Taking the Leonardo Express Airport Train to Roma Termini Train Station
If you’re looking for quick, efficient, and reliable transportation between the Rome airport and the main train station, then the Leonardo Express train may be your answer. What is it, you may be wondering? The Leonardo Express is a direct non-stop train that connects the Rome Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci” International Airport to the Roma Termini train station. It is the quickest way to get from the Fiumicino Airport to the main train hub, Roma Termini, and central Rome in general.
Timing and Cost of Leonardo Express
|From Rome Termini station||From Fiumicino Airport|
|Morning timetable||05:35, 05:50, 06:05, 06:20, 06:35, 06:50, 07:05, 07:35, 07:50, 08:05, 08:20, 08:35, 08:50, 09:05, 09:20, 09:35, 10:20, 10:35, 10:50, 11:05, 11:20, 11:35||06:23, 06:38, 06:53, 07:08, 07:23, 07:38, 07:53, 08:23, 08:38, 08:53, 09:08, 09:23, 09:38, 09:53, 10:08, 10:23, 10:38, 11:08, 11:23, 11:38, 11:53|
|Afternoon timetable||12:05, 12:20, 12:35, 12:50, 13:05, 13:20, 13:50, 14:05, 14:20, 14:35, 14:50, 15:05, 15:20, 15:35, 15:50, 16:05, 16:20, 16:35, 16:50, 17:05, 17:20, 17:35, 17:50||12:08, 12:23, 12:38, 12:53, 13:08, 13:23, 13:38, 14:08, 14:23, 14:38, 14:53, 15:08, 15:23, 15:38, 15:53, 16:08, 16:23, 16:38, 16:53, 17:08, 17:23, 17:38, 17:53|
|Evening timetable||18:05, 18:20, 18:35, 18:50, 19:05, 19:20, 19:35, 19:50, 20:05, 20:20, 20:35, 20:50, 21:05, 21:20, 21:35, 21:50, 22:05, 22:20||18:08, 18:23, 18:38, 18:53, 19:08, 19:23, 19:38, 20:08, 20:23, 20:38, 20:53, 21:08, 21:23, 21:38, 21:53, 22:08, 22:23, 22:38, 22:53, 23:08|
The train runs consistently every 15-30 minutes depending on the time and day, and only lasts 32 minutes. It is a direct line with no stops in between which makes it easy for tourists to navigate as there is no possibility of misunderstanding and getting off at the wrong stop, oops! A one-way fare costs €14 and pets are allowed too. You can purchase a ticket on a local regional train for a cheaper fare, however there will be stops along the way, so you’re paying for the convenience.
Once you purchase your ticket, it is valid for 90 minutes so if you miss one train, wait the 15-30 minutes and another will come along. All the train cars are first class seating and there are no assigned seats and plenty of luggage racks for storage.
Hours of Operation
Departing from Roma Termini Train Station
– The first train departs at 5:35 (5:35 a.m. for you North Americans) and the last train departs at 22:35 (10:35 p.m. for you North Americans out there)
Departing from Rome Fiumicino Airport
– The first train departs at 6:23 (6:23 a.m.) and the final one departs at 23:23 (11:23 p.m. for reference)
How to purchase a Ticket
There are three ways to purchase your ticket on the Leonardo Express:
1) Online ahead of time via Trenitalia website. An advantage of purchasing your ticket ahead of time is you don’t have to wait in line at a kiosk or counter, you simply scan the QR code or enter the code that’s on your smartphone when the inspector comes by. Another advantage is your ticket is ALREADY validated.
a. Tips for ordering online:
- Make sure your smart phone is on and charged when the inspector comes by to see your ticket.
- Have the ticket/QR code/code pulled up and ready when he/she comes by.
- When you purchase online make sure you’re purchasing the Leonardo Express train and not the Regionale trains (though those are cheaper).
2) At the train station from an employee in the ticket booth. If you’re worried about the digital format, then this is another option. Once you take the escalators up from the airport into the train station, you can approach one of the booths to purchase your ticket. There will be at least a few employees that speak English, so don’t be scared for that reason. If you choose to purchase your ticket from the booth, double check if you have to VALIDATE your ticket, most like your ticket will ALREADY be validated. If you’re unsure, just ask a staff member at the booth or throughout the station.
3) At the airport at a ticket machine. There are automated ticket machines inside the train station at airport where you can purchase a ticket.
Tips for purchasing tickets at the machine:
- You MUST validate your ticket if you purchase one from the machine.
Validating your Ticket
It is extremely important to validate your ticket before boarding the Leonardo Express. If you don’t validate your ticket, you’ll be charged with a whopping €50 fine. Again, if you purchased your ticket online, then your ticket is already validated and you DO NOT need to put it into the validator machine.
The ticket validator machines are located AFTER the turnstile where you scan the barcode of your ticket to get onto the platform. Once you scan to get on the platform, you will see the validator machines; stick your ticket into it and it will make a clicking sound. Once you hear the clicking sound, it has been validated.
Now you’re ready to ride the Leonardo Express, so sit and relax and enjoy the short train to the center of Rome.
Leonardo Express Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
✅ What is the Leonardo Express?
The Leonardo Express is a direct non-stop train that connects the Rome Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci” International Airport to the Roma Termini train station. It is the quickest way to get from the Fiumicino Airport to the main train hub, Roma Termini, and central Rome in general.
✅ Where can the Leonardo Express train take me?
The only route of the Leonardo Express is between the main international airport (Rome Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci”) and the central train station in Rome, Roma Termini.
✅ How much does Leonardo Express cost?
A one-way fare on the Leonardo Express costs €14. Children under 4 years of age travel for free, and children between the ages of 4 and 12 travel for free with every one fare-paying adult.
✅ When does the Leonardo Express run?
Departing from Roma Termini Train Station, the first train departs at 5:35 and the last train departs at 22:35. Departing from Rome Fiumicino Airport, the first train departs at 6:23 and the final one departs at 23:23.
✅ Where can I purchase a ticket for the Leonardo Express?
You can purchase a ticket online ahead of time via Trenitalia website, at the ticket booth at the train station from an employee, or at one of the free standing kiosk ticket machines at the airport. If you purchase your ticket online then you do not need to validate your ticket. However, if you purchase your ticket in person at the airport or the train station, your ticket will NEED to be validated prior to boarding the train. Validation machines are after the turnstile where you scan your ticket and before you enter the train.
✅ Can I purchase a ticket on board the train?
No, all tickets must be purchased and validated prior to entering the train.
✅ What platform does the Leonardo Express leave from?
The Leonardo Express usually departs from the Rome Termini Station from platform 23 or 24, but it’s always encouraged to check the boards when you arrive at the station.
✅ Is there Wifi on the train?
No, the Leonardo Express does not have wifi onboard. There are power outlets so you can charge your devices while onboard and use them to play games or watch previously downloaded movies and shows.
✅ Is the Leonardo Express pet friendly?
Yes, you are allowed to bring pets on the Leonardo Express. They ask them to be properly managed in pet carriers and transporters.
✅ Does the Leonardo Express run even during strikes?
Yes, even during public transit strikes, the Leonardo Express will run. If there happens to be any abnormal issue where the Express isn’t operating, they will substitute a replacement bus service.
✅ Is there a luggage restriction on the Leonardo Express?
No! You can bring as much luggage as you need to on the Leonardo Express and there is amble space for luggage and other items throughout the train.