk. Again, if you’re at the T3 Arrivals level, you are one level BELOW the streets where these pictures where taken.

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In this photo, this is the view after you have got off the elevator on Level 2 and head to the left. Here you see the overhead walkway with the moving sidewalks. You would cross this and then turn right at the crossroads of the next walkway to get to the train station.


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Inside the FCO Train Station

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As you enter the train station, you’ll see to your left, three sets of tracks (second photo). The ticket centers are left, right, and straight ahead. For the Trenitalia desk, TURN RIGHT when you enter this area… it will be across the train plaza. The bottom photo is of the Trenitalia Ticket center in the train station plaza.

img 3730 The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)When you enter, you’ll see the Travel Agency (365 – Travel & Leisure) pictured on your left. They are also located in the Roma Termini Station. On short trips their prices are usually the same as Trenitalia. I’ve always gone directly to the source (Trenitalia) or to a kiosk. But if the lines were really long at my primary choices…..

img 3731 The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)… We’ve bought Metro Passes and Leonardo Express tickets from this “Tabacchi” shop. As you can see from their “crawling sign,” they do sell tickets to Termini.

img 3733 The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)And your last option, in the center of the train station plaza are these self-service kiosks. (Note, they have even a newer, more modern version for purchasing ONLY the Leonardo Express and FM1 tickets. These are currently located on the right side of the platforms as you face the tracks).

This kiosk picture above gives you a great “long shot” of the Train Station at FCO. In this picture you are FACING the three tracks. They are in the distance under the canopy and the “yellow poles” at ceiling level. The Trenitalia ticket desk would be to your immediate right in this shot. You can see the small newstand pictured above in the right-side background of this shot – under the “T” for Tabacchi sign. And as you can see on your left, there’s the other agency you can use to buy tickets. So this train station is not very big… Once you get here, it’s easy to assess your ticket options.

img 3865 The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)Above, we are walking from the kiosk and the Trenitalia counter towards the train tracks….Most of the time the Leonardo Express arrives on Track 2 – the center track.

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Here’s are two photos of the validation boxes at FCO. All the trains leaving this station are Regionale or local trains. Thus, there is open seating and you MUST validate your train ticket before getting on ANY train leaving the FCO train station. They’ve just placed new stickers on these validation machines at the FCO train station that – IN ENGLISH – saying you can be fined €100 if you fail to validate your ticket. I have my ticket checked perhaps 30-40% of the time I ride the train to FCO, but failture to have a ticket – or to validate your ticket – will result in a hefty fine… especially for visitors. So, DON”T FORGET TO VALIDATE!

img 3868 The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)Lastly, you arrive at the Tracks, validated ticket in-hand to get on your train. Here, we are getting on the Leonardo Express – which is parked in the center track. Riding the train in from the FCO Train Station is really that simple!


 

Connections

If you are making connections at Roma Termini, and you buy ALL your tickets here – be it at a counter or at a kiosk – make sure to allot yourself enough time to get from the train you’re leaving the Airport on… to your connecting train! The Leonardo Express “usually” arrives at Track 24. I’d give myself at least 20-30 minutes MINIMUM on any connection. These links, Arriving by Train – Roma Termini and Train Connections in 10 Minutes or Less may help you.

Enjoy the trip – Follow these guidelines and you’ll be a “train veteran” before you get to Rome!


 

Videos at the FCO Train Station



The Leonardo Express departing from the FCO Train Station.


This video was filmed in 2008 by www.romealive.com. Although dated – the airport signage and the prices quoted are now different – it can give you some good insight into riding the trains from the FCO airport… which is on the last segment of the video.


Although the commentary is in Italian, this video does capture the “traffic” on the platforms at the FCO train station as a train arrives. At the start of the video, the Leonardo Express is on the left in the camera-shot and the FM1 (which goes to the Roma Trastevere , Roma Ostiense, and Roma Tiburtina stations) is on the right.

 


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69 Responses to The Train Station at the Rome Airport (FCO)

  1. Ron in Rome says:

    You can buy a 7-day CIS Pass at the Tabacchi shop at the FCO train station.
    That pass IS NOT good to ride into town on – a Roman “quirk in the system.”
    You’ll still have to buy a train ticket.

    If that Tabacchi is sold out – and that happens often – you can get them at any metro station. FCO does not have a metro station….
    These CIS Passes are NOT a Trenitalia product, rather there are an ATAC product – the company that manages the bus and metro lines.
    So you cannot buy them at a Trenitalia counter of kiosk, but you can get them at the kiosks in the metro or at a manned window at the metro stations.
    Hope that helps.

