The Roma Trastevere Trenitalia Rail Station

Roma Trastevere Station - train parked SMALL Roma Trastevere is one of Rome’s major train stations located on the southwest section of Rome. It’s a jumping off point for many people arriving in Rome. It’s also a connection station for travelers headed to Civitavecchia.  And lastly, it’s a alternative for getting back to the Fiumicino Airport.

The station first opened in 1911 and is currently operated, indirectly by Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy’s state-owned rail company.

Today, the FR1, FR3 and FR5 commuter lines all pass through the station. The Roma Trastevere train station is located just behind of the Trastevere District and is connected with the Marconi area of Rome. Outside the station you will find the bus terminus from which the #3 bus (and a few others) operate.

Roma Trastevere Station - Map Zoom Out

This view of the metropolitan area of Rome shows the two airports. Fiumicino (FCO) is circled in red on the left or southwest side of town. Ciampino is located on the southeast side of the city, circled in blue. The Vatican City is marked by the green circle… and the Red “A” marker denotes the Roma Trastevere train station.

Roma Trastevere Station - Map Zoom in

Zooming in, you can see the Roma Trastevere train station location, as compared to the city of Rome. Vatican City is again marked by the green circle. The blue star is the “centro” area of Rome, near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. The primary road to the train station is Viale di Trastevere. As you can see on the above map, Viale di Trastevere heads directly towards the center of town. The blue circle on the bottom right is the Roma Ostiense train station, the next stop after Roma Trastevere if you’re headed in from the FCO airport. This location also has the Roma Lido train station and the Line B metro stop, Piramide.


The Roma Trastevere Train Station

IMG_0260 To Roma Trastevere StationThis is the view from the street running in front of the train station.
As you can see, there is auto parking in front of the station.

IMG_0265 Roma Trastevere StationThe TAXI stand is on the front, right side of the train station.

IMG_0270  Roma Trastevere StationThe main hallway in the Roma Trastevere station.

IMG_0269  Roma Trastevere StationThe Tabacchi shop, through the front doors and to the right, sells train and bus tickets. Unfortunately, on a Sunday or in the evening, this shop will not be open – so you’ll have to use the kiosks.

IMG_0271  Roma Trastevere StationWhen it’s open, you can also get train tickets to the airport, tickets for the bus and metro, and even a “re-charge” for you SIM card from this bar/cafe’!

IMG_0274  Roma Trastevere StationEntering the train station from the street, turn left and you’ll reach this grocery store. If you’ve got a 40+ minute ride to Civitavecchia, this might be a great spot to get a cold drink to go. It’s a smaller store but often has freshly baked bread and sandwiches.

IMG_0272  Roma Trastevere StationIMG_0273  Roma Trastevere Station

There are two set of kiosks in the Roma Trastevere stations. The top photo is the “newer” kiosk you see in most Trenitalia stations. Just to the left of these kiosks are the machines in the bottom photo. Neither of these older units are functioning. In fact, the one on the right is secured by a chain. The left machine has been pried open. Hopefully they will replace or remove these units. Further to the left, you can see the ticket counter, which when open, is another ticket-buying option.

All these ticket options give you confidence you can always get a ticket at this station. Don’t be fooled – this is still Italy! Let me tell you about our latest experience at Roma Trastevere. My wife was flying out through FCO so we headed to the Roma Trastevere station to catch the train. On Sundays, the trains run every 30 minutes so we carefully (and properly) gave ourselves plenty of time.

We arrived at the station 20 minutes prior to the next scheduled departing train – Plenty of time, right? Nope… it’s Sunday so the Tabacchi shop and the bar/cafe are closed. The two older machines, as you see above, were broken. That left the two “newer” kiosks. Unfortunately, one of them was offline and thus … with all these options, we were all forced to use ONLY one kiosk. We were about #5 in line so we weren’t too worried, although frustrated… but hey, T.I.I. (This is Italy).