    Ron.

  2. Stacy says:

    Hi, I want to start by thanking you for providing such detailed information for tourists to Rome. I have a simple question: If I want to purchase a C.I.S (7-day tourist pass), can I do so at the FCO train station? If yes, can I buy it using the self-service kiosks? or do you suggest I go straight to the Trenitalia counter?

  3. Megg says:

    Just wanted to thank you for all this info. Leaving in a few days, and you just gave me great peace of mind! Grazie!

  4. Ron in Rome says:

    Steve – Yes you can “enable” your pass at the Trenitalia counter…

  5. Steve says:

    Great information and thanks!
    Can I validate / enable my Eurail pass at the TrenItalia desks?

  6. Ron in Rome says:

    Cliff, sorry you had a poor experience on the trains to/from the airport. Like many things in Italy it’s expected when riding the trains that you “know their system.” Just like validating a ticket for the buses or trams, it’s expected that you will validate your train ticket. Unfortunately, to the harried and frustrated “inspectors/conductors” they have no patience for travelers who DO NOT know THEIR system. When you ride a Regioanle train, like the Airport trains, and you DO NOT purchase your ticket online, then you have an “open ticket” that’s actually good for 2 months. Thus, the way you “close” your ticket is to validate it… If you do not validate, then you could use the ticket again tomorrow and the next day and the next day and so on for up to two months… or until you get busted by a conductor. Trust me, I’ve been on many Regionale trains and never even SEEN a conductor! So yes, there are passengers who might never buy a ticket.

    At the FCO train station they have added RED stickers to the yellow validation boxes on the platforms that lead out to the trains. In ENGLISH, they tell you that you can be fined up to 100€ per offense. Of course, when you’re tired after an overnight flight your and you’re rushing to get on a train, it can be confusing. At Roma Termini, the yellow validation boxes are at the head of every track and also spread out along the platforms. In Italy, because high-speed trains have reserved seating, you don’t have to validate THOSE tickets… and that can make it more confusing to an “inexperienced” train traveler!” But again, the inspectors are just doing their job and when they detain you, they are acting within the “regulations.”

    It would probably not be possible to put turnstiles prior to the tracks in Italian train stations as anyone can currently walk out and meet the trains. In Spain, because of the bombings years ago, the tracks are segregated and you have to go through security (X-Ray machines). That’s not viable under the current set-up of most Italian train stations. I don’t think that travelers are “purposely being targeted,” they just don’t know the system and to a train conductor, you’re traveling for free! Your non-validated ticket is still valid and even if you didn’t use it, in their minds, you could easily give or sell it to someone else! And I suppose their attitude is “Why aren’t you validating this ticket? You can certainly afford it!” Of course, that’s all based on them EXPECTING you, and any other traveler, to know the process. Certainly if you knew it, you would not have jumped on that train unless you validates your tickets. Again, sorry you suffered through this experience…

  7. Cliff says:

    Amazing site. Wish I had read it BEFORE visiting Rome. I fell afoul of the ticket validation policy. Considering what an efficient system the railroad is and what a great complex the airport/train/Metro system is I am baffled that the train company doesn’t clarify the validation system. I know it looks and sounds perfectly clear on your site but my wife and never saw the yellow machines either on arrival in Rome or on the way out. My wife did remember that the middle-aged conductor looked at our ticket kind of funny in the inbound trip and initialled it. On the way back TO the airport our ticket was checked by a young, vivacious (and apparently efficient) female conductor who confronted the Swedish couple across the aisle for not validating. They ended up paying her 50 Euros as a fine in cash. She turned to us and berated us and demanded E50 each. I refused to pay so she said I had to accompany her to the “police” when we got to the station and I would have to pay E120 PER TICKET! I still thought this was an injustice so I said I’d argue with them. On reaching the station I was fiddling with my bags when she came up to us and told us to follow her. Just then another passenger arrived demanding to be taken to the office saying he had already paid and wanted to see about getting his money back. She marched off with him and my wife and I made our escape. As we passed the ticket window we noticed that the conductor had about a dozen irate passengers surrounding her, all apparently victims of the same policy. It seems to me that either something isn’t working here or the train company is purposely targeting harried, often jet-lagged customers for these extra payments equalling up to almost 10 times the normal fare. Why would they not copy the Metro and put the machines across the platform or on turnstiles so that everyone has to validate their tickets in order to get on the train?

    We had a great time in Rome and this did not spoil the trip although several people I have talked to have pointed out that this represents a public relations nightmare for the railway, the airport and ultimately the tourist trade in Rome. Any idea who could be contacted at Trenitalia to complain about the system?

  8. Ron in Rome says:

    If you were looking at a Regionale train from Civitavecchia to Rome, the prices will only appear if the tickets are within 7 days of the date you enter. That’s because Regionale tickets can only be purchased in the next seven days. If you want to see a price, just pick the same route — for tomorrow to see the price. Regionale trains from Civitavecchia to Rome cost €4.10 to €4.50 depending on which stop in Rome you’re headed to.

  9. Ron in Rome says:

    Colin, I DO NOT recommend buying Regionale tickets online OR buying tickets in advance on the day you are arriving by plane. If your plane is late, then your tickets may be worthless. You can save some money, but if you DO NOT make the train, you’ll probably have to buy all-new tickets. The trains rarely sell out – there are 50+ trains to Florence from Rome every day so I doubt you’ll have any problems getting on one. The Leonardo Epress is considered a Regionale train so it NEVER sells out, although you might have to stand. Again, if your plane is late… and you buy MINI tickets … you’ll have to buy new tickets and your’s are worth nothing. It’s just not worth the risk.

  10. Colin says:

    Great info! Thanks. My wife, 16 month old son, and I are travelling from FCO to Florence. I see above you normally don’t recommend buying tickets in advance for the train online? Are there any exceptions to this? Is it always possible to buy tickets on the Leonardo Express and on the train from Rome to Florence day of for the time you want? I’d rather not get stuck waiting for the next train if one sells out. Thank you for your help and info.

  11. Melissa says:

    Hi Ron – LOVE this post! I just looked on the trenitalia site to see what the schedule is for trains from Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport. The search shows quite a few different schedule options, however in the area where the price should show it says “The travel solution is inhibited .” Any idea what that means? We will be traveling on a Saturday, but when I ran the search using a midweek day, I had the same results.

  12. Ron in Rome says:

    Ann, five people on the Leonardo Express would cost you €70. There are taxis that can hold five people, but you will be on the meter (or face a charge for person #5) as the taxi agreement is limited to four persons. Depending on where your hotel is, taking a cab on-the-meter is still cheaper than €70. You might also check out some of the private shuttles and look for a price at €70 or less for five people. Again, some of the price will depend on where your accommodations area. The Leonardo Express just gets you to Roma Termini station… you still have to get to your accommodations from there.

  13. Ann says:

    Ron, for a group of 5 people, is it still best to take the Leonardo Express to termini? Can taxi’s fit 5 people in them? Thanks for your easy, awesome site!

  14. Ron in Rome says:

    If you want to ride the train from FCO to Rome, then you must either buy an €8 ticket for the FR1 or a €14 ticket for the Leonardo Express. Metro and bus passes (ATAC) are not valid to and from EITHER airport in Rome. Once you get into town, then yes… to use the bus or metro system you will have to purchase an ATAC bus/metro single-use ticket or a multi-day pass. That’s the simplified version. It’s explained, more in detail, HERE!

  15. Kinga Masłoń says:

    So…if I understand corectly I need to buy ticket from FCO – 8 euro and metrobus card – for example for 3 days. And I need the 8 euro ticket only to get out from the aiport and I can use my metrobus card?
    That’s incredible..:)

  16. Ron in Rome says:

    John, you can get tickets for the Leonardo Express and for the metro, bus, and trams at the FCO train station. You can get those at the Tabacchi shop.

  17. John St Onge says:

    Hello Ron,
    A WEALTH of great info thank you. Question?? Am I able to purchase the Leonardo Da vinci Train and Metro B ticket all at FCO. Thanks again for all your valuable info. Kind Regards
    john st onge.
    PS: Traveling from Palm Springs Ca to Rome for the Roma Marathon on Sunday March 18 2012.

  18. Heather says:

    Thanks very much Ron – really helpful!

  19. Ron in Rome says:

    Heather, Glad the site has helped you. For train trips in Italy – even if it’s a return – you purchase each “leg” separately. The FCO train, the Leonardo Express, currently runs 14€ per person and is always considered its own “journey,” separate from all other Trenitalia transactions. So you can buy tickets from FCO-Roma Termini and then from Roma Termini to Orvieto and then return buying the same route in reverse. Because the Leonardo Express is considered a regionale train, the ticket is an “open ticket” so you could use it anytime of day. Thus you CAN take a few hours break if it fits your schedule. The exception would be if you bought your Leonardo Express tickets online as that would LOCK you to a specific train and time. I DO NOT recommend buying this way. Just hit a kiosk or counter and get the tickets you need… leg-by-leg.

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