Things got worse… because it appeared the credit card segment of the only working kiosk was not functioning properly. It was not reading some foreign credit cards. The first two folks struggled to get their cards to work and one even used coin to pay for their tickets. The clock continued to move. Only 10 minutes left… now we were hoping the train is a little late.

A young couple from Scandinavia were next and it got really ugly. First, they struggled to move through the selection screens. Then they tried to get their credit card to work for 3-4 minutes. They then tried cash… but all they had was a €50 note and the machine would not take their bill. The young man runs off to the nearby grocery store to get change (good luck!) and we all wait in line staring at the rapidly moving clock. As this is Italy, the clerk refuses to give him change … and so he comes back and they again try their credit card. … 3 minutes to go.

Apparently peer pressure and grumbling pay off as they cancel their transaction and move to the side. The next group, experienced Italians with a local debit card are done in about 30 seconds! We get in and also using a local card, we’re running to the train tracks about a minute later. We make the platform and in the distance we see the FR1 – running about 2 minutes late (thank goodness). So, our ticket buying process took about 22 minutes to move ten feet! Things don’t always work the way they should in Italy so you have to be flexible!

If you are planning to arrive and depart from Roma Trastevere, you can buy ALL your tickets (for each leg) at one time. These are Regionale trains and so the tickets are good for two months – or until you validate them! This will certainly save you the hassle of waiting on a kiosk during off-hours.

IMG_0266  Roma Trastevere StationIMG_0281  Roma Trastevere StationThere are multiple signs and monitors throughout the station. When in doubt, follow the monitors. Above, you can see trains headed to Civitavecchia, Termini, Rome Ostiense, and the Fiumicino airport.

IMG_0289  Roma Trastevere Station - resize and croppedIMG_0267  Roma Trastevere Station - yellowSignage in Italy is often confusing… and sometimes just WRONG. These are two signs about 25 meters apart in the Roma Trastevere station. At first glance they look similar. But look at the yellow circle on the 2nd sign. This sign reads that the FR3 is headed to Civitavecchia from Platform #2. The FR3 does NOT go to Civitavecchia from Rome, but to Viterbo. The top sign is correct. Again, ALWAYS follow the monitors for the most current (and correct) information. (Hopefully, they’ll get this sign corrected).

IMG_0278  Roma Trastevere StationIn order to get out to Platforms 2 – 6 you have to walk under the tracks through a sottopassaggio (or subway). If you have heavy luggage, you can ride the elevator.

IMG_0280  Roma Trastevere Station This is the view of the sottopassaggio running under Tracks 2 – 6 at Roma Trastevere station.

IMG_0283  Roma Trastevere StationIn the sottopassaggio, these are the stairs that lead up to Platform or Track 4. Note the ticket validation machine on the left. Trains running through this station are primarily Regionale trains so you MUST validate your tickets before boarding. Many folks stamp their tickets and then head up the stairs.

IMG_0287  Roma Trastevere StationThe stairs up from the sottopassaggio to the platforms. There are elevators available to each platform.

IMG_0275  Roma Trastevere StationIMG_0285  Roma Trastevere StationThe Roma Trastevere train station has six platforms. The top photo shows a Regionale train parked at Track #4. The bottom photo shows the platform for Tracks 3 and 2. The four platforms in the station are grouped Track 1, Tracks 2&3, Tracks 4&5, and Track 6.

IMG_0286  Roma Trastevere Station Tracks 6 and 5 (left and right) at Roma Trastevere.



Getting to the Station by Train

For a link to this PDF overview of the Metro and Regional Train System, you can also click here!

Roma Trastevere Station - Regional Train Map - Zoom

Today, the FR1, FR3 and FR5 commuter lines all pass through the Roma Trastevere station. Zooming in on the Regional Metro and Train Map, the Roma Trastevere train station is marked by the yellow circle. It is the connecting point for three train lines, the FM1, FM3, and FM5 (You’ll also see these referred to as the FR1, FR3, and FR5). The red arrow marks the FR3 line, which heads north. The purple, continuous line that runs by Roma Trastevere (with no stops) is the Leonardo Express, which is the train from Roma Termini. Let’s explore the FM1, FM3, and FM5.


The FR1 (FM1)

Most visitors traveling to and through the Roma Trastevere station will ride the FR1 train. For an-depth article on the FR1, read this posting, The FR1 Metropolitan Train To and From the Fiumicino (FCO) Airport. The FR1 runs every 15 minutes during peak periods. Otherwise, on Sundays and weekends it operates every 30 minutes.

FM1 Route MAP from FCO Airport

Here’s the FR1 route. If you are arriving from on the FR1 train from FCO, Roma Trastevere is the seventh stop on this run. The FR1 train from the FCO airport stops at Platform (track) 4. To get onto the station, you’ll have to head down the stairs, through the sottopassaggio, and then up the stairs into the station.

If you’re departing from the Roma Trastevere station, headed to the FCO airport, you will be leaving from Platform (track) #5.


The FR3 (FM3)

The FR3 is another urban line. The FR3 starts it’s run from Rome at the Roma Ostiense station. Thus, Roma Trastevere is us the second stop on the FR3 route.  This train runs out to Viterbo, a wonderful little town about 60 miles from Rome. From Roma Trastevere you could ride this train on the FR3 line over to the Roma San Pietro station and then walk down the hill to Vatican City.

The in-town stops for the FR3 include – in order – Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere, Roma San Pietro, Valle Aurelia, Proba Petronia-Appiano, Balduina, Gemelli, S.  Filippo Neri, Ottavia, Ipogeo degli Ittavi, La Giustinana, La Storta, Olgiata, and Cesano. With an ATAC “metrebus” ticket you can ride to all these routes… in a 2nd class seat. If you’re going further out on the FR3, like to Bracciano for the lake of castle, or on to Viterbo, you will have to purchase a train ticket.


The FR5 (FM5)

The FR5 route begins the journey from Rome at the Roma Termini station. The FR5 departs Roma Termini and stops at Roma Ostiense… and then Roma Trastevere. From Roma Trastevere this train continues on to Civitavecchia, Grosseto, and ends in Pisa.

For many travelers planning to use the train to get to their cruise ship, the FR5 is THE route. The ride from Roma Trastevere to the Civitavecchia train station takes about 45-50 minutes. For more info on Civitavecchia and cruising, see these posts: Traveling from Rome to Civitavecchia and Cruising? Come to Rome for the day!

The FR5 operates about every 30 minutes during peak periods. Because the train to Civitavecchia has two major stops before getting to Roma Trastevere, it can be very crowded.

Unfortunately, there is currently no direct train to get from the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (Fiumicno/FCO) to  the cruise port city of Civitavecchia. If you plan to ride the trains to your ship from the Airport, the easiest option is to ride the FR1 from FCO to Roma Trastevere station – then change to the FR5 to Civitavecchia.

When looking for signage to your destination, the trains are posted by the last destination of the train. So the FR1 from FCO may be listed as Orte and the FR5 could be signed, Pisa Centrale. Basically, don’t go looking for trains signed Roma Trastevere and Civitavecchia!

The FR1 train from the FCO airport arrives at the Roma Trastevere station at Track #4. Exiting the train you then have to head for your connection on the FR5 train. The FR5 train to Civitavecchia departs from Track #2. So you’d exit the train, head down to the sottopassaggio and then back up to platform #2. When they work.. use the elevators if you have heavy luggage.

If you are coming from Civitavecchia and headed to the FCO airport, you’d come in on the The FR5 train from the port city. This train arrives at Track #1. The FR1 train heads to the FCO airport from Track #5. Again, you have to go down to the sottopassaggio and then back up to the platform.




Getting to the Station from Town

If you’re headed to the airport or the Civitavecchia by train from the Roma Trastevere station, and staying in Rome, you first have to get to the train station. Public transportation options are plentiful. The train station serves as a bus terminus and is also near the #8 tram line. The buses that travel or stop close by include the 3, 170, 228, 719, 773, 774, 780, 781, 786, 871, C6, and H buses.

IMG_0316 8 tram inside Inside the #8 tram.

IMG_0258 To Roma Trastevere Station The train station is on the left side of this photo and the #8 tram stop is on the right.

IMG_0261 To Roma Trastevere StationIMG_0262 To Roma Trastevere StationIMG_0293 Walking from  Roma Trastevere StationAs you near the station, you’ll see this Tabacchi stand on your right. In the top photo, you can see the train station building in the background of the photo. And as you can see from the bottom photo, you can get your train and bus tickets here – and a recharge for your phone!

IMG_0263 To Roma Trastevere StationAs you enter the train station piazza, you can see the bus terminus on your left. The tram tracks were for the #3 tram… which has been replaced by the #3 bus, pictured on the left.

IMG_0264 To Roma Trastevere StationJust beyond the Tabacchi stand in the photos above is this bus ticket kiosk. This is great if you’re just arriving in –town and the bar/cafe and Tabacchi stands are all closed, like on a Sunday. Here you can purchase tickets to ride the #8 tram into town… or any of the other buses mentioned. If you were exiting the station, this would be out towards the main road on your left. For more help on using this machine, read Kiosks for Bus and Metro Tickets.

IMG_0291  Roma Trastevere StationIMG_0292 Walking from  Roma Trastevere StationIf you looked out the front door of the station, these would be your views. In the bottom photo, the big road straight out from the station is Viale di Trastevere. The kiosk for bus and tram tickets, discussed above, is to the left of the motorini in this photo.

IMG_0298 8 tram stop - R. trastevereAnd here’s the view of the #8 tram arriving at the stop just in front of the Roma Trastevere station. This tram is taking folks into town. If you headed to the station, you’d be getting off on the other side of the tracks, where the lady in the blue shirt and white pants is walking.


Trastevere Station

Roma Trastevere is a very useful station. We often bypass the chaos (and inflated price of the Leonardo Express) at Roma Termini and ride the FR1 from Roma Trastevere to the airport. If you’re staying in Trastevere, the Jewish Ghetto area, Testaccio, or near Largo Argentina, the transportation options make this a viable alternative to get to FCO or Civitavecchia.

It does have elevators – when they’re working – to haul your luggage. It has a small cafe/bar, Tabacchi shop, and a grocery store. That’s about it. If you’ve never seen a “squat” toilet, it has those also. This is not a station I’d want to use the facilities. they’re usually in a mess. But for a alternative to the airport and the primary connection to Civitavecchia, this is a great option.


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5 Responses to The Roma Trastevere Trenitalia Rail Station

  1. Camilla Berg says:

    This is the most useful information I have found on travelling in Rome, thanks for all the details!! 😀

  2. Michael says:

    Wow… We’re heading to Rome for a cruise this weekend, and this is the most valuable information I’ve found. Thank you so much for all of the detail. I’m a bit crazy when it comes to planning out the logistics of our travel, and you’ve saved me a lot of stress and energy!

  3. Peter van der Zee says:

    Hi Ron,

    What great details! Thanks. Now I found the best way to travel from FCO Airport to Camping Village Rome tanking the FR1 and then the FR3!

    Thank you very much.

  4. margie says:

    Dear Ron, I was amazed by your details about this transportation information.
    I took me a while to absorb it all, but it made me realize to unfortunitly take a taxi from the airport to Bracciano.. because I am alone with my 6 years old daughter and climbing on and of stairs and not be able to buy all my traintickets at the airport, looks not really like fun..
    thanks a million, saves me a lot of frustration I guess..
    The whole airport-Roma transportation should learn a lesson from this and they should hire you to help tourists.
    Great job!!

  5. Robert says:

    Ron, just a note to tell you how impressed I am with your site and the detailed, current information you continue to provide.

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    You are an excellent resource for travelers to Rome . . . (and a great photographer, too!!)


